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Show on performing arts and culture

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    監製:Simon Yu


    Artspiration is a magazine-style show on performing arts and culture, jointly produced by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and the TV Division of Radio Television Hong Kong. This season comprised of three sections – Artspiration Space, Artspiration Laughter and Artspiration Stories, the series introduces local and overseas artists, various arts knowledge and interesting incidents in a relaxed and humorous manner.

    Artspiration Space discovers art venue/space and introduces the work of art groups and artists, along with the current development of various performing arts cultures.

    Artspiration Laughter examines the question “What is art?”, and applies the farce style of theatre to bring out the multi-facets of its function and nature (such as arts is caring, satire, natural, games, etc.). This section also presents the arts from other parts of the world.

    Artspiration Stories interviews local artists to share with us their stories, inspiration and experience.

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    21/09/2016

    / 8 / Art Space - Black Box: Creative Theatre; Laughter - The Enigmatic Dali Atomicus ; Stories – King-sum Tong (Visual Artist)

    //Artspiration_Space/ Black Box- Creative Theatre

    Blackbox theatres became popular in Hong Kong back in the 80’s. The walls of these theatres are predominantly painted black, and actors perform in a relatively small space. Almost within arm’s reach of their audience, performing groups can minimize cost and worry-free of the box office. The interaction between actors and the audience create intimacy, fancied by many performing groups.

    Theatre Horizon rented an old unit at an industrial building in Tai Kok Tsui. The unit was modified into three performance spaces. The close interaction with audience is a unique performing style that invites the audience into the plays. For example, in The Lu-tings, a piece that reflects the history and social situation of Hong Kong, written by art director Chu-hei Chan, the merman Lu-ting not only tells his stories, he also invites the audience to experience them.

    The We Draman Group established their blackbox theatre at an industrial building in San Po Kong. Director Ivor presents a rearranged play-reading of the French existentialism philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit. The theatre is transformed into a karaoke room, which represents the realm that the protagonist went to after death. The audience is drawn into the play and invited to reflect on the story. This is the charm of blackbox theatres.



    //Artspiration_Stories/     King-sum Tong (Visual Artist)

    In the 60’s of the last century, a young man began to study arts. He learned to draw on his own and became a disciple of the renowned sculptor Yi Zhang. He was established as a sculptor himself in the 80’s, known to many as King-sum Tong. It’s been seven years since he passed away, and his family, friends and disciples organized an exhibition to share his stories. Let us look into the journey of this artist.

    They all mentioned that the fault of King-sum’s body did not stop him from making art a career. Instead, it became a force that motivated him to put in the hard work. From the gigantic wooden sculptures, one can see his passion in life. Between the 70’s and 80’s, King-sum was a full-time civil servant. All of his creations were completed during his spare time. His involvement with art is an experience shared by many artists of the past generation. His wife, Mrs. Wai-yee Tong, talked about the time when he was in the hospital, King-sum persisted to stay fit so that he could recover. His beliefs can be found in his artworks and lifestyle.



    //Artspiration_Laughter/ The Enigmatic Dali Atomicus

    American Latvian photographer Philippe Halsman appreciates the imagination of surrealism artist Salvador Dali. Halsman decided to incorporate his photography with Dali’s novelty thoughts. The two created many wonderful photographs in the 40’s. With reference to Dali’s Leda Atomica, Halsman invited Dali to be in the photograph along with the water thrown from a bucket, three cats flying and many other items. After 28 attempts, Halsman captured the enigmatic Dali Atomicus.

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    08 - 09
    2016
    RTHK 31
    • / 8 / Art Space - Black Box: Creative Theatre; Laughter - The Enigmatic Dali Atomicus ; Stories – King-sum Tong (Visual Artist)

      / 8 / Art Space - Black Box: Creative Theatre; Laughter - The Enigmatic Dali Atomicus ; Stories – King-sum Tong (Visual Artist)

      //Artspiration_Space/ Black Box- Creative Theatre

      Blackbox theatres became popular in Hong Kong back in the 80’s. The walls of these theatres are predominantly painted black, and actors perform in a relatively small space. Almost within arm’s reach of their audience, performing groups can minimize cost and worry-free of the box office. The interaction between actors and the audience create intimacy, fancied by many performing groups.

