Animator Jiang Ji: Hong Kong streets, flowing scenery

2022-04-25 0 By

Kong Kang-chuen (Chiang Ji), one of the few animators in Hong Kong, has been planning to shoot the science and technology animated feature Film Li SAO Illusion since 2017. He not only mobilized local creators from different sectors to participate in the film, but also raised funds through crowd funding, pooling the wisdom and power of the masses in creation and production.Jiang ji’s literary recommendations are also creative and full of human touch.From his unique perspective, he views Hong Kong’s streets with a variety of people and events, creating an unexpected flowing landscape.What you may not know about Mong Kok Chiang Kee has lived and worked in many different areas.Grew up in Tai Po. After graduating from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, she shared a studio with artists in Fo Tan and later moved to Wan Chai and Ngau Tau Kok.His studio, which he shares with friends, is located in the Kowloon Bay factory building.His travels throughout Hong Kong have led him to summarize his observations and life experiences in different neighbourhoods.About 10 years ago, he and his wife moved to Prince Edward, Mong Kok.”In addition to convenience, this area is prosperous and quiet.”He described prince Edward Road West as a road that separates the bustle from the quiet. “If you want to go for a walk, you can go to Kowloon Tong Town, or you can go to Sham Shui Po beyond The Garton Hill.Although Hong Kong is a stone forest, it has mountains in most places. It is convenient for people to live but close to nature, which is what makes Hong Kong special.Even a pedestrian bridge in a busy neighborhood shows the wisdom of Hong Kongers in using space.Chiang Kee passes the sai Yee Street footbridge in Mong Kok every day, almost within touching distance of the houses on both sides.This is not only an epitome of this high-density city, but also a unique landscape of Hong Kong in his eyes: “In foreign countries, the square outside the church is a public space where people gather.But there are few similar Spaces locally, with malls and footbridges the closest.These places are very inclusive and can see how Hong Kong people can use space with limited land.Skybridge is a very vibrant part of Hong Kong.”In Chiang’s eyes, Wan Chai and Mong Kok are equally full of life.His studio used to be in Fu Tak House between Wan Chai and Causeway Bay.The residential/commercial building has been leased below market price to artists and groups since 2003.He stayed there for a decade, watching many local creative and artistic Spaces sprout and grow.Among them, Art Bookstore is still one of the best local art Spaces in his eyes. It not only showcases independently published picture albums or magazines, but also maintains an impromptu book for readers to find surprises over the years.He also recommended the Safe Harbor Gallery in Aberdeen, which promotes the works of local artists throughout the year to let the audience see their diverse faces.12 In a highly commercialized city, it is not easy for arts and culture to find space in the cracks. Therefore, Kang Ji pays special attention to the emergence of new Spaces, such as the paper-based comic book store that opened in Kwun Tong a few months ago.”Besides selling comic books, the paper division is also involved in many activities to promote comic culture.In recent years, the director has experimented with different ways to publish comics and communicated with overseas comic organizations to broaden our horizons.”Jiang ji believes that bookstores are places for cultural exchanges, and the popular form in recent years is bookstores combined with coffee shops.Parallel Space in Sham Shui Po, which combines a bookstore, art exhibition and cafe, is a good example.Sham Shui Po Da Nan Street has become a cultural hotspot in recent years, but Chiang remembers that before da Nan Street became popular, Sham Shui Po already had a deep culture.Welfare model brings together many people who like comic books and toy culture, and the atmosphere in the store makes Jiang Ji more interested.”The personality of a shop is how it displays things, and there are lots of details like stickers or gadgets to play with.It’s mostly otaku, but people are moving around.”The scenery with the flow of people also reflects the unique flavor of each district.Unlike the contemporary culture or design style, 29 Coffee, a cafe located on the corner of Tai Yup Street in Ngau Tau Kok, sells ordinary food such as instant noodles and bento lunch. Its customers are mainly office workers from nearby areas.”It has a small counter, but [the owner] makes the coffee carefully and communicates with the customers, which is typical of a small shop.Although it seems to be out of place with the surrounding atmosphere, it has a strong sense of life.People come to it every day, just like the previous kiosk (Hong Kong style).”What Jiang ji likes is the authentic feelings among them.On the same street, there is his favorite graffiti.This seemingly unimpressive wall was once the home of the likes of Start from Zero and Graphicairlines.As graffiti shapes the landscape around the edges of the city, Jiang often takes pictures of interesting paintings and is fascinated by their ever-changing creativity.”When you see the graffiti, you know it’s a living place.”Kwun Tong, adjacent to Ngau Tau Kok, is undergoing extensive redevelopment in recent years.The appearance of new things sometimes brings back memories of the past.In kwun Tong, where the old and the new have changed, Chiang kee recommends the less populated Kwun Tong Pier.He describes it as a strange parallel space: “The pier is a bit shabby, but the landscape is very much like Hong Kong when I was growing up: there aren’t many people and everything doesn’t have to be fixed up.You can also take a ferry to north Point.”The opening of the Kosen Cinema in Sai Ying Pun a few months ago also brought back memories of his childhood.Small cinemas in target seats street tram road, is that people are busy streets, near river to think of their own youth, gouache ridge in tai Po market or those who watched the classic old play in the port production time, “although street view will disappear, but the different time, different people and activities, you will never know what would happen next, so have a sense of reality.As a creator, Jiang Ji is often asked how he gets inspired. “It’s about absorbing like a sponge,” he says. “It’s not about where you live, it’s about how you sustain it.”Living and feeling in different parts of Hong Kong may be one of the ways he keeps his “spongy state”.Streets and cultural attractions recommended by Jiang Ji:Paper sub grid, Room A, 11 / F, King Wan Industrial Building, 65-67 Yip Yee Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Art Shop, 14 / F, Fu Tak House, 365-367 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, Sai Yee Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Graffiti, G/F, 29 Tai Yip Street, Ngau Tau Kok, KowloonGolden Scene, 3 / F, Tai Sang Industrial Building, 25 Hing Wo Street, Tin Wan, Aberdeen, Hong Kong Island2 Gish Street, Kennedy Town, West Ring, Hong Kong Island