The production of the video grew organically with the production of the protest. Started in Hong Kong September 28th, the Umbrella Revolution has appropriated a large part of the business district in Admiralty, cutting the new government headquarter from the other parts of the city. Days and nights, protesters have been building a temporal city and consolidate the barricades. Beyond the claim for a democratic election of the chief executive, protesters have been fighting against the latent destruction of the social and physical fabric of the territory. In that sense, we are examining the making of the Umbrella Revolution as collective response to project possible future.
MAP Office is a multidisciplinary platform devised by Laurent Gutierrez (1966, Casablanca, Morocco) and Valérie Portefaix (1969, Saint-Étienne, France). This duo of artists/architects has been based in Hong Kong since 1996, working on physical and imaginary territories using varied means of expression including drawing, photography, video, installations, performance, and literary and theoretical texts. Their entire project forms a critique of spatio-temporal anomalies and documents how human beings subvert and appropriate space. Humour, games, and fiction are also part of their approach, in the form of small publications providing a further format for disseminating their work. They both teach at the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Gilles Vanderstocken (Music), Laurent Gutierrez, Valerie Portefaix (Concept and Design)