监制:Diana Wan


    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.

    联络: wanyt@rthk.hk


    • CUHK Fine Arts Grad Show

      CUHK Fine Arts Grad Show "Elaine Elaine", Adia Millett & in the studio: Ponte Orchestra

      Last week, billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said that he believes more than 50% of business travel and 30% of office life will disappear in the post-Covid-19 world. There is certainly no doubt that for now our work and travel activities remain severely restricted. Given this new normal, the European Union Office in Hong Kong and Macao and the German Consulate General Hong Kong recently joined forces to organise a music programme hoping to, at least temporarily, take audiences to places they can’t otherwise reach.

      The fallout from this year’s Covid-19 pandemic and last year’s social unrest has been particularly disruptive for students. Classes have been stopped intermittently, and not everyone has equal access to online learning. These interruptions have made life particularly hard for those who need physical access to facilities and equipment to complete their work, such as students of art or other creative subjects. And the students, particularly in places like the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, have also had the psychological effects of those factors to face.

      Adia Millett is an American multi-media artist who incorporates quilting, painting, stitching, woodwork and diorama creation. In her first exhibition in Hong Kong, “A Matter of Time” at Galerie du Monde, Millett uses colourful hues, lines, shapes, patterns and textures to encourage viewers to construct their own meaning during committed moments spent experiencing her work.

    • Milk tea culture, Korean artist Han Youngwook & in the studio: pianist Jamie Shum

      Milk tea culture, Korean artist Han Youngwook & in the studio: pianist Jamie Shum

      Cha chaan teng culture is a subject particularly close to the hearts of many Hongkongers. Freshly brewed coffee is certainly making inroads into Hong Kong, but there are still plenty of people who like to drink Hong Kong-style milk tea, also known as “silk-stocking milk tea”, with their breakfast or with egg tarts and other favourites in the afternoon. Of course, there is a long tradition of tea-drinking in China, but Hong Kong-style milk tea grew out of the British tradition of afternoon tea. It has gone through changes though. Here, black tea is usually taken with evaporated or condensed milk and a variety of very Cantonese snacks.

      At the Whitestone Gallery you can see a series of large-scale works by Korean artist Han Youngwook in the exhibition “Face”, his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. The large portraits, sometimes alternative portraits of the same person in different moods, combine paint with scratches and other indents on aluminium, to reflect on aspects of the human condition. Han draws his inspiration from real life and from the internet, but once he has chosen a person’s image, he explores the person’s qualities, combining his own perception and creativity to reveal what he sees as the true character of the human figures and the human condition.

      Pianist Jamie Shum earned her music degree at Hong Kong Baptist University before going on to obtain a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Literature at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. This Thursday at City Hall she’s giving a recital that spans the 19th and 20th centuries with music from Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, and Prokofiev. She came to our studio to tell us more.

    • "Late Night Series Art X — Tender is the Night", Henry Shum & in the studio: Bobby Cheng

      "Do not go gently into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light." Dylan Thomas’s poem is just one of many works in which artists have drawn inspiration from the night or used it as a metaphor. Like every major city, Hong Kong has its fair share of insomniacs and night owls.
      They, in particular, may be happy to know that from Friday to Sunday, the Hong Kong Arts Centre is presenting a series of nocturnally-oriented events in “Late Night Series Art X — Tender is the Night”.

      The vortex is the spiral or even whirlpool-like structure that often appears in nature in the movement of liquids and gases. As, for instance, when you stir milk into your tea or coffee. In the 18th century, artists and thinkers like William Blake and Rene Descartes – inspired by discoveries of spiral shapes of galaxies – also saw vortices as having philosophical, and even religious significance. "Vortices" are the subject, and the title, of the first solo exhibition of Hong Kong-based painter Henry Shum at Empty Gallery. It is on until the 21st November, and includes a mural and a group of interconnected oil paintings.

      Since graduating from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, oboist Bobby Cheng has been on a musical journey that’s taken him to numerous local and international music competitions, and performances with world renowned orchestras and at music festivals. He’s currently Principal Oboist in the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse in France. He is currently in Hong Kong for a recital at the Hong Kong City Hall.

    • Botticelli @ HK Museum of Art, Korean artist Kim Duck Yong & in the studio: REED4BLE

      Botticelli @ HK Museum of Art, Korean artist Kim Duck Yong & in the studio: REED4BLE

      In this week's episode, we are heading back in time to that massive flowering of science, art, and knowledge known as the Renaissance, and more particularly to the work of painter Sandro Botticelli. We do not often get to see major Renaissance works in Hong Kong, but up to 24th February next year there is a rare opportunity to see more than 40 outstanding examples of works by Botticelli and other artists of the time from Italy’s Uffizi Galleries at the HK Museum of Art.

