Auditory Scenes : Rabbit Travelogue: Central Region

Rabbit Travelogue: Central Region
sound composition, live performance, CD publication, 2010

Rehabilitation, demolition, collective memories, public spaces…with no doubt, these words can be considered as most frequent words appearing in the discussion of urban planning in Hong Kong. Streets, spaces, the aura of daily life, landscape and soundscape are undergoing the rapid changes in recent years. Behind these changes, what is the mechanism or ideology indeed? Taiwanese essayist and cultural critic, Lung Ying-tai, articulates the term “central value” which describes the domination and limitation of the perspective in observing Hong Kong as well as main and absolute value in determining the urban development of the city. Wandering in different places or spaces and collection of soundscape in Central and Sheung Wan, what Rabbit Travelogue: Central Region trying to articulate is to observe, correspond, questioning the central value by using sound and its archival and creative practice. By continuously recording and observation of the places around the areas, this project aims at portraying different possibilities on understanding, constituting and examining the places where the artists had been over Central and Sheung Wan. Through the attentive listening about places, events and happening of the areas, how do the artist and listeners go deeper in searching for the other side of certain memories and emotions which confronting the central value?

Central Region is a side project coming up with Rabbit Travelogue and it is focus on the travelogues of soundscape in Central and Sheung Wan. This project to certain extend is the artist’s personal records and diary of his wanderings in different spaces and occasions which try to reflect a different perspective on examining a place as well as articulate certain emotions towards one place.

The project is supported by Hong Kong Art development Council (HKADC) under Emerging Artist Scheme. It associates with one sound performance and a CD publication.

Duration: 46’45