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Essays

Leung Chi Wo’s Open City

by D. J. Huppatz

LEUNG CHI WO, East 22-Lexington, 1999, C-print.

On the surface, Hong Kong seems like a city without memory, or at least a very short one. The saturation of ever-changing neon signs and advertising images, combined with the frenetic pace and emphasis on new technology, make Hong Kong a model global metropolis of the twenty-first century. From super-efficient transport systems to the latest compact digital consumables, things in Hong Kong move so quickly that even solid urban spaces contain a built-in obsolescence. The photographs and installations…

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