Somewhere in Time
Tang Kwong San, Yuen Nga Chi
A ray of light pierces into a withered space,
reviving scenes that will soon vanish.
In the 1950s, public phone booths were installed across Hong Kong by the British Hong Kong Government. As technological advancements have provided city-wide network coverage, the gleams of smartphone screens are seen flitting in the streets. Scattered across the city are disused phone booths that are about one square metre in size, with broken lightboxes inside.
We wrapped a disused booth in a reflective cover, and added a coin from the colonial era with a hole drilled in it, turning the booth into a pinhole darkroom. Through the inverted images inside the booth, the viewer shuttles back and forth between different landmarks before and after the handover, tracing the endlessly shifting political relationship between ‘deconstruct’ and ‘construction’ in the city.
A discarded phone booth waiting to be dismantled,
a memento of the Queen still being circulated today.
Yuen collective artwork with Tang Kwong San Somewhere in Time is selected as a Finalist of the WMA Master Awards (Light) in 2019.
WMA Master Award Light - Portfolio