Twenty five Minutes Older

A city gets old

People get old

Something doesn’t


Twenty five Minutes Older invites the audience to board a tram, a moving time capsule that does not get old in the fast-paced city. Like travellers in time, passengers on board see scenery passing by—not through the windows, but in an enclosed compartment, turned into a camera obscura with two apertures on its sides.

Running in parallel to the moving images is a textual narrative, made up of literary fragments generously shared by renowned Hong Kong writer Liu Yichang. The text is taken from his novella Tête-bêche, whose chiasmatic structure, stream of consciousness and projection of its time are echoed in other aspects of the present work. We are grateful for Mr Liu’s consent, and hope to pay tribute to the classic through this cross-disciplinary encounter.

Production Team

Cantonese Voice-over / Julia Mok
English Voice-over / Chiara Kung
Software Design and Website Design / Cheuk Wing Nam
Technical Design / Jason Wong

Special Thanks

Mr and Mrs Liu Yichang for permitting the inclusion of excerpts from Tête-bêche
MVA students at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University (year 2013) for collaborating on an earlier version of the project at DETOUR

Exhibition Partners and Sponsors

Our Gallery
Hong Kong Tramways

Our gratitude also goes to the following organizations and individuals for facilitating the creation of the work (in alphabetical order of last name)

Winki Cheng
Stephanie Cheung
Valerie C. Doran
Elie Lam
Ms Dora Wu
Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University
Anthony Yeung Mastering Studio
Detour 2013
Osage Gallery

Photos Courtesy of Hong Kong Arts Development Council

year & locations

2016 Hong Kong, China


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