香港六四紀念館啟動全球眾籌,建立網絡永久博物館:歷史絕不可消失第二次

「六四」31週年之際,香港「六四」紀念館計劃在網絡上為八九民運建造一座「六四人權記憶博物館」,以整理並永久保存散落各地的歷史檔案,「六四」死難者遺物以及中共屠殺的證據。博物館現發起眾籌計劃,希望得到來自全球各地熱心人士的支持。

(眾籌鏈接請點擊此處 https://bit.ly/36YezvW

眾籌計劃將在國際眾籌平台Kickstarter發起,目標為募集150萬港幣。博物館冀以眾籌資金的支持,在未來一年的時間裡,組建專業的研究、檔案、技術及策展團隊,建成「六四人權記憶博物館」。同時,發起關鍵議題的持續研究和動態展覽,讓歷史經驗得以與當下正在發生的社會運動對話;並將檔案翻譯成英文,與世界歷史對話。
 

香港支聯會2012年在香港設立「臨時六四紀念館」,後於2014年設立「六四紀念館」,自此面臨重重打壓與騷擾。紀念館在港一度遭遇逼遷,於2019年4月另覓地點重開。臨開館前,發現紀念館大門鐵閘被打開,找不到鐵門鎖頭,牆身10個插座、總電掣和總電掣箱被鹽水淋濕。數度動盪,紀念館深恐館內存放的珍貴檔案難以妥善保存,並無力整合現存放於美國、歐洲、澳洲等各地的有關六四的檔案資料。

2020年,中國人大常委會通過「港區國安法」,香港的一國兩制名存實亡,自由環境持續惡化,六四紀念館對珍貴歷史檔案與文物的保存實難為繼。六四死難者王楠、吳向東遇難前留下的膠卷,日記,遺書,被子彈射穿的頭盔,彈殼⋯⋯ 他們用自己的生命留下來的證據,目前均存放在六四紀念館。責任背負30年,六四紀念館及團隊不敢放棄,決定於2020年6月4日正式發起眾籌計劃,召集專業研究策展團隊,為八九民運、「六四」屠殺建立一座永久保存的博物館,防止任何人篡改歷史、消除記憶。


網絡博物館已在前期籌備中,會在未來的一年內做三件事:

第一,檔案集中、數字保存。收集過去三十多年來散落在香港、美國、歐洲、北京等世界各地大學圖書館、檔案館、個人收藏者、親歷者手中的有關1989年中國民主運動的檔案資料,包括歷史文件、民間資料、日記、錄音、影像等,集中備份,數字化處理,英文翻譯,建立查詢檔案並永久保存,防止任何人篡改歷史、消除記憶。

第二,重建論述、數字策展。成立學術委員會及策展顧問團,邀請學者、藝術家等設計線上互動展覽,將「六四」還原為「一九八九民主運動」,將「一九八九」放回八十年代的歷史語境,重建論述,讓六四被「抗爭」而不僅是「鎮壓」定義,令八九民主運動歷史,可以與世界歷史,與當下正在發生的社會運動對話、溝通。

第三,開源代碼、博物館可複用計劃。我們為一九八九建立起的網絡博物館的前端設計、基本功能、信息結構、技術框架,都會在穩定使用之後,將代碼開源,希望它可以更便利地被應用於其它線上博物館項目,例如其它社會運動紀念館,或數字化人權資料庫。

八九民運的見證者正在逝去,親歷者已經流亡。天安門的血跡被清洗,真相卻尚未平反。歷史絕不能在我們眼前消失第二次。我們希望每一個曾被八九民運與六四事件震動、影響、改變過的熱心人士,接力燭光,拒絕遺忘,讓歷史在我們手上保存下去。

時間線:

2020年6月4日,六四人權記憶博物館眾籌頁面正式上線,目標150萬港幣。

2020年6月6日,六四人權記憶博物館記者會:
日期:2020年6月6日(週六)
時間:上午 11:00
地點:香港六四紀念館,九龍旺角旺角道11-13號藝旺商業大廈10字樓 (旺角港鐵站A2出口,豪華戲院對面,油站旁)

2021年夏季,在支持者的幫助下,六四人權記憶博物館將正式在網絡上開館。

真相不死,燭光不滅,火種永存。

請關注六四紀念館 Facebook / Twitter 留意後續資訊。

PRESS RELEASE: Hong Kong June 4th Museum Launches Global Crowdfunding and Establishes Permanent Online Museum: We cannot allow history to disappear again.

