Map Office (Guitierrez + Portefaix)

MAP OFFICE is a multidisciplinary platform devised by Laurent Gutierrez (Casablanca, 1966) and Valérie Portefaix (Saint-Etienne, 1969). This duo of artists/architects has been based in Hong Kong since 1996, working on physical and imaginary territories using varied means of expression including drawing, photographs, video, installations, performance and literary and theoretical texts. Their entire project forms a critique of spatio-temporal anomalies and documents how human beings subvert and appropriate space. Humour, games and fiction are also part of their approach, in the form of small publications providing a further format for disseminating their work.


 10 Chancery Lane Gallery is thrilled to present in exclusivity to Hong Kong RUNSCAPE: a video installation and a series of photographs by the very dynamic collective of curator MAP OFFICE.

Runscape : The film

Rusnscape is a video (dvd of 22 minutes) and a series of 15 photographs that expose the unconscious zones of the city.

Runscape is about mapping Hong Kong by filming a young runner racing through the streets in stark contrast to the crowds that are slowly moving counter-current. The topography of the street becomes exacerbated with a multiplication of stairs, walls and in-between terraces by this effect another Hong Kong is revealed without the constrain of a standardized grid-based society.

Art East Island: Room 502


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