HypeBeast hosted a party for their collaboration with Japanese Artist Hajime Sorayama, and guests left with unexpected injuries.
On October 20th, HypeBeast hosted a party celebrating the collaboration/pop-up shop they made with Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama at Landmark mall in Hong Kong. Sorayama is best known for his artwork depicting erotic and feminine science fiction characters. 70-year-old Sorayama is considered by many to be one of the greatest illustrators of the modern era.
According to the Hong Kong Free Press, dozens of attendees of the party reported walking away with serious eye injuries and severe sunburn. The party, which was held at Landmark mall is undergoing an investigation as to what happened to cause these injuries according to a statement made by HypeBeast.
“The case is now under investigation by the insurance company and we are not in a position at the moment to draw conclusions about what happened.”
James Acey who DJ’d the party, suffered extensive trauma to his eyes caused by the event.
“The event was decked out in blue and pink neon lights all over the place… I leave the event and later that next morning, I wake up at 3am with the worst eye pain I’ve ever had. Essentially the feeling that there is sand in my eyes and it can’t be washed or blinked away.”
“I essentially thought it was my allergies but I’ve never had allergies this bad and this intense. So I’m struggling for the next twelve hours, thinking and feeling that I might be going blind, trying to sleep it off, but unable too – my eyes are watering and I’m unable to keep them open.”
The symptoms reported by the injured guests are caused by exposure to UVC rays without protection. Acey told HKFP that after what felt like a “slow response” from HypeBeast, he returned to the venue to see if the pop-up was still open, and to personally examine the lighting. Upon doing so, he found that they were using Philips TUV 30W G30 T8 lights instead of black lights.
According to the Philips website, their UV lighting can be used for water and air purification, and the radiation emitted is germicidal.
“UVC radiation is known to break the DNA of bacteria, viruses and spores. As a result, they are rendered harmless. UV radiation can be used for multiple purposes in water and air treatment, but is primarily employed as a disinfection process that inactivates micro-organisms without chemicals. For other applications, UV is used for the removal of organic and inorganic chemicals, including chlorine, chloramines, ozone and Total Organic Carbon (TOC) emerging contaminants.”
It is unclear who installed the lighting at the venue, but those involved will be affected for some time to come. Mr. Acey and others are still feeling the effects of the damaging lighting and some may have permanent damage. The sad irony of this situation is that at a collaboration event with such a prolific artist, people would suffer eye injuries.
So far there has been no comment made by the owners of the venue at Landmark mall, and the issue is still under investigation.
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