Semiotica Dramatica and a Resistance Ecology On Site : #OccupyCentral at Causeway Bay and Admiralty

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On 19th November 2014, I spent 0900-1200hrs roaming through the #OccupyCentral sites at Causeway Bay and Admiralty during a short layover in Hong Kong. This is my attempt at curating some of the movement’s organic semiotics, meme innovation, place-making, and performative resistance. This post follows up on The Anatomy of a Social Media(ted) Protest: #OccupyCentral on Instagram. See also An organic #OccupyCentral timeline on-site at AdmiraltyShot on an iPhone 5, unedited. Image Heavy. 

01 Agentic Cute

Totoro

Manga

Print posters

Hand drawn cartoons

02 Popular Culture Appropriation

Materialism

Pop music

Starwars, Terminator, Spiderman, Silversurfer, Gundam, Toy Story

Mr Men and Little Miss

Mind the gap

Banksy remix

03 Religious and Political Appropriation

Religious figures

Emblems of activism: Amnesty International, Anonymous, Au San Suu Kyi, Viva la France

The UK crew

The HKG crew

04 Chinese Folklore Appropriation

05 Creative Enterprise

06 DIY Resistance

07 Paper Power

Origami

Post-it gallery

News parody

HSBC parody

Meme heaven

Chinese wordplay

Christmas

Flyers

Hand-drawn graphics

Hand-written word

A4 posters

08 Wave-riding Artists

09 The watched are watching the watchers

10 Self-archive

Admiralty MTR collage

Political map

FAQ

Causeway Bay on-site timeline

Admiralty on-site timeline [see full transcription here]

11 Cross-platform sharing of content

Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube

QR codes

Mass produced stickers

Television news

Local Press

International Press

12 Place-making

Barricades

Furniture

Plants

Makeshift shelter

Statement shelter

Tent decor

Rows and rows of tents

Juxtaposed against skyscrapers

13 Grid politics

Legalese and terminology

Officious transport notices

Media stand

MTR paper sprawl

McDonald’s paper sprawl

International passersby

Text:
‘STAND FIRM BE PROUD
CANADIANS ARE AMONG U
CONTINUE FIGHTING FOR
WHAT RIGHTFULLY
BELONGS TO YOU!’

Added in ink and pencil scribbles:
‘+AUSTRALIANS!
and 1 Norwegian
+German
+FRENCH <3
+British!
+USA
+MEXICANS
+SINGAPOREAN
+West PHILLY
+HARLEM
+Malaysia
Not for me’

14 Self-regulating ecology

Agriculture

Loan systems

Space structuration

Routing traffic

Essentials: Phone charging station, study group, washroom facilities

Rules

15 Survival guide

First aid centre, suggested attire and safety essentials, complaint bureau.

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