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聽（不）見（不）聽 （不）見（不）聽（不）見 – 網上展覽開幕暨藝術家分享會
Guest Curation Project 客席策展 (II)
The Inevitable II: the Repetitive – Online Exhibition Launch and Sharing
31.10.2015 (SAT 六) 3:30 – 5pm @ SYUT 談風：vs：再說
Unit B, 10/F, Gee Luen Factory Building, 316-318 Kwun Tong Road, Ngau Tau Kok
* 此活動以廣東話主講 This event will be conducted mainly in Cantonese.
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Repetition. Does it capture our attention? Or quite the contrary?
I started writing pop lyrics more than two decades ago. This is one of the questions that keep me bewildered.
Of course, in the world of pop music, it seems evident. It seems to me that one of the inevitable manifestations of pop music is the repetitive. The melody (mostly) repeats itself, the words (mostly) repeat themselves, and only when a song is being played again and again, does it become noticed, popular, and the people connected with the song become known.
At the same time, many people in our city fare differently. They disappear even though – or precisely because – they repeat things.
Think of the ‘Next stop is…’ announcements on MTR.
Think of the cold calls urging you to try their facial treatments.
Think of the market places constructed in different tongues.
Think of the newspaper distributors early in the mornings.
Who notices them? Why is the story of repetition so different for these sounds and their makers?
Yvette Wong, Dickson Lam, Charmaine Chan and Natalie Yuen document and rework these repetitive sounds in their projects that persuade us to listen, and to visualize their usually invisible makers in the usually invisible time and space.
I guess we are trying to make it less inevitable about the repetitive, about who gets the attention and who not, about the funny operations of our commodifying city that are so very often repetitive.
Chow Yiu Fai
Curated by lyrics’ writer Chow Yiu-fai, the second part of the Guest Curation Project by The Library by soundpocket will be launched and four student artists will share their works during the event.
Please stay tuned with us for more details!
About the Curator
Chow Yiu Fai received his PhD degree at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam. He is Assistant Professor at the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing of Hong Kong Baptist University. Next to his academic life, Chow is also an award-winning creative writer. He has penned some 1,000 lyrical works for a diversity of Chinese pop artists. Lately, Chow has been increasingly involved in prose writing, multi-media and visual art projects.
About Guest Curation Project
“Guest Curation” is The Library’s long-term project inaugurated in 2014. Artist/curator Solomon Yu, lyrics’ writer Chow Yiu-fai, and artist Pak Sheung-chuen, are invited to take an active role in interpreting the existing materials in The Library. Their concept and curation will become mini-websites that could be accessed from The Library.