《百變公仔箱》The Magic Box
The Magic Box
In HK, one could occasionally hear the sayings, "mixing TV juice with rice" (watching TV while dining) or "nibbling the TVB milk", (means growing up with TVB’s programs), which summarize the environment in which we grow up in the 70's and 80's. It goes without saying, television programs are not only a cheap source of entertainment, but also a way of life for the common Hong Kong people.
Television first appeared in the 1939 World's Fair in New York. Television as we know has no limit on space and time. It somehow replaces direct human-to-human communication and at the same time, opens a new window to the outside world for the general public, especially people from the low end spectrum of the society. Some argues that television programs create common topic of conversations for the community and thus enhance communal relationships. Others think some television programs distort real world facts and set up bad examples for our younger generations. No matter how people's view towards the effects of televisions are divided, it is impossible for us to deny the importance of television, as it revolutionizes people's original way of life as well as their day-to-day experience.
Wanchai Livelihood Place's current exhibition, “The Magic Box”, through showcasing generations of TV sets and documenting the evolution of local TV programs, tries to reveal how TV as a culture integrates into the lifestyle of the people of Hong Kong.
Exhibition Period: 13th December 2009 - end of March 2010