Hong Kong, Hong Kong, an afternoon of screenings and discussions

Oct 05, 2013

Para Site is pleased to present Hong Kong, Hong Kong, an afternoon of screenings and discussions on 5 October 2013 between 13.00 – 19.00 hrs.

Co-curated and introduced by Venus Lau and Qinyi Lim, Hong Kong, Hong Kong looks at the depictions of Hong Kong’s land and spacescapes through the lens of works by Fruit Chan, Mamoru Oshii and Jacob Cheung.

Just as The Floating Eternity by architectural design firm BREAD Studio is a conceptual proposal for a floating graveyard meant to alleviate land scarcity linked with the tradition of abode for the afterlife, this programme looks at how these issues are rendered within the living in different societal layers. The selection of films looks at these layers as negotiated through perspectives such as the cage people in Cheung’s Cageman (145mins, 1992), the underprivileged in Chan’s Made in Hong Kong (108mins, 1997), or the dystopian landscape of 2029 as portrayed in Ghost In The Shell (83mins, 1995).

Hong Kong, Hong Kong is part of the public programmes accompanying Para Site’s current exhibition The Floating Eternity Project, running until 10 November. The show explores the processes leading to the formation of memory landscapes and the scarcity of private and public spaces for both the living and the dead. 

Venus Lau is an independent curator and writer living and working in Hong Kong. Lau is researching into the Pear River Delta region as well as the representation of triads in Hong Kong cinema. She is currently working on her MA Thesis with the focus on hauntology and the paradox of appearance in media art. Lau is the chairman of the curatorial office Society for Experimental Cultural Production and was awarded the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards’ jury prize for art criticism in 2011.

Para Site is Hong Kong's leading contemporary art space and one of the oldest and most active independent art centres in Asia. It produces exhibitions, publications and discursive projects aimed at forging a critical understanding of local and international phenomena in art and society.

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Jacob Cheung 張之亮, Cage People 籠民, 1992