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Spatial Cemetery: A Journey Beneath the Surface of Hidden Hong Kong

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The book you are holding contains secrets and stories about Hong Kong that have never before been published. Prepare to have your preconceived notions of this bustling Asian financial hub butchered as you journey through crevices, enter hidden portals, clamber over barbed-wire fences, evade security guards and infiltrate derelict structures to travel back in time. Your hosts are an anonymous grassroots squad of explorers who will show you a side of Hong Kong only a specialist minority know about.

Although the city has some of the most expensive property on the planet, an unknown world awaits beyond the shimmering skyscrapers and under the glitzy malls. This is the hidden kingdom of non-spaces: environments and structures that lie fallow, usually abandoned and left to rot, or suspended in limbo awaiting evictions and demolition. The HK Urbex crew – a covert collective of urban explorers whose exploits merge archaeology, ethnography, historiography and anthropology – unearth dead zones on the periphery of the city. They invite you to explore haunted schools, rummage through old crime scenes, reconnoitre condemned buildings and uncover the scraps of modernisation which won’t be recorded in history books.

So come inside, confront the aesthetic of loss, discover the value of dead architecture and see Hong Kong as you’ve never seen it before.

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Description

The book you are holding contains secrets and stories about Hong Kong that have never before been published. Prepare to have your notions of this bustling Asian city butchered as you journey through crevices, clamber over barbed wire, evade security and infiltrate abandoned structures to travel back in time. Your hosts are an anonymous squad of explorers who will take you beyond the shimmering skyscrapers and under the city, where an unknown world awaits.

MEDIA ATTENTION

“Where many people see only squalor and grime, HK Urbex sees a trove of stories.” — Elaine Yau, South China Morning Post

“HK Urbex force us to come face to face with this debris of modernization and these ruins that are constantly accumulating, even as we keep building.” — Lee Kah Wee, assistant professor of architecture at the National University of Singapore

“The explorers belong to HK Urbex, a so-called urban exploration collective whose expeditions often require trespassing or walks through dark, abandoned or dangerous sites. But unlike some urban explorers, they do not court danger purely for its own sake. Their primary goal is to peel back layers of history — sometimes literally, by digging through dust and trash — and forge a video archive of Hong Kong’s colonial-era environment.” — Mike Ives, New York Times

“To some, a deserted public housing block or a derelict hospital is nothing but a waste of space. But to the explorers behind anonymous collective HK Urbex (Hong Kong Urban Exploration), these forgotten buildings reveal another side of Hong Kong.” — Kate Springer, BBC 

Additional information

Weight350 g
Dimensions216 × 216 mm
Pages

128

Binding

Paperback

Illustrations

Approximately 70 colour photographs

About the authors

HK Urbex (Hong Kong Urban Exploration) is an anonymous, grassroots collective that seeks to unearth and document hidden sites in and around Hong Kong.

Beyond the shimmering skyscrapers and glitzy malls, the intrepid explorers reveal another side of Hong Kong and the Asian cities they visit, immortalising and bringing undisclosed nonspaces to light. They are a motley crew of photographers, filmmakers, journalists, writers and adrenalin junkies.