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THE FUNAMBULIST PODCAST Nº116

THE HONG KONG UMBRELLA MOVEMENT: EPISODE 4/5 & 5/5

The Hong Kong Umbrella Movement: Episode 4/5, recorded with Chloe Cheuk in Hong Kong on October 9, 2016. Episode 5/5, recorded with Joe Tse in Hong Kong on October 10, 2016.

From September 26 to December 15, 2014, tens of thousands of predominantly young Hong Kong residents occupied night and day the strategic sites of Admiralty (central business district on the North shore of the island) and Mong Kok (commercial core of Kowloon). These protests in the lineage of the revolutionary movements started in 2011 by what was commonly called the “Arab Spring,” then followed by various “occupations” in the Western World, occurred in opposition to the reform of the Hong Kong electoral system by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC). This series of five episodes of conversations with young participants to the movement intervenes at the beginning of the year when universal suffrage was promised by the Chinese Government to be implemented in Hong Kong. The contested decision of the NPCSC in 2014 consisted in a revision of this promise regarding the preliminary vetting of candidates to HK Chief Executive by Beijing. The occupations of the umbrella movement saw many interventions by young artists; they are the protagonists of this series recorded in October 2016 about their understanding and relation to the movement. Episode 4 and 5 with respectively Chloe Cheuk and Joe Tse give us two short and personal account of Hong Kong natives taking part of this movement.

Chloë Cheuk graduated from the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong in 2012, and is now pursuing MFA, major in sculpture, at Concordia University in Quebec, Canada. Her solo exhibitions include “She, herself” (Things that can happen, Hong Kong, 2015); “After Blossom” (100ft. PARK, Hong Kong, 2015); “Every Every, Fuse:: A.I.R.” (Videotage, Hong Kong, 2015); “A Little Bit Different” (2015, ZHdK, Switzerland). She has participated in a number of group exhibitions, including LOOP Festival (2016, Barcelona, Spain); 16th Media Art Biennale WRO (2015, Wroclaw, Poland); Ars Electronica Centre (2014-2015, Linz, Austria).

WEBSITE:

– chloecheuk.com

PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE SITES OF THE RECORDINGS:

HK Mini Series Podcast 2
In Yuen Long with Chloe Cheuk
HK Mini Series Podcast 1
In Tseung Kwan O with Joe Tse