Present《Reminiscences of the Eastern Capital》 今《東京夢華錄》

 Present《Reminiscences of the Eastern Capital》 今《東京夢華錄》, 2012-now
18-channel video

video:
part one: Yuen Long District: http://vimeo.com/75026858, 6min15s
part two: Yau Tsim Mong District: http://vimeo.com/74280562, 6min15s
part three: Central and Western District: http://vimeo.com/102514220, 6min15s
part four_teaser: Wan Chai District: http://vimeo.com/148800834, 6min15s






This project deals with the change of cityscapes in Hong Kong under irresistible power of globalization.

Reminiscences of the Eastern Capitalrecords a period of history about Kaifeng in Northern Song Dynasty under Emperor of Hui-tsung. The Book depicts scenes of daily life from the nobility to the ordinary people. It also mentions that there are more than 100 different stores situated in the center of the city. This is the time truly contending and prosperous.

Cityscape constructed by modern chain stores show rigid outlook under globalization and the capital market. Does Metropolises inevitably destroy individual operators? Individuals and the general public; conservation and development; resistance and tolerance have consequential contradiction? Trading behavior in stores form majority part of human living culture, as well as values of the public. It means that personality is gradually being worn down.

Hong Kong as a small and densely packed city indicates the possibility to travel the whole town for recording. By going down the streets for filming open chain stops in daytime and taking photos for closed small stores at night, I combine the both and make 18 videos. The18 videos represent the 18 districts of Hong Kong showing repetition of each district. On the contrary, accompanying with an irony mind, I endeavor to record their remaining and existing characteristics against oppression. Present Reminiscences of the Eastern Capitalis a forecast towards future, as well as a metaphor of anxiety.


《東京夢華錄》記載北宋徽宗年間開封城的一段歷史,描繪了這時期居住在東京的上至王公貴族、下及庶民百姓的日常生活情景。書中更提及到市中心處百多家不同店鋪,相互爭鳴,實繁盛一時。

現代連鎖店構成的都市景觀,呈現全球化及資本市場下刻板的面貌。大都會是否必然摧毀個體戶?個體與大眾;保育與發展;對抗與包容是必然的對立?店鋪的買賣行為本質地築起人民一大部分的生活文化,進而形成大眾的價值觀。這意味著,個性正從街道起被消磨泯滅。

走到街頭拍下連鎖店營業時的影片,也為個體店拍下關門時的照片,並將二者結合。今《東京夢華錄》的影像,是一己對香港未來街頭的預示及慨嘆。

基於香港是細小而高度集中的城市,故這個計劃預期會走遍香港十八區拍攝十八條錄像,一方面是捕捉各區的重覆性,卻同時極力記下還依存在各區的獨有文化及景觀。這將是香港這段時期整個的城市記錄。