RTHK' s The Works focuses on Hong Kong's arts and cultural scene. The Works features news and reviews of visual and performing arts, design, literary and other “ works ” .
Since 1871, the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens is home to century-old historic monuments, old trees, exotic flora and also endangered species of birds, mammals and reptiles. Currently, it is also a setting for 17 artists and artist groups to tell stories about humans and nature.
The déjà vu feeling of familiarity, of experiencing what one has already before is the title of a group exhibition of Indonesian artists at Sin Sin Fine Art. The three artists Anusapati, M.Irfan and Putu Sutawijaya explore themes such as nature, structure and the human body to talk about humanity, the effects of urbanisation and human emotions.
On earlier visits to The Works studio pianist Chiyan Wong has talked to us about his passion for transcribing and editing the music of such composers as Liszt and Busoni. For him, classical music is not set in stone but can be transformed by each player or interpreter. Chiyan is back in Hong Kong for concerts with Premiere Performances, and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Earlier this week, he came to our studio to tell us more.
The Covid lockdowns and restrictions around the world have been bad news for many companies, industries, and occupations, but enforced isolation has been relatively good for video games. Throughout 2020, video game revenue surged 20% to US$179.7 billion. The industry outperformed both movies and sports combined as forms of entertainment. Video game development merges art, technology, interactive design, and – often – storytelling. Not only are a range of artistic disciplines involved, some games also provide new opportunities for artists and art lovers to explore.
The late author, Leung Ping-kwan or Yasi’s collection of poems “City at the End of Time”, includes his 1974 poem “The North Point Car Ferry”. Like many of Yasi’s poems, it attempts to pin down and analyse Hong Kong’s unique identity, far beyond the cliché of the city as a place where “East meets West”. The ferry pier itself and Yasi’s poem are currently providing the backdrop for the multi-disciplinary “Art Walk: Before a Passage”, which includes visual arts, interactive installations, soundscapes, performance, site-specific writing and reading, and, yes, a walk.
Cellist Thomas Hung studied cello at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts before going on to perform with orchestras in places as varied as Latvia, Taiwan and Macau. On the 18th June he’ll be giving a recital in the Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s “Our Music Talents” series. It includes pieces by Schumann, Franck, Mendelssohn, and Dall’Abaco. Thomas is with us now to give us a preview.