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    监制:Diana Wan

    20/05/2020

    The old and working-class district of Sham Shui Po has now become a hip and creative area. As The Works has highlighted in past programmes, many artists, art galleries and spaces, design workshops, boutiques and cafes have all decided to set up shop there due to the relatively affordable rent. One new enterprise in the neighbourhood is Mudheytong Gallery. The three Hong Kong ceramic artists who founded the space say they hope not only to promote the art but also to engage the community.

    Established in 2013 by Justice Centre Hong Kong, the annual Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize honours artists who explore human rights issues both locally and internationally. Six prizes were awarded this year. The winning works are on show at the Goethe-Institut Hong Kong until 6th June.

    Guitarist Alan Cheung draws on both rock and metal music for his influences. He played in the local progressive metal band, “Mystic Dream” until it was disbanded in 2012.
    He recently released a new single, “Betray the Truth” that he says took him three months to write and record. He’s here to tell us more, about that piece and about his work in general.


    联络: wanyt@rthk.hk


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    • Local illustration

      Local illustration "Storychick", "Garden of Six Seasons"@Parasite, in the studio: Ginger Muse & Tribute to Gaylord Chan

      After spending most of the term learning from home, Hong Kong’s secondary school students began returning to classes at the end of last month. Primary school children returned to school at the beginning of this month. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, many students have had to learn online. But some subjects can be understood better by collaborating with other parties, or participating in community projects in different neighbourhoods.

      Parasite Art Space’s exhibition “Garden of Six Seasons” was set to open two months ago, but, like many other events, was delayed by the pandemic. A precursor to the Kathmandu Triennale in December, the show opened last month and spanned two venues, one in Sheung Wan and one in Quarry Bay, showcasing works by 40 international artists. The title of the exhibition comes from a real garden in Kathmandu known as the, “Garden of Dreams”. Created 100 years ago as an Edwardian Neo-Classical Garden, it has gone through changes with the rest of its surroundings. Not only have the original six pavilions been reduced to three, the Kathmandu Valley’s former six seasons have been transformed by climate change to just four.

      When pianist Joyce Cheung last came to our studio three months ago, she talked about an upcoming crowdfunded music project, Ginger Muse that she and fellow musicians were putting together. Focusing on musicians from different disciplines, it aimed to present innovative and experimental music programmes. Now the project is under way, and the founders are here to tell us more.

      One of Hong Kong's most iconic contemporary artists Gaylord Chan passed away at St. Teresa's Hospital on 22nd June at the age of 95.

      24/06/2020
    • RSF x Minecraft's

      RSF x Minecraft's "Uncensored Library", CUHK@Minecraft & in the studio: singer-songwriter Samuel Alexander Barbour

      Lockdowns around the world have confined many to their homes. The need to stay indoors and to maintain social distance has led to a surge of online activity, ranging from visits to porn sites, to video conferencing, and mobile game downloads and sales. During France’s lockdown, downloading of games increased more than 180%. Even countries without full lockdowns recorded strong results. Downloads in the UK rose by 67% week-on-week in March. One game that’s become widely popular during the lockdown is “Animal Crossing”. Many countries observed spikes in downloads when the game was launched. Some users have even used it to spread political messages. Like video conferencing, video games have become a new form of cross-border communication.

      The coronavirus has also meant that this year’s Le French May festival is much scaled down. One exhibition that is going ahead includes works by Spanish and French photographers, Jose Conceptes and Matthiew Venot. On show at Galerie Koo, “Timeless Cognition” is about how photography interacts with our architecture and urban landscapes.

      Singer-songwriter Samuel Alexander Barbour is also a classical guitarist. His repertoire ranges from the work of Baroque composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach to more modern composers such as Agustin Barrios, Leo Brower, and Miguel Llobet. Samuel Alexander came to Hong Kong in 2007 and became an English teacher.
      He’s written and produced over a hundred songs for both children and adults, including a new one about the coronavirus.

      17/06/2020
    • Political art: Childe Abaddon & dark.calligrapher & in the studio: SIU2

      Political art: Childe Abaddon & dark.calligrapher & in the studio: SIU2

      Around this time last year, the proposed introduction of the extradition law set off some of the biggest protests since the handover. One year on, protests continue despite the Covid-19 pandemic, this time focusing on the promulgation of a Hong Kong national security law in Beijing. One of the unique aspects of the months of protest has been the surge of political art created not only by artists and designers but also by the general public. Some of them are still creating.

      As part of the ongoing Hong Kong International Photo Festival, Phvlo Hatch in Sham Shui Po is presenting two very personal stories by image makers, Fion Hung and Raul Hernandez. Hung’s work explores the influence of conservative Chinese family rules on the individual sense of self, a conflict that she says often led to her feeling unloved. Hernandez focuses on his attempt to reconcile the sense of alienation he felt when he moved into Mong Kok in 2017, three years after his arrival in Hong Kong.

