何處來?何處去? 2.0 version

題目: 何處來?何處去? 2.0 version

Where to go ? Where to come from? 2.0 version

作品 ” 何處來?何處去?2.0 version” 的產生源於 2014 年的香港 ‘佔中’ 事件。作品最早的引子是我於2006年時首次踏足美國,在紐約居住的那數個月所接觸 的 ‘自由’ , ‘理想’ , ‘民主’ 與 ‘身分’ 的價值觀經驗!那就是自由女神;或,自由神像!象徵著一個時代所期望的理想!創作 人十分感慨當時他在紐約市所遇到的自由神像都可以自由地以唔同嘅形式出現!有偏鼻,有Q版,有銀色,有五官不全?,又有歪口歪鼻,仲有唔同膚色,各式各 樣,蔚為奇觀!

在那一刻!令藝術家不期然勾起廿年前 – 1986 – 第一次踏足祖國土地的視覺震撼,滿眼所見既都係一同位人物既圖像!這人物圖像出現次數比廟宇中既神像多。但最有趣的,是這人物的所有造型都必須依據中央所規定的官方標準,無論係畫嘅,印嘅,立體嘅,通通係對這人物有著特定的標準和無誤差嘅描述! 絲毫沒有任何誤差!

回到2006年,當我遇那麼多千奇百怪的美國自由神像時,腦海不自覺地浮現那絲毫不差的毛主席像!兩者都在同一個年代代表著某一個【理想】!但不同地方嘅人民對【理想】所能行使的詮釋權卻大有逕庭!

回看今天, 2014年,社會不同階層尤其是八十後青少年等新一代香港人,為 ‘普選’ 而發展出一連串 ‘佔中’ ( 金鐘,旺角, 銅鑼灣等) 行動,特區政府的反應,以及市民兩極化的所思所想,都為出生於中國,及有濃厚印尼背景但又成長於這時代的我有一種對 ‘身份’ 這個概念加上了無形的思考衝擊。

創作人只能以兩個問題作為此作品的題:

何處來?何處去?

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Short Version:

The genesis of my idea to create this piece could be dated back to my first visit to America in 2006. In my perception, I always have one idea of the ‘Statue of Liberty’ [1]in my mind since I was a kid. This perception has not changed until I first arrived in US in 2006. I had been living in the US for three months as an ACC fellow [2], and since then had reinterpreted the concept and the value of “freedom/liberty” and “democracy/ republic”, “a dream / ideal” ; identity.
To me, this statue represents a dream and an ideal world at a certain point in history. But, as an artist new to New York, I felt stunned and surprised to encounter so many different kinds and types of the ‘Statue of Liberty’ in the city. The appearance of the ‘Statue of Liberty’ can be freely visualised and transformed with any kinds of idea and methods, ranging from color, shape, proportion, etc. For example, I saw the skin of the ‘Statue of Liberty’ painted in black, orange and silver; I saw the eyes, nose and mouth merged together; I saw her skinny or fat; I saw the figure performed by an actor in the street, etc.

Such an experience was amazing to mm which recalling my first impression of my first visit to Mainland of China 20 years ago. In 1986, when I was sixteen, it was the first time I visited China officially, the most impressive experience was to see the same image of Chairman Mao widely spread out in the different cites, and the quantity of this figure is certainly more than the statues in the temples. In the past, there was an old Chinese saying: ‘statues are full of the sky’; but today, I could feel this saying had another meaning. The most interesting thing was, I noticed that every versions of this statue are absolutely identical. This figure can be found everywhere through different medium of pictorial representation, such as sculpture, printed matter, badge, painting and poster, etc. But no matter the difference in medium, shape and proportion, the figures are all visualized precisely the same – as all need to be centralized and standardized by the rule and the law.

When coming back to Hong Kong, I could not help comparing these two different experiences. Different people from different countries are offered different rights to interpret each figure respectively. This is a simple observation, but one that touched me a lot, which lead me to further question: Where we are going? Where are we coming from?

Today, looking back at 2014, the Occupy Central movement (yellow umbrella revolution ) covering places like Admiralty, Mongkok and Causeway Bay in Hong Kong was initiated by people from different walks of life, and post 80’s youngsters in particular, to fight for universal suffrage. Looking at the response of the government and the polarized views of the citizens, I, someone born in mainland China but carries Indonesian background and living in this contemporary time, was forced to reconsider my own identity.

As the creator of this piece, I am only able to give its title by asking two questions:

Where to go? Where to come from?

