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香港市集文化節 之「生活不是回憶!」(灣仔站)

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簡介:
沒有纜車、廣告牌、連銷店與冷氣;更沒有「假古董」與人造的「集體回憶」─這是一條活生生的市集街道,提供生活所需兼送濃厚人情味。灣仔交加街太原街市集,是戰前形成的典型露天街市,多年來風雨不改,孕育出香港人能屈能伸的街頭智慧,促進了人人做老闆的小本經營多元經濟。為了把這種香港特色發揚光大,一群商販和年青人自今年年初組成了一個「灣仔市集關注組」,舉辦了一連串工作坊,冒着炎炎夏日微觀市集、放大生活─透過攝影、繪圖、訪問等方式,重新整理出整個與我們的生活息息相關,卻又為人所忽略的文化生態;並為正面臨清拆威脅的市集尋求出路。

文化節之第一站「生活不是回憶!」將於7月21日起連續三個星期與市民街相聚街頭,探索這種生生不息的常民智慧。展覽內容分為兩個部份,分別於「一間」畫廊及太原街南街實地展出:

展覽I:
「市集多智慧」實地考察展
太原街南街頭展場

1. 小販歷史 好多故事
小販都有歷史?當然。七十九位小販組成的江湖當然多事!估你都無聽過聯姑當年由中環搭船到尖沙嘴再行路去荃灣買菜,梁生話灣仔道以前老鼠多過人……真係唔聽走寶,聽咗執到。
「行街市,聽故事」由小販們親自同你講故事,只要按號碼,打電話,就有得聽。(錄音和剪接:梁萬斯、李緯綸和杜亦蔭;技術提供:Stefan White@Mobile Adventure Ltd.)
要係街市立足,當然要識搞關係,小販如何連結起街坊友好組成龐大社區網絡?「市集人物誌+社區網絡圖」記載小販與大家的江湖事跡。
(研究整理:杜亦蔭 鍾智豪)

2. 街頭智慧 能屈能伸
唔好以為小販係低技術工人!要全天侯運作兼節省成本,小販原來係環保先鋒,無論係梅菜箱定係發泡膠,都可以變身多層貨架;天時暑熱,夾道架起流動天幕;地方細細擺完貨,行入去都仲有位!創意有機整體,只係喺街市至有得睇。
「排檔結構考」由設計研究同學為繪製的「爆炸圖」,是非一般建築結構圖,以小見大,展示排檔如何就地取材物料及街坊式陳設設計,剖析街頭能屈能伸本領與地道文化經濟。
(研究及繪圖: 梁寶山 梁寶營 香仲華 黃凱琦 姚妙麗 TMDBM)

3. 未來規劃 消滅社區
灣仔老街拆一條少一條,新建樓盤築起架空天橋。高度管理的私人屋苑,不單將公共空間私有化,還要諸多藉口將週邊的多元經濟趕盡殺絕。市集的規模經濟,與顧客人流是唇齒相依買少見少。一個只有冷氣商場與連銷超市的城市,只會走向經濟壟斷與文化單調。要了解灣仔市集的今生來世,有賴你高抬貴手,支持保育街市運動。
(研究整理:周佩詩、吳家敏)

展覽II:
「市集多角度」攝影及裝置展
一間畫廊

(攝影:梁萬斯 《市集的「介入」與「旁觀」》)

「市集的『介入』與『旁觀』」─「市集」不等於小販、排檔、故事或影像。市集是一個集體空間,盛載著不同人的許多生活,讓關係在其中滋長,形成一個社區,一個集體。面對這樣一個多元豐富的現實,攝影師帶着相機,走進市集生活,不是要紀錄片面現實,而是要發掘市集底蘊。
(創作:梁萬斯 作品位置:「一間」畫廊)

「x 360º」-把市集的十字路口帶到畫廊,以照片作三百六十度重現再加上市集聲音──請你走進這個「市集」,然後問:市集的紀錄,等於市集本身嗎?
(創作:李永倫 作品位置:「一間」畫廊)

「開檔連環圖」-排檔結構,千絲萬縷;如何編織出一個建築空間,需要的不單是學問,靠的是經驗和生活,累積成有條不絮的原理,和朝行晚拆的美學市集美學。
(創作:李緯綸 作品位置:「一間」畫廊)

「市集四季」-攝影師在灣仔生活多年,不斷為市集留影,不但因為市集生活無時無刻不盡相同,百看不厭;更因為重建讓社區體無完膚,讓活在其中的人感到切膚之痛。這一系列照片不是市集四季風景,而是攝影師在市集的四季心情。 (創作:伍偉昌 發售位置:「一間」畫廊)

III特備活動:「光影對話」街頭放映及分享會
擔櫈仔、霸頭位。不是集體回憶,而是切身生活!由參與攝影行動的小販和影友泡製,展現出他們心目中與別不同的灣仔市集,與市民相聚街頭邊講邊睇。
時間:7月28日黄昏7時
地點:太原街、交加街交匯處

