「Feed me 食·相」by Jennifer Tang Wing Lam

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Jennifer Tang Wing Lam (she/they) debuted publicly at Soho House Hong Kong in Nov 2022 with their first editorial photography series 「Feed me 食·相」.

Drastic Social Showcase – 3 Dec 2022

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Drastic Social Showcase presents a community party with our friends in Bergen on the 3rd of December. The Bars at the venue are open and Dumplings are served ❤

Tickets are available on Ticket.co

Program

1830 Doors open (ground floor cafe)
1900 Fabrikkhallen open
1905 Intro by Bertha Chan
1910 “Accountability” — Erwin Rapiz Navarro of Skeiv Verden Vest -“Transformative Justice in Community Building”
1955 “Community builder Series” — Yimin Dong of Feminist Storytelling
2040 “Creator Series” — Juan Qin
2120 “Joy” — Merenpelko performance

We are grateful to be amongst supportive community members who are making this happen, and a special thanks to Bergen Kommune for funding a part of this programme.


Venue

Bergen Kjøtt

Bergen Kjøtt is a creative workplace, production house and cultural centre in the neighbourhood of Skuteviken and Sandviken in Bergen.

Dalig Leder Eva Rowson (she/her) of Bergen Kjøtt has supported Drastic Social’s development since day one, provided many opportunities for us to develop our skills and experience in live streaming, and generously lent us their venue for this event.


Media partner

Vers Libre, Bergen Community Radio

Vers Libre is the go-to community radio in Bergen, Norway. DJs, sound artists, and talk show enthusiasts are encouraged to develop their music/programme curation using their facilities for their members at their studio in Møhlenpris. The facility is only a 10 min walk from the city centre through the scenic park Nygardsparken.

Drastic Social will be publishing their podcast series on VersLib.re

Fraser Keddie (he/him) is the founder of Vers Libre. He is our mentor at Drastic Social Production Team, supporting us in honing skills in live stream production and radio recording work.


Photo exhibition

“Feed me 食•相” by Jennifer Tang Wing Lam (she/they)

Hong Kong Photographer Jennifer Tang‘s photo series “Feed me” is a project made with our community of artists and creatives. Recently debuted at Soho House Hong Kong, this experimental portrait series is brought to you in Bergen for one night only. Seize the chance to see these photos exhibited during the day of the Drastic Social event at Bergen Kjøtt ground floor.

Feed me 食•相 is a love letter to my chubby, food obsessed childhood. Sunday dinner at grandma’s was our family’s ritual; whenever she made my favourite dishes, my face would light up at the dinner table.

“The sweetest smile on your face when you eat!” she always said.

The indulger then became the voyager; I still love food but realized cooking and watching others enjoy it was the greater pleasure. The natural next step was to photograph my friends stuffing their faces and making a mess. Capturing this joy and expression on someone’s face is undeniably cathartic to me.”


Speaker — Erwin Rapiz Navarro (he/him), Skeiv Verden Vest

Erwin Rapiz Navarro is originally from the Philippines and works as the manager of Skeiv Verden Vest in Bergen, Norway. Erwin has a background in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Tromsø and has been working closely with migrants, asylum seekers and refugees since 2015.

Erwin will speak with Bertha Chan about “Transformative Justice in Community Building”, mainly so we can learn to spot conflicts, take accountability and reduce harm within our community.

Speaker – Yimin Dong (they/them) of Feminist Storytelling

Feminist Storytelling is a community theatre and storytelling platform based in Bergen, Norway. Their events are curated by different volunteers, artists and storytellers monthly, cooperating with Litteraturhuset i Bergen (House of Literature in Bergen).

Founder Yimin Dong will talk to Drastic Social’s Bertha Chan about their path of building a community where participants feel at ease to share their personal stories in an intimate set up.

Speaker — Juan Qin (she/her)

Juan Qin is a visual communication designer and multimedia artist. With a particular interest in exploring the intersections, connections and cross-disciplinary relations among visual communication design, graphic design, creative coding, programming, interactive design, social media and individuals’ subtle emotional expression. She will be speaking with Bertha Chan during the event about her path to finding her identity through art and creations.


Performance

Merenpelko is a performative musical installation sent to this dimension by Xzyx Cronh to bring emotional music and glimpses into a better, interdimensional world.

“We intend to bring people into a transcendental realm through our sonic spells.”

Merenpelko is Rude Pixie, Ghostcry and MC Lab Rat.

Silly Little Mermaid” was out in Oct 2022 &
Check out their live-streamed rehearsal for the 3rd Dec performance on youtube


Production Team

Ingrid Ormevik (she/her)

Ingrid is the founder of Queer Fashion of Scandinavia (QFoS), an LGBTQIA+ community media highlighting important works by community members. Ingrid is a video production specialist, video editor and drone enthusiast. She is one of the “Feminist Streaming Service” founding members and working with live-streaming equipment since 2020. Some of the organisations she worked with include Borealis Music FestivalSkeiv Verden VestEkko FestivalTrans Pride and Trans Awareness Week.

Ingrid will be streaming the event live on 3 Dec

Producer – Lene Anette Kolltveit (they/them)

Producer – Essia Hids (she/her)

Essia Hidoussi (she/her) is currently working as a producer for Diversity and Inclusion at Bergen Kunsthall. Essia has years of experience as a freelance producer, event manager and volunteer coordinator for several art and culture festivals in Bergen.


Sound design – Bensen (they/them)

Video and photography – Renate Storø (she/her)

Light design – Lauris Greidan (he/him)

Producer and host – Bertha Chan (she/her)

Can Cheong, the “true font” Calligraphist keeps it’s legacy alive in this modern city?

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Au Yueng Cheong is a calligraphist who has been stationed in the shopping mall in the State Theatre Building for over 30 years. 

At the peak of his career, he was commissioned to produce thousands of commercial signage all around Hong Kong. He is especially proud to have once produced work for a politician.

Cheong explained that he is now the only person in Hong Kong honing the skill of writing the “TRUE FONT”, which is identical to traditional Chinese characters, and that he would like to conserve the heritage. “The “True Font” can still be found at a few places in Mainland China nowadays” the calligraphist claimed. If this is true then our guess is that Traditional Chinese was used before the CCP took over, and so the writing became a rarity since it was replaced by Simplified Chinese as the official written form of Chinese in the 50s.

In recent years, China is slowly gentrifying Hong Kong into becoming like the rest of the cities in the mainland, Simplified Chinese has also been introduced into the Hong Kong school system to replace our traditional culture. 

Mr Au Yueng’s livelihood and the future of Hong Kong seems to be facing similar destinies, as both are to be slowly eliminated where we fail to see the value and the importance of heritage conservation as a city.  

New World Development, a Hong Kong based firm, purchased the premises at HK$740 million with the intention to tear down the whole building as its commercial plan in the first place. The 67-year-old State Theatre Building (formerly known as Empire Theatre) is now the only post-war standalone theatre, and 1 of the 172 Grade 1 historical buildings in Hong Kong. According to the Antiquities Advisory Board in Hong Kong, a Grade 1 building or structure is one that “has outstanding merit, which every effort should be made to preserve if possible”

Photo credit: Wikipedia

We appreciate the campaigns made by several organisations wanting to conserve the historical legacy of Hong Kong; without the passionate people working to keep Hong Kong’s characters alive, there would be one less heritage structure left every time a new development plan comes into place  Hong Kong would become faceless in no time.

Check out Instagram Media @likewise’ s video to have a last glimpses of this legend.