To the moon

In Chinese, a platform is evocatively called 月台, literally “moon stage.” A few stories account for the allusion. Some say it was the name of a podium in the courtyard of a traditional compound house, where families gathered to watch the moon above the eaves. In another version, it is a pun on , meaning passage. On a melancholic note, it can also be a place for parting under the moon.

Titled “platform 月台” in Chinese, To the Moon is a site-specific, participatory installation presented at the Jordan Valley Park, a former dumpsite, during Mid Autumn. The festival was once an occasion to celebrate harvest. People savoured every bite with gratitude to nature and hard work. Now an overstock of mass-produced mooncakes is always sold at slashed prices. Inside near vacuum plastic wrappings, do we still feel the warmth of the sun, the vitality of soil and the purity of water?

In a post-industrial society, urban life dashes forward on a one-way track. Nature is extracted, consumed, and then trashed. When fossil fuels run out, civilization turns to nuclear. In the thunder of motors and a suffocating miasma, where are we heading to?

Illuminated by the moon at its fullest, a train routes through five imaginary cities. They were conceived by a group of ten-year-olds, and evolve around the five elements—water, wood, fire, earth and gold—in a renewable cycle. Could this be a blueprint for our future?

Artist-tutor of Children Workshop

Bing Bing

Creative Supporting Team

Natalie Chan
Vicky Do
Catherine Kam
Cecilia Lee
Agnes Nong

Participating Children in workshop and Storytelling

Chan Christy
Chan Chung Ming
Chan Hoi Lam, Nicole
Chow Pok Hing
Chu Suet Man
Ho Hei Ming, Jade
Ho Sze Yu
Hui Marcel
Jim Yee Ting
Law Ho Yee
Lee Siu Tung, Jasmine
Tang Ming Sum
Tsang Hoi Yeung
Wong Long Yiu

Storytellers

Chu Yiu-kwong
Uncle Hung
Ms Vincci the Teacher
Longtin
Bosco Poon
Shekwan
Ada Wong
Yeung Sau-churk, Ricky

Academic Advisor

Vincci Mak

Technical Designer

Jason Wong

Sound Designers

Nelson Hiu
Sze Ka-Yan

Live-feed Video Technical Support

Wing Chang

Production Manager

Reyes Tan

Publicity Coordination

Miu Law

Storytelling Coordination

Stephanie Cheung

Programme Coordination

Haze Cheng
Orlean Lai

Graphic Design

Pollux Kwok

Promotional Trailer Design

Leecat Ho

Project Curator and Producer

orleanlaiproject

Special Thanks to

Cho Siu Yee
Lam Che
G.T. (Ellen Yeung) College (Primary School Session)
Hong Kong Baptist University Academy of Visual Arts
Osage Gallery

Venue Sponsor

LCSD

year & locations

2014 Jordan Valley Park, Hong Kong, China

media

Artistic Approach Event