[Webinar] Archiving Memory: Neon Lights in Hong Kong

[Updated 15 November 2020: For those who might have missed this seminar by Prof. Brian Kwok, here are the webcast and the photo album.]

Friday, 23 October 2020, 19:30–21:00 PDT
Archiving Memory: Neon Lights in Hong Kong
Prof. Brian Kwok, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
via Zoom

A City Archived event
Registration required

Neon signs are (almost) everywhere in Hong Kong. They are iconic not only for what they stand for in their immediate contexts but also for their association with a certain way of life in Hong Kong. But this webinar is not an exercise of nostalgia. It offers an introduction to this integral part of the visual culture of the city, and it provides an opportunity for us to reflect on not only the designs and uses of neon signs but also some recent initiatives to archive and study them.

Brian Kwok 郭斯恆 is Associate Professor at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He leads the BA (Hons) programme in Communication Design and the Information Design Lab. Mr. Kwok’s research focuses on communication design and the visual culture of Hong Kong. He holds an MA in Design from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and he has an MA in Visual Culture Studies as well as an MPhil in Communication from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the leader of the Hong Kong Neon Archive project and author of Fading of Neon Lights: Documentation of Hong Kong Streets’ Visual Culture《霓虹黯色──香港街道視覺文化記錄》(2018).

This webinar is organized by the UBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative and is co-sponsored by: UBC Department of Asian Studies, Department of History, Centre for Chinese Research, Asian Library, and the Interdisciplinary Histories Research Cluster.

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