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Full Version:

Where to go ? Where to come from? V.2.0 

The genesis of my idea to create this piece could be dated back to 3 of my experiences in 3 different years: 1986, 2006, and 2014 .

2006

My first visit to America in 2006. 

To me, this statue represents a dream and an ideal world at a certain point in history. But, as an artist new to New York, I felt stunned and surprised to encounter so many different kinds and types of the ‘Statue of Liberty’ in the city. Such an experience was amazing to mm which recalling my first impression of my first visit to Mainland of China 20 years ago. 

1986

My first time to re-turn back to China for travelling and sightseeing. 

When coming back to Hong Kong, I could not help comparing these two different experiences. Different people from different countries are offered different rights to interpret each figure respectively. This is a simple observation, but one that touched me a lot, which lead me to further question: Where we are going? Where are we coming from?

  • Re-appraching the meaning of  liberty and democracy

In my perception, I always have one idea of the ‘Statue of Liberty’ [1] in my mind since I was a kid. This perception has not changed until I first arrived in US in 2006. I had been living in the US for three months as an ACC fellow [2], and since then had reinterpreted the concept and the value of “freedom/liberty” and “democracy/ republic”, “a dream / ideal” ;  identity.

To me, this statue represents a dream and an ideal world at a certain point in history. But, as an artist new to New York, I felt stunned and surprised to encounter so many different kinds and types of the ‘Statue of Liberty’ in the city. The appearance of the ‘Statue of Liberty’ can be freely visualised and transformed with any kinds of idea and methods, ranging from color, shape, proportion, etc. For example, I saw the skin of the ‘Statue of Liberty’ painted in black, orange and silver; I saw the eyes, nose and mouth merged together; I saw her skinny or fat; I saw the figure performed by an actor in the street, etc.

Such an experience was amazing to mm which recalling my first impression of my first visit to Mainland of China 20 years ago. In 1986, when I was sixteen, it was the first time I visited China officially, the most impressive experience was to see the same image of Chairman Mao widely spread out in the different cites, and the quantity of this figure is certainly more than the statues in the temples. In the past, there was an old Chinese saying: ‘statues are full of the sky’; but today, I could feel this saying had another meaning. The most interesting thing was, I noticed that every versions of this statue are absolutely identical. This figure can be found everywhere through different medium of pictorial representation, such as sculpture, printed matter, badge, painting and poster, etc. But no matter the difference in medium, shape and proportion, the figures are all visualized precisely the same – as all need to be centralized and standardized by the rule and the law.

When coming back to Hong Kong, I could not help comparing these two different experiences. Different people from different countries are offered different rights to interpret each figure respectively. 

Last year, in 2014

On 31 August 2014, the tenth session of the Standing Committee in the twelfth National People’s Congress set limits for the 2016 Legislative Council election and 2017 Chief Executive election

Occupy Central with Love and Peace had been expected to start their occupation on 1 October(The People’s Republic of China was founded on 1 October 1949.) 

At around 6 pm, shots of tear gas were fired.The heavy-handed policing, including the use of tear gas on peaceful protesters, inspired tens of thousands of citizens to join the protests in Admiralty that night.Eventually, the Hong Kong police fired tear gas 87 times totally. 

In my school, some students have joined the protests in Admiralty immediately, and some of them acted as the  act voluntary to make more than hundreds of gas masks through different methods. Some collected hundreds of plastic bottle and then cut it down and combined in with mask and gas filter in Japanese shop / supermarkets, etc. The division of labour and the whole production process is like the production line in the factory, the difference is the production line was on the floor, of the school campus, there is not 9:00 am – 5:00pm working time but overnight work instead. Afterwards, they smuggling  those custom made ‘gas masks’ to the Central and Admiralty.  As their school teacher, I am the one who helped to move those mask to the Admiralty. 

 I then have my observation on  liberty and democracy, in HK, before 1997 ( before handed over to China), we always think liberty and democracy is common even it is a colonial city, even after 1997, we are promised to have our own right – high degree of autonomy – from the constitutional principle of “One Country, Two Systems” , but when I combined these 3 experiences together, the idea of ‘ highdegree of autonomy’ touched me a lot,   as a Hong Kong people, or to me, as the one was born in Kunming, and moved to Hong Kong when still 3 years ago, growing up in Hong Kong, travelling around the world these 20 years, and then now I am in Hong Kong again, which lead me to further question:

  • Where we are going? Where are we coming from? 

Text by HUNG Keung 2015

Video Installation by HUNG Keung
Digital Video Installation : 3 monitors / projections or  3 in 1 screen
Length : 6 mins (lopping)
Format: HD Video 1920 x1080
Year: 2015

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