Friday, July 27, 2007

Midsummer Night’s Dream 熱情的沙漠

Good slave is becoming a zombie for drifting hopelessly at this torrid desert place called Hong Kong. Since the introduction of QDII policy in April07, Hong Kong has been a reservoir for the overflowing money from the North. Money is hot and here for action, every player is having multiple orgasms after orgasms with the China H share and stock analyses become protocols reminding your “lost self” of what to do at the midst of these frenzies. As the wise man say, day high, volume, dividends, earnings per share…etc are patterns of emotions to derive protocols of reminders for the “lost self”. We made ourselves believe to be a rational being by looking at charts for predictions/extrapolations, however, this only lead to more mysteries behind the mask of mega zombie (China H share)…

We zoom in and out from macro to micro, yearly>monthly>daily>hourly charts only to find out multiple layers of functional curves that governs the human emotional behavior. Sometimes are noise curves, sometimes are sin curves with some random spikes in between and most of the time are mixture of chaos + step functions. Each aura of curve/pattern governs individual periodic charts and very much the same of what we see in nature of things, as the nobelist Richard Feynman once said...

Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.
People say to me, "Are you looking for the ultimate laws of physics?" No, I'm not... If it turns out there is a simple ultimate law which explains everything, so be it — that would be very nice to discover. If it turns out it's like an onion with millions of layers... then that's the way it is.

Then, what’s the answer to all this? Surveys said before any stock crash in history, 99% of the financial analysts would say prospect of the stock market was good… in that case, good slave advises listen to no one but your feng shui master whom has more creditability (of course, relatively speaking) and let the natural force “gold, wood, water, fire, earth” to guide you out of this torrid mysteries.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

A reflection on 清明上河圖

Since the national treasure 清明上河圖 was discovered at a bank somewhere north of China 50+ years ago, the exhibition (the pride of china) in Hong Kong will be the second time of the painting being revealed to the public (first was at shanghai). Good slave was lucky enough to be part of limited crowd who were given the 5 minutes viewing of this stunting piece of work. Good slave is no art critic nor art historian, however, being blessed by this opportunity of viewing the Song city being re-animated some 1000 years after, like any encounter of rare celestial alignment, I owe the author 張擇端 a reflection.

The 5m long script are compartmentations of series of axonometric lines projected from architectural artifacts. A view is constructed neither by linear perspectives (as in renaissance) nor 2d flattening (as in Egyptian art), rather a mental constructed lines of analytical viewing, fully articulated and intensively informative and in conjunction with free curves outlining the natural landscape/figures, the work is beyond documentation but an expression of the world of mass, noises, gestures, figures, signs, symbols, of axonometric constructed lines partitioning with the undulating curves… every figure (or particles) is about a few millimeters of a micro world in itself> the lines outline the postures> the postures outline the social status of the figures> the social status of figures outline the function of the surrounding artifacts> the details of the artifacts project axonometric lines to partition the macro world… the bridge becomes an eventful artifact connecting the worlds apart along the river and its underside, figures engage in trading activities along the periphery and extending their postures beyond for potential encounter… scaffoldings are pointing outwards from the core to construct architecture inside out… the script is re-animated with such intensity, infinitesimal detailing and many many more for good slave to learn within a 5 minutes interval…

Monday, July 9, 2007

Good bye, Edward! 再見,楊德昌

... and thanks for bringing all the wonderful works to this world.

Good slave loves your 牯嶺街少年殺人事件(A Brighter Summer Day), a true contemplation of André Bazin writings with traces of reality unfold on screen from an idling point of view, the off-the-screen actions left us pondering with jitters and the filmic expressions weighing upon us into your world of serenity and violence…
and most important of all, the gal whom Honey loved reminds good slave of first love and good slave believe you share the some feeling too.

Keep up with the good works in heaven!

Monday, July 2, 2007

What turns you on?

A city has at least 3-4 times a year of large fire works + daily light show with mini fire works along the harbour at every 8:00 p.m… the main theme for the events were templates since 1997 as such -“the celebration of prosperities of Hong Kong for the return to homeland of People’s Republic of China… being in harmony… unity of people & nation…etc, etc, etc…”


Following the massive success in Sydney and London (details here), a Lights Out event to invite citizens to turn off the lights for one hour and to draw the world attention of the climate changes. The Lights Out events require cooperation among citizens and most importantly their awareness of the precious resource in this world.

The Lights Out events turn good slave on (mainly for aesthetic reasons). The appreciation of silent and shades of darkness, a surreal experience (as in the movie Paris Qui Dort) at the midst of natural rendering of darker/lighter shades of pale which are many folds more seductive than the artificial fireworks display.

A city with pride and imagination do not need constant celebrative events, nor yearly routing of the children mass (total no. broke the Guinness record) to perform tricks for the symbol of unity, only at a tyrannical state where we see massive propaganda shows for this kind of perpetuating self-reassurance.