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Etienne Leung, ‘Hack the Moment’
Etienne Leung, ‘Hack the Moment’

During times of transformation, let us embrace what flows through us.

Etienne Leung

Hong Kong has always been a site of drastic changes. Time and again, these changes force us to confront our own vulnerability and to question ourselves and our surroundings. Hack the Moment explores how we have been affected by the changes in Hong Kong in recent years and captures our collective memories and shifting emotions. This video work is a conversation between body movements, sound, lighting, cinematography, and the environment; real-time data is turned into sound and light that interplay with a dancer’s body movements, which are improvised according to the environment. The result is a spontaneous and expressive piece that reflects the transformational moments that define us.


Created by

Etienne Leung

Commissioned by

M+, Hong Kong


Etienne Leung, Quinn Wong, Catherine Lau


Etienne Leung

Co-director, Producer

Quinn Wong

Lead Cast, Choreographer

Wai Lok Chan

Art Director

Kary Kwok

Light Artist

Amy Chan

Sound Artist, Sound Design

Kin Lam

Director of Photography

Etienne Leung


Etienne Leung, Quinn Wong

Camera Assistant

To Chan


Bun Chan

Best Boy

Felix Leung

Sound Recordist

Yiu Tong Fung

Hair, Make-up

Megumi Sekine

Still Photography

Kinho Lam

Colourist, Computer Graphics


Sound Mixing

Yiu Tong Fung


Catherine Lau

Title Design

Etienne Leung, Quinn Wong


Bryan Choy

Special Thanks

Fanny Chan (Somatic Movement Consultant), OUER (Outfit Sponsor), Oscar Chi (Legal Consultant), Angela Moo, Angie Chan, Poon Wing Sze

About Video Commissions

M+ is committed to providing platforms for projects by creative practitioners who propose new frameworks and discussions for visual culture. Hong Kong as Mise-en-scène is a video commission initiative launched in 2022 to support emerging talents and to foster conversations with local creatives.

Etienne Leung
Etienne Leung

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Etienne Leung has a background in illustration and Chinese ink painting. After obtaining a BA in graphic design from Central Saint Martins, she completed an MA in cinematography at the MetFilm School and a masterclass in documentary filmmaking with Oscar-winning documentarian Kirsten Johnson at the University of Hong Kong.

As a cinematographer, Leung has collaborated with filmmakers from different creative backgrounds. Her films have been screened in competition at various events, such as the Lift-Off Film Festivals, Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival and the Microfilm Production Support Scheme (Music).

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