'In the book Hong Kong Story, Siu See speaks of ordinary sounds in teahouses and the streets of Hong Kong fading away. Words can never replace sounds. But they may be able to generate conditions for some serious listening.
This collection of fiction and non-fiction writings intended for anyone who has ever wondered about listening. All contributing writers of say, Listen actively and critically listen. They listen with pleasure as much as in hardship. Over a span of three years, these traces of their listening made their way into this book: a writer listens to the gurgling water in the gutters; another listens to the politics silenced and sounded out, or to the memory of home, to distance, and to the inanimate – some dirt.
The publisher soundpocket is an organization working on the understanding and exploration of sound as art. As the second book in the series Pocket, say, Listen explores the relation between words, sounds, and graphic design on paper. The voices and hands of many who contribute to this book reminds one of how Dawn Williams, curator of the durational sound performance Strange Attractor in the Crawford Gallery (Cork, Ireland) speaks of listening, “of the endless possibilities, given a little time and space, that can enhance our relationship with the changing environments we inhabit by just listening.'—description excerpted from publisher's website
Contributing writers: Doris Lau Parry, Edwin Lo, Law Yukmui, Steve Hui, Wong Chun Kok, Anthony Yeung, Wong Chun Hoi, Susi Law, Akio Suzuki, Yat Niu, Loretta Ho, Carmi Lam, Vik Lai, Grace Choi, Carlo Fossati