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Hong Kong — March 13, 2019 — Today an Open Call for E-Waste was made by artist Matt Hope, Oui.Gallery Hong Kong, Qi Hardware and Fabricatorz Foundation. Beginning March 13, an E-waste Collection Point in Central Hong Kong is open from 11 am – 7 pm at Oui.Gallery Hong Kong to make the currency exchange to Hope Coins as part of Matt Hope’s “Entropic Bodies” project.
The Hope Coin is a cryptocurrency based upon Ethereum and is transferrable based upon the number of minutes one spends collecting e-waste between today March 13 and March 31, 2019. During the last week of March, in sync with Hong Kong Art Week, artist Matt Hope will lead a community of volunteers in transforming the e-waste into artwork, valued in Hope Coins.
The total supply of Hope Coins is 25,920 “Hopes,” the number of minutes between the initiation and end of the project. The value of the coin is governed based upon volunteerism in collecting e-waste and the works that artist Matt Hope creates along with volunteers, valued in Hope coins. On Friday, March 29, 2019, “Entropic Bodies” artworks produced by Matt Hope will be available in Hope Coins at Oui.Gallery Hong Kong.
“The fight for zero waste artwork has begun,” said Beijing-based British artist Matt Hope. “My previous work creating the Breathing Bike from e-waste, 10+ years living in Beijing, and deep thinking while making ink drawings has brought me to this critical point. We must be conscious as artists and citizens of earth to know and understand how much energy we use, often in excess as waste. We must be willing to become more efficient in not only the production of artwork, but also in how we live our lives on planet Earth.”
The Open Call for E-Waste is specifically looking for electronic waste and other materials including: packing foam, electric wire, foam board, electronics, electric connectors, insulation, insulation foil, pharmaceutical and other plastic casings, cables, small appliances, and rechargeable batteries. The e-waste may be brought to the newly launched Oui.Gallery Hong Kong from 11 am – 7 pm, Tuesday – Sunday.
About Matt Matt Hope
Matt Hope (born 1976, London, U.K.) lives and works in Beijing, China. Hope received his M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego in 2004. Selected recent solo exhibitions include Art Lights up Life: People’s Power Station – Lighting Up Project, Guangzhou, China, 2016; Sun Dragon Hardware, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, 2015; and Spectrum Divide, Saamlung Gallery, Hong Kong, China, 2012. Selected recent group exhibitions include Desert Island – Epicenter Projects, Coachella Valley Art Center Indio, California, 2017; Shenzhen Biennale of Contemporary Art, Shenzhen, China, 2017; BI-City Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture, Shenzhen, China, 2016; BOOSTER: Art Sound Machine, MARTA Herford Contemporary Art Museum, Herford, Germany, 2016; The Solutions, International Design Exhibition, Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu, China, 2011; and What if, Beijing International Design Triennial, China National Museum, Beijing, China, 2011. https://matthope.org
About Qi Hardware
Qi Hardware is a non-profit bringing together: Cryptocurrency Blockchain Software & Hardware Innovators, Open Source Software and Hardware Developers, and Enthusiasts of Cryptocurrency, China and Shenzhen. https://qihardware.org
About Fabricatorz Foundation
Fabricatorz Foundation supports creative technologists with community-focused initiatives that drive innovation through art and technology. The Foundation is made up of a team who have lead projects for Fortune 500 companies, A-list international artists, top museums, galleries, and educational institutions around the world. Notable sponsored projects include Bassel Khartabil Fellowship, New Palmyra, and Qi Hardware. http://fabricatorz.org
Oui.Gallery is an international contemporary art gallery featuring emerging artists and making innovative shows in Hong Kong and Saint Louis. https://oui.gallery
Oui.Gallery Hong Kong
1009 Yu Yuet Lai Building
43-55 Wyndham St
Central, Hong Kong
Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 7 pm
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