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Crowd creations

Interpreting occupy art in Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement
ByWong. Sampson

This chapter attempts to make the case for the significance of crowd creations in the Umbrella Movement. It argues that if there is an urgency to look at art in the Umbrella Movement, it should be about the phenomenon of popular participation and creations in the occupied zones. The chapter suggests that only by focusing on particularity of occupy art in Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement, are people able to understand protest that took place in 2014. The spectacular settings of Umbrella Movement, which involved long stretches of roads and highways in core urban areas of city, together with various pieces of iconic art and interventions, dominantly captured attention of global media and audiences. The chapter also discusses art and politics in context of occupy art by highlighting crowd creations as an overlooked component. The exogenous framework dominating our perception of art in occupied zones is supported by public's general understanding of protest art's defensive, persuasive and imagery functions.