The sound installation created by Dr Chow Yiu-fai is on exhibition at West Kowloon Cultural District


周耀輝博士的聲音裝置現於西九文化區展出

Dr Chow (third from right) is one of the advisers of the exhibition


周耀輝博士(右三)擔任展覽的顧問

Date: 05 Apr 2017 (Wednesday)

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Humanities and Creative Writing scholar shows gender culture with sound installation

人文及創作系學者以聲音裝置表達性別文化

A sound installation named “Twist and Turns”, designed by Dr Chow Yiu-fai, Assistant Professor of the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing, is now being exhibited in the first popular culture exhibition organised by M+, the museum of visual culture in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District. It aims to let members of the public know more about the gender neutral and gender fluid phenomena. 
 
“Twist and Turns” comprises four major components, including: radio dramas popular in the 1950s and 1960s in which one actor played multiple roles in the same drama by using many voices; Cantonese operatic tradition of women playing male characters and vice versa; a compilation of singers’ breathing sounds that were originally deleted during the production process; and a remix edition of a pop song ‘Androgynous’. Dr Chow said that to create the installation, he drew primarily on his documentation and representation of his childhood memories and his own experience working as a lyric writer.
 
From various presentation channels, Dr Chow picked up sound installation. He said “Our ears stay open, so supposedly they are more indiscriminate and democratic than other organs, such as eyes. I am interested in the evocativeness of sound. In addition, I think sound is an indispensable part of Hong Kong pop culture. With visuals becoming increasingly dominant, it is important for us to try and listen.” 
 
The exhibition “Ambiguously Yours: Gender in Hong Kong Popular Culture (Ambiguously Yours) ”, which runs until 21 May 2017 aims at examining popular culture by considering the 1980s and 1990s in Hong Kong popular culture as a platform for avant-garde experimentation in representations of gender identity. For more details, please refer to: http://www.westkowloon.hk/tc/ambiguously-yours/ambiguously-yours-gender-in-hong-kong-popular-culture

人文及創作系助理教授周耀輝博士設計的音響裝置「聲煽/線動」現於西九文化區M+視覺文化博物館首個探索流行文化的展覽展出,讓公眾人士進一步了解香港流行文化所展示的中性或流動性別的現象。
 
「聲煽/線動」由四大部份組成,包括香港50、60年代電台劇集,表現者會一人利用不同聲線分飾多角;傳統粵劇中女扮男或男扮女的典型現象;將一般會在錄製過程中被刪掉的流行歌手呼吸聲,再度剪輯;以及將流行曲《雌雄同體》重新混音。周博士表示,構思裝置時,主要根據他年少時的回憶及紀錄,以及作為流行曲作詞人的經驗。
 
在多種表達方法中,周博士選擇了聲音。他說:「耳朶日夜運作,相對其他器官,例如眼睛,會較平等地接收聲音,不會歧視。我一直對能夠喚起記憶的聲音有興趣,而且聲音是香港流行文化不可或缺的部分,加上視覺藝術的主導性越來越顯著,我想我們應多作嘗試及多聆聽。」
 
該展覽主題為「曖昧:香港流行文化中的性別演繹」,展期由現在至5月21日,目的是成為一個平台,以檢視80至90年代香港流行文化,並展現前衛的性別形象。詳情請參考:
http://www.westkowloon.hk/tc/ambiguously-yours/ambiguously-yours-gender-in-hong-kong-popular-culture