      In his first solo exhibition, “Ocean Rhapsody” in Hong Kong in Soluna Fine Art, Korean artist Kim Duck Yong combines his Korean heritage with a contemporary approach to using traditional materials. The exhibition features 16 of his zen-like paintings portraying the ocean, sometimes as seen through windows, and bookshelves. The materials used in the paintings include not only Korean paper and ancient wood, but also mother of pearl.

      Formed in 2018, the quartet “REED4BLE” is made up of three reed instruments and a ukulele. But how did the oboe, clarinet, bassoon and the Hawaiian ukulele come together? What sort of sound would we expect this combination to make? And where do they find their repertoire? They came to our studio this week to tell us and let us hear.

    • Comic book rental shops, Duan Zhengqu's “Mahuangliang” & in the studio: Bel Canto Singers

      Comic book rental shops, Duan Zhengqu's “Mahuangliang” & in the studio: Bel Canto Singers

      For the younger generation of comic book readers, the idea of renting comics might be an alien concept. But before internet distribution and eBooks brought prices down and made them easier to get hold of, comic book fans had to go to shops to rent them. Because of that, comic book rental was once a thriving business, with people queueing to get the latest books from their beloved comic series. Now such shops have become a rarity.

      Duan Zhengqu, born in Henan province, has an abiding affection for rural life and culture. His oil paintings often feature the landscapes and people along the Yellow River. On show at Tang Contemporary Art, “Mahuangliang” is a solo exhibition that spans 15 years of his works depicting the lives of Northern Shaanxi peasants and the rural villages in which they live.

      Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini’s most popular works include “La Boheme”, “Tosca”, “Madama Butterfly” and “Turandot”. They have become standards and inspired countless contemporary interpretations and, sometimes, novel approaches. Produced by the Bel Canto Singers, “My Beloved” presents some of Puccini’s most iconic work in a new way. Tenor Henry Ngan, soprano Candice Chung and music director David Quah came to our show this week to tell us more.

    • HKREP's

      HKREP's "Principle", Australia's indigenous art @ Gagosian & in the studio: Dan Zhu

      With the social distancing measures in place and restrictions in performance venues, art groups and organisers have to diversify. Hong Kong Repertory Theatre’s production about a school scandal, “Principle” original schedule in September has been cancelled. But recently it offered some limited shows and on-demand viewing on the internet.

      Australian indigenous art and culture dates as far back as 60,000 years. Indigenous art often use symbols and icons in its story-telling of knowledge of the land, events and beliefs of indigenous people. Contemporary indigenous Australian art is not something one commonly find in Hong Kong. But on show at Gagosian for the first time in Hong Kong, “Desert Painters of Australia: Two Generations” showcases works by six Indigenous artists from remote regions of the continent.

      Violinist Dan Zhu is recognised as one of the finest Chinese musicians on the international stage today. Some of his recent seasons highlights include duo recitals with Christoph Eschenbach on Mozart and Beethoven sonatas at the Kennedy Center; with pianist Gerhard Oppitz at Enescu Festival and with Kun Woo Paik on the complete Beethoven violin & piano sonata cycle worldwide. He is here with us this week to talk about his concert in Hong Kong performing Beethoven & Schumann.

    • Anti-epidemic Fund 3.0, Yank Wong @ Sin Sin Fine Art & in the studio: Paulo Levi Special Edition

      Anti-epidemic Fund 3.0, Yank Wong @ Sin Sin Fine Art & in the studio: Paulo Levi Special Edition

      Since Covid-19 first hit Hong Kong at the beginning of the year, we have been reporting on the difficulties and challenges art organisations and practitioners are facing as events and activities have had to be shut down. The pandemic has highlighted a long existing problem in the industry – many art practitioners and workers are freelancers, hired only on a job by job basis. They have no steady income, no job security and not much of a social security safety net. Although the government has launched the third round of the Anti-Epidemic Fund, many still won’t see a penny of it.

      Yank Wong is a man of multiple disciplines. He is a painter, art director, set designer, writer, musician and photographer. But he says he prefers to be thought of as a painter, not an artist. On show at Sin Sin Fine Art, “Steppe By Steppe” showcases his photography, with a series of black and white photographs Wong took from 2006 to 2010 in France and Inner Mongolia.

