INTRODUCTION: The Invisible Journey

December 28, 2008

Name: Clara Lam Yi Nga
Student ID: 50937427 
Course:  SM3149 Info Communication and Contemporary Art
Work title: The Invisible Journey

 

                This is a performance about tracing people who wear same color, red, of shoes with me. The performance started in Yuen Long where I live. Once I found a people wearing red shoes on street, I follow his steps till I met another people wearing red shoes. If I failed to follow that people in reasons of like he ran to fast or he got into somewhere I can’t get into, then I stay at the position where I lost the trace and continue the trace when new target comes out. 
 

                  Why I choose to use red shoes to represent myself this time is because red is the symbol of excitement, extreme and emotional which fit my characteristics and it’s feminine. Besides, shoes are the closest thing between me and the ground. It’s just a thin layer and yet it provides us comfort. It matches up the meaning “strolling around the city”. I have thought of using other objects instead of red shoes, like silk stockings, I Phone, glasses, gender. The meaning will be whole lot different.

                   In additional, why am i using blog to present these photos and text is because i want to make this project like a diary of that day. During the 12 hours tracing after strangers, I feel like a tourist traveling around the city. I treat the trip as a little travel and be a traveller traveling in my own city. I have maps, drinks, food, cameras, notebook and so on. I found it was so interesting to do that and would like to present it in a diary format instead of print out, video.
 

                    Actually the ideal ending of my project would be: to meet another person wearing the same shoes with me. However, it doesn’t come true after I doing two experiments. I set the time limit from 9am to 9pm, 12 hours to do this performance. 
  

                  I have made another 2 experiemnts. One is choosing the way I go by asking passer-by where are they going to. However, out of my expectation, seldom of them answer my quetsions. They just replied like: none of your business, i don’t know…etc. I stuck in Yuen Long for more than 4 hours on that day, and finally i have been to Tuen Mun only. The other experiment i made is about the red shoes too. But i failed. As there were not too many people wearing red shoes on that day and most of them were hanging around in Yuen Long only. I expected I will travelled more points in Hong Kong but I couldn’t  run out of Yuen Long. Again, on the other day, there were more people wearing red shoes and went to other places in Hong Kong. I am glad that I could been to Hong Kong Island on that day. It’s quite surprising me.

                  This project  called the invisible journey. We have our own preferences in most of the time, like choosing where are we going to, taking which paths to reach destination. It’s all about our decisions. Under our preferences, there may be somewhere we overlooked, that’s what “invisible” here means. We may not be able to perceive our city clearly. And so, the invisible journey appeared. Through tracing people among the city, we can explore the city with other people’s perceptions and perspectives. The unknown paths made by strangers are tools to investigate the city. For example, under our preferences, we may choose Road A instead of Road B to reach destination or walk pass the city base on our usualness. Therefore, there are always places that we have never been to and paths that we seldom walk by. Therefore, the invisible journey I made this time is simply an experiment about something unfamiliar to see what are the results under my rules. How can I perceive the city in a different way through changes in my daily behaviour? Will I discover somewhere I have never been to? Will I use another path except those I used to in order to reach destination? Through tracing strangers’ path, the experiment every time we did is unique. A different city will be created. Every time we do this experiment, the result will be different. You may meet other buses, people and places. Many combinations will be created and the chances are unlimited.

 

 

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the first target

December 28, 2008

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9:00am

I started my project at 9:00am in Yuen Long. I hang around near my home and then met this girl on street at 9:30am. She was buying bread from a shop.

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9:35am

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10:00am

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10:05am

She left the shop and went back to the main street, Tai Ma Road in Yuen Long.

And then she went to buy congee and fried noodles.

This is a picture of her and me.

She left the shop and then went to the main street, Tai Ma Road in Yuen Long. I kept tracing her.

the 2nd target

December 28, 2008

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10:15am

When I was following the girl on the main street, Tai Ma Road. I met a young boy who was wearing red shoes as shown above.

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He was walking in direction towards Yuen Long Plaza.

the 3rd target

December 28, 2008

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10:30am

I saw another woman wearing red shoes in Yuen Long Plaza, so I switched the target and followed this girl.

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10:40am

This woman went to the shop, Japan Home to buy some bowls and dishes.

