100ft Park presents the solo show of Edwin Lo, a sound artist from Hong Kong working with the practices and concept of sound and listening in various context and medium such as performance, writings, recording, video and installation.
Ambient drones, the staccato crack of rivets and bolts, distant conversations, and the thunder of sheet metal populate this intriguing and inventive record by Hong Kong sound artist Edwin Lo. “Doumen” is the story of a tanker’s construction in a dockyard in the district of Doumen, China, from the point of view of the tanker. It is in part a sonic investigation of the shipbuilding industry in China as well as a rumination on Lo’s relationship with the sea that surrounds Hong Kong.
For “Doumen”, Lo collected a wide scope of recordings ranging from the differing textures of machinery to the tanker’s launching ceremony. These recordings are edited, mutated, manipulated and layered into a work that presents itself as a blurring of documentary and fiction.“Doumen” is a fascinating artefact arriving via the audio adventures of the Futurists and Musique Concrète: extending the vocabulary of documentary into what Lo describes as Auditory Scenes.
“The New Record Auditory Scene : Doumen” is released on the Joshua Thomson’s HK based record label platinum metres.
Through his explorations, Lo is attempting to develop an idiosyncratic philosophy and language of sound and listening. He conceives sound as an “object of desire”, capable of invoking place and memory – even if these places and memories are not our own.