Back to the future

By looking at the MTR through its relation to urban planning, we touched upon how promises of a better future are articulated, legitimized, and contested in postcolonial Hong Kong. We tried to show that the concept of connectivity, much embraced in “development” narratives from 1960s on, is neither neutral nor just merely about efficiency. Rather, it conveys political messages and intervenes within urban life beyond public transportation. Connections in and beyond the city have been valued by many as central to the identity of Hong Kong citizens, but in what ways could it be threatening as well? A more connected future is often envisioned unequivocally, but are all people connected equally? We invite you to think and feel MTR differently: not only as fixed urban infrastructure, but also as a battleground in which multiple political voices merge and diverge.

 

The future is bright?
Photo by FENG Lei, at Hung Hom Station
25 August 2017

 

Leaving the past behind
(The proposed Shatin-Central Link)
Photo by Simon Johansson , at Hung Hom Station
24 August 2017

 

An unfulfilled promise
Screenshot by FENG Lei
26 August 2017
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