Apocalypse Postponed. For her site-specific art bar installation, Abbas has developed a series of limited edition cocktails, drawing parallels with technologies that have been developed to provide nutritional supplements in specified conditions such as space travel and wartime rationing.
Absolut will present a new collaboration with Nadim Abbas on a site-specific art bar installation titled Apocalypse Postponed, which will be located in Soundwill Plaza II – Midtown, a new whitespace for the arts in Hong Kong. Apocalypse Postponed will be open daily from 13 – 17 May from 5pm – 2am to coincide with the Art Basel show in Hong Kong.
Set in a post-apocalyptic environment featuring custom sandbag enclosures and a blood bar, Apocalypse Postponed will draw inspiration from a range of sources, from cult science fiction films including A Clockwork Orange, Dune and Alien, to 20th century defensive plans and fortifications such as the Swiss National Redoubt, the Atlantic Wall and WWII bunker ruins scattered around Hong Kong. The installation will be a continuation of Abbas’s enquiry into the hidden violence that permeates quotidian elements of urban living.
Abbas has develop all aspects of the immersive installation, from the concept and design – working with notable collaborators including animator Wong Ping and composer Steve Hui – to a series of innovative Absolut cocktails inspired by the installation. Working with an Absolut mixologist, Abbas has developed a series of limited edition cocktails, drawing parallels with technologies that have been developed to provide nutritional supplements in specified conditions such as space travel and wartime rationing. These include the use of effervescent tablets in Ca+, and 2666: A Space Cocktail, a fresh beetroot cocktail served in a blood bag.
The installation will feature a changing nightly program of live music, DJ sets, screenings and choreographed performances, including the legendary psychedelic electronic group Silver Apples, post-punk rockers Re-TROS, avant-noise improvisation by guitarist Li Jianhong, and local talents such as Atomic Bubbles, Meta Fog, Stoic Strangers and Pando’s People.
Apocalypse Postponed is the latest in a series of unique collaborations between Absolut and leading contemporary artists on art bar installations, and follows critically acclaimed installations by Adrian Wong at last year’s Art Basel in Hong Kong, Mickalene Thomas in Switzerland in 2013 and Ry Rocklen in Miami Beach in 2013.
About Nadim Abbas
Hong Kong based artist Nadim Abbas (b. 1980) studied sculpture at Chelsea College of Art and Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong. Abbas is a part-time lecturer at the Hong Kong Art School and the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong. His work has been exhibited widely in Asia at Tetraphilia, Third Floor Hermés (2013); Satellite of ⁂, CL3 Architects (2013); Marine Lover, ARTHK11 Special Projects (2011) and Cataract, EXPERIMENTA & Gallery EXIT (2010). Abbas is represented by Gallery EXIT in Hong Kong.
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17/F Soundwill Plaza II – Midtown, Causeway Bay - Hong Kong
Tue – Sat 17:00PM - 02:00AM
Remarks: Free admission to all visitors / Cocktails @ HK$100 / Art Basel VIPs will receive 2 complimentary cocktails