Steve HUI (a.k.a. Nerve)
Received Master’s degree from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (Composition and Electronic music)
With his multidisciplinary background, Hui’s main interest lies in exploring and mining the boundaries between contemporary music, sound art, multimedia theatre and underground culture
Recent works include Zuni Icosahedron’s digital opera The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci (2010), The Four Infinities (2011) for the opening of City University of Hong Kong’s Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, live soundtrack of 1950s film Family, Spring, Autumn (2012) with Kung Chi-shing, 1984-A Cinematic Opera (2014); Served as music director of Decade (2013) for the West Kowloon Cultural District
1984 – A Cinematic Opera
Films depict the past while opera thrives on the present. Just as theatre can become cinema, cinema becomes the backdrop of an opera. The key installation is the telescreen which serves as both the medium of transmission and the mirror of surveillance. Music is the language, the story and the motivation of this work. In the story, language is gradually replaced by Newspeak, the fictional language in Nineteen Eighty-Four.
The opera invents new songs and methods of singing in an act of revolt. Characters shuttle between live presences and images, leaping back and forth between 1984 and 2014. Time and space are bound by stage and telescreen. People on stage sing along with people on screen. People from the past perform for people in the present.