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    监制:Diana Wan

    14/05/2022

    There are few materials more useful or aesthetic than glass, whether we want to look through it, drink from it, or make beautiful or decorative objects with it. People have been making and using the material for at least 3,600 years. New creative possibilities were opened up with technological advances from the glassmakers of the island of Murano in Italy, sometimes said to be the birthplace of modern glass art. Here in Hong Kong, despite the limitations of space, there are those still working creatively with glass.

    Ibrahim Mahama’s first exhibition in White Cube Hong Kong, “Half of a Yellow Sun”, features fabric paintings in which he explores the history of materials, cultural identity and commerce. The title of the exhibition is inspired by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel about the Biafran War in the 1960s. Over the years, Mahama has collected materials, exchanging new cloth for old, mostly from female traders in markets across Ghana. Some of the most colourful fabrics he uses are “Dutch wax” prints, originally made and traded by Dutch companies operating along the coastline of West Africa in the 19th century. For him, the fabrics act as cultural metaphors, representing the diversity of national and pan-African identity and history.

    Although many Covid-19 social-distancing rules have eased and arts and performance venues re-opened, it’s now too late for some previously cancelled or postponed performing arts events and activities to take place according to their original plan. One such event is “Harmonica Heroes”, a Hong Kong Arts Festival programme in Tai Kwun. Curated by harmonicist Cy Leo, the concert was originally going to have over a hundred harmonicists perform classical, folk, blues, and jazz pieces in the open air. It’s still happening, but the format has changed. Cy Leo is here to tell us more.


    联络: wanyt@rthk.hk


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    •  Multimedia artist Lazarus Chan, HKIPF's

      Multimedia artist Lazarus Chan, HKIPF's "Off-sets" & in the studio: Ma Wai-him

      Multimedia artist Lazarus Chan, HKIPF's "Off-sets" & in the studio: Ma Wai-him

      26/11/2022
    • Live music in HK, Wilson Shieh@JPS Gallery & in the studio: Maximilian Hornung & Alexander Krichel

      Live music in HK, Wilson Shieh@JPS Gallery & in the studio: Maximilian Hornung & Alexander Krichel

      We're already seeing more artistes from around the world coming to Hong Kong since quarantine restrictions for visitors were reduced in late September. And there was even better news for Hong Kong-based musicians and performers when live performances in bars and restaurants were allowed to resume on 20th October. However, for almost all of them it's been particularly tough to try to make a living over the past two and a half years or more.

      Chop Suey, a dish made up of stir-fried meat, egg and an assortment of vegetables is one of the most recognised dishes in Chinese-American cuisine. According to some sources the name derives from 杂碎 literally meaning "miscellaneous leftovers" or "odds and ends". Well, "Chop Suey" is also the title of a retrospective exhibition of Wilson Shieh’s works from 2008 to 2022 at JPS Gallery Hong Kong. He's particularly known for his traditional fine brush gongbi paintings. This time his subjects include contemporary scenes, human figures, and reflection on Hong Kong popular culture.

      19/11/2022
    • "Game Atlas", Jaffa Lam@Axel Vervoordt gallery & in the studio: vocalist Carol Cheung

      "Heritage Vogue · Hollywood Road 2022" is a mini celebration of the history, culture and arts ambience of the Central and Western district. It features guided tours, workshops, exhibitions, art, outdoor movie screening, traditional culture and performances. Among those performing are singer Carol Cheung and friends. Not only can you explore histories, cultures and lives in person, you can also do so through video games and simulations. Many game designers and developers are now using their work to immerse users in worlds of historical story-telling, cultural heritage and community experience. “Game Atlas: The Archeology of a World not Far-away” that took place in late October, was an event that gathered 14 game designers from 12 cities in Asia and Europe to share their perspectives on the gaming world. It was curated by Allison Yang and presented by Goethe-Institut Hong Kong and M+ and in collaboration with the City University of Hong Kong and art space Current Plans.

      On show at the Axel Vervoordt gallery, “Chasing An Elusive Nature” is Jaffa Lam's first solo exhibition in nine years. Trained in calligraphy and classical Chinese painting, today Lam works mostly with sculpture and multi-media installations. Referencing the famous furnace of Taoist philosopher Laozi, the large installation “Taishang LaoJun’s Furnace”, consists of five hundred rock sculptures cast by a local veteran metalsmith from 50 stones Lam collected along Hong Kong’s coastline. Lam also uses local soil, recycled natural and industrial materials to explore local heritage and history in a series of works that relate to some of her earlier pieces.

