The Real Culture Bureau 文化號

The Hong Kong Government was trying to set up a Cultural Bureau few years ago. The official they were trying to appoint doesn’t really know much about art and culture policy and has a suspicious Communist background.  This angered many art and cultural people, they worried the bureau will eventually become a tool of suppression. Another inspiration comes from the Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) of the People Liberation Army (PLA). Linking these two events, I built a cardboard tank-like APC on a trolley so it can be moved easily. I also dressed up like a Communist official wearing Chinese tunic suit, Ray Ban sunglasses and red pins, playing the role of ‘Real Cultural Bureau Director’. One of the greatest achievements of my bureau is that the director’s photo got published on the Communist newspaper Ta Kung Pao. The reporter didn’t know the sarcastic meaning of the artwork and took a photograph of me during an art opening. I guess I infiltrated them after all!

幾年前香港政府說要成立文化局。將會是哪一位去帶領呢?市民懷疑是有「紅色背景」的官員。於是文化界人士起來反對讓文化局成為一個劣質政治洗腦工具。「文化號」的另一靈感來自解放軍的裝甲運兵車,紙皮造的裝甲車安裝在手推車上,推動非常方便。抗爭時我穿中山裝戴黑眼鏡,扮演著一個來自內地的「真文化局長」,專負責來香港收買市民。我還特別準備了一箱自己印製的藝術鈔票,用官方口吻大叫:「現在命令你們全部離開!不要作出反抗!這裡有錢,每人一億!拿去花吧!」「真文化局」最強的戰績是上了共產黨報──《大公報》。有一次《藝術學院》邀請我出席開幕典禮,《大公報》的記者居然把我拍攝下來,並登於報上,我猜我滲透他們了!

Wood, cardboard, speaker, push cart, banners, fake money

July 1st, 2012

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