Monthly Archives: November 2012

PHOTOGRAPHY – Pictures of Hong Kong in 1972 11

Nick DeWolf captured daily life in Hong Kong during a trip to Asia in 1972 – there are hundreds more on his Flickr. It was the same year as the deadly Po Shan Road landslide (video at the bottom) and the year a British luxury liner sank in Victoria Harbour. 1972 was also the year in which President Richard Nixon became the first US President to visit the mainland – arguably the beginning of its opening up.

Click here for newly unearthed pictures from the 50s, here for an ‘old and new’ side-by-side comparison, here for some more vintage shots, or here to see how the HK harbour has evolved over the decades. For all historical entries, click here.

ART – Exhibition: ‘Rodentia in Absentia’ by Adrian Wong 2

‘Rodentia in Absentia’ by Adrian Wong is currently exhibiting in Central…

Collaborating with a number of domesticated animals to complete his work, Wong engages in an archaeology of the Cantonese street by appropriating aesthetic elements from tile walls, vinyl flooring, window bars, decorative screens, and other design objects indoors and out, traditional and contemporary.”…

MUSIC – Complete Clockenflap 2012 Guide: Printer-friendly Map & Line-up 5

Below is the 100% unoffical, updated line-up and map for Clockenflap 2012 (click for a high-res version)…

*Update: Photos from this year’s Clockenflap.

Clockenflap 2012 Map and Line-up

Clockenflap 2012 Map and Line-up version 2 – click to enlarge

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For more on Clockenflap Festival 2012 and photos from last year click here. Check out this page for the latest update on the line-up.

As of the-night-before, Your Mum (stage) is almost ready…

MUSIC – Ambient Monolake Album Mixes Sounds of the MTR 3

‘Hongkong’ is a 1997 album by Monolake – a German electronic music act. It was re-issued in 2008. As part of the chillout/euphoria trend of the 90s, the original members, Gerhard Behles and Robert Henke, travelled to Hong Kong and reworked sounds of the city into a  minimalist, ambient soundscape. Below is the dreamy closing track, ‘Mass Transit Railway’…

Click here to listen to a playlist of the full debut album.

ACTIVISM – HK Communities Unite in Peaceful Protest for Gaza 10

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A diverse group of concerned Hong Kongers marched today from Victoria Park to the Israeli Consulate in Admiralty demanding an end to the Israeli occupation and the current bombardment of Gaza…

Hong Kong legislator ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok Hung was joined by Rami El-Ashi, one of two Palestinians present at the demonstration. Rami spoke to Reuters and AP about his concerns for his family who remain trapped in Gaza…

As of yesterday, 48 Palestinians – around half civilians, including 13 children and a toddler have been killed in Israeli raids. 3 Israeli civilians have been killed in Palestinian rocket attacks.

EVENTS – Win a Pair of Tickets to Vixens Burlesque’s Festive Charity Show 4

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Share this page on Twitter or comment to win 2 tickets worth HK$500. Winner will be randomly selected and contacted on Friday, November 30th.

Vixens Burlesque is bringing another full length adult cabaret to Hong Kong this Christmas…

“After the smashing success of Snow and the Deadly Seven your favourite Burlesque troupe is back with a holiday cabaret that is sure to “stuff your stocking”. Join our heroine, Candy Cane and the Sugar Plum Fairies as they try to save Christmas from the evil Bah Hum Bugs.  A cabaret full of both classic holiday songs and modern staples of our favourite time of year!”

Part of the proceeds and all the money from the raffle will go to the Union Biblical Seminary orphanage in Yangon, Myanmar. The venue is Bisous LKF between December 6th-8th, 8pm. Tickets are HK$250 including a drink. 18+ only.

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ART – Videotage ‘Wikitopia’ at Microwave Festival Annex 1

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‘Living at Form’ video exhibition is closing tomorrow at Unit 13, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan.

Presented by Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, “Living As Form (Wikitopia Version) features 20 international art projects”, “already selected as part of the touring exhibition Living as Form (The Nomadic Version)”, emphasizing participation, “dialogue and community engagement. In collaboration with 25 curators from around the world”, Nato Thompson has selected 50 projects as the foundation of this exhibition, “which will expand as it travels.

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EVENTS – Peaceful Protest in Solidarity With Gaza – THIS SUNDAY, Victoria Park 2pm. 2

A peaceful protest is being organised to show solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, suffering under the illegal Israeli led occupation and escalating onslaught of attacks. Earlier this week, Israel launched “Operation Pillar of Clouds” with a series of air strikes. These attacks have continued despite reports of civilian casualties. Hamas is retaliating and it’s likely this conflict will escalate further.

Please share this event with your networks, bring your banners and signs and spirit to the action: Facebook event / A4 Flyer/Poster / Zip file of .doc & .pdf versions for printing.

Meet at Victoria Park statue – South Playground, Hong Kong at 2pm and walk towards the Israel Consulate (Admiralty).

MUSIC – Clockenflap 2012 Update – New Acts Accounced 2

Clockenflap 2012 Tickets

Just three weeks to go until the HK’s fifth Clockenflap Festival on December 1st and 2nd. Early bird tickets are now sold out, but weekend and single-day entry is still available from Clockenflap is the SAR’s biggest live music, film, art installations, digital arts and animation.

During a press conference on Saturday, the organisers announced more new acts, including The Klaxons, ‘!!!’, Bastille & The Rubens…

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Sun Eskimos and two-thirds of 9Maps also played as the final details of this year’s festival were released…

POLITICS – Shots from HK’s Gay Pride Parade 12

4000 people including openly gay legislator Raymond Chan Chi-chuen joined Hong Kong’s annual gay pride event on Saturday.

HK remains years behind other ‘world cities’ with regards to LGBT rights. Homosexuality was only legalised in the 90’s and the age of consent was only equalised for gay couples in 2006 (despite opposition from Donald Tsang). In 2008, a judge upheld a ruling against RTHK for broadcasting a programme about homosexuality which failed to give air-time to homophobic counter viewpoints. And until as recently as 2009 , co-habiting gay couples were not recognised in the Domestic Violence Ordinance.

Meanwhile, anti-discrimination laws remain flimsy. Same-sex marriage and civil unions are illegal and sex changes are not recognised by the state. Just last week, legislators voted against a motion urging the government to consult the public on new laws to protect the rights of sexual minorities whilst 27% of citizens surveyed believed gays should “keep their views to themselves”. Much of the local opposition to gay rights has been fanned by the right-wing Society for Truth and Light (who have been quite rightly described as the SAR’s “moral Taliban”.)

The ongoing debates still raging in Hong Kong plant our city firmly in the 1970s. Heroic human rights lawyer, Michael Vidler, stated that “Hong Kong needs to keep pace with worldwide social trends and developments in protecting human rights if it is to remain a world city.”

Shots by Flickr user H.L.Tam

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