      12/11/2022
    • Tribute to musician & band leader Tony Carpio with Rosalie, Bernard, Chris Carpio, Ray Corderio & Clarin Ebron

      Tribute to musician & band leader Tony Carpio with Rosalie, Bernard, Chris Carpio, Ray Corderio & Clarin Ebron

      On 17th October, bandleader and musician Tony Carpio passed away at the age of 82. He moved to Hong Kong from the Philippines with his family in 1957, at the age of 17. His father, Tom Carpio and his uncle Fred were both working musicians. Tony had started playing his dad's guitar when he was 12. He went on to play a variety of instruments. Tony Carpio was an all-round musician: a composer, arranger, conductor, musical director, and owner of a recording studio. He produced several albums, and was also a keen teacher of music. He was the bandleader of the legendary big band that played at the Excelsior Hotel's Dickens Bar in Causeway Bay for 18 years. In 1972, he joined presenter Ray Cordeiro at RTHK to produce 18 jazz programmes in the “Showcase” series. With us today are Tony's wife, Rosalie, his two sons, Bernard and Chris, “Uncle Ray” Cordeiro, and the former pianist of the Dickens Bar band, Clarin Ebron.

      05/11/2022
    • SAORI weaving,

      SAORI weaving, "Witches Own Without"@Current Plans & in the studio: "The Telephone & The Medium"

      Stemming from one Japanese woman’s passion, the art of SAORI has become a global movement and practice. The name was coined by Misao Jo when she began weaving at 57 and was looking for a term to identify her craft. “Sao” is a contraction of her given name, and “ori” means “weaving” in Japanese. As she continued to develop her work, she realised that it had the potential to be more than a hobby. It could also be, for some, a life-changing activity.

      On show at Current Plans, “Witches Own Without” references the ancient historical and cultural contexts of witches, from spells and magic to the contemporary prevalence of New Age practice. Involved in the magic are 18 participants from different artistic practices, ranging from writing to curating. Some are exhibiting their art for the first time.

      Composer, librettist, director and playwright, Gian Carlo Menotti, who died in 2007, wrote 25 operas, not just for theatre but also for radio and television. He wrote his most successful works, such as “Amelia Goes to the Ball”, “The Consul” and “The Saint of Bleecker Street”, in the 1940s and 1950s. Written in 1946, “The Medium” is a short two-act tragedy, commissioned by Columbia University and premiered there that same year. A year later it was staged on Broadway in a double bill with a one-act comic opera, “The Telephone” or “L'Amour à trois”, as a prelude. Coming up next week is a local production of these two operas, and some of the cast are here to tell us more.

      29/10/2022
    • Cultural Masseur Festival 2022, Cordelia Tam@HKVAC & in the studio: chamber choir NOĒMA

      Cultural Masseur Festival 2022, Cordelia Tam@HKVAC & in the studio: chamber choir NOĒMA

      The Hong Kong Arts Centre’s Cultural Masseur Festival is divided into two phases, each of which lasts for three months. The first finished in June and the second began in September. Among the themes and ideas explored in the programme are arts and mentality, participatory drama, and mathematics and semiotics. The Works went along to find out more about two of them.

      Another artist who is using multi-media to examine the relationship between human brings, urbanization and nature is Cordelia Tam. Her solo exhibition “So Close, Yet So Far” is on show at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre (vA!). Tam conveys the flow of nature and time by combining handmade paper, projection, sound, machinery, animation, and light to respond to the architectural features of the Cassels Block of the former Victoria Barracks before it was repurposed for artistic use.

      A poem by novelist, poet, and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, “There Are Some Men” is the inspiration behind the title and the programme for local chamber choir NOĒMA’s inaugural concert at the University of Hong Kong this Sunday. Artistic director and founder Sanders Lau is here to tell us more about how the poem’s subject matter relates to the show.

      22/10/2022
    • Freespace Jazz Fest: Tsui Chin-hung, Kung Chi-shing & Alonso Gonzalez & CityU's Nomadic Art

      Freespace Jazz Fest: Tsui Chin-hung, Kung Chi-shing & Alonso Gonzalez & CityU's Nomadic Art

      Last Wednesday, in an announcement that surprised many, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced that with the support of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the esteemed Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will perform two concerts in Hong Kong on the 24th and 25th of this month. It’s the orchestra’s first appearance here in 11 years, and the first visit to Hong Kong by a major international orchestra since Covid appeared. That week is certainly going to be a treat for music fans. The day following the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra concerts, the five-day Freespace Jazz Fest starts. Part of that festival is the two-day programme, “Jazzscapes” at the new outdoor venue, Wonderland in West Kowloon Cultural District. Last week, pianist Daniel Chu was here to tell us what he has planned for Jazzscapes. In today’s episode, we have more musicians with us to give us a taster of their performances.

