Is there echo in the hill? 那山頭有沒有回音?

Is there echo in the hill?, 2013
Two-channel video

video:
part one: http://vimeo.com/62610954, 24min28s
part two: http://vimeo.com/62988602, 7min12s





My relatives and I offer sacrifice to ancestors in the same mountain every year. Right, my ancestors were one of the earliest groups of people who situated in Hong Kong for more than 300 years. We own certain legal rights different from general Hong Kong residents. For an instance, we can build graves for the departed in some mountains.

In my 28-year-old’s birthday, in a day of birth thinking of death should be simply natural but I suddenly recalled my memory during childhood that there was echo in the hill at the place of one of my ancestors’ grave. I had never done anything to confirm. Therefore, I determined to go for ancestral veneration and walked from home to the grave alone. The entire journey was dramatic, as different rural and urban cityscapes always suddenly bumped into eyesight. Till the arrival, I planned to call out the departed in my life 14 times. If there were echo, 14 times of echo might return and 28 in total was same as my age.


我跟親戚每年都到同一座山祭祖。對,我的祖先是香港其中一個最早定居的群落,估計最少超過三百年。比起普遍香港市民,政府賦予原居民若干法定權利,例如離住處不遠山頭建立墳墓。

二十八歲生辰當天忽爾聯想到死亡,從生到死本該正常不過,而這令我突然記起孩童時候在山上一處墓地曾聽過回音,卻一直沒實地查證。因此,隨即一個人從家裡出發祭祖去。整個路程猶如戲劇,介乎於鄉郊與城市格局的不同場景交錯出現,圍村小徑、鐵路站、停車場、隧道、山路…… 直至山墳處,叫喚十四次生命中相識的逝者名字。若回音猶在,那麼加上此十四次回應便共為二十八,恰恰是我年歲的整數