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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

It's Art

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 15:00

  4. Checking a Quora notification on screen, PETER sees an answer request: How do you consider your work as art?

  5. PETER (V.O.): I've entertained over two dozens requests today. This is the third question on art.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In the copyright sense, protectable artistic works don't need to have any artistic quality.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Artistic quality may mean the expression of the artist's existential experience.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Whether an artist can always communicate more than the work's surface value is moot.

  12. Pausing.

  13. IPETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm interested in aesthetics. But in terms of artistic work creation, my copyright sense boosts my confidence.

  14. Act 2


  16. INT. BEDROOM - 10:00 (EARLIER)

  17. Smart phone in hand, Peter is checking answer requests on Quora.

  18. PETER (V.O.): Today is Saturday. Let me entertain my Quora fans fully.

  19. Reading.

  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): "How to use paper bags creatively?" That's the question.

  21. Tapping Google Photos on screen, Peter types "bags" on the search bar and sees images of bags appearing.

  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've taken only a few photos on bags. But this one is interesting.

  23. We see on screen a photo of three paper bags hanging on the wall with a staircase railing.

  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This photo was taken in a Sendai restaurant when my family was motoring in Japan in Dec 2019.

  25. Pausing.

  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The paper bags didn't seem out of place to me. I found it creative to use paper bags as art works.

  27. Pausing.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Even if the restaurant is attacked by the tsunami again, I believe the artist is confident that it shouldn't ruin the paper bags.

  29. Having posted his answer, Peter reads another one. We see: What's the best example of a nice thing you've done for an artist who is not related to you?

  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): On Monday this week, I visited the "Leather Factory" in Peng Chau and saw junk arts. To help publicize one artwork with no name on Quora, I added the caption "Isn't Life Beautiful?"

  31. Having posted his answer, Peter reads another one. We see: Do you consider the inclusion of AI in the arts a form of oppression towards artists?

  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A form of oppression? Artech has become a problem for survival?

  33. Pausing.

  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Many works imitate the appearance of things.

  35. Pausing.

  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For imitation artists, AI will replace them soon, as AI is capable of producing technically proficient works.

  37. Thinking.

  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Am I right to think that there's no must in art and art should be free?

  39. Pausing.

  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If so, no oppression, artistically speaking.

  41. Thinking.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For true artists, they can create better works than AI-generated ones.

  43. Pausing.

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They should have the capacity to make others see the unseen.

  45. Having posted his answer on Quora, Peter is in thoughts.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The expression of my artistic works are merely in the form of photos and video clips.

  47. Pausing.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I can paint at all, I want to paint my dreams.


  50. Act 3


  52. Peter refocuses on the unanswered request.

  53. PETER (V.O.): I think art is not a thing. It's a courageous, creative way.

  54. Pausing.

  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If there's any ultimate truth in the way, it's the understanding and recognizing of ourselves - humanity.

  56. Pausing.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If any inner significance is expressed or manifested in any way - including a way of life, it's art.

  58. Peter begins to type his answer on Quora.

  59. THE END

  60. .

  61. FADE OUT

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