This audio track is an excerpt from a YouTube video of Petula Clark’s live performance of This Is My Song presented by German radio channel NDR1 in 2001
(exact date and venue unknown). This Is My Song was written by Charlie Chaplin as a soundtrack for his 1967 film A Countess From Hong Kong The footage
found by Leung ends with a fireworks display… Without any visual reference, and with the addition of the text “Day Free of Bomb Incidents” - the headline on the front of the South China Sunday Post, 27.08.1967 - etched onto the cassette case the exploding sounds in the original soundtrack are read as something other.
About Leung Chi Wo
Leung Chi Wo’s is a self-described artist of “photography, sculpture, craftswork, food, performance, furniture, installation, video,” all of which become ways that Leung looks at ethnic identity and history, at both local and global scales. Leung, who studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and co-founded the artist space Para/Site in 1996, is particularly interested in the identity and politics of Hong Kong after its return to China. Some pieces make use of text in both English and Chinese, or engage with local inhabitants and sites. Leung conversely looks at the effects of globalization and global consumerism on cultures around the world. In 2007, Leung completed a series of paintings on canvas featuring western logos, brands, and celebrity names translated into languages like Arabic, Thai, and Hebrew.
Hong Kong, b. 1968