Cyberpunk Is Not Dead: A Virtual (Un)reality by Michael Kistler

Why We Recommend it

Photographer Michael Kistler dives into the gritty back streets and alleys of Hong Kong after dark, drawing on futuristic and dystopian motifs and playing heavily on the dichotomy of technological advancement versus social decline.


American photographer Michael Kistler’s protagonist is the city itself, its shadowy characters and anti-heroes often taking a back seat to the urban spaces they inhabit. His exhibition Cyberpunk is not Dead explores themes of human interaction with technological development at speeds sometimes too fast to fully reconcile.

As always, contrast and irony are present throughout the uneasy relationship between grit and glamour in Kistler’s work as he showcases unconventional urban beauty through reflection, abstraction and layers. The human element, once again, is understated and sometimes only alluded to, leaving the images open to more subjective interpretation by the viewer.


When: 18 Jan 2020 - 31 Jan 2020 Where: 41 Water Street – Sai Ying Pun