“The apparently permanent can be temporary, while the temporary could be very permanent.” – Ackbar Abbas

2-channel installation
dir. Nicolas Sauret & Ashley Wong
23min, 2009

NønSpace is a work that attempts to probe at the often puzzling and elusive space of Hong Kong. Through its unique history, geography and politics, Hong Kong has sprouted from a small Chinese fishing village to a globalized financial city. From British influence of Western capitalism to a return to a long lost Chinese reality, Hong Kong has formed into a place of in-betweenness.

Through interwoven voice interviews with artists, academics, architects, NønSpace approaches notions of space to reveal aspects of a city and culture that is difficult (and perhaps impossible) to underpin. Topics of density, public/private space, colonialism/post-colonialism, identity, society, urban development, and government policy quickly emerge. Through collected materials, photographs and field-recordings from a two and three year stint in Hong Kong, the creators piece back through memory in a desire to understand and in a dialogue with the city and self.

NønSpace is hazy in content and in form. The fluid construction of photographic stills and voice, speak around a city, but never at it. It is an approach to space that can be used to navigate any city and environment to explore what is behind the construction of a space and place.

Conversations with:

Linda LAI (professor, City University), Andrew LAM (director, Museum of Site), Kit LAM (sociologist, Chinese University), Warren LEUNG (independent artist), Map Office (Laurent Gutierrez & Valérie Portefaix, artists/academics), Alvin YIP (architect, Poly University) Music: Oren Ambarchi (Touch music)

‘Nønspace’ has been presented in:

video installation, This is Not a Gateway, London
video library, Rencontre Internationale, Paris/Berlin/Madrid

screening, Asian Cultural Council, New York
screening, Urban Nomad Film Festival, Taipei
preview exhibition, Goldsmiths College, London


Nicolas Sauret is a filmmaker and producer based in Paris. He has worked 6 years in Laos and Hong Kong where he pursued an MFA in Creative Media at City University. Since his return in France two years ago, he has co-founded Inflammable Productions, a production company that focusses on new forms of narratives for documentaries, and a dynamic collective of authors, filmmakers and photographers. He also works as project manager with the Institute for Research and Innovation of the Pompidou Center. His work has been featured in a number of exhibitions and festivals including Cinéma du Réel, Vidéoformes, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Tokyo Video Festival, Hong Kong Asian Film Festival and Urban Nomad Film Festival. inflammableproductions.com

Ashley L. Wong is an artist, cultural producer and researcher based in London.  She has produced numerous artistic and curatorial projects internationally and has presented work in Taipei, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Madrid, New York, and Gothenburg. loudspkr.org