Further underscoring its fearless approach to creativity and support of the arts, The Peninsula Hong Kong’s appetite for public art continues unabated this spring as the hotel presents a major work by pioneering British artist and youngest living member of the Royal Academy of Arts, Conrad Shawcross RA. Exhibited in The Peninsula’s iconic Lobby and appearing in Hong Kong for the first time, The ADA Project combines sculpture, robotics and music in a groundbreaking sonic and visual spectacle that will be on display until 5 April 2016.
The second instalment of The Peninsula’s ongoing collaboration with Britain’s leading artist-led institution, the Royal Academy of Arts (RA), the installation draws from the eponymous legacy of 19th-century mathematician Ada Lovelace. The daughter of the famed English poet Lord Byron, Lovelace predicted the dawn of calculating machines that would one day be capable of composing music out of binary numbers, a concept that is explored in all its complexity in Shawcross’ spellbinding conceptual work.
The ADA Project was unveiled at a media launch on 22 March, with Shawcross in attendance alongside art historian and Chief Executive and Secretary of the Royal Academy of Arts, Charles Saumarez Smith, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts, Tim Marlow, and Rainy Chan, Regional Vice President of The Peninsula Hotels and General Manager of The Peninsula Hong Kong. The event featured a live preview performance of “if then while for”, a piece of music for soprano by the composer Mira Calix, which is one of four compositions commissioned in partnership with Shawcross, who created an exclusive piece of choreography to correspond with each composition as part of the project.