      Joining us in the studio are Kung Chi-shing, Head of Contemporary Performance of Performing Arts of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and guitarist and composer Tsui Chin-hung. Not only is Tsui performing his original compositions at the festival, he has just launched his debut album. Percussionist Alonso González is known for Latin music and Latin jazz. He also plays in a range of styles including traditional Colombian music, salsa, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Caribbean music. He has put together a ten-piece band to perform on the final day of Jazzscapes.

      Currently showing at the City University of Hong Kong’s Indra and Harry Banga Gallery, “Hunters, Warriors, Spirits – Nomadic Art of North China” focuses, as its name suggests, on the lives and culture of ancient nomads. It covers the little-known story of their origins in the early 1st millennium B.C.E. to their golden age, from the 10th to 13th centuries. Apart from ancient objects, the exhibition also includes contemporary sculptures, photography, new media work and animations.

      15/10/2022
    • Movement Festival 2022, Kazumasa Nagai & in the studio: pianist Daniel Chu

      Movement Festival 2022, Kazumasa Nagai & in the studio: pianist Daniel Chu

      There’s good news for jazz fans as the Freespace Jazz Fest returns at the end of this month. The five-day festival features a veritable cornucopia of activities on five stages across the West Kowloon Cultural District. One highlight in the new Wonderland venue is two days of outdoor jazz performances that feature 12 groups of musicians. Pianist Daniel Chu will be on the show to talk about his participation with his Supergroup. Another festival that has just returned is the Movement Festival. The five-day festival, which ran through last month, included dance, film, music, literature, and family-friendly programmes. Many of the performances were site-specific.

      Now known primarily for his graphic design, Kazumasa Nagai initially studied sculpture at the National University of Arts in Tokyo. In 1951 though, he had to withdraw due to health problems. Later that year he became a graphic designer in charge of advertising in a textile company. On show at K11 Musea, and presented by Gallery 27, are 100 of his posters created since the late 1950s. The show’s divided into four chapters, tracing his work from his geometric abstract forms in the 1950s - 60s, through his experimentation with photo collage in the 1970s, and up to the figurative illustrations that he still creates today.

      08/10/2022
    • Artists' impression of a sawmill, Wong Hau-kwei's exhibition & in the studio: Jing Wong

      Artists' impression of a sawmill, Wong Hau-kwei's exhibition & in the studio: Jing Wong

      In the 1950s and 1960s, Hong Kong was known around the world for making and exporting textile, plastic, clothing, and even wood products. In terms of wood crafts, local factories and artisans specialised in, among other things, shipbuilding, furniture production, and woodworking. That began to change from the 1970s, as more and more manufacturing relocated to the Pearl River Delta. Now, one of the few remaining woodwork factories in Hong Kong faces closure.

      Wong Hau-kwei’s paintings combine traditional Chinese ink and wash techniques, with modern aesthetics and forms. “Never abandon tradition,” he has said, “and never give up reforming.” Wong, who moved to Hong Kong in 1978, draws inspiration from a wide variety of subjects and scenery, but he also finds plenty of inspiration in Hong Kong’s own environment, both urban and natural. On show at Artspace K the solo exhibition “Serenity Hong Kong” features 23 of his works.

      Singer-songwriter and theatre practitioner Jing Wong last came to the show in 2015 to tell us about his then new EP, “How to Disappear”. At that point he was turning away from his earlier folk-rock music style to what he called, “book rock”, a rawer and more powerful way of using the guitar. Seven years later, he’s here with us again.

      01/10/2022
    • Chu Hing-wah:

      Chu Hing-wah: "Bare Life", Noda Tetsuya’s "Diary"@HKU & in the studio: pianist Rémi Geniet

      Artist Chu Hing-wah, who we last featured in 2017 during his exhibition at the Hanart TZ Gallery. And he wasn’t just revealing his painting talents. He was also demonstrating another passion of his: singing Cantonese opera at the exhibition opening. This year he’s 87, and he’s still painting.

      Since the late 1960s, leading printmaker and photographer Noda Tetsuya has created an ongoing series of prints under the title, “Diary”. Produced over almost fifty years, it consists of some five hundred works. They include portraits of his family, landscapes, images based on his travels, and records of objects from daily life. On show at the University Museum and Art Gallery of The University of Hong Kong are works from that “Diary” series. Tetsuya combines photography, traditional Japanese woodblock printing, mimeograph duplication, silkscreen printing and layering to not only show an individual world but to also reflect a wider social perspective.

      In May 2017, Rémi Geniet came to our studio to talk about his then upcoming concert with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta of Rachmaninoff’s most popular work, his Piano Concerto No. 2. He’s now back in Hong Kong and on Saturday he’s performing again with the orchestra. This time they are playing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1. He’s also doing a recital with violinist Aylen Pritchin. He’s with us now.

      24/09/2022