Synopsis: 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. Cityscape 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 have consequential contradiction? Trading behavior in stores form majority part of human living culture, as well as values of the public. It means that personality is gradually being worn down. Hong Kong as a small and densely packed city indicates the possibility to travel the whole town for recording. By going down the streets for filming open chain stops in daytime and taking photos for closed small stores at night, I combine the both and make 18 videos. The18 videos represent the 18 districts of Hong Kong showing repetition of each district. On the contrary, accompanying with an irony mind, I endeavor to record their remaining and existing characteristics against oppression. Present Reminiscences of the Eastern Capital is a forecast towards future, as well as a metaphor of anxiety.
TANG Kwok Hin
Present Reminiscences of the Eastern Capital, Wan Chai District