Who would not play a game instead of going to the museum? Many of us prefer to be entertained rather than to be taught. The K11 mall has found an elegant solution to this problem by offering both knowledge and fun for all.
The commercial center is in fact divided into two buildings, hosting art and games. The K11 Select will be dedicated to food, drinks and other devices of amusement.
The K11 Art Village, across the street, will feature exhibitions and intellectual events.
The major attractions will be Android Dream of Cows. A tricky virtual reality experience where you will wander in an actual maze while your eyes will delight on an imaginary world of cows. All of this might sound all to normal and déjà vu for most of us. But the point of the game will be to avoid those walls.
As most of us, I use phones, computers and video games all too much. But I must confess this one was to hard for me. I quickly left, disappointed by my clumsiness.
Art lovers will then proceed to the K11 Village, where works from Roiychiri Kurowara await them.
Striking is the only word to describe it.
Only three works will be displayed in this exhibition, named “Fluxes”. Each of them is a masterful lesson of illusion made out of TV screens, sound, noises and vibrations. Here is a thorough description of those works.
The whole installation is a scientific experiment to prove the vile and dangerous nature of what is commonly called the tyranny of screens. How strongly we are fascinated by them! The exhibition, with a deep knowledge of human physiology and a fine understanding of our mind and body reactions, demonstrates how powerful is the influence of a screen.
First our mind delights in admiring those cascades, landscapes and beautiful colors, but then our spirit is uneasy to see them distorted. Even our body is challenged by those flickering lights and white noises. This exhibition will for sure arouse contradictory feelings in everyone.
Malls are really places or public interest if they can provide us with both learned and frivolous hobbies. The K11 is, by itself, the proof that shopping center are the most useful and necessary part of a city’s life.