      Brazilian musician Paulo Levi says his career began in the protestant church. While studying in the Carlos Gomes Conservatory of Music he came across American jazz. At 17, he moved to Paris and started learning improvisational music and European free jazz. He is playing this week at the Hong Kong International Jazz Festival in the “Paulo Levi Special Edition” with some familiar local faces.

    • Ink painter Wong Chung-yu, Wai Wai @ PMQ & in the studio: HK Sinfonietta’s Woodwind Quartet

      Ink painter Wong Chung-yu, Wai Wai @ PMQ & in the studio: HK Sinfonietta’s Woodwind Quartet

      When we think about Chinese ink art, we usually associate it with the traditional paintings we see of landscape, figure or flowers and birds painting. And then later on, the contemporary ink movement that breaks new grounds of the art form. But in this day and age with the advancement of digital technology, some artists are applying it to explore new possibilities and ways of expression of ink art. One of them is artist, Wong Chung-yu.

      Also injecting new ideas or colours and flavours into something old is artist and illustrator, Wai Wai. Since 2016, she has been doing illustrations about Hong Kong small and vintage shops. She has painted on mural and in shop shutters. Her recent solo exhibition, “Dreams Coming True” in PMQ includes illustrations she made of neighbourhoods such as North Point, Ap Lei Chau, To Kwa Wan and Sai Kung.

      With the third wave of Covid-19 in Hong Kong ebbs, the government has relaxed some restrictions of the social-distancing measures, businesses and premises. The closing of performing art venues for months have affected many in the local art scene. But some events are gradually coming back but with limitations. Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s lunchtime concert series will return on 20th October at the City Hall. But instead of holding it in the foyer, it will be inside the Concert Hall.

    • Community art project “Viva! River”, Bouie Choi @ Grotto Fine Art & in the studio: Denquar Chupak

      Community art project “Viva! River”, Bouie Choi @ Grotto Fine Art & in the studio: Denquar Chupak

      The government’s Art Promotion Office frequently creates projects designed to connect art with the public. Their venues in Oil Street, North Point and the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre on Kennedy Road focus on the community and provide art training programmes. Their latest public art project, along the Tuen Mun river, highlights the neighbourhood’s history and its public space.

      For visual artists like Monet, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Vermeer and many more, the quality of light is central to their work. Some travelled great distances to find that perfect light. And light is also the subject that artist Bouie Choi is exploring in her third solo exhibition at Grotto Fine Arts, a continuation of her interest in urban landscape: “borrowed space, borrowed time”. The phrase has often been used to describe Hong Kong’s pre-Handover reality, including by writers on the territory such as Richard Hughes and Christopher Dewolf. Choi though, sees it differently. For her, rather than being a place of transience, Hong Kong is a “precious” place, and a permanent home.

      Hong Kong-born vocalist Denquar Chupak’s father is Thai and her mother, British. She says she sees this mix of cultures, combined with her father’s vocation as a musician, as a huge part of her identity. She first came on our show in 2017 to take part in our Christmas Special. Right now, she has returned to Hong Kong from London, the place she now calls home, and is here to tell us about how the pandemic has affected her musically.

    • Teaching art online, Jiang Zhi @ Blindspot Gallery & in the studio: pianist Jacqueline Leung

      Teaching art online, Jiang Zhi @ Blindspot Gallery & in the studio: pianist Jacqueline Leung

      The Covid-19 pandemic has affected most areas of our lives for the worse, including education. Teachers have had to do their best to adapt teaching materials for online learning. Some students are finding it hard to concentrate at home or learn in online classes. The enforced separation has had more effect in some areas than others, particularly in those that involve manual skills or communal activity: for example, performing in an orchestral or chamber music setting, or on stage.
      And then there are other forms of art such as sculpture and ceramics.

      News about Covid-19 and its effects on us and our societies is ever-present. It’s not surprising then that the arts are also reflecting on it. At the Blindspot Gallery, Beijing-based artist Jiang Zhi’s latest exhibition is inspired by the pandemic and by recent social upheavals. The exhibition “Can I Become Better?” includes a new series of figurative works that he says are also a personal response to the question “Can the world become better?”

      Pianist Jacqueline Leung is known for her classical repertoire, but she’s also passionate about bridging the gap between the classical repertoire and other musical forms. In 2017, she released her debut album “In Sunshine or in Shadow”. She’s here right now to introduce her newest album of music, this one inspired by a golden era of New York.