This year marks the 31st anniversary of the June 4 massacre, and the organization, Hong Kong’s June 4th Museum, plans to set up a June 4th Museum of Memory and Human Rights on the Internet. The online Museum aims to organize and permanently preserve historical archives, relics of the June 4th victims, and evidence of the CCP’s massacre scattered throughout the world. The museum is now launching a crowdfunding campaign, hoping to draw support from the international community.
 (Please click here to the crowdfunding page https://bit.ly/36YezvW )

The crowdfunding campaign will be launched on the international crowdfunding platform Kickstarter with the goal of raising 1.5 million Hong Kong dollars. The funds raised will enable us to complete the collection of files and digitization of data, resolve the technical issues involved in permanent preservation, and establish the June 4th Museum of Memory and Human Rights in the coming year. At the same time, the campaign funds will allow us to  initiate research and exhibitions covering a series of key topics, enhancing our understanding of the past and ensuring dialogues with the social movements currently underway; translation of the archives into English will help form connections with world history.

The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China established the “Temporary June 4th Museum” in Hong Kong in 2012 and later opened the permanent “June 4th Museum” in 2014. Since then, the June 4th Museum has repeatedly suffered from harassment and intimidation. The Museum was once forced to move, and it was reopened in April 2019. As the Museum prepared for its re-opening, the iron gate on the front door was found opened on April 7, 2019, and the lock was gone. Ten wall sockets, the main fuse and the fuse box were found to have been vandalised with salt water.

In 2020, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress has passed Hong Kong's national security law. Hong Kong's “one country, two systems” arrangement has come to exist only in name, and the freedom in Hong Kong is deteriorating. The preservation of precious historical archives and relics now faces many difficulties. The helmet June 4th victim Wang Nan was wearing when he died, a letter written by victim Wu Xiangdong in Tiananmen Square before he was killed, the bullet lodged in eyewitness Zhang Jian’s body -- these are examples of the evidence and heritage currently stored and preserved in the June 4th Museum. After 30 years of responsibility, the June 4th Museum and the team did not dare to give up. The Museum decided to officially launch the crowdfunding project on June 4, 2020. The goal of this crowdfunding campaign is to set up a permanent museum of human rights memory for the 1989 democratic movement and the June 4th Massacre.

The online Museum is now in the preliminary preparation stage and will aim to achieve three objectives in the coming year:

1. Collect historical files and store them in digital form. We will collect archives and materials about the 1989 democratic movement that have over the past three decades been scattered in university libraries, government archives and personal collections around the world. These include historical documents and private materials, diaries, audio recordings, video footage and so on. We will preserve these files by producing digital copies, translating these into English, establishing an archive query system and finally building encrypted storage that will prevent anyone from tampering with history and eliminating memory.

2. Rebuild the narrative with digital curation. We will organize an academic committee and curation advisory group to invite scholars, artists, and others to design online interactive exhibitions, restoring the "June 4th Massacre" to its context within the 1989 democracy movement, and returning "1989" to the fuller context of events in the 1980s -- in this way rebuilding the narrative and allowing June 4th to be defined and understood as being about resistance rather than just suppression. This process will allow the history of the 1989 democratic movement to better communicate with the broader history of the world and with social movements currently taking place.

3.  Open source and shareable. The front-end design, basic functions, information structure, and technical framework of the June 4th Museum of Memory and Human Rights will all be offered as open source once the basic functions have been stabilized, with the hope that our interactive approach can be more easily applied to other online museum projects and other digital human rights museums.

Witnesses to the 1989 democracy movement are now passing away, and others who experienced it have gone into exile. The blood stains of Tiananmen Square were cleaned, but there has still not been a reckoning with the truth. We cannot allow history yet again to disappear. We hope that everyone who has, like us, been impacted and changed by the Chinese democratic movement in 1989 and by the June 4th Massacre, can contribute in some way to this meaningful project.

Let us preserve the history in our hands.

Timeline:

June 4, 2020: the crowdfunding project of the June 4th Museum of Memory and Human Rights will be officially launched on Kickstarter.com, with a target of 1.5 million Hong Kong dollars.

June 6, 2020: Press Conference of the June 4th Museum of Memory and Human Rights
Date: June 6, 2020 (Saturday)
Time: 11:00 am
Venue: Hong Kong June 4th Museum, 10/F, Ngai Wong Commercial Building, 11-13 Mong Kok Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon

In the summer of 2021, with the help of supporters, June 4th Museum of Memory and Human Rights will be officially opened on the Internet.

Truth never dies, nor will the candlelight be extinguished. We shall never surrender.

Please follow the June 4th Museum Facebook / Twitter for follow-up information.