      Theatre Horizon rented an old unit at an industrial building in Tai Kok Tsui. The unit was modified into three performance spaces. The close interaction with audience is a unique performing style that invites the audience into the plays. For example, in The Lu-tings, a piece that reflects the history and social situation of Hong Kong, written by art director Chu-hei Chan, the merman Lu-ting not only tells his stories, he also invites the audience to experience them.

      The We Draman Group established their blackbox theatre at an industrial building in San Po Kong. Director Ivor presents a rearranged play-reading of the French existentialism philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit. The theatre is transformed into a karaoke room, which represents the realm that the protagonist went to after death. The audience is drawn into the play and invited to reflect on the story. This is the charm of blackbox theatres.



      //Artspiration_Stories/     King-sum Tong (Visual Artist)

      In the 60’s of the last century, a young man began to study arts. He learned to draw on his own and became a disciple of the renowned sculptor Yi Zhang. He was established as a sculptor himself in the 80’s, known to many as King-sum Tong. It’s been seven years since he passed away, and his family, friends and disciples organized an exhibition to share his stories. Let us look into the journey of this artist.

      They all mentioned that the fault of King-sum’s body did not stop him from making art a career. Instead, it became a force that motivated him to put in the hard work. From the gigantic wooden sculptures, one can see his passion in life. Between the 70’s and 80’s, King-sum was a full-time civil servant. All of his creations were completed during his spare time. His involvement with art is an experience shared by many artists of the past generation. His wife, Mrs. Wai-yee Tong, talked about the time when he was in the hospital, King-sum persisted to stay fit so that he could recover. His beliefs can be found in his artworks and lifestyle.



      //Artspiration_Laughter/ The Enigmatic Dali Atomicus

      American Latvian photographer Philippe Halsman appreciates the imagination of surrealism artist Salvador Dali. Halsman decided to incorporate his photography with Dali’s novelty thoughts. The two created many wonderful photographs in the 40’s. With reference to Dali’s Leda Atomica, Halsman invited Dali to be in the photograph along with the water thrown from a bucket, three cats flying and many other items. After 28 attempts, Halsman captured the enigmatic Dali Atomicus.

      21/09/2016
    • / 7 / Art Space - Sense 99; Laughter - The Decisive Moment ; Stories – Karrie Tan (Stage Actor, Director)

      / 7 / Art Space - Sense 99; Laughter - The Decisive Moment ; Stories – Karrie Tan (Stage Actor, Director)

      //Artspiration_Space/ Sense 99

      Sense 99 can be an exhibition space, an area for band practice, and a meeting place for creatives. Its founder, Wun To, describes the space as a mental hospital, because visitors can express and share their wildest creative ideas here. With creative interaction comes extraordinary works..



      //Artspiration_Stories/ Karrie Tan (Stage Actor, Director)

      From studying at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to joining The Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Karrie has performed and produced over 70 theatrical pieces. She has won countless awards with her unique performance charisma.

      Karrie hopes to understand others through art. She believes that each person is a special individual. Many citizens in Hong Kong are trapped in fear and stress, while lacking the ability to communicate and understand others. In 2011, she produced A Hollow Room, with hopes to examine and apprehend those who jump to their deaths.

      Whether she is performing or producing a play, Karrie wishes to become a better person through the art. Karrie wants to bring more smiles, acceptance, and hugs to those she comes in touch with. The exchange of positive energy would make everyone more complete as a whole.



      //Artspiration_Laughter/ The Decisive Moment

      The Decisive Moment is an influential photography theory introduced by Henri Cartier-Bresson, a renowned French photographer. He learned to paint at a young age and considered that photography is painting with a camera. Photographs should be taken according to the photographer’s instincts, without revisions. If the moment is gone, the photographer should wait for the next.

      He only took monochrome photos under natural light, without cropping. Henri Cartier-Bresson once said that “during the work, you have to be sure that you haven’t left any holes, that you’ve captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late”. With the development of digital photography and graphics editor, people can take batches of photos and keep the ones they like. Although the lighting and angle may not satisfactory, the computer can edit the photos. How do you define a good photo? Is it one that has been perfectly refined or one that can most accurately portray reality?

