Dark Fluid Collective: Clip 1
This audio recording introduces the Dark Fluid Collective through a brief discussion on how and why water ties all the stories in the anthology together. It then moves into discussing how such a symbol is important to Hong Kong.
Sci-fiSea LevelsClimate ChangeHong KongUrban RenewalConservation2046
Dr. Joanne Leow
Cattle Depot Artists Village, 63號 Ma Tau Kok Rd, To Kwa Wan, Hong Kong
0:17 Angela Su: I’m Angela Su, and I’m an artist. (laughing) What else do you need to know? I’m a female (laughing) … I started this project called—it’s a writing project called Dark Fluid, and that’s how I got these guys together to write the book. And Heaman Yip cannot make it today, but we’re part of a team. 0:46 Pak-chye: I’m Pak-chye. I’m a writer here in this project. I’m also a photographer. I’m a tour guide for community tour, and also sometimes I make some artist workshops about the community map, or photography, and I was working in the office of legislative councillors. So as an assistant I participated in…so I participated in urban video projects and wrote for the residents there. I’m also a member of Community Museum Project, which is a collective interested in the objects of daily life. 1:50 Cally Yu: My name is Cally, and I’m a writer and also I write a lot of text-based creations, for example poems and theater texts and short stories, and also do some critiques and interviews. I usually publish in newspaper and journal, but now I usually publish by myself. And also I’m a curator, and I curate and try to advocate creative aging, so I work with the elderly a lot—I just got back from the elderly activities—and so I dance with them and talk to them and I chat with them and then I started—weekly based, so I want to build a space and also the different space here. So I hope that can be a long project. And also I’m a writer for this project, of course, and I’m very concerned about the situation of females, and also of course human-being conditions. Yeah, but I’m…I don’t know, but recently I like dance a lot, I like the movement a lot, the embody experience, quite important to me in this chaotic stage, chaotic moments in Hong Kong. So I want to work more on bodies now. 3:14 Joanne Leow: So, one of the things that really struck me about the Dark Fluid anthology is this idea of water—obviously the sea, the coast, climate change—why was this crucial for all of you when you were putting together the anthology, and its importance to Hong Kong, these themes? 3:30 Angela Su: When I started the project, I felt like I need to have one single element to tie all the stories together, but I didn’t want that element to also dictate what they write. So, I thought about something like simple, abstract, so I thought about water, because there are a lot of symbols, and then water’s mutable, and it symbolizes change, because change is an important element in sci-fi writing, because…well, this is from Octavia Butler, she said if you—well (laughing), have to do some fact checks—if you change something, that thing would come back to change you. So, it’s sort of a hopeful, you know, thing that I wish for Hong Kong, changes and things like that. And also, like you said, water is related to climate change and then…it’s just so many things, and that’s why, that’s how it started. So—and their stories, they’re something to do with water.