Take a Walk, Hong Kong!

漫遊散步之都香港

Take a Walk, Hong Kong! 

“The Wandering Scholars” x 流動民主課室 (Mobile Democracy Classroom)

5月30日(六) “漫步又一城” 報名表

(活動設有英中現場翻譯)

我們計劃於今年(2015年)五月到十月間舉辦四場“散步活動”。這裡說的散步既指今年中文語境中的各種挑戰政府和表達意見的遊行抗爭,也寓意居波伊筆下的“心里地理學”學派的傳統——即在城市的建築和公共空間內進行政治探索。這門關於散步的課程直接受到雨傘運動以來相關湧現的社會運動的啟發,採用心里地理學的方法,檢視都市建築和規劃對於個人及集體在心理層面上的影響。我們希望通過這些散步和行走奪回市民的公共空間,我們可以運用心理地理學奪回都市空間,把商業性的都市轉化為社群性的空間;就像虛構作品中,總有人類星際旅行去探索未知星球,我們也可以藉助心理地理學重新構造我們的城市,將其變作龐大的“無主之地”。在呼籲政治自由之外,我們的散步之旅也呼籲都市居民、知識分子智識交流和創意表達的自由。

我們的教學小組包括Katrien Jacobs, Ian Fong, Yang Jing 和Andrew Guthrie. 我們於2014 年五月曾經在中文大學組織過一次學術集會,Wandering Scholars, 已經對行走、反思、創意、學術等題目進行過研究和表演。(關於那次活動的詳細信息, 請參考我們的官方網站http://www.wanderingscholars.com.hk/)

我們兩個散步:

1) 5月30日, 漫步又一城,地點:九龍塘,又一城
老師/主持:楊靜

這次散步將以解構和重現發現又一城的商業及公共空間為目標,邀請學者和藝術家在特定的店鋪及設施門口,講述相關品牌、產業、建築空間在香港的歷史和現狀。我們將為聽眾準備一張地圖,標註好這些講解舉辦的時間和位置。我們也鼓勵聽眾屆時參與互動,分享自己相關的見解和經驗。整個活動為時兩小時。

2) 6月13日,深水埗路邊攤之旅,地點:深水埗
老師/主持: Andrew Guthrie

這場散步將在太子,我們想要探討的話題是:第一,在香港這樣一個所謂國際性商業都市/金融中心的城市中,路邊攤對本地生活、文化、經濟和政治來說意味著什麼。同時,我們也希望能夠引發參與者對於“地圖”和“導遊手冊”這些文本的思索,理解它們在人們日常活動和心理地理學中的影響。我們將會準備不同的地圖供參與者使用,根據這些地圖,大家可以殊途同歸,在太子遊走十五分鐘,然後去到同一個終點,分享自己的所見所得。

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Take a Walk, Hong Kong!

We organised  “2 walks” in May and June 2015 to honor the tradition of “psychogeography” (Guy Debord) as a politicized exploration of city buildings and spaces and way of honoring the Chinese tradition of “taking a walk” (散步) or “sightseeing” to collectively question and lament government policies. This idea is inspired by recent social activism during Umbrella Movement empirically, and the theoretical tradition of Psycho-geography, a method of examining the psychological influence of urban architecture on the individual and the crowd. We’d like to use these walks to reclaim urban spaces, to alter their purpose from commercial to social, and to rename the city as a gigantic “no-man’s land” worthy of the same kind of exploration as those missions that travel to another planet. In doing so, we not only advocate for political freedoms but also for the creative life of the individual and the unfettered intellect of society.

Our teaching group consists of Katrien Jacobs, Ian Fong, Yang Jing, and AndrewGuthrie. All of us were also involved in the event Wandering Scholars, which took place in CUHK in May 2015. (please refer to our website for information on this event http://www.wanderingscholars.com.hk/)

The two walks so far have been:

1) May 30th, Take A Festival Walk, Venue: Festival Walk, Kowloon Tang
Host: Yang Jing

The Festival Walk was used as venue for a series of presentations that will generally address the cultural/social status of the mall in Hong Kong. Presentations were situated inside the Festival Walk with specific locations relating to the content of the speaker’s presentation. 

2) Jun 13th, Wandering in Prince Edwards. Venue: streets in Prince Edwards, Kowloon

Host: Andrew Guthrie

A discussion of Psycho-Geography, its relation to both Situationism and the Umbrella Movement of Hong Kong, followed by a simple audience assignment in wandering and a debriefing in which they discuss their findings. 

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