Street art can vary from the unsightly to the inspiring, but whatever its quality, whether graffiti or spectacular mural, it is often at the mercy of the authorities. Even works by well-known artists such as Banksy, Invader, JR, and locally, the King of Kowloon, have in the past been obliterated by local officials or by private landowners. Other street art has official blessings though. For several years, during Art March, Hong Kong has been celebrating an annual art festival that aims to brighten up our urban environment.
When you watch films or performances, or look at artworks, how much attention do you pay to the spectacles the actors, or the subjects, may be wearing? Since 2012, the Society of the Spectacles, founded by film historian, Robert Hamilton, has been focusing on exactly that. The society is a creative and research collective that examines the cultural significance of eyewear in films and art. The title of the exhibition “Strelnikov’s Glasses and Other Stories”, on show at the Hong Kong Art Centre until May, refers to the spectacles that “General Strelnikov”, as played by Tom Courtenay, wore in David Lean's film of “Doctor Zhivago”.
The exhibition includes works by 24 artists, designers and filmmakers.
Two years ago, musician and composer Eason Chan met three other aspiring musicians: Lester Lam, Daniel Toh and Moon Tang, on social media. The four began collaborating on a range of musical projects, even though they all have different musical styles and come from different musical backgrounds, but later diverged onto other paths. Later this month, they’re joining forces again for a concert called “Somewhere Apartment”. We’re delighted to have them with us now.