At first, I just wanted to talk about secrets. Who among us doesn't have secrets? In this world, everyone has a lot to talk about. If you have no one to talk to, you may well be suffocated by boredom. Then, let ‘s do some storytelling.
What connects people better than sharing stories? At the beginning, there are three stories. The main characters are Tsui Kam Man, Kwok Wah Sang and So Mei Kam, who travel between Hong Kong and Taiwan, and struggle to survive in the city, just like you and me. Their lives inspired five creative practitioners, Joe Fang and Chung Lun Wu from Taiwan; Edward Chiu, Jason Lam and Jean Tsoi Wai-Yin from Hong Kong. Each of them uses different media to elaborate on the details of these narratives. Audiences are immersed in this story-world, engaging freely with the digital platforms and the physical exhibition, looking for themselves while pondering on the proposition of life and death. What is our raison d'etre? If you believe that the four walls block your way, you may realize that these walls are amorphous after the visiting experience. Walls could be a sandcastle that falls at the touch of a blow, but they could also be bulletproof. The four walls indeed cannot deter you at all. Humans are good at building windows--one here, another there, and all lead to the world. The fourth one is the story of the female writer，Song Dan Jing. Her tale, covering the first three stories and the interpretation by creative practitioners, also determines the exhibition format. From text to the three-dimensional world, let us travel beyond the boundaries of life and death, let us be with you.
Here are a few tips for you, take these as hints if you like:
P.S. Where does one's torment come from? I keep thinking about that. Through cross-disciplinary collaboration, we connect you with the story plots. You may find a connection between the lines, or be struck by personal memories and sorrows listening to the melodies; you may accidentally look into the mirror without recognizing yourself, or be seen as a character in a play when you try to focus on reading. These are the puzzles to be filled by the visitors. The scene and the room will not be completed until someone walks in and goes through every corner of it. Have a nice trip.
When we are reading stories, we build an imagined world populated with life-like characters, who are nothing but our self-projection. Our faces emerge after reading the stories.
Hold on – are you reading from the screen, or is the screen reading you?
Age 34, currently based in Taiwan, a Director & Photographer
34 歲 現居台灣的影像工作者
Studied Animation when he was in University, and became a self-taught photographer by then. His visual practice integrates his animation skills as well as his instinct as a photographer, creating a unique but also diversified style. He collaborated with many famous stars in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China, includes A-Mei, MayDay, Sodagreen, Sandy Lam, Waa Wei, Hocc & Ellen Loo etc., being their music video director & photographer, cover & poster photographer and also concert teaser director. He also directed TVC commercials for brands e.g. TaoBao the 1001 nights, Samsung, BenQ and BeiBei.com. He retrieves a nice balance between his art, design and commercial works, his most recent important directors’ works are the opening video at Golden Horse Awards 2017 & Golden Bell Awards 2016 in Taiwan, and his Poster shooting collaboration entitled “movie insider series” with nowness (featuring International Movie Star Joan Chen & Chinese Director Vivian Qu).
He is the appointed concert photographer for Cheer Chen, Hebe Tien, Rene Liu and Alin. His music video collaboration “Yan Wo” with Jimmy Cho was shortlisted in the 23rd of Golden Melody Awards, and his own music video work “Show it to You” was shortlisted in the 15th of Urban Nomad Film Fest. He was featured as one of the unique photographers in Japan/ Hong Kong/ Taiwan/ China in YOHO Magazine.
When you are left with nothing but a body shell, the imperfect self does not seize to struggle and search.
The inspiration: To seek the parts that mirror oneself in every story, to uncover the imperfect self, like a squashed circle attaining its unique form.
Joe Fang, founder of Joe Fang Studio, the project initiator of Where have the Flowers Gone
An internationally awarded designer, consecutively selected in Taiwan Golden Melody Awards/ GMA for 6 times, and was appointed to be the Visual Director for Golden Bell Awards, Golden Horse Awards and Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan since 2016 for multiple times.
His design creations include CD packing, book, key visual and corporate identity etc., and he starts to involve in event management, product design, installation design and MV art direction in recent years. His signature project Where have the Flowers Gone started in 2015, aims to rejuvenate the cultural memories of Home through photographic and installation works.
作品主要領域包括唱片包裝、書籍裝幀、主視覺設計、企業識別，近年參與的專案類型也擴及活動策展、商品包裝、裝置藝術、MV 美術等領域。多次榮獲國際設計獎項，迄今六度入圍金曲獎最佳裝幀設計。2016 年起多次擔任金鐘獎、金曲獎、金馬獎等大型典禮的視覺總監。2015 年發起系列展覽「小花計畫」，以攝影、裝置展紀錄老家的文化記憶 。
Joel Kwong a.k.a KFF
鄺佳玲 （筆名 鄺霏飛）
A Chair. A Sofa. A piece of Mirror. Book(s). Newspaper. Magazine. A Desk.
