Temporary non-locatable public space #1- Nullah Road Sitting-out Area 臨時無定空間#1-水渠道休憩處

Live broadcasting Audio Clip Public Art event NULLAH NO LA: ART DAY OUT , Prince Edward, 2015-11-14

A radio broadcasting event at public space

About Temporarily non-locatable public space Series

A potential public space is selected as the geographical origin. A certain area of broadcast coverage by telecommunication network will be set up around the origin.A temporary unregistered live-streaming broadcast is accessible on-site

The artist will be staying away from the origin but some place with similarities of different aspect as the origin’s. Several satellite points was pinned according to certain criteria. The floating broadcast station on the remote site aimed as to pass the experience of place and the locational certainty is superimposed across other places with mediated sound to compressed and prosthetic reality.

date: 14th November, 2015
broadcast time: 3pm-5pm
channel: FM108.0

streaming | boardcasting | sound | public | field recording

streaming | radio | boardcast | public | FM Transmission

Although not bound within a specific public space, the artist locates his work within a certain ‘geographical origin’. Within its radius, a potential public space will be selected to ensure that it is within the broadcast coverage of the streaming media set up by the artist. Thus, locals and passersby who generally have access to this potential public area will also be able to access a temporary live-streaming on-site.

Using streaming media and a temporary sound station, the artist can maintain distance from the public space or choose to locate himself in another similar public space. Several ‘satellite points’ within the given radius will be pinned according to certain criteria.

This ‘floating sound station’ will remotely communicate the experience of one public space to another by means of mediated sound, as if one site is ‘superimposed’ with another to exemplify a compressed and prosthetic reality.

Streaming content:

  • field recording at another “sitting-out area” on the Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s list of (pre-recorded)
  • live sound feed of the public space nearby the origin
  • live interview with the people who are staying / passing by / using the facilities of the remote public space


透過浮動聲音站及串流技術,藝術家可與該公共空間保持距離,而置身於另一個類似的地方。 他會跟據某些準則,在直徑範圍內而固定幾個衛星點。



  • 在其他康文署轄下的休憩處的田野錄音(預先錄好)
  • 在源頭附近公共空間的現場聲音
  • 在遙距地與途人(身處或途經公共空間或在享用其設施的人)的現場採訪
  • 遙距地的現場報導

Brain Storm note:

Perhaps, it can also help us create new ways of understanding why the lack of space does not necessarily mean a lack of creative opportunities.”
I can’t agree more on this. No matter from what I experience from building my art space floating projects, nor being as one of the small potato in the Hong Kong Art field.  I used to think “How to use the space better” is the most important question for the art people to think about. And the reality (ridiculous rent rate) forced us to merely think about “How to get a place to do something”. When you get a place and started it up, the follow up question is “How to sustain the place….” .
some keywords:
the interlink between public space
live broadcast
audible exchange
streaming – – – – Nullah
The spatial narratives
sound as the mechanics of information
preference of an ideal public space
utopia (XXXX)
social habit of listening
… Presense in thrown, beyond its source, and even beyond the radiophonic transmission, and brought back by the telematic momentum of compressed, prosthetic reality, Like society itself, sound no longer explodes through its propagation, its performance, or its radiophonic broadcast, but implodes by being everywhere at once. Sound no longer needs to appear here, as a particular event with specific locatable details, but rather it disappears in its own system of production that may in the end complete its journey, from the here and now to virtual projection of future manifestations in which it is always already everywhere.
Brandon LaBelle (2006) Background Noise : Perspective on sound art  , Bloomsbury Academic  (ISBN:978-0-8264-1845-6)

I start with these:
  • Some observation that I used to have in the acoustic design in new “public space”
    • masking effect will be adopted . e.g. Fountain  (Peninsula hotel, Kowloon Park..) . As a good barrier to mask the low hum and traffic sound in the city.
    • Artificial natural sound scape 人造園林聲效 e.g. Tama park (near LegCo) , The new garden in some rehab centre.  Usually very Lo-Fi and fake.  but it does make interaction with some real bird and real insects sometimes.
    • the background / foreground composition
  • transurbanism:”Our experience of place and its locational certainty is superimposed across other places. one lives n more than one place.”
    • How the shape of the public space shaped our sense / imagination towards public space
    • How is the other “public space” has been set up in Hong Kong?

some rough research process

  • In order to keep the constrain that I am not allowed to be in the site of Nullah Road. I turned into researching the Nullah Road via the simlar place [ literally, nor conceptually…] according to those documents online.  I guess I won’t go for a quantitative research.. but I want to visit most of them and take a few recordings for some basic material as the study.
    considering Nullah Road Sitting area as the origin. Here is the 1 mile radius area :

and then I spotted some possible public space around Nullah Road, within the 1-mile-radius area:

of course there are still many possible “public space” within that area



So I will take this place as my reference point for doing something about Nullah Road.