The piece evokes nostalgia, the desire for reconnection and ponders on the effects of development in Asia. Yet while the school was once vacated and the island depopulated, they are now full again with visitors searching after their art and recollections.
It is an attempt to connect the "missing generation" by inviting migrated alumni and their relatives to sing the school song in the neighborhood here. Combined with the landscape described in the lyrics, the piece prompts a revisit to the memories of the people and things at home.
These sentiments echo similar ones in Hong Kong. Workers from mass production industries in Hong Kong were made redundant when they were in middle age as the factories relocated to Mainland China. The phenomenon shaped a "hidden group" in the society. To address this, my long term project "microeconomy" is a collaboration with the seamstresses from the Hong Kong Women Workers' Association. They helped me to sew together “objects that are often forgotten”, abandoned umbrellas, to become a starry night with the Big Deeper constellation.
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