• 2017 2nd AUO Artist
  • Elaine Wong
  • City University of Hong Kong, Creative Media, 5th semester
  • WONG is pursuing her MFA from the School of Creative Media (Hong Kong) and was trained as a fine artist at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University where she received her BA (Fine Art) degree with distinction in 2014. In 2013 she was awarded the scholarship from Hong Kong Art Centre to attend the Culture, Graphic Design and Fine Arts program in New York School of Visual Arts. Her practice is about her experience in the city inspired by feelings and emotions of living, and the works endeavour to investigate social phenomenon and its relation to humanity.

Tomorrow in a glass

Media Arts / Performance

  • 2017
  • Documentation video
  • 2017
  • Storm glass
  • 2017
  • Still image of video (sunny)
  • 2017
  • Still image of video (rain)
  • 2017
  • Still image of video (haze)
  • Still image of video (wind)


Do you like to look at the sky?

When I am out on the street, I like to look at the sky, think about will happen in the coming hours. And I always read the weather forecast before I head out, to decide whether I needed umbrella, sunglasses or an extra coat.

We want to know about the future, unfortunately, ‘future’ is one of the things we cannot get hold of. But as humans, we always make our best attempt to decipher the future - from daily zodiac to economic growth. At our best knowledge.

In recent years, the storm glass* becomes popular. The decorative glass is used for weather forecast, it contains not only transparent liquid and white chemicals, but also our future.

Tomorrow in a glass is a video installation, which generates unique videos from a database of one hundred clips depends on real-time information of the storm glass*, and provide forecast about tomorrow for District 852 - stories about counting down to midnight.

Tomorrow in a Glass [artist’s edit] - The artist's edit is a hand-picked version of videos, including a sunny day forecast, a windy day forecast and a rainy day forecast.
Mina Cheon, Artist, Professor
Dear Elaine, I am truly a fan of your interactive media work!

It’s brilliant and timely, sophisticated and genuine. I think with all the environmental issues we are facing today and for some people who still challenge and question the validity of our human destruction of earth, your work addresses our impossible “future” in evocative ways, namely, yes, we cannot predict our future nor have a forecast on it, but we do in fact shape our environment, so your work is more political with social meaning (environmental message) than you think! Anthropocene is big today in art. I enjoy how a storm glass is used to toggle an array of video clips that address weather conditions that is both real (like the video capture and live feed) at the same time manufactured through this idea of a storm glass, an object of desire or projection, which is the trigger for showcasing the random and very unpredictable daily experiences of environmental extremes.

At the same time, the entire piece feels very controlled and contained, as if we are in a scientific lab as the measure of new art experience. There is the new media element, the interactive control factor, and environmental science and lab aesthetic and process, with the more creative and artistic video clips, it is a very nice juxtaposition, and conceptually, a very well thought out and researched piece.

Only one comment about the art edit video, I don’t feel your own editing is necessary, I think the ordering of videos triggered by the storm glass captured and translated through Maxmsp should stay as real as it was in the installation. The documentation video is necessary to describe the system, set up and installation components; it is a well-illustrated document. The video should then be true to the installation and its time base affect of the storm glass measuring weather predictability by spouting fields of videos on range of weather types. The artist’s edit only tampers with this very scientific process which also quasi and pseudo as well as, you present something very real in terms of our everyday social reality of real environmental issues. The art edit is almost decorative, I don’t think it adds anything to the piece and you should feel confident with your installation to share it the way it was in its entirety, the video as presented and recorded. I hope you have a recording of the video clips in the order it was shown in the installation, try to get it recorded next time if you don’t. And, don’t edit that down, if you want to do something with it, think about what you are adding and why to elaborate on the piece as another part, as a video piece.

Difficult also to envision the environment fully and how the sound effects the piece, I do feel it would add to the monotony and sterility being a metronome, in contrast to the dynamic visuals and the unpredictability of so called weather(ing) futures. I would have loved to be in the installation in person to completely immerse and engage the full effect.

But that is all rather technical, I think “Tomorrow is a Glass” presents the problems of today, as well as a look into future, the storm glass being like a crystal ball and snow globe, as a single encapsulation -- it holds human desire and a look at the future and well as a mirror reflection of current state -- your work is poetic, beautiful, and powerful!

Good luck, looking forward to seeing your next project, Sincerely Mina Cheon, your mentor

Elaine Wong

Dear Mina

Thank you so much for the detailed comments and kind words. It inspired me to think a lot more.

About the edited version of the video, agree it makes more sense to leave the live version as it is, thank you for the suggestion, I will record it in Dec when I set it up again for another exhibition. In this upcoming show, the context of the show is a bit different - it is about experiences in the city, so I am thinking to change the setup a little bit - where the storm glass and computer will be placed on a working desk to hint it belongs to a person, converting this into a more personal work.

In terms of sound, there is a looping countdown announcement that goes with the metronome, like you said, the sound is meant to create contrast to the visuals and provide an overall immersive experience.

It would be nice if you can experience the work in person, hope one day it could happen! Thanks again for the thoughtful advice!


2017-10-29 14:21:21

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