為加深觀眾對市集文化的關注,展覽備有答題遊戲,凡能全部答對者,均將獲贈紀念品一份。同場亦發起簽名運動,呼籲市民關心我們的生活、我們的未來!「關注組」友好將於展場留守,歡迎市民親臨「撘嗲」。

「香港市集文化節」將在其他地區陸續有來。下一站中環,詳情容後公佈。

第一輪展期:
開幕禮
地點: UMA G「一間」畫廊, 香港灣仔聖佛蘭士街12號地下
日期 : 2007年7月21日
時間 : 下午4時至7時

展覽 :
場地1:
灣仔太原\交加街街市(近太原街38號)
日期 : 2007年7月21日至8月5日
(星期一至日開放, 星期五、六、日設有導賞及講解)
時間 : 上午十時至下午七時

場地2:
「一間」畫廊UMA G
香港灣仔聖佛蘭士街12號地下
日期 : 2007年7月21日至8月30日
(星期一至六開放, 星期日及公眾假期休息)
時間 : 上午十時至下午七時

特備活動:
「光影對話」街頭放映及分享會:
地點: : 太原\交加街市集 (太原街交加街交界)
日期 : 2007年7月28日
時間 : 下午七時

預告:
第二輪展期:
場地3 : 城邦書店, 灣仔軒尼詩道 235 號
日期 : 2007年8月下旬(確切日期待定)
時間 : 上午十時至下午八時

查詢:
電郵:[email protected]
網址:http://www.streetmarketconcern.net
或致電「一間」畫廊 電話:2528 3669

「灣仔市集關注組」簡介:
注組在今年一月由一班關心市集去留的人士自發成立,一直為市集去留的問題努力。過去數月,關注組為小販和舊街市檔主安排過新街市的考察;搜集他們的意見,為他們撰寫給政府部門的文件;也組織過簽名活動,收到過千回應;同時積極向公眾說明事件,希望產生更大迴響。

成員簡介:
TMDBM
伍偉昌
吳家敏
李永倫
李緯綸
杜亦蔭
周佩詩
岳遠榮
姚妙麗
香仲華
徐啟榮
梁明暉
梁萬斯
梁寶山
梁寶營
黃凱琦
鍾智豪

Hong Kong Street Market Festival: Celebration of Street Life !
(Wanchai Station)

(Bendick Leung, The “in” and “out” of the street market)

Introduction:
No cable car, no billboard, no chained store and no air-con, let alone faked heritage and pseudo-collective memory. This is a street market, living and being lived. It provides daily necessities with a bonus of warmth from neighbors and friends. Formed after the Second World War, Wan Chai Street Market has been the cradle of streetwise small business, supporting a diversified economy that encouraged people to be their own bosses. With the hope to propagate this unique Hong Kong culture, some hawkers and young people set up Wan Chai Street Market Concern in early 2007. They have been organizing various actions and now, under the bright summer sun, they gather in the market again, to look closer and think wider. Through photography, sketching and interviewing, they uncover the cultural ecology that is most intimate to but often overseen in our lives. And it is hope that these gems in the street market discovered could anchor the market against the threat of extinction.

Exhibition I:
Getting Street(-Market)-wise: on-site exhibition in Street Market
The south end of Tai Yuen Street

1. His stories, her stories, hawker histories

Hawker histories? Yeah of course, for a community of 79 hawkers there are just countless tales. Ever heard this? Once upon a time, Luen Gu took ferry from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui, and WALKED all the way to Tsuen Wan to get fresh vegetable for sell; And once upon a time, according to Mr. Leung the cloth seller, there were more mice then men on Wan Chai road…don’t miss it or you’ll regret!

Market Walk, Hawker Talk allows you to listen to stories behind the stalls, told by hawkers in their OWN voices!! Dial the number posted and you’ll hear the stories through your mobile.
(Recording and editing: Bendick Leung, Trevor To and Winfred Li; Technical Support: Stefan White @ Mobile Adventures Ltd)

Apart from stories, relationships are also generated. How does the Street Market bring people together and become a community? Street Market Rendezvous and Community Network Study would tell you more about lives in this neighborhood.
(Researchers:Chung Chi Ho & Trevor To)

2. Being streetwise, being reactive".

Hawkers don’t just sit and sell. In order to run all day and cut down cost, hawkers are environmentalists that can make use of anything, from a carton box for packing picked vegetable to a foam box, to build up their little shops. In hot summer, a canopy made of various materials quietly shelters the passage; and for such tiny spaces, there are places for goods but also people. Such organic creative structures are only available in the market.
A Study of Stall is a series of structural drawings prepared by a group of design students. They are not just drawings but structural drawings that shows the wisdom in the tiniest detail, as well as how materials are gathered and the shopper-friendly design. Through this study, the tremendous adaptability in the street market and local cultural economy are analyzed.
(Research and Sketching: Leung Po Ying, Leung Po Shan, Quin Heng Chung Wah, Ian,Wong Hoi Kei, Kady, Chung Chi Ho, Yiu Miu Lai, Joe, TMDBM)

