'Disappearing Species' - Interactive Art Exhibition in Hong Kong by The Collective

PRESS RELEASE Courtesy of WildAid HK, supporting partner NGO in Disappearing Species.

HONG KONG, 11 July 2019 – A new art show called ‘Disappearing Species’ opened to the Hong Kong public today. The show aims to highlight the plight of endangered species across the globe, but is focused on Hong Kong’s destructive ecological footprint across a range of species. The interactive art installation has been created by Andy Stokes of The Collective to bring about awareness of the plight of threatened and endangered species that are being smashed to the brink of extinction by human activity.

Andy Stokes of The Collective said “Now is the time to inspire change if we are to stand any chance of saving these creatures and our planet. We are big animal lovers so we created this show to highlight the problems facing endangered species who are suffering immensely at the hand of man. It is our hope that using art and technology we can present information to guests in an artistic, fun and engaging way. If, through this medium they can be educated to make one small change, then we’ve succeeded and that’s another step towards helping these animals”.
According to United Nations report released in May, over one million species, such as sharks, elephants and pangolins, are threatened with extinction by 2050[1] in part caused by ever increasing over consumption and habitat loss.

Alex Hofford, Wildlife Campaigner for WildAid Hong Kong added “We are delighted to be supporting this important show. Transnational organised crime networks are moving countless tonnes of ivory, rhino horn and pangolin scales from Africa into Asia, and that’s why we are urgently calling on the Hong Kong government to place our city’s wildlife laws under its Organised and Serious Crimes Ordinance (OSCO). This show can really help educate the public on why such a crucial step from the government’s Security Bureau is necessary.”

Interactive installation
The interactive installation has been crafted to entice curiosity from the visitors to the space. As guests approach the 270 degree projected installation atoms attract together into the forms of animals and are presented with current conservation data related to their decreasing populations. Based on real time data which linked to actual populations left in the wild, the more endangered a species is, the less atoms are available to display it’s form.
“We live in a natural world that is under assault from our continual greed by over-exploitation. The victims are the countless species, driven towards extinction, often in silence. We are excited to be involved in projects such as this, that uses art and technology in a fun and informative way to reconnect the human population with the rest of the animal kingdom, and give animals a voice when they need it the most” said Gary Stokes, Director of Oceans Asia.
However, some species like the rhino or the vaquita are so close to extinction that it is nearly impossible to visualise their form with atoms. This accurately represents the devastating plight of some wildlife. The longer an audience member remains situated in front of a piece, the more they will be able to learn about the issues relating to that endangered species. Through an engaging information feed, a deep connection between species and audience can be created, thus establishing awareness with the goal to inspire global change.
Jill Robinson OBE, Founder of Animals Asia, said “Losing whole species and seeing indescribable suffering along the way as a result of human exploitation, greed and disregard is our shame. We carry this on our shoulders as each species screams towards extinction, creating a terrible ripple effect for the next and the next. Yet, there is so much we can do to mitigate the failings of our actions, and Animals Asia is thrilled to join this interactive installation that shines the spotlight on our suffocating planet, ignites the spark of imagination and passion, and sees a compelling call to action for change.”


Artwork from OceansAsia's Gary Stokes, 'Revealing the Truth' to highlight the origins of some of the "luxury dishes"

About The Collective
The Collective is a cross-disciplined creative technology studio. We craft digital and living art forms from stage performance to installations that inspire imagination and bring people together. Our works combine the real and virtual worlds with technology that is developed and customized specifically for each installation or performance. Our approach puts the human experience at the center, with a strong visual focus on the body and unique bespoke technologies created in-house.
About WildAid
WildAid is a non-profit organization with a mission to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes. While most wildlife conservation groups focus on protecting animals from poaching, WildAid primarily works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products such as elephant ivory, rhino horn, and shark fin soup. With an unrivaled portfolio of celebrity ambassadors and a global network of media partners, WildAid leverages more than US$230 million in annual pro-bono media support with a simple message: When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too.
About Animals Asia
Founded in 1998, Animals Asia promotes compassion and respect for all animals and works to bring about long-term change. We work to end the barbaric bear bile trade and have rescued over 600 bears, caring for them at our award-winning bear sanctuaries in China and Vietnam. Animals Asia also works to end the trade in dogs and cats for food in China and Vietnam, and lobbies to improve the welfare of companion animals, promote humane population management and prevent the cross border export of “meat dogs” in Asia. In addition, Animals Asia campaigns for an end to abusive animal practices in zoos and safari parks in Asia, and works closely with governing authorities to improve animal management and increase awareness of the welfare needs of captive animals.
About Oceans Asia
To investigate and research wildlife crimes, exposing and bringing to justice those destroying and polluting marine ecosystems. To uphold the highest level of integrity, relying exclusively on factual, intelligence-based conservation.