This video is an abstract documentation of how the members of a research group experienced Hong Kong for the first time only for a week. The way they remembered the city was explored through questionnaires and interviews. Their collective experiences were dominated by the use of the same stereotypes, expressions or their pre-Hong Kong images. The question emerged how much a foreigner invents the journey to the unknown and how much the way of remembering resembles the actual experience of having been there.


"what he sought was always something lying ahead, and even if it was a matter of the past it was a past that changed gradually as he advanced on his journey, because the traveler's past changes according to the route he has followed: not the immediate past, that is, to which each day that goes by adds a day, but the more remote past. Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places."


― Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities



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TITLE:  The Past We Didn't Know We Had
ARTIST:  Anna Rubi
DURATION:  134 sec
DATE:  2014
EDITION:  1/30
  • digital video on a digital frame
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