監製:Diana Wan


    Augustine Mok Chiu-yu has been known for his social activism, and later his theatre work, since the late 1960s. In the 1970s he co-founded the influential anti-establishment “70s Biweekly” magazine. He’s long been involved in performance arts and even film, often creating works that focus on current political and social issues.
    More recently, he has also been focusing on creativity with people with disabilities.

    The 77-year old photographer Nobuyoshi Araki is one of Japan’s most influential and prolific artists. He has published over 350 books and thousands of pictures, many of which are highly sexual images of women. Many consider his photographs as erotic and even pornographic, even though earlier in his career, documenting his life with his wife, he took a much milder approach. Last month, Over the Influence gallery featured an exhibition curated by Hisako Motoo that featured over 70 photographs including 20 Polaroids and more than 50 works from Araki’s ‘Last by Leica’ series which he began in 2012.

    Locally born pianist Rachel Cheung may be just 25, but she has already made a name for herself and won many awards. Most recently she was a finalist and winner of the Audience Prize at the 2017 Van Cliburn Piano Competition. Like many classical musicians, she began young, starting to learn the piano at the age of four with the help of her piano teacher father. Graduating from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, with a First Class Honours in Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, she went on to study with Professor Peter Frankl at the Yale School of Music on full scholarships from Yale and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Scholarship.
    She’s in our studio talking to Ben Pelletier.

    聯絡: wanyt@rthk.hk


    • "Hi Hill" project in Chuen Lung Village & in our studio: guitarist Julia Lange

      Last year we featured the “Hi! Houses” project, a public art project organised by the Art Promotion Office. It involved local artists creating site-specific works in four historical Hong Kong buildings. This year, the project, under a slightly different name, is centred on a Hakka village in Tsuen Wan. “Hi! Hill” has invited 13 artists to Chuen Lung Village in Tsuen Wan to create art in relationship to our land.

      The 19-year-old German guitarist Julia Lange plays acoustic fingerstyle guitar, and sometimes combines both classical and contemporary music. She gave her first solo public concert at 15, has toured Chile with the Youth-Guitar-Orchestra of Baden-Württemberg, has been invited to perform in music festivals, and has also acquired an enthusiastic considerable following on social media. She plays renowