The third of a trilogy of videos on cities that relate them to the realms with which they have the most affinity but that cannot be reached by these cities’ most characteristic modes of transportation (cars in Beirut, buses and Bosphorus ferries in Istanbul, and tramways, buses, ferries, and the metro in Hong Kong): the labyrinth for postwar Beirut, the Imaginal World (‘ālam al-khayāl) for Istanbul and its songs, and “Solaris” for Hong Kong. The trilogy presents a one-way trip to labyrinthine postwar Beirut; a two-way trip to Imaginal Istanbul; and a three-way trip to a Hong Kong colored by desirous projections. What we witness in the video is not Hong Kong per se but Hong Kong as it would have been projected by the sentient ocean Solaris (of Tarkovsky’s film adaptation of Lem’s novel “Solaris”) and thus largely inflected by some desire. Whose? Is it that of one of the two video makers, as implied by his collaborator’s question to him: “Jalal, did you see her in Hong Kong or Solaris?” He saw her in Hong Kong in Solaris or as projected by Solaris.
• Part of "A Video Trilogy on Cities and Their Imaginal Complements," along with "Ah Istanbul" and "Attempt 137 to Map the Drive."