Mak, Hoi-san Anson – Critical Biography Top
Anson Mak graduated from the School of Communications at Baptist University Hong Kong in 1991, and worked briefly in television before quitting the mainstream commercial film industry. She worked at various organizations in the nonprofit arts sector (the IFVA Film and Video Awards, the Hong Kong Arts Centre, the Urban Services Department, and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council) while studying for a Master of Philosophy degree in Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong. She later studied abroad in the United States on a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council, and completed a Doctor of Fine Arts program at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University in 2011. While pursuing her graduate studies, Mak was also active as a teacher. She has taught at the City University of Hong Kong (School of Creative Media), the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Department of Cultural and Religious Studies), and the Hong Kong Baptist University (Academy of Visual Arts), where she is currently an Assistant Professor.
Music and sounds have been an integral component of Mak’s creative work from the very beginning. In the 1990s, Mak was a member of the indie pop band AMK (Adam Met Karl), and her output in various media reflects her personal fascination with music, sounds, and their combination with images. She began making experimental video shorts on Hi8, VHS, and Beta in the 1990s (a detailed filmography is available at Mak’s personal website) before switching over to DV in 2001. In the 2000s, however, Mak became increasingly interested in the textures afforded by the Super 8 format, and would often alternate or intercut between Super 8 and DV footage in her experimental work. In recent years, Mak has turned to field recording and phonography as a source of inspiration for her work. The documentation of sounds is another component to her creative endeavors.
To date, Mak has made two feature-length documentaries. One Way Street on a Turntable (2007) is an experimental essay film or assemblage that combines found archival footage, Super 8 mm material, as well as DV footage and field recordings into a multifaceted audiovisual portrait of Hong Kong. It is edited in such a way as to allow viewers to explore different “chapters” of the film in their own preferred order. The film also proposes looking at the territory from the insider/outsider perspectives of two women, respectively from Hong Kong and Mainland China. Mak’s more recent work, On the Edge of a Floating City, We Sing (2012), is likewise an experimental and heterogeneously textured documentary that looks at a number of musicians from Hong Kong’s independent music scene, exploring the roots that bind them to the territory’s society, politics, and cityscape. The film focuses in particular on artists from the groups my little airport, The Pancakes, and mininoise.
|Director||Who is Afraid of Ghost?!||邊個驚鬼？！||2009|
|Director||One-Way Street On A Turntable||唱盤上的單行道||2007|
|Co-directed with Joanne Poon, Mirana May Szeto, Maryann King and Ellen Yuen
|Din Gei Ham Lan||顛雞喊欄||1996|
|Director||On The Edge Of A Floating City, We Sing||在浮城的角落唱首歌||2012|
|Director||A Wishing Well Under The Not A Big Blue Sky||不是大藍天下的願望井||2005|
|Director||Moving/By Not Moving||佇著良久… …||2004|
|Director||Do We Still Need An Incinerator?||我們還需要焚化爐嗎？||2001|
|Invisible Bodies (And So The Cities)||看不見的身體 (所以及其城市)||2001|
|Director||Differences Do Matter||大不同||1998|
|Director||Celebration in the Time of Bitter Songs (Movement Version)||節慶九七之勁歌甘曲(運動版)||1997|
|Director||Celebration in the Time of Bitter Songs (Music Version)||節慶九七之勁歌甘曲 (音樂版)||1997|
|Director||Music Video IV: email@example.com||音樂錄像IV: 四眼大傻妹||1996|
|Director||Butterfly Lovers (New Version)||新祝梁傳之流紅會||1995|
|Director||Music Video III: Ding Tong (Aids Virus)||音樂錄像III: 叮噹您之看見病毒看見您||1995|
|Director||Music Video II: Step On It Through the Strom||音樂錄像II: 風雨中驅車奔馳||1993|
|Director||Music Video I: Sexual Politics Of Meat||音樂錄像I: 肉的性別政治||1992|
|Director||Two Or Three Things I Know About Them||我略知道關於她們的二三事||1991|
On The Edge Of A Floating City, We Sing (2009) Reviews:
Douban – Dorothy (In Chinese):
Headline (In Chinese):
One Band One Day (In Chinese):
Personal blog – Kenny (In Chinese):
Personal blog – Vapin (In Chinese):
One-Way Street On A Turntable (2007) Reviews:
Cinephilia (In Chinese):
Ming Pao (In Chinese):
Website of Anson Mak:
- Cheung, Esther M. K. “Authenticity and Independence: Fruit Chan and Independent Filmmaking.” Cheung, Esther M. K. Fruit Chan’s Made in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2008. 21-38.
- Coleman, Edmond J and Wah-shan Chou . “Tongzhi Identity Politics As Queering the Mainstream.” Coleman, Edmond J and Wah-shan Chou. Tongzhi: Politics of Same-sex Eroticism in Chinese Societies. Oxon: Routledge, 2013. 283-300.
- Flanagan, Tricia. “Hong: Cultural Transformation of the Public Space.” Reading Hong Kong, Reading Ourselves. Ed. Janel Curry and Paul Hanstedt. Hong Kong: City University of HK Press, 2014. 66-89.
- Grace, Helen. “Spectral Monumentality and the Face of Time: Virtuality, Distortions of Scale and Asynchony in Post-colonial Hong Kong.” Grace, Helen. Culture, Aesthetics and Affect in Ubiquitous Media: The Prosaic Image. Oxon: Routledge, 2014. 27-43.
- Leung, Helen Hok-sze. “Archiving Queer Feeling in Hong Kong.” The Routledge Queer Studies Reader. Ed. Donald E. Hall and Annamarie Jagose. Oxon: Routledge, n.d. 398-411.
- Mak, Anson, MaryAnn King. “Hong Kong Tong Zhi Movement: Through the Eyes of Queer Sisters” in Rose Wu (ed.), Hong Kong Social Movement: Forces From the Margins, Hong Kong: Hong Kong Women Christian Council, 1997.
- Mak, Anson, Ken Hui, Joanne Poon and Mary Ann King. “County report on Hong Kong”, in Rachel Rosenbloom (ed.), Unspoken Rules, Sexual Orientation and Women’s Human Rights, San Francisco: International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, 1995.
- Reynaud, Berenice . “New Visions/New Chinas: Video – Art, Documentation, and the Chinese Modernity in Question.” Resolutions: Contemporary Video Practices. Ed. Michael Renov and Erika Suderburg. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996. 229-257.
- Tang, Denise Tse-shang. “Political Space.” Tang, Denise Tse-shang. Conditional Spaces: Hong Kong Lesbian Desires and Everyday Life. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2011. 98-112.
- Wu, Rose. “A Story of Its Own Name: Hong Kong’s Tongzhi Culture.” Other Voices, Other Worlds: The Global Church Speaks Out on Homosexuality. Ed. Terry Brown. New York: Church Publishing, 2006. 40-57.