      14/09/2016
    • / 6 / Art Space - A Cappella; Laughter - Does Satan Love Rock Band?  ; Stories - Cheung Cheuk (Independent Film Director)

      / 6 / Art Space - A Cappella; Laughter - Does Satan Love Rock Band? ; Stories - Cheung Cheuk (Independent Film Director)

      //Artspiration_Space/ A Capella

      A Capella is Italian for “in the manner of the church”. The art originated in medieval churches, singing to praise God. In the 80’s, A Capella without instrumental accompaniment appeared in operas and has been popular since. In popular music, singing without instrumental accompaniment includes some Jazz harmony, and mimicking percussion effects. The songs are diversified, unlimited by languages, and the performing venues do not have to be music halls. “Artspiration Space” documents the movement of two A Capella bands, Sirens and Set Tone Men, to experience the natural beauty of the human voice.

      Comprised of three men and two women, Sirens is a Taiwanese band established in 2009, known for its clean and delightful style. In a small space, they communicate intimately with the audience. In a large venue, they go full blast to emotionally move their crowd.

      Set Tone Men is a Hong Kong group, comprised of six men, known for its popular jazz and blues. The group likes to perform in different venues, from singing on the stage and on the bridge, to humming in a tunnel or on the stairs. They anticipate that A Capella would one day be common like popular music.



      //Artspiration_Stories/ Cheung Cheuk (Independent Film Director)

      Cheung Cheuk, a graduate of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts’ School of Film, won the Award for Young Artist in the 2013 Hong Kong Arts Development Award Ceremony with his documentary “My Way”.

      Cheung frankly admitted that he is a slow person who requires much time alone to think. For his documentary films to meet his expectations, he recorded the changes of his interviewees. Very often, his films require two years of observation and filming. When it comes to creativity, he admitted that he is also a very slow director.

      Cheung’s unique pace adds a touch of calmness to his works and the reality he strives for. Through his documentaries and interviews, he understands both his interviewees and himself.

      In the eyes of Cheung, films can be documentaries and drama. To him, film is a medium for a life to affect other lives.



      //Artspiration_Laughter/ Does Satan Love Rock Band?

      John Lennon of the renowned American band, The Beatles, was killed by Mark Chapman. Mark claimed that the homicide was Satan’s plan. He also stated that it was after listening to John’s album “Double Fantasy” that he was appointed to commit homicide. Some conspiracy theorists pointed out that Lennon was killed because of his large influence. The real reason behind Mark killing Lennon remains a secret.

      07/09/2016
    • / 5 / Art Space - Magazine Platform: Raising Social Awareness Through Art; Laughter - Mesmerized by Haruki Murakami; Stories - Cheuk-yin Mui (Dancer)

      / 5 / Art Space - Magazine Platform: Raising Social Awareness Through Art; Laughter - Mesmerized by Haruki Murakami; Stories - Cheuk-yin Mui (Dancer)

      //Artspiration_Space/ Magazine Platform – Raising Social Awareness Through Art

      Over 30 university and college students contribute to the self-funded Dinglei magazine. The freely distributed magazine responds to social issues with words and artworks.

      The meaning of Dinglei is “hang in there”, encouraging readers to persist in their beliefs. The main topic of each issue ranges from politics and movies to community development and trends. The magazine contributors also communicate with readers in various aspects, including video clips and music composition. The magazine, representing the voice of college students, attracted many young readers to submit articles. It gradually became a creative platform for college students to share their ideas and thoughts.



      //Artspiration_Stories/ Cheuk-yin Mui (Dancer)

      When she was young, she trained her body to excel and strive for perfection.
      In her twenties, she was the main dancer of a dance group.
      In her thirties, she was the only Hong Kong dancer of world renowned dancer Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring.
      In her forties, her body collapsed. With a waist injury, she thought it was the end of her dance career.
      In her fifties, she performed on the stage again, telling the world, “Fifty years without change, I continue to dance”.

      Through the bodily hardship, she learned the importance of health. She also learned to overcome her weaknesses. She found out that being healthy is more charming than a perfect dance stance.

      She arranged her first choreography, Awakenings in a Dream, at age 26. The dance is a highlight of her dance career.



      //Artspiration_Laughter/ Mesmerized by Haruki Murakami

      Renowned Japanese author Haruki Murakami, an enthusiastic reader from a young age, faced many hurdles in school. With a passion in music, he opened a jazz bar, where he met people with various backgrounds. When he was thirty, he suddenly decided to write his first novel, Hear the Wind Sing. The novel was a bestseller and he became a full time author. Living a well-structured lifestyle as an amateur jogger, Haruki’s works are rich in diversity. In addition to novels, he has written translations, prose, travel notes and reportage.

