德昌里tak cheong lane

「德昌里」本是油麻地一條窄巷,是我們陸續相識、聚集、流連、打躉的一個小舖(德昌里2號3號舖)的簡稱。「我們」也不是個固定的集體,當中有從2011-12年的佔領中環開始結聚,也有在不同行動、情態下走在一起,或離散的人。

德昌里2號3號舖,這個地方在八年間一直轉變,總是難以定義。它是info shop,是素食合作社,是各種音樂與美學碰撞的場域,是相見的聚腳點,是一些人情緒低落時能尋求開解、歡樂時也能找人分享的地方。因與地區力量的瓜葛,我們今年6月決定遷出,期待明年覓得新舖再重新出發。

在這個空間以外,我們當中有因為喜好閱讀、健身、郊遊… 或因生活成本的分擔、創作或行動位置上的分工,各自聯合其他相近的朋友,組成人員高度重疊但實際又有所分別的群體,因緣際會在各大小藝術/不藝術的場口中插科打諢。
離開「德昌里」這期間,也許令這個能指變得更空洞,但我們期望一路四處碰撞累積的能量,能在新的空間聚合,引發更多想像。

“tak cheong lane” is a narrow alley in Yaumatei, a nickname for a small shop space where we continuously get to know each other, gather, hangout, rest, etc. “We” are not a fixed collective. This “we” includes people who have been gathering together since the 2011-12 actions of Occupy Central, and others we have come to know during various social movements or situations, as well as other people who have dispersed on other paths.

Shop no. 3, 2, Tak Cheong Lane. Changes has been continuous, definitions impossible. It is an info shop, a vegetarian co-operative, a meeting point for various music and aesthetic interests, a place where people hangout, a space where happiness and sadness can be shared. Due to various reasons within the community, we decided to move out this past June, and we are looking forward to a new space next year.

Other than the physical space, there are various interests around which we cluster: reading, fitness, outings in nature… Some also gather to share living costs or support with divisions of labour in the process of creation or action. We each individually ally with other friends to form different groups with highly overlapping members, but differentiate in diverse ways, engaging by various artistic and non-artistic means.

After leaving Tak Cheong Lane, perhaps the signifier “tak cheong lane” has become empty of its significance. But it is our hope that the energy accumulated from our various crashes and encounters over the years will be able to come together again in a future space and continue provoking our imaginations.