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11:00am

The woman left the shop, Japan Home.

 

 

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11:15am

And then she met her friend in Yuen Long Plaza and hang around together.

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After that, she and her friend left Yuen Long Plaza and walked on the main street, Tai Ma Road. This is a photo of her and me.

the 4th and the 5th

December 28, 2008

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11:30am

While I was tracing the woman on the main street, I saw another young girl who was wearing red shoes (converse again). Therefore, I switched my target and trace after this young girl. She was walking into a boutique.


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11:45am

And then the girl left the shop with another woman (may be that’s her mum) and went back to Tai Ma Road.


 

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11:50am

When I was tracing the young girl on Tai Ma road, I saw another woman wearing red high heels.

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She was hanging around on the street.

the 6th and the 7th

December 28, 2008

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12:00pm

I met another little girl who also wears red converse. 

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She was waiting at the bus stop 64K with her parents and yet she was very active and kept moving around the bus stop. (probably 64K will take me to Tai Po.)


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I stayed near the girl and waited for the bus 64K that she will be going to take.


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12:15pm

However, another young boy (red converse again and again) walked pass me. He stopped at the 68M bus stop which near the 64K bus stop. Then I queered at the 68M bus stop instead of 64K. (68M will take me to Tsuen Wan)

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12:30pm

68M arrived and I captured this moment of red shoes getting on the bus.

 

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The view on the bus

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1:15pm

He got off the bus in Tsuen Wan terminal. And walked pass the flyover near Tsuen Wan MTR station.


the 8th, 9th and 10th

December 28, 2008

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1:25pm

I saw another woman wearing red shoes in MTR Station.

 

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The woman left the MTR station and walked across the flyover.

 

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She walked pass Tsuen Wan Tower.

 

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1:45pm

The woman went into the shopping mall with her friend.

 

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2:00pm

She left the shopping mall and brought me to an unknown area in Tsuen Wan where I have never been to.

 

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2:20pm

The woman walked pass the flyover and then went back to Tsuen Wan MTR Station.

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2:30pm

Another girl wearing red converse walked pass me and I followed her to the platform and get on the train.

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I stood next to the girl and took a picture of her and me.

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2:45pm

I saw a man wearing red converse leaving the MTR in Kwai Fong. By following his steps, I left MTR and Kwai Fong Station as well.


 

 

 

the 11th, the 12th, the 13th and the 14th

December 28, 2008

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2:50pm

At the exit of Kwai Fong MTR Station, I found this girl.

 

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3:00pm

She went into Kwai Chung Plaza next to Kwai Fong MTR Station.

 

 

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The young girl went shopping in Kwai Chung Plaza.

 

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4:45pm

Then she left the plaza.

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In the open area outside Kwai Fong Plaza, I met this woman walking towards MTR station.

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5:00pm

She got into the MTR going towards Central.

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In MTR, I saw pair of red shoes in the crowds.

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5:30pm

Many people left in Mei Fou Station and I got a seat next to that man I saw.

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6:00pm

When the MTR reached Admiralty Station, most of the people got off from the train. At the same time, I saw a pair of red converse far away from me in the MTR.

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It is a young girl and she got off the train in Central Station. 


 

 

 

the 15th, the 16th, the 17th

December 28, 2008

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6:15pm

I met another pair of red shoes when walking towards the exit of Central Station with the red converse girl.

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The new target left Central Station through exit D2. 

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6:30pm

I saw a young boy wearing red shoes outside the Central MTR Station. He was hanging around with a friend.

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7:00pm

Again, I saw a man wearing red shoes. He was queering for ATM.

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I stayed next to him.

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7:10pm

He left and I followed his steps.

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7:25pm

He finally got into Lan Kwi Fong area. It is so crowded there so I stop tracing him at the entrance of Lan Kwai Fong.


 

 

 

 

the 18th, the 19th

December 28, 2008

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7:50pm

I stayed to wait for a new target. A while later I saw a woman with red shoes.

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8:20pm

A man with red shoes came out from The HK Jockey Club when I walked pass. I switched my target.

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8:40pm

The man was with a friend, and walking along the path I traced the woman just before.

 

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8:50pm
Finally, I found that he also got into Lan Kwai Fong. Time is up. It’s nearly 9 pm, so i stopped tracing.