I stare at the severed finger on the table. The decomposition is minor. I have been able to hack into it and extract information from the encrypted DNA.
‘I’ve never seen the Glowing Skin up close……’ My young client thinks out loud. I roll my eyes slightly and make sure our eyes don’t meet. ‘Do you mean to ask if I'm in my 80s?’
80 years ago, I was 16 and was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Later on they named my condition Multiple Sensory Hallucinations Disorder and today it is called Parallel Dimension Syndrome. Luckily for me, people with PDS are highly sought after by art world curators today. As one of the hottest Cross Dimensional Artists in the scene, I have a certifiable reason to go on living.
And since those with PDS are expected to live in different realities, I also have an official second life. My second life is a Spirit Genome Hacker. In this line of work, ‘The Medium is the Message’ takes on a whole different meaning.
The young client is my third customer today. The business of death has been a good one.
He murmurs again to himself, ‘The finger was found in a dried roof top water tank on 98 Apliu Street. Do you remember the disappearance of some science fiction writers years ago in the same building? Out there, things can happen……’
Initiated by Angela Su in 2015, this Science Fiction project is an exercise to imagine the future of Hong Kong through the lens of science fiction. The project invites arts and cultural practitioners and individuals active in social movements to participate in a writing workshop in which they explore sci-fi as a tool for empowerment and social justice, a survival kit in a dystopian future, a manual for organising different alternative community models…... amongst many other things. After the workshop each participant will create a short story, in textual or visual form, which will be compiled into a publication, alongside an essay and a transcript of the writing workshop.
Contributors (in alphabetical order): Andio Lai, experimental sound performer with flaming passion for graphic novels, manga and anime. Charles Lai, blogger/columnist of architecture and built environment in Hong Kong. Mr. Pizza, author of Lost on a Red Mini Bus to Taipo, popular online sci-fi/horror thriller. Tse Pakchai, member of Community Museum Project, freelance photographer, and city historian. Hayman Yip, independent filmmaker; too old to be a wasted youth, only wish now is that moving images be not only for consumption and serving those in power. Cally Yu, writer and advocate for creative aging, with keen interest in the discussion about gender and body politics.
Editor: Louise Law, writer, poet, editor, project manager of the first edition of LITSTREAM, the self- managed literary arts festival by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council; aiming to be a cultural entrepreneur specialized in literary arts in Hong Kong.
Advisors: Prof. Wong Kin Yuen, Professor and Head of the Department of English Language and Literature; Director, Technoscience Culture Research and Development Centre, Hong Kong Shue Yan University. Research interests: technoscience culture, ecology and environmental ethics, science fiction, urban studies and consumer culture. Dr. Chan Kit-Sze, Amy, Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature; Programme Director, MA in Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies; Associate Director, Technoscience Culture Research and Development Centre, Hong Kong Shue Yan University. Research interests: cultural studies, technoscience culture, gender studies, literary studies and science fiction. Albert Tam, science fiction and fantasy writer, scriptwriter; winner of numerous awards including Ni Kuang Science Fiction Award, Comic Ritz Award for Cinema Fiction, BenQ Award for Chinese Cinema Fiction, Chinese Nebula Award; best known for Humanoid Software Trilogy, with literary writings earning Chiuko 30th Literature Award and Taipei Literature Award.
Project Director: Angela Su, artist; fascinated by illustrated science books, Angela’s works investigate the perception and imagery of the body, through metamorphosis, hybridity and transformation. In 2013 Su initiated a science fiction book and exhibition project “In Berty We Trust”.
Angela Su’s year-long Science Fiction project will be presented in 2017.
We sincerely thank Mimi and Chris Gradel for generously supporting this science fiction experiment at Things that can happen.