      31/08/2016
    • / 4 / Art Space - Grey and Green Ping Pong Project; Laughter - The Homicidal Love song?; Stories - GayBird Leung (New media Artist)

      / 4 / Art Space - Grey and Green Ping Pong Project; Laughter - The Homicidal Love song?; Stories - GayBird Leung (New media Artist)

      //Artspiration_Space/ Grey and Green Ping Pong Project

      13th and 5th Streets are known as the traditional old area of To Kwa Wan. Most of the buildings are over 50 years old and house many senior. Uncle Tang, To Lo and Miu Han are 70 to 80 years old seniors among many. Unlike the usual seniors, their timetables are stuffed with extracurricular activities, such as the creative drawing lessons and drumming classes of the Grey and Green Ping Pong Project.

      The Grey and Green Ping Pong Project is a community arts project directed by author and artist Cally Yu. The goal is to be a platform for people from all walks of life from various locations to gather and participate in artistic activities. Our three interviewees have been in the programme for two years and have grown considerably in the field of creative arts, which positively affects their everyday lifestyle. From the wrap up performance and exhibition last year, we see their passion and involvement and growth.



      //Artspiration_Stories/ GayBird Leung ( New media Artist)

      GayBird Leung is an Earthling who studies music.
      The elements and ideas he experimented with and added into his music include electronic music, gravity, time, nature, future, media and technology.

      Gaybird is a composer, editor and director of popular music.
      In his spare time, he delves into studying music. While inventing new instruments, he searches for new sounds in a quest to discover the unlimited probabilities of music.

      He is an electronic musician and enjoys expressing his feelings through operating the fader and turning the knobs on the sound mixer.
      The instruments he invented are new media. They are sculptures full of hope, constellations full of brilliance and global positioning systems that venture into the known future.



      //Artspiration_Laughter/ The Homicidal Love song?

      “Gloomy is Sunday, with shadows I spend it all. My heart and I have decided to end it all. Soon there’ll be candles and prayers that are sad, I know.” In 1933, Hungarian pianist Rudolf Spitzer composed Gloomy Sunday. The depressing lyric is rumored to have triggered hundreds of people to suicide after listening to the song. Thus, the song is also known to be The Hungarian Suicide Song and was banned from the radio. Is art a medium to express or to instigate emotions? Is it good or bad?

      24/08/2016
    • / 3 / Art Space - An Artistic Platform - The Internet; Laughter; Stories - Yang Yeung (Sound Artist)

      / 3 / Art Space - An Artistic Platform - The Internet; Laughter; Stories - Yang Yeung (Sound Artist)

      //Artspiration_Space/ An Artistic Platform - The Internet

      The borderless Internet platform is a stage for rising artists. Both founders of the Facebook page Copybook and Sellwords are both youngsters. With the influence of the Internet, they share their literatures with the general public.

      Copybook is known for posting meaningful paragraphs from literatures, which cover a wide range of topics and can easily strike a chord with readers. As the existence of smartphones have become a distraction for many, Copybook founders Yat-ming Chan and Hong-kiu Cheng hope to increase people’s focus and concentration through promoting reading.

      Tsz-ching Wu, founder of Sellwords, enjoys finding touching lyrics from songs and writing them out with her unique calligraphy. Sometimes her works are free of charge. She would disclose her current location on the Internet and supporters could meet up with her to barter for the artworks. However, the chance of meeting up depends on luck.



      //Artspiration_Stories/ Yang Yeung (Sound Artist)

      A clothing bag takes on different shape according to the various objects placed inside of it. Similarly, sounds take on multiple styles according to their artists. Yang Yeung founded Soundpocket to promote the culture of listening in Hong Kong, and to support artists to create artworks with sounds. She invited overseas artists to host recording workshops for participants to learn to record, listen and share.

      There are many layers in each part of our lifestyle. Whether we are situated at a pier or in a tunnel, Yang believes that through dances, music, paintings and other performances, sounds can create a variety of probabilities in which people can discover a higher level of meaning.

      Since sounds are constantly traveling through the air, we should live in the moment and capture them. Yang founded The Library by Soundpocket to collect various sounds. There are recorders and listeners, thus it is a place where people with different fate can have their path crossed.

