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The Real Imagination of “Xi Kang Records” | Public Programme for A Hundred Years of Shame

Date
May 17, 2015
Time
5:30 pm

Venue

Hidden Agenda (2A, Winful Industrial Bldg, 15-17 Tai Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong)

Re-Re: Reshaping the Notion of Resistance is a series of programmes accompanying the exhibition, A Hundred Years of Shame – Songs of Resistance and Scenarios for Chinese Nations, on view at Para Site in 2015. The series consists of three events, each exploring from different perspectives the appropriate attitudes of artistic creation and cultural production in the face of nationalism.

The final event in the public programme series accompanying the exhibition includes a concert from the Guangdong-based indie folk band Wutiaoren and Hong Kong-based Salad Kowloon. Preceding the performances is a conversation between cultural critic Chang Tieh Chih and Wutiaoren to discuss the development of independent bands in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as the formation of the fictional record label “Xi Kang Records,” which was established especially for A Hundred Years of Shame. Named after the subversive scholar and musician of the Three Kingdoms period, Xi Kang (223–262 CE), the label represents a wide variety of recording artists who produce music of discontent from across the Chinese-speaking world, selected by Chang and Wutiaoren, in addition to sound culture and independent music researchers and curators Amy Cheng and Jeph Lo; and independent musicians Lam P (My Little Airport) and Mei Er (Top Floor Circus).

 

 

The Real Imagination of “Xi Kang Records”

 

5:30pm – 7:00pm
Speakers: Chang Tieh-chih and Wutiaoren
Moderator: Anthony Yung
The session will be conducted in Mandarin.

 

7:30pm
Xi Kang Records presents Re-Re Concert
Performing bands: Wutiaoren, Salad Kowloon

 

Free Admission

About Hidden Agenda: http://hiddenagenda.hk

Special thanks to Hidden Agenda and Clockenflap.

 

Para Site fully supports the democratic aspirations of the people of Hong Kong. 

Para Site is financially supported by the Springboard Grant under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The content of this activity does not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

About the speakers

Chang Tieh Chih is a political and cultural critic from Taiwan, and is the chief editor of City Magazine in Hong Kong.  His publications include Sound and Fury: Can Rock & Roll Change the World?The Sound of Resistance: From Bob Dylan to U2, and The Times they are A-changing: Democracy, market and the power of imagination.

 

Anthony Yung is co-curator of A Hundred Years of Shame – Songs of Resistance and Scenarios for Chinese Nations, and Senior Researcher at Asia Art Archive, specializing in China related archival projects. His published writings focus on critical practices in Chinese and Hong Kong contemporary art, and he is the awardee of The Fourth Yishu Awards for Critical Writing on Contemporary Chinese Art (2014). Yung is also co-founder of Observation Society, an independent art space in Guangzhou.

About the performing bands

Wutiaoren (five guys) founded in 2009, is a folk-indie band from Guangdong. Their songs are about contraditions within the lives of the underprevilidged, with a touch of sarcasm and humour in their lryics. In 2013, their second album received Best Band and Best Folk Musician at the Chinese Media Music Awards.

 

Salad Kowloon, formed in early 2014, is a 5-member Hong Kong band whose debut album released in the same year sold out its first 100 cassettes within a week. Salad Kowloon is known for their expressive songwriting, and have shared the stage with international acts such as The Drums and performed in the festival Grasscamp 2015. Their second cassette Demo#2 was released on April 5th, 2015.

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