      Local fusion band SIU2 is known for combining traditional Chinese instruments such as the sheng, a Chinese reed instrument, the zheng, a plucked string instrument, and the sanxian or Chinese lute, with the piano, bass guitar and drums to create its own eclectic style. The group has released three albums and recently crowdfunded the fourth one, “Age of Absurdity”. They’re here to tell us more.

      10/06/2020
    • National security law & June4th, in the studio: local ensemble Sea Island & Ferry

      National security law & June4th, in the studio: local ensemble Sea Island & Ferry

      Last Thursday, the National People’s Congress approved the draft resolution of the Hong Kong national security law. The NPC’s Standing Committee will now draft the wording of the legislation to be added to Annex III of the Basic Law, bypassing Hong Kong’s Legislative Council. When the news that the law was being considered broke two weeks ago, it shocked both local and international communities. Many worry the new legislation marks an end to the notion of “One Country, Two Systems”, and erodes Hong Kong’s current freedoms. That includes local artists who are concerned about how it will affect their creativity.

      Sea Island & Ferry is Arnold Fang on piano, Kayne Ho on Xiao or Chinese flute, Lawrence Man on saxophone and Tim Tong on cello. The quartet got together in 2016 and released their debut album ”Crossings” in 2018. Last week, their new digital album and CD, “Telescope” came out. They’re here to tell us more.

      03/06/2020
    • Difficulties art & culture groups face when trying to register as a society & in the studio: pianist Lance Mok

      Difficulties art & culture groups face when trying to register as a society & in the studio: pianist Lance Mok

      As we’ve previously reported the Covid-19 pandemic has led to tough times for many in the arts and culture sector. Although the government has allocated $150 million from the “Anti-epidemic Fund” to help the sector, a fair number of people aren’t eligible to apply. Although the second phase of the fund does cover freelance workers, they have to have contributed to the Mandatory Provident Fund in 2019 in order to apply for a $7,500 subsidy. Established organisations can apply in the first phase. But some organisations are saying it’s too hard to get official recognition, in the form of registration, in the first place. And that has effects not only on funding but also – they say - on their democratic rights.

      "Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night Become the touches of sweet harmony.” Shakespeare wrote many lines, like that one from “The Merchant of Venice”, praising music. Many of his plays contain songs and dances, Lance Mok, a London-based pianist-composer who recently returned to Hong Kong is here to talk about a project to combine the words of Shakespeare’s complete sonnets with music. Based in London and Hong Kong pianist-composer Lance Mok has a broad performance repertoire that ranges from Bach to Ligeti. He likes to juxtapose relatively unknown pieces with more popular works. Also an active composer, Lance is now working on a project to create song cycles out of William Shakespeare’s complete sonnets. He’s here to tell us more, along with a former guest of The Works, harmonicist Gordon Lee.

      27/05/2020
    • Ceramics space: Mudheytong Gallery, HK Human Rights Arts Prize & in the studio: guitarist Alan Cheung

      Ceramics space: Mudheytong Gallery, HK Human Rights Arts Prize & in the studio: guitarist Alan Cheung

      The old and working-class district of Sham Shui Po has now become a hip and creative area. As The Works has highlighted in past programmes, many artists, art galleries and spaces, design workshops, boutiques and cafes have all decided to set up shop there due to the relatively affordable rent. One new enterprise in the neighbourhood is Mudheytong Gallery. The three Hong Kong ceramic artists who founded the space say they hope not only to promote the art but also to engage the community.

      Established in 2013 by Justice Centre Hong Kong, the annual Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize honours artists who explore human rights issues both locally and internationally. Six prizes were awarded this year. The winning works are on show at the Goethe-Institut Hong Kong until 6th June.

      Guitarist Alan Cheung draws on both rock and metal music for his influences. He played in the local progressive metal band, “Mystic Dream” until it was disbanded in 2012.
      He recently released a new single, “Betray the Truth” that he says took him three months to write and record. He’s here to tell us more, about that piece and about his work in general.

      20/05/2020
    • Hong Kong Open Printshop, Hong Kong International Photo Festival & in the studio: pianist Vanessa Wong

      Hong Kong Open Printshop, Hong Kong International Photo Festival & in the studio: pianist Vanessa Wong

      With the development of technologies such ink-jet printing, laser printing, and even 3D printing, the more traditional and handmade printing arts have become harder to find, and even practice. Founded 20 years ago, the Hong Kong Open Printshop is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting artisan printing.

