by Jimmy Luk
by Franki Ho
by Franki Ho
dadibabe builds a bond between the fetus and its father.
The length of pregnancy of a woman is about nine months. In these nine months, women experience manifold physical and psychological changes. They can feel the fetus, its development, movement, and wellbeing directly in their uterus; and the other way round, the fetus also can feel her mother. It is believed that that is how the close bonding between the fetus and its mother would be built before giving birth.
However, how about the father of the fetus? Unfortunately, unlike their female partner, males do not have the direct everyday connection with the fetus and therefore they cannot feel the actual presence or development of the fetus. What he can only do is softly touching or rubbing the belly of his wife, or put the ear on the belly to hear what is happening inside. In fact, there are not much ways for a father to connect with the fetus or “baby” as we fairly referring to in the next nine months. In the worst situation, some men have to work oversea and leave their pregnant wife alone. Then, the minimal physical linkage between them and the baby is cut. Eventually, the men would feel sad and lose the working motivation.
“dadibabe” is a little and easy-carry “egg” for a father-to-be. Because of the design setting of the egg, when the soft light of the egg is turned on, a shadow of the fetus appears on the outside of the eggshell. The fetus’s shape will transform very slowly day by day which represents the growth of the fetus. Dads can feel the heartbeat and warmth by touching the egg. And the virtual fetus inside the egg also will show its reaction to the father accordingly such that the heartbeat of the fetus would speed up to show its happiness and excitement of getting dad’s attention and care.
Furthermore, when the man’s ear is close to the egg, he can listen to the regular heartbeat. This setting replicates the experience of the man hearing the baby from his wife’s belly. Father is recommended to carry the egg everywhere. When he misses the baby, he can take it out to build the bonding by touching the egg anytime.
By the end of the pregnancy months, the man would be mentally well-prepared to be a dad as he has experienced looking after his baby from the beginning of his wife’s pregnancy journey, such as feeling its temperature, its movement and watching its growth. So, “dadibabe” is the connection between Daddy and Baby.
by Ella Poon
Lei Yue Mun is the village where I grew up in Hong Kong and it’s full of memory. Although I now live in Wong Tai Sin since my family had to move due to rural-urban migration. With a bit of luck, many year later, I have a chance to go back to the village where I grew up and I have a chance to re-create my experience for audience – walks through the main gate of Lei Yue Mun and along the pedestrian path.
The video and walk
For some years back I had long passionately to create my first video which is a movie-video walk as what Janet Cardiff and George Bures did. Starting form Jockey Club Lei Yu Mun Plus, viewers are given a 15 minute clip and headphones to get the full effect of the original binaural recording. Audiences are asked to follow the pre-recorded video through the old Lei Yue Mun ,when doing the walk the real sounds mix with the recorded adding another level of confusion as to what is real and what is the past. Audience can respond to what they see, and fulfilling their desires .I hope the overlapping realities lead to a bizarre, abnormal, perceptual confusion in the participant’s brain.
The storyline of Time capsule is quite an easy one. A little girl is looking for her brother and went to bury the time capsule together. After ten years, she came back and the Time Capsule was therefore dug up .However, her quest leads to painful confrontations with the memory of the past .As audiences are asked to follow the girl, they just walk through the main gate and along the pedestrian path of Lei Yue Mun and get the Time Capsule .
Moreover, the important theme is the phenomenon of rural-urban migration in old village. Participants used to travel through the entire village to perform video plays with a message in rural areas. In recent years, an increasingly larger number of artists have been addressing social problems. The Video Walk lasts for only 15 minutes, but after it has ended some spectators are so emotional that they stay after and enjoy the view of Lei Yue Mun Quarry for up to an hour,” says an audience.
In my view, “The video may be an excellent way to stimulate people to sharpen their awareness.. “The core of work is addressing people’s memory. Every individual has its own story, but often those stories are not recorded, leaving much lovely memory hidden, so the main goal is let them create their memory. “
Now I am changing to promote the Time capsule, telling audience the story and meaning behind. In order to let my participants create their Time Capsule, so audiences will find the Time Capsule and the link of website after the video walk. (timecapsule.wordpress.com)