A Fictional Residency – 6 short stories from a Hong Kong workshop

On 08/08/2013 by Site Default

For “A Fictional Residency” in Hong Kong, Witte de With and Spring have invited Dutch novelist Oscar van den Boogaard as a writer-in-residence at Spring. During his stay in Hong Kong he will be meeting and working with Hong Kong-based artists, journalists, and writers Nadim Abbas,Enoch ChengDoretta Lau and MAP Office. The four-day writing session will culminate in an eponymous book of short stories launched on June 29, 2013, at Spring.

Click here to download your own digital copy of the book A Fictional Residency.

In tandem with the book presentation, artist and curator Heman Chong directs A Fictional Residency‘s version of Lucia Melts (2001), a play by Oscar van den Boogaard that will be performed at Spring. More info on Open Studio Night, June 29.

‘Who are you?’

‘I, I, no.’

‘A name.’

‘I, I, I can’t.’

‘Where are you from?’


‘A place.’

‘I can’t say it.’

‘You have to say it.’

‘But I don’t know.’

‘A place.’

‘I don’t want to.’

‘You have to.’

A nightmare. The biography. The facts kill the truth.

‘Who are you.’

I’m, I’m … to know me you must know my friends and my loved ones and know which books I like, and which films and what kind of art and architecture and what kind of landscapes I like and clothes and colors and what types of food I like, at which times, you must know where I’ve been and have been there when I was there, to know who I am you should see the world through my eyes.

‘Who are you?’

The conversations I have, the things a fantasize over, those I have thought over and those I felt, I am what I cried over and what I have longed for, how could anyone ever understand me?

‘What is the book about?’

‘Me, me.’

‘You’re the writer.’

‘The book is about the time when I was writing the book.’

‘What’s it about?’

‘The things that happen, what I was thinking of, who I loved, who I hated, the artwork I didn’t understand.’

‘I want the story, sir. The short version of the story.’

‘I can’t tell you.’

‘You have to.’

A nightmare. The story is to the novel what the biography is to the writer. The facts kill the truth.

From Sensaties, Oscar van den Boogaard, 2000



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