Fieldwork and Housework
April 29, 2014, 8-9pm
McAulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Single channel video, 720p, colour, stereo sound
Standing at the yet developed West Kowloon Cultural District, facing to the busy Victoria Harbour, I realise that the soundscape will soon be disappeared by the future construction of the infrastructure, therefore I decided to make a soundscape video there. The atmosphere of the Victoria are marked by its surrounding skyscrapers and hills that creates a paradox of openness v.s. exclusiveness. The harbour, surprisingly, is a very rich sonic environment with the rumbling of the ship’s engine, flapping of the helicopter’s thrusts, and the waves hitting the shore. I appropriate the libretto of Handel’s Messiah written in 1742, which I treat it as the narrative of this never happened “resurrection” of this innocent, virgins’ land.