      The annual Hong Kong International Photo Festival was started in 2010 by the Hong Kong Photographic Culture Association. Each edition focuses on a different theme. This year, the theme and the title is “Seen & Unseen”. The festival’s running until June despite the coronavirus outbreak, even though exhibitions focusing on photographer Robert Frank and publisher of photographic books Gerhard Steidl have been delayed until next year. The festivals “Photographer Incubator Project” is a mentorship programme to foster emerging photographers. As part of that programme, two exhibitions at Parallel Space in Sham Shui Po, feature works by Alex Chung and Jimi Tsang that highlight Hong Kong’s changes from the colonial era to the recent social unrest.

      Anti-pandemic measures may have been relaxed a little in Hong Kong but it’s still not business as usual for many in the art and cultural sector. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department may have reopened the Museum of Art, but its performance venues remain closed. Pianist Vanessa Wong was initially scheduled to give a concert with the Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra at the Hong Kong City Hall last month. It’s now postponed to September. She’s here now to tell us more about the show, in which she’ll be playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

      13/05/2020
    • Visual art teaching materials for the visually impaired, Andrew Luk's

      Visual art teaching materials for the visually impaired, Andrew Luk's "Shifting Landscapes" & in the studio: indie band, Mr Koo

      Covid-19 has forced schools and universities to close their physical classrooms. Many students continue to learn through online classes. But for visually impaired students, the situation brings extra challenges. The Beyond Vision Projects, a social enterprise that designs tactile teaching materials, is helping to overcome some of those challenges.

      With two of the main events in Hong Kong’s Art March cancelled due to the coronavirus, some galleries are rearranging previously planned showcases. The De Sarthe gallery, which originally intended to show works by Hong Kong-based artist Andrew Luk and post-war master Chu The-chun at Art Basel, is now exhibiting them in their Ap Lei Chau space. “Shifting Landscapes” showcases sculptural installations in which Andrew Luk’s large-scale suspended orb-like objects explore the relationship between humanity and the natural world. On the other side of the gallery, Chu The-chun’s expressive brush strokes integrate traditional Chinese landscape painting techniques with Western abstraction.

      The four-member indie band Mr Koo got together in New York. As their roots were in Hong Kong, the band members eventually came back here. Focusing on a mixture of surf rock and blues, the band released its debut EP, “Tropical Weather” in 2017. They also released a new single at the end of March. They’re here to tell us more.

      06/05/2020
    • Tai Yip Art Bookshop, contemporary ink @Alisan Fine Art & in the studio: singer-songwriter Tomii Chan

      Tai Yip Art Bookshop, contemporary ink @Alisan Fine Art & in the studio: singer-songwriter Tomii Chan

      bookstores in Hong Kong, particularly independent bookstores, have become increasingly rare. Even many international chain stores have either closed in recent years or cut their outlets to just a very few shops. Bookshops focusing on art books are even more of a niche.

      Alisan Fine Arts gallery is one of the few in Hong Kong that focuses on ink art. It particularly specialises in works by some of the masters of Hong Kong’s Ink movement. “Contemporary Forms of Ink Painting”, its current exhibition at its Aberdeen Gallery, juxtaposes works by ink master Walasse Ting with those of American photographer Michael Cherney, mainland Chinese artists Zhang Yu, Nan Qi, Lan Zhenghui, and Zhang Yirong, and Hong Kong sculptor Kum Chi-keung.

      Singer-songwriter Tomii Chan’s musical influences include blues, soul, traditional American country music, rock, and other progressive forms. His 2017 debut album “Arrays” showcases some of these influences. His second album, which is self-produced, focuses more on blues. He’s with us now to introduce a song he created just last month.

      29/04/2020
    • Artist Angel Hui using toilet paper to create art, Elaine Wong's photography & in the studio: jazz duo Zoe Ng & Preston Lau

      Artist Angel Hui using toilet paper to create art, Elaine Wong's photography & in the studio: jazz duo Zoe Ng & Preston Lau

      When the Covid-19 reached Hong Kong at the end of January, rumours of potential shortages of everyday items caused an epidemic of its own, an epidemic of panic buying of daily necessities such as rice, sanitising products, tissue and toilet paper. For a couple of weeks, these goods were in short supply. Artist Angel Hui wasn’t part of the panic buying, but she does have a large stockpile of one of those much coveted everyday necessities. Tissue paper is, for her, a vital part of her work.

      The coronavirus has changed many aspects of our lives. How permanent those changes will be remains to be seen. The impact that disruption of our daily lives and realities has on our feelings and imagination is the theme of Elaine Wong’s solo exhibition at Lumenvisum: “The Ashes of Tomorrow”. In the words of the artist, the experimental photos and videography “are developed through experimental exercises to investigate the relationship of movement and time in images, light and space.”

      Saxophonist Zoe Ng and music producer Preston Lau come from different musical backgrounds, but jazz has brought them together. For the past few years, the two have been making music together, either performing as a duo or in different jazz bands. Last Friday, they were due to give a concert together, but due to Covid-19, they had to adapt and change the format. They’re here to tell us more.

      22/04/2020