The Hong Kong artist Kingsley Ng is presenting “Twenty-Five Minutes Older” a project that will turn two of Hong Kong’s iconic public trams into moving camera obscuras, creating an altered reality and allowing passengers to experience Hong Kong in a new way – in reverse.
Capturing images of Hong Kong’s passing street life, the scenes displayed inside the tram will flow alongside texts from Liu Yichang’s famous stream-of-consciousness story. The poetic incantations will blend with street signs and scenery familiar to Hong Kong residents, inviting the audience to re-experience the city in a completely new way.
A popular mode of transport since their inauguration in 1904, trams hold a special place in the heart of Hong Kong citizens and are affectionately known as the city’s ‘ding dings’. They are considered a ubiquitous landmark, classified as one of the legendary tramways by National Geographic. More than a century after their maiden voyage, the tram remains a pivotal part of the city’s infrastructure, continually transporting visitors and residents alike through the heart of the city.
- Kingsley Ng, Twenty-Five Minutes Older