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Still from 'Wěndìng Fánróng', a two- channel HD video, made in Hong Kong, during my 10-week residency at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University (@hkbaptistu). Sound by Jan Jelinek ~ Loop-finding-jazz-records - Moire (Strings). ⭕️ Follow the link in bio to watch the video ⭕️
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The principle that organises the official identity of Hong Kong under Chinese rule reads: “wěndìng fánróng” (stability & prosperity). In fact, there is a missing subtext that one can borrow from Robert Venturi’s seminal book on postmodern architecture: complexity & contradiction*. The latter two terms reveal the complementary foundations upon which the official Chinese discourse constructs the image of HK as an exuberant and thriving community. Yet contemporary HK is more than that: its complex and contradictory nature stems from its turbulent historical past, its colonisation and decolonisation, its re-nationalisation, the constant movement of goods and capital, the social injustice and inequality, and above all, the perpetual movement of its people. This movement produces the political, cultural and social mix that generates a hybridised identity, with ephemeral foundations and fluid characteristics. HK’s contradictions and complexities are scribed on the body of its city, manifested in its urban landscape, in the organisation of working, living and public spaces. The city’s structural formations and functions encapsulate the spirit of its past, present and future, speak of its monstrosities and its miracles, uproot the official Chinese discourse and reveal a wealth of contradictions that constitute HK as one of the most attractive and mesmerizing dystopias on earth. ---- *Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, Robert Venturi, Moma, 1977.
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Still from 'Wěndìng Fánróng', a two- channel HD video, made in Hong Kong, during my 10-week residency at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University (@hkbaptistu). Sound by Jan Jelinek ~ Loop-finding-jazz-records - Moire (Strings). ⭕️ Follow the link in bio to watch the video ⭕️ ___ Project description The principle that organises the official identity of Hong Kong under Chinese rule reads: “wěndìng fánróng” (stability & prosperity). In fact, there is a missing subtext that one can borrow from Robert Venturi’s seminal book on postmodern architecture: complexity & contradiction*. The latter two terms reveal the complementary foundations upon which the official Chinese discourse constructs the image of HK as an exuberant and thriving community. Yet contemporary HK is more than that: its complex and contradictory nature stems from its turbulent historical past, its colonisation and decolonisation, its re-nationalisation, the constant movement of goods and capital, the social injustice and inequality, and above all, the perpetual movement of its people. This movement produces the political, cultural and social mix that generates a hybridised identity, with ephemeral foundations and fluid characteristics. HK’s contradictions and complexities are scribed on the body of its city, manifested in its urban landscape, in the organisation of working, living and public spaces. The city’s structural formations and functions encapsulate the spirit of its past, present and future, speak of its monstrosities and its miracles, uproot the official Chinese discourse and reveal a wealth of contradictions that constitute HK as one of the most attractive and mesmerizing dystopias on earth. ---- *Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, Robert Venturi, Moma, 1977.

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The first issue of »agitprop« mag is finally out and I am so pleased that, alongside an interview, the "New EU Flag" is featured in it. 
_ »agitprop« is a student-led magazine, printed at the Universität der Künste Berlin @udkberlin. The mag focuses on visual and performative ways of political communication; the first issue is dedicated to the visual "Des/Information" of the European Union. 
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Many thanks to @clara_becking , current student at Klasse Visuelle Systeme, for her thorough interview questions and our overall collaboration. Link with the interview in my bio (check the comments). ______________

#udkberlin #interview #eu #disinformation #ucl #sladealumni #contemporaryart #vsco #vscoigersworldwide #artwork #contemporaryartist #huffpostgram #flag #arts #politics #refugees #activism #openborders #refugeeswelcome #sladeschooloffineart #ig_london #ig_europe  #ig_greece #london #ig_berlin #brexit #UCL #publicimage #portico #universitycollegelondon
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The first issue of »agitprop« mag is finally out and I am so pleased that, alongside an interview, the "New EU Flag" is featured in it. _ »agitprop« is a student-led magazine, printed at the Universität der Künste Berlin @udkberlin. The mag focuses on visual and performative ways of political communication; the first issue is dedicated to the visual "Des/Information" of the European Union. _ Many thanks to @clara_becking , current student at Klasse Visuelle Systeme, for her thorough interview questions and our overall collaboration. Link with the interview in my bio (check the comments). ______________ #udkberlin #interview #eu #disinformation #ucl #sladealumni #contemporaryart #vsco #vscoigersworldwide #artwork #contemporaryartist #huffpostgram #flag #arts #politics #refugees #activism #openborders #refugeeswelcome #sladeschooloffineart #ig_london #ig_europe #ig_greece #london #ig_berlin #brexit #UCL #publicimage #portico #universitycollegelondon

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I recently met some HK teenagers in Garden Hill (Shek Kip Mei)  who mentioned that there are certain buildings in Mong Kok and Fa Yuen street with no security at the front door. This allows them to sneak in and get up on their rooftops for some nice urban shots. I walked into several ones yesterday with no luck. If any Hong Kong friends are reading this and know of any accessible building in the area, please leave me a comment or send me a pm. I will highly appreciate it. Cheers. 
I'm also really interested in HK island's rooftops (especially in Causeway Bay and Quarry Bay/ Taikoo place). _____________ 
#hongkong #iphoneography #streetstyle #streetphotography #streetphoto #hkgraffiti #hkiger #hkgirls #hkdaily #hkboys #vscoigersworldwide #visualsgang #justgoshoot #hongkonginsta #urbanphotography #hkig #hk🇭🇰 #hk❤️ #hkigers
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I recently met some HK teenagers in Garden Hill (Shek Kip Mei) who mentioned that there are certain buildings in Mong Kok and Fa Yuen street with no security at the front door. This allows them to sneak in and get up on their rooftops for some nice urban shots. I walked into several ones yesterday with no luck. If any Hong Kong friends are reading this and know of any accessible building in the area, please leave me a comment or send me a pm. I will highly appreciate it. Cheers. I'm also really interested in HK island's rooftops (especially in Causeway Bay and Quarry Bay/ Taikoo place). _____________ #hongkong #iphoneography #streetstyle #streetphotography #streetphoto #hkgraffiti #hkiger #hkgirls #hkdaily #hkboys #vscoigersworldwide #visualsgang #justgoshoot #hongkonginsta #urbanphotography #hkig #hk🇭🇰 #hk❤️ #hkigers

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