After this year’s Met Gala, “Camp” got viral again as a nod to Susan Sontag’s essay, Notes On “Camp” (1964) which has published for more than a half of century. Even though She has written 58 jottings of “Camp”, still, it is not easy to describe what is “Camp” as the canon of “Camp” changes over time. But the essence of “Camp”, which is the love towards artificial and exaggerated aesthetics, remains unchanged.
Thanks to Chow Yun-fat’s pet phrase in Eighth Happiness (1988), a local comedy movie, “camp camp tei” (camp camp 地) has once become a buzzword among Hong Kongese in the late twentieth century. However, it has actually been narrowly interpreted as effeminacy with a connotation of being homosexual.
“Nicam Camp Night” (curated by Videotage Project Coordinator, Joseph Chen) comprises a twofold meaning of “camp”, which is framed in the aforementioned original and localized contexts simultaneously. And it is just like NICAM, the broadcast system playing dual languages, the original audio in a foreign language and the Cantonese dubbed audio, instantaneously.
Let’s celebrate the extravagant and flamboyant styles, theatrical and ironic gender expressions with the performances by Shmily (施魅力 See How Much I Love You), the oldest amateur drag queen in Hong Kong. Also Kelvin T, Alexmalism and Misty Penguin, local queer and trans DJs, accompanied by shealwaysresolume, an emerging VJ and Bobby Chan-Chan (KUNT_ARCH) with their video footages inspired by feminine beauty, last but not least, QQBBG, a cute girl idol with her songs of true love.
Dress Code: “Camp” and “camp camp tei”
Date & Time: 13/7/2019, 9:00PM
Venue: Music Room, Terrible Baby, 4/F Eaton HK