Desires (2010), Joji Fukushima. Photo by Oliver Li.

When asked to imagine a hook, a curve is something that might come to mind. Maybe it is made of metal or something other material. Then, there are the things which the hook might be affixed, like a wall, a ceiling, a chain, a string, a cup, a stick, or a light. Now it is ready to hook something and become related to the objects that hang on it. Maybe the hook is for a coat, a hat, a set of keys, a pair of shoes, or a bicycle. Once set for use it is content about what it hooks.

However, the relationship with a hook is not always stable. Hooks in many situations are hazardous. They often possesses sharp points that can go through or scratch flesh. Many fish experience this, as do many of us when we have a bad encounter with an angry cat. Also, rips on clothes are often the result of hooks being present about us. But it is not always the hooks who are the villains. We encounter so many hooks that have been hit from the side or asked to take more than they can. We can find many damaged hooks on walls and various other places. While there are these occurrences in the physical world, hook’s influence can also be discovered in language, memories, and behaviours. Also, histories around hooks cannot be dismissed as part of the complexity in the idea of hook. There are so many events that occur and have occurred around us because of hooks, and all the occurrences and ideas are the parts that compose ‘hook’, or in other words, the ‘-ness’ of hook.