A room of one, contains four walls which draws the distance between life and death, that is one’s life. You may see the memory pieces in this space, lie on the bookshelf, on the desk, on the wall, maybe they are from the characters or actually from you, it doesn’t matter indeed. One’s room is actually an universe, it won’t lock you but in reverse guiding you to another layer of time; feel free to explore, it’s all yours, at least at the moment.
Media Art Curator, Project Producer & Writer
Over 15 years’ experience of media art management and curation, Joel received her MA in Cultural Management from Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is currently the Programme Director of Microwave International New Media Arts Festival. She was in the Jury Panel for international symposium, design and art festival/ awards including Siggraph Asia 2020(South Korea), ISEA 2019 (Gwangju), 2015 Taiwan Golden Pin Awards, Siggraph Asia in 2011 & 2013, and also ISEA (HK) in 2016 etc. She started her collaboration with the local media platform Storyteller in Hong Kong since 2019, a series of illustration x short stories about Love, Taste & Memories between Hong Kong and Taipei.
She believes that art makes a better world.
Everyone has their own way of telling tales; the stories give me a picture like an universe, when the whole thought turns into a basic track, key characters from each story are then transformed into another track, then it’s a music piece. When the books are opened by audiences at different tempos in the room, the melodies form a harmony, it never repeats and it will never be the same one. The act of listening is a piece filling into the puzzle of experiencing the stories, no sequence but unity, and its fluidity forms a unique listening experience.
Have a good trip.
Musician, Sound Artist, Record Producer
Edward Chiu, graduated from School of Creative Media in City University of Hong Kong in 2013, is currently an arranger, record producer & musician in Hong Kong. He is the founding member of the band A New World If You Can Take It – ANWIYCTI – a band that has abandoned the guitar in exchange for three basses; he is the programmer, bassist and synthesizer in the band. And the band has been toured around the world including Shanghai, Taipei, Paris, Rekjavik etc. He collaborated with many singers e.g. Christopher Owens, Anthony Wong, Chochukmo, Eason Chan, Endy Chow and Kay Tse etc. Start working with media artists in the year of 2018, was one of the performers for 18 scenes in a Cage by GayBird Leung in Hong Kong Visual Arts Center, and also the composer & sound Designer for The Sunata 2019 (the immersive media art journey), in collaboration with Keith Lam, an international media artist.
趙浩權，2013年畢業於香港城市大學創意媒體學院，現為編曲家、唱片監製及音樂人。他是樂隊A New World If You Can Take It – ANWIYCTI的創隊團員，負責低音吉他、編程以及混音工作，樂隊的特色是以三支低音吉他取代傳統吉他。樂隊曾於多個城市巡迴演出，包括上海、台北、巴黎及雷克雅維克等，而他曾經合作的歌手亦包括Christopher Owens、黃耀明、觸執毛、陳奕迅、周國賢以及謝安琪等。2018年起開始與媒體藝術家合作，曾參與梁基爵的多媒體演出《籠裡的十八種風景》以及2019年與林欣傑合作的《晝鳴曲》，主要為沈浸式媒體旅程創作音樂與聲音設計。
‘The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.’
— Issac Asimov
Jason Lam graduates from School of Creative Media (City University of Hong Kong), a creative technologist in interaction technologies and procedural graphics. He is a member of Add Oil Team which focuses on projects concerning creative activism. His works include "Pavilion for Our Living", "Pavilion for Our Harbour", "Countdown Machine", "Add Oil Machine" and "Radiencescape". His works have been awarded with The Freedom Flowers Foundation Award, exhibited in Asian Art Biennial, the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Slought Foundation.
林志輝畢業於香港城市大學創意媒體學院，是打氣小隊一員，專注於互動技術與生成影像，以創作關注社會。 作品包括 《居港亭》、《海港亭》、《倒數機》、《打氣機》及 《輻射界》，作品曾獲「自由之花」首獎，於香港藝術館、亞洲藝術雙年展及斯勞特基金會等展出。
Joel’s short fictions resonate with our present states of mind and ignite boundless imagination. Every window is filled with different personal tales -- we exchange looks, sit in solitude, or cross paths with one another.
The exhibition space is designed as a room for audiences to freely explore, breaking the third-person narrative. Audiences are immersed in the stories inside and outside of these windows, allowing our worlds to unfold, overlap and collide.
Jean Tsoi , Film Art Director. Graduated from the School of Creative Media in City University of Hong Kong and has been engaged in Film Art for more than 17 years. She has been involved in over 40 local and international film productions, set foot in different cities for shooting such as Montenegro, Brazil, Myanmar, Jordan, Japan, Thailand, Budapest, Spain and China. Her significant works are Line Walker , Line Walker: The Prelude, Napping Kid, Break Up 100, Golden Job, Detective vs Sleuths and Wild City etc. Her work Trivisa awarded the Best Film in the 36th Hong Kong Film Awards (2017), and another works Bends (Chinese: 過界) is a 2013 Hong Kong drama film directed by Flora Lau, which was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.