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Shing Mun River, Hong Kong

Learning Curves/Shing Mun River
Project by Alessandro Carboni

Hong Kong’s dramatic urban transformation, from the late 50s until now, has changed the city’s face and identity. The anthropic activity on the Shatin area, that began in the early 70′, after land reclamation and extension of land over the sea, has cancelled a many rural villages creating the biggest residential urban agglomerate in Hong Kong.


Alessandro Carboni, a visual artist in residence in Hong Kong, tells us about these transformations starting from his explorations around the Shing Mun River, the river that runs through Shat Tin area. The river becomes the place of contact between two points, the natural landscape, in particular the coastline, the river and the mountains, and the artificial landscape, that is the effects of production activity, social, cultural and environmental life in the various neighbourhoods starting from Tai Wai up to Tai Po. The river, according to the artist, is the central element of the transformation, a tangible landscape system, that is an element in balance where all natural and artificial elements can be variably connected.

Research Process #Mapping Shing Mun River
24.01 to 06.04

Installation #Sound Topography around Shing Mun River
5.4.2013 (Fri) | 11.00am – 7pm
6.4.2013 (Sat) | 10am – 6pm
@ open area near Pai Tau Village, Shatin, Hong Kong

Performance #Dialogue on Maps
6.4.2013 (Sat) | 11.00am – 12.30pm
@ Shatin Rural Committee, 248 Pai Tau Village, Shatin, Hong Kong


Project by Alessandro Carboni
Assistance: Li Wai Mei and Cristina Gervasi
Translation in English: Andrea Scalas
Photography and graphic: Alessandro Carboni
Recording assistance: Jacklam Ho and Dylan Kwon
Special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Choy Hon Sum
Alessandro reportage has been published for the Italian magazine

Learning Curves/ Shing Mun River has been developed in the frame of The Library by soundpocket artist in residence

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