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






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 general people. It also mentions that there are more than 100 different stores situated in the center of the city. This is the time truly competitive and prosperous.

Cityscape constructed by modern chain stores show rigid outlooks under globalization and the capital market. Do the metropolises inevitably destroy individual operators? Do Individuals and the general public; conservation and development; resistance and tolerance face consequential contradiction? Trading behavior in stores, ways of walking and seeing on the streets, form a big part of human living and culture, as well as values. 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 stores in daytime and taking photos for closed small stores at night, I combine the both and make 18-channel video. The18-channel video represents the 18 districts of Hong Kong showing repetition of each district, to depict the giant wheel-like operation of the trend and situations through stores, streets and human beings. On the contrary, accompanying with an irony mind, this project endeavors to record remaining characteristics of each district. PresentReminiscences of the Eastern Capitalwill be a complete documentation of entire Hong Kong within certain period of time.


《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上至王公貴族、下及庶民百姓的日常生活情景。書中提及到市中心處百多家不同店鋪,相互爭鳴,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嗎?店鋪的買賣行為根本地構成人民一大部分的生活與文化,進而形成大眾的價值觀。這意味著,個性正從街道被消磨泯滅。

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》意圖刻劃大都會裡巨輪般運轉的趨勢及狀態,記錄店鋪記錄街景亦記人。

香港是細小而高度密集的城市,故這計劃預期能走遍香港十八區拍攝十八道錄像。一方面捕捉各區的重覆性,卻同時極力記下還依存在各區的獨有文化及景觀。這將是整個香港一時期的城市記錄。