In 2008, Hong Kong-born Canadian artist Yam Lau visited Beijing to develop a project about traditional Chinese courtyard houses. China’s vernacular architecture has sustained customary ways of life and values for centuries, but is quickly being replaced by new urban development. Hutong House uses digital video and 3-D imaging software to reconstitute the architectural layout, form and ambience of these spaces. The work hypothesizes a unique combination of space, time and imagery, past and present. Opening up the historical house in virtual space, Lau reconstructs a pure and imaginary vision of China.

The artist wishes to thank the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and TFVA for their support.