Time Travel • Hong Kong

“Time Travel • Hong Kong” is an interactive public engagement series dovetailing with our exhibition Hong Kong Impressions, which responds to the revival of local tourism at times of COVID-19. It is an interdisciplinary project that revisits the beginning of tourism in Hong Kong in the last century and the development of pictorial depictions of local sites through the prism of paintings by migrant artists, vintage photographs by sojourning American naval officers, literature by local and visiting writers, and recollections of senior scholars. These perspectives are presented in diverse media, from VR tours to a back-to-the-future guidebook to telltale souvenirs.

The project comprises the following components:

1. VR tours that juxtapose current street views with historical artworks, site-specific literary quotes and interviews of scholars from different fields. The VR tours are not supplementary to the exhibition, but integral to museum experience because they actually enhance our understanding of the paintings by giving us clues to where the artists might have been positioned when formulating the pictorial compositions. Google street view shows the plausible paths that the artists might have taken. More compellingly, the modern platform exposes a largely unadorned, mechanical representation of a place, noticeably contrasting with the sanitized or idealized vision of the painter.

Links to the tours

Tour to Hong Kong Island: https://poly.google.com/view/aQOLiJvOoWR
Tour to Kowloon: https://poly.google.com/view/8n8WTgnc0hE
Tour to the New Territories: https://poly.google.com/view/3NVTCrkEEJu

Interview videos incorporated in the tours

Revisit The Peak Through Art: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlNrJ1GcaIo&t=50s
Revisit Sung Wong Toi Through Art: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sldq6FEjSaE&t=11s
Revisit Tsuen Wan Through Art: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeT5gmZYYC4

(Incorporating the project and the physical exhibition by means of QR codes in the gallery of Hong Kong Impressions.)



2. A “Time Travel Guidebook” that reconfigures scholarly discussion on landscape aesthetics in the exhibition catalogue into an edu-taining format mimicking modern travel discourse.

Link to travel guide: https://online.flippingbook.com/view/1027356/
Link to exhibition catalogue: https://cup.cuhk.edu.hk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=4115&search=Hong+Kong+impressions


3. An “Online Catalogue” that invites entries submitted by the public.

At a time when overseas travel is restricted and citizens turn to rediscover the beauty of their own city, local tourists also learn about various sites through the lens of artists from bygone generations. Comments by the visitors range from nostalgic reminiscences, philosophical soliloquies, to discerning art criticisms.

Event link: https://padlet.com/artmuseumcu/7c49sywk3g71qu9h


4. Telltale coffee bags that offer distinct flavors made by local artisanal coffee roaster of various parts of Hong Kong, each represented by a painting of relevant site and a short story inspired by the paintings. Composed by our educators, the stories are contemporary interpretations and creative responses to the historical artworks. The stories are accessible through the QR codes on the coffee packets.

Learn more about the coffee: https://online.flippingbook.com/view/485745770/