MAEKAN is based in a large office just shy of 1000 square feet and flexibly shaped like a rectangle to accommodate the dynamic needs of our small team.We have a good relationship with building management and our neighbors don’t mind us blasting tracks from Elphick’s studio-grade speakers during editing.This little patch located in a light industrial area allows us the freedom to work and create unfettered—and if necessary, late into the night.
But to Erica Kwok and the many other local communities of grassroots creatives sprinkled somewhere in the seven million plus people that live here, the city is far less forgiving.
For those especially who create and enjoy alternative, appropriately “disruptive” genres of music, there’s a very real danger to the underground ecosystem of culture that helps Hong Kong’s young people thrive. Some of these venues are a stone’s throw away from our office—or at least they were. There are simply fewer and fewer places outside of established venues in our more established but commercialized nightlife “hot spots.” You might call it an increasingly restricted right to assemble.
As both a video director and editor, Erica has taken it on herself to both capture the story—and collective frustration —of the scene as it shrinks while fighting to reinvigorate it through her platform 一夜限定 (One Night Only).