      17/08/2016
    • / 2 / Space-Street art in To Gwa Wan; Laughter-Face To Face; Stories-Lily Cheung (Dancer, Argentine Tango)

      / 2 / Space-Street art in To Gwa Wan; Laughter-Face To Face; Stories-Lily Cheung (Dancer, Argentine Tango)

      //Artspiration_Space/ Street art in To Gwa Wan

      Old urban areas are often surrounded with warm hospitality. Under the coordination of artist Ah Tong and social worker Siu Tin, the House of To Kwa Wan Stories opens this year. Following the Blue House, this is St. James’ Settlement’s second community art project to document the area’s history.

      The House gathers many locals, from housewives and the elderlies to children. They pass down arts like knitting scarfs and tuques, host photography competitions, record To Kwa Wan’s history, historical sites and old shops. Periodic tour groups, arts workshops, oral history collection, free puppet shows and musical performances are some of the events in the House. The idea is to store and pass down the history and traditions before the area is torn down and redeveloped.



      //Artspiration_Stories/ Lily Cheung (Dancer, Argentine Tango)

      Cheng Lai practices all kinds of dances since a young age. Passionate of Argentine Tango, she flew to Argentina with her husband to learn the art. To reach her dreams, Lai quit her job as an architect and entered the world of Argentine Tango.

      Argentine Tango consists of small steps and impromptu moves, suitable to express various feelings. There must be communication between the male and female dancers so that their moves can match. Trust and passion are two important aspects of the dance.

      Lai and her husband were winners of the 2011 Asian Tango Championship. They won again this year at the Beijing competition and represented Asia to compete in the World Tango Championship in Argentina. They achieved exceptional results and stood as the semi-finalists. Lai and her husband teach tango in Hong Kong and perform the world over to promote the dance.



      //Artspiration_Laughter/ Face To Face

      JR is an artists who incorporates his arts to spread peace in the world. She traveled to Israel and Palestine to take photographs of the locals. She then shared the photographs with people of the two countries. They could not tell apart which is which, and thought that the people in the photographs are their compatriots. The languages of the two countries are rather similar and many families have members in both land. JR wishes the Face 2 Face project puts a smile on their faces and encourages them to reflect on the meaning of war.

      Could the world be peaceful? JR believes so.

      10/08/2016
    • / 1 / Space-Taipei Railway Workshop ; Laughter-The Sounds from Heaven ; Stories-Cheng Lee

      / 1 / Space-Taipei Railway Workshop ; Laughter-The Sounds from Heaven ; Stories-Cheng Lee

      //Artspiration_Space/ Taipei Railway Workshop

      Space, be it tangible or intangible,
      Bears history, arts and culture,
      Bears stories

      Built in 1931, the Taipei Railway Workshop was completed and opened in 1935 as a facility to repair trains.  Some parts of the workshop, such as the first floor of the general office and the employee bathhouse, are listed as historical sites for the unique construction design during the Japanese occupation time. Upon being moved to Taoyuan in 2012, the original site has been deserted.

      Should it be torn down for reconstruction? Could it be another site for creative industries?
      Could it become a railway museum?
      The future of the Taipei Railway Workshop is yet to unfold.



      //Artspiration_Stories/ Cheng Lee (Comic Artist)

      Comic artist Cheng Lee is renowned for his works on kungfu stories. He has drawn comics for the famous novelist Jin Yong, and his comic series The Art of War was a hit in the Japanese market. His works are distinguished by his diverse drawing style, which ranges from sketches, watercolor, oil painting and ink painting. Cheng has experimented with various topics and creative media, such as picture books, stamps, print advertisements and wall drawings.

      Cheng’s recent works mostly reflect on himself, a creative expression that he enjoys.



      //Artspiration_Laughter/ The Sounds from Heaven

      Renowned Japanese musician and composer Masanori Takahashi, also known as Kitaro, has a legendary music career. In his early years, Kitaro learned to play the guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums and the synthesizer to mimic the sounds of instruments. Later, he learned to compose and traveled throughout Asia, during which he wrote several pieces including Ten Kai/Astral Voyage and Full Moon Story. Kitaro believes that creativity originates from nature and that he is merely a messenger to spread the sounds.

      In 1992, Kitaro took part in the prelude of Beyond’s Great Wall. He became good friends with Beyond’s main vocal and rhythm guitarist, Wong Ka Kui. After Wong Ka Kui passed away, Kitaro visits his grave every time he stops by Hong Kong.

      03/08/2016
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