食咗我隻居3 Erosion of Home 3

不論是台灣或香港,房價過高似乎已成為兩地共同的難題。兩地的買房痛苦指數,以30坪住宅為例,香港需50年不吃不喝才買得起,台灣則是22年半 [i],很明顯樓價和一般市民的負擔能力脫節。父母甚至憂慮子女沒樓不能結婚 [ii],為了供樓,人們都可能犧牲了許多東西,是甚麼東西?創作者文晶瑩的答案是書,有些香港人說家人、朋友,有人說夢想,有人甚至說「可以出賣肉體」。得到答案後,文晶瑩以一本書回應,例如〈理想的簡單生活〉,再把書切碎,製成磚頭 (在香港「買磚頭」即買樓) ,再砌成建築物的模樣。二千多本藝術書剪碎,製成磚,砌成一坪磚屋。房門上面寫著台灣網友寫的「不吃不喝工作十年, 就可以買一坪了耶!」。這樣子大家放棄了許多重要的東西才得到一間小屋,我們的夢想是否已達成了?
不知道台灣的觀眾又有否為買樓放棄過甚麼?場內有一幅牆開放由觀眾砌磚、寫答案,大家一起重新檢視被放棄的東西的重要性。場內亦有安排導覽員,和觀眾討論有關議題。

台灣的觀眾反應熱烈,能容納約800塊磚頭的牆一星期便填滿了。後來觀眾要叠著貼。一些地方貼上十多層。二個月的展覽用了6000多片紙磚頭。

許多人說為了買房子,放棄了重要的事情,例如人生、自我、生命、靈魂、肉體、一切,有的甚至說「包養我吧」。 亦有人反過來說放棄做樓奴、炒房、政府和資本主義。 相反亦有人堅持一定要買樓,質疑大部分人在抱怨,質問他們有没有努力過!?

多元答案並置一起,兼具類似性和差異性。總體印象,都是絕望無力居多,自然形成一種對房屋問題的控訴。

注釋:

作品名為「食咗我隻居?」(居與車同音) ,「食咗我隻車」是廣東話用語,意謂吃了我的車,即象棋內很重要的一隻棋子。大家給別人拿了重要的東西時會有點生氣地說這話。

[i]馬慎渝, 「台灣無居住正義問題?趙藤雄:房價根本不高!」,好房News,最在地化的房地產新聞,2012年12月22日。下載2014年5月25日。<http://news.housefun.com.tw/news/article/1253338286.html&gt;

[ii]劉雅艷,「近半「窮中產」 最憂子女置,業難 收入越低焦慮越多 學者倡拓多元經濟釋除不安」  ,文匯報,A24,  香港新聞  ,  2013-12-16。
People in Hong Kong as well as Taiwan are frustrated by the high real estate prices. The housing price index shows that Hong Kong families can afford to buy a 30-pyeong flat only if they do not eat or drink for an average of 50 years, while Taiwan families need to give up eating and drinking for 22.5 years in order to be able to afford it [i]. Obviously the housing price is unaffordable for average income people in both places. Many parents even worry about their children not having a flat and, therefore, they may not be able to get married[ii]. To own a flat, people sacrifice a lot of things. What are they? Some Hong Kong people said “families”, “friends”. Some of the answers were quite surprising, such as giving up to be a human and some even said it meant “able to sell her body”.  Phoebe’s answer is “book”, so she used books to respond to answers of the audience. For example, when a visitor said “give up privacy”, Phoebe used the book “I have no life (2).” to reply. She shredded the answer of the visitor and the book to make a brick. Hong Kong has a saying that buying a house is like buying a brick. Phoebe used more than two thousand art books to build a one-pyeong flat. On the door of this flat, a statement written by a Taiwanese was posted, “If one does not eat or drink for ten years, one can buy one pyeong of house.”
Had any in the Taiwanese audience sacrificed things to buy a flat? A wall was set up for the audience to respond and to re-examine the importance of what had been sacrificed. A docent was in place to discuss the relevant topics with the visitors.

Many people said to buy a flat, they sacrificed a lot of important things, such as life, themselves, love. On the contrary, some people said they gave up the idea of buying flats and refused to be slaves. However, some people insisted buying a flat is a must and questioned people just want to complain and did not make any effort.

The answers juxtaposed together and we can see the similarities and the differences. Overall, a large number of the answers created a sense of powerless and hopeless feeling. The complaint of the housing problem was formed naturally.
Note:
[i]Andy Ma. “Taiwan do not have problem of living justice? Chao Teng-hsiung: The prices of the flats are not high!” House News, 22 Dec. 2012. Web 25 May 2014. http://news.housefun.com.tw/news/article/1253338286.html.

[ii]LauNgan Yin. “Nearly half of the poor middle class worried that their children found it hard to buy a flat, lower income leads to more anxiety, scholars advocated diversifying the economy to release the anxiety,” Wen Wei Po, A24, Hong Kong News, 16 Dec. 2013. Print.

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不知道台灣的觀眾又有否為買樓放棄過甚麼?場內有一幅牆開放由觀眾砌磚、寫答案,大家一起重新檢視被放棄的東西的重要性。場內亦有安排導覽員,和觀眾討論有關議題。

台灣的觀眾反應熱烈,能容納約800塊磚頭的牆一星期便填滿了。後來觀眾要叠著貼。一些地方貼上十多層。二個月的展覽用了6000多片紙磚頭。

Had any in the Taiwanese audience sacrificed things to buy a flat? A wall was set up for the audience to respond and to re-examine the importance of what had been sacrificed. A docent was in place to discuss the relevant topics with the visitors.

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