In the global public sphere, Hong Kong is often noted for its exuberant wealth and strong luxury markets. In 2013, Hong Kong’s vast income gap, low minimum wage and inconsistent citizenship policies towards migrant workers were frequently topics for global discussion in the media.

Reconstructing Dialogue searches Twitter for key words relating to Hong Kong, poverty and wealth, and displays the streams in isolation. Each word in a given stream corresponds to a plastic stool in the gallery space. By sitting on these archetypal Hong Kong stools, a user can change an individual word in the tweet displayed, trading it out for words from other Twitter streams. In this way, participants can reconstruct and redirect the public conversation surrounding Hong Kong.

Plastic stools, pressure pads, Arduino, Mac
City University of Hong Kong
Spring 2013