3. A planning that gives no future, Street Market in danger!
Old streets in Wan Chai are getting less and less and new constructions build flyovers to replace them. The straightly monitored residential buildings do not only privatize public spaces but also wipe out diverse business around with different excuses. A city with air-conditioned mall and chain supermarket would only end up with a monopolized economy and a monotone culture. The future of Wan Chai Street Market needs you, please support the preservation of the Street Market!
(Research and organization:Pasty Chau & Carman Ng)

Exhibition II:
Street Market from Different Perspectives
An exhibition of photography and installation (UMA G)

(Bendick Leung, The “in” and “out” of the street market)

The “In” and “Out” of the Street Market ─A “street market” is not equal to the hawkers, stalls, stories and images of it nor the sum of all these. It is a collletive space that brings different lives together and let connections grow, forming a community and a neighborhood. Confronted with such a rich and thick reality, the photographer walks in street market life with his camera, not to record the mere reality on surface but the essence deep down. And he could never walk out—as he has already become a member in the community. (Artist:Bendick Leung)

x 360º-This is an honest representation of the cross road in the market: capturing the
scene at 360º and with the market noise recorded. Please come to this “Street Market”, together with the question: is a record of the Street Market equal to the market itself?
(Artist:Arnold Li)

A photo sequence of stall-opening-a stall is made by numerous pieces, and to put these pieces together does not only require knowledge but also experience. And it is in life that such order of arrangement forms as well as the aesthetics of the Street Market.
(Artist:Winfred Li)

Four Seasons-The photographers has been living in Wan Chai for years and he has not stopped taking photo of the Street Market. It’s not only because one won’t get tired of the vibrant beauty of the market, but the process of urban renewal destroys the community here and there and makes people living in it bleed in their hearts. These are no scenery of the Market in four seasons, but the photographer’s sentiment in the market.
(Artist:Stanley Ng)

III Special event:PhotoDialogue: photo and stories sharing on street

No collective memory but life at THIS very moment. Participants of the workshop PhotoDialogue, including hawkers and outsiders, would share their Wan Chai Street Market with you at the crisscross of the market.

Time:28th July, 7pm
Venue:The intersection of Tai Yuen street and Cross street

In order to arouse more awareness of the Street Market issue in the public, there would be a list of questions for the exhibition and anybody who get all correct answers would be given a souvenir. At the same time a signature campaign would be held to ask for your help! Concern group members would be at the site and everyone is welcome to come and chat.

The next site for Hong Kong Street Market Cultural Festival would be in Central!
Details would be announced later.

First Phase:
Opening Ceremony
Venue: UMA G, 12 St. Francis street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Date : 21 July, 2007
Time : 4-7pm

Exhibition :
Venue 1:
Wan Chai Street Market, Tai Yuen street and Cross Street, Wan Chai (near 38 Tai Yuen Street)
Date : 21 July -5 Aug, 2007
(Open from Mon-Sun, with guided tour provided on Fri, Sat and Sun)
Time : 10am-7pm

Venue 2:
UMA G
12 St. Francis street, Wan Chai
Hong Kong
Date: 21 July -5 Aug, 2007
(Open from Mon to Sat, close on Sun and public holiday)
Time :10am to 7pm

Special Event:
PhotoDialogue: photo and stories sharing on street:
Venue: the crisscross in Wan Chai Street Market
Date : 28 July, 2007
Time : 7pm

Upcoming:
2nd Phase:
Venue : Citié, 235 Hennessey Road, Wan Chai
Date : Late August, 2007 (to be announced)
Time : 10am -8pm

Contact:
Maggie Leung (member of Wan Chai Street Market Concern)
mobile:90349016 (press only)
email:[email protected]

About Wan Chai Street Market Concern
Wan Chai Street Market Concern is founded in January 2007 by a group of people who care about the existence of the street market. In the past few months, the concern group has arranged visit to the new market building; collected their opinions and write to the government. Signature campaign was also held with more than a thousand signatures received; and to organize Street Market tour for the public to tell people about the issue and its significance.

Participants:
Patsy Chau
Edmond Chui
Chung Chi Ho
Heng Chung Wah, Ian
Arnold Lee
Bendick Leung
Anthony Leung Po-shan
Leung Po Ying, Quin
Li Wai Lun, Winfred
Maggie Leung
Carmen Ng
Ng Wai-cheong, Stanley
Ngok Yuen Wing [Ronald]
TMDBM
Trevor To
Joe Yiu
Kady Wong

主辦Presented by:
聖雅各福群會

灣仔市集關注組

協辦Co-presented by:
一間畫廊UMAG Gallery

全力支持Fully supported by:
Mobile Adventure Ltd

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