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Established Winter 2018

"This is very precisely a culture of disappearance because it is a culture whose appearance is accompanied by a sense of the imminence of its disappearance, and the cause of its emergence - 1997 - may also be the cause of its demise... The way ahead was never toward independence, but always toward hyper dependency. To call Hong Kong a colony is hardly a misrepresentation, it merely leaves out how dependency has been turned into a fine art."

- Abbas, Ackbar. 1997. Hong Kong: Culture and the politics of disappearance.


“part of the meaning of colonialism in Hong Kong is that the city can neither identify nor break with the past. Neither continuity nor

discontinuity is available, only an appearance of continuity that is already discontinuous"


- Kai, Chung., Dong. 1998. Atlas: The Archaeology of an Imaginary City

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London, UK.


Z5SSP refers to a contemporary paradigm of Cultural, (Sub)cultural Art, Fashion, Architecture + Media In-depth.


The construct we live in is not linear.

Hong Kong in particular, is a hyphenation: state of perpetuate, unification and decolonisation. This is how we describe the city: There is no state, or superstate, that has ever situated a construct that is so undeniably paradoxical yet of intricate sense. The city is a hybrid, or forced byproduct, of the east-meets-west gimmick, of the idealistic urban-landscape archetype. 


"Heterotopias are worlds within worlds, mirroring and yet upsetting what is outside" Hong Kong may be the city that inhabits mere binary oppositions or inter-semiotics, but many of their obligatory partners were never shed light on, or rather disgusted, or/ and alienated, even by the localists, and thus, having generalised as subculture. Again, a" byproduct", hypothetically. The word subculture isn't a hipsteric gesture if it wasn't meant to be subculture.t. 

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