Once Fish is an excerpt from Four Cautionary Tales of a Future Asian Metropolis, co-written by Alvin Li and Julian Junyuan Feng, published by e-flux Architecture. This story grew out of ongoing research into the history of terraforming in Hong Kong, in preparation for an upcoming exhibition Liquid Ground at Para Site, Hong Kong.
About Alvin Li
Alvin Li is a writer, curator and Contributing Editor of frieze magazine, based in Shanghai, China. Li’s writing on contemporary art and culture has appeared in international publications such as frieze, Artforum, Mousse, Art Agenda, Spike Art Quarterly, and ArtReview Asia, as well as in catalogues published by the New Museum, New York, among others. In 2019, Li presented research on Chinese-language hip hop in a listening session at Triple Canopy, New York, and a work of auto-fiction, Teeth, at CURRENT: LA Public Art Triennial. Li’s recent curatorial projects include We Came to Linger (ALL Club, Shanghai, 2020); D.E.E.P. (chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, 2019); In My Room (Antenna Space, Shanghai, 2019); and The New Normal: China, Art, and 2017 (UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2017).
Image credit: exhibition view of Hong Kong Reincarnated New Lo Ting Archeological Find, 1998. Ha Bik Chuen Archive, courtesy of the Ha Family and Asia Art Archive.