岑允逸《係．唔係樂園》Themeless Parks 簽名本
Themeless Parks was inspired by a disturbance at Hong Kong Disneyland during the 2006 Lunar New Year holiday. Unable to accommodate the throngs of mainland tourists, Disneyland shut its entrance gates, leading to a riot by angry families intent on spending the day at the park. The news event lead Shum, a photojournalist with ten years' experience at the South China Morning Post, to ask the question at the core of the project: Just why are Chinese so wild about the phenomenon that is Disney?
Park and gardens have long been traditional places of leisure and relaxation in China, but since the shift to a socialist market economy, many municipal governments have invested in rapidly building "pseudotheme parks" to entertain workers and migrant laborers now concentrated in urban environments. These public spaces are filled with jarring, often surreal attractions that attempt to project the dreams of Disney but that generally fulfill more ambiguous roles in recreation and amusement. Within these manicured environments, Shum found that visitors were free to interact with the attractions in largely unregulated ways - an escape from the chaos beyond the park's borders. Shum maintains a critical distance from the subject matter, examining the parks and modern China through the lens of consumerism and the culture of leisure.
《係．唔係樂園》 | 岑允逸 | Hulu Concept出版 | 2008年7月 | 160頁 | 21.5 x 27cm | 精裝
Themeless Parks | by Dustin Shum | Published by Hulu Concept | Jul. 2008 | 160 pages | 21.5 x 27cm | Hardcover