Re-Inscribing the City: Art, Occupation, and Citizen Journalism in Hong Kong

Globalizations (Special Issue on Crisis, Movement, Management: Globalizing Dynamics), Vol. 10, No. 03, pp. 465-479, 2013

16 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2013

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Francesca da Rimini

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Date Written: February 23, 2013

Abstract

As neoliberal restructuring destroys historic precincts in Hong Kong, these spaces’ social and living histories take on new meanings for the city’s disenfranchised citizenry. In 2006 the impending demolition of Hong Kong’s iconic Star Ferry Pier and Queen’s Pier inspired a new form of spatial and cultural politics, which spawned unanticipated civic participation in the struggle to own the city. A lengthy cycle of oppositional actions interwove imaginative interventions, occupations, and investigative reportage, creating ‘temporary affective spaces’ around the piers. Contributors to the online citizen journalism site Hong Kong In-Media reframed sentimental mainstream media narratives by connecting urban development to political agency. The grassroots piers movement is significant because it seeded a new social movement in Hong Kong, one which shares resonances with Chinese protest culture and the global Occupy movement. Moreover, the organically constituted social formation of protesters perhaps materialises the philosophical concept of the ‘multitude.’

Keywords: citizen journalism, Hong Kong, media activism, multitude, spatial politics, symbolic politics, temporary affective spaces, urban development

Suggested Citation

da Rimini, Francesca, Re-Inscribing the City: Art, Occupation, and Citizen Journalism in Hong Kong (February 23, 2013). Globalizations (Special Issue on Crisis, Movement, Management: Globalizing Dynamics), Vol. 10, No. 03, pp. 465-479, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2309135

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