Present《Reminiscences of the Eastern Capital》
1/18 | Yuen Long District
《Reminiscences of the Eastern Capital》records 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 ordinary people. It also mentions that there are more than 100 different stores situated in the center of the city. This is the time truly contending and prosperous.
Cityscapes constructed by modern chain stores show rigid outlook under globalization and the capital market. Does Metropolises inevitably destroy individual operators? Individuals and the general public; conservation and development; resistance and tolerance are consequential contradiction? Trading behavior in stores form a significant part of human living culture, as well as values of the public. It means that personality is gradually being worn down.
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 a video. Present 《Reminiscences of the Eastern Capital》expresses my thoughts towards streets of Hong Kong in future and also my lament.
The original whole body of work includes 18-channel video which basically depict the 18 districts of Hong Kong. This project is still working in progress.
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