The 1960s for Me
2014, single-channel video, 5’23”
Commissioned by the 2014 Hong Kong Arts Festival, The 1960s For Me consists of an interpretation of a poem by Hong Kong Writer Leung Ping-kwan (1949-2013), better known under his pen name Ya Si, into vivid audio-visuals, through appropriating historical footage from the government from the 1960s. The pattern of hustling and bustling lives in old Hong Kong is reconstructed with the fading memories of factory work, gogo dancing, riotous protests, etc. Drawing inspiration from the sounds, instruments, style, texture, mixing and record back spinning of 1960s pop music (the likes of The Beatles, The Doors, The Velvet Underground), the artist used modern sampling methods (such as the remixing styles of Unkle, Amon Tobin and the composing styles of The Chemical Brothers) to re- present, synthesize and “musicify” the content of Ya Si’s poems. The work also makes references to a line in Bob Dylan’s 1960s classic Blowin’ In the Wind.
Born in Hong Kong, lives and works in Hong Kong
A multimedia musician and media artist, Choi Sai-ho obtained a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong in 2008. He has received many honors and awards, including the selection as the first Hong Kong musician to join the Red Bull Music Academy 2006 in Melbourne; the Best of Hong Kong Indie 2009 Number One by Hong Kong Time Out Magazine; the Award of Young Artist (Media Arts) by Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2012. He has performed in numerous local and international musical events: Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival (2011, Hong Kong), Electron Festival 2012 (Switzerland), Worldtronics 2012 (Germany), the 42nd Hong Kong Arts Festival “Images of Hong Kong – A concert of new works inspired by Ya Si’s Poetry” (2014), etc. His works appeared in Perform Media Festival 2006 (USA), VideoBrazil Festival 2007 (Brazil), and more. He has held solo multimedia concerts: Audio-visual Live in 2010 and An Audiovisual Concert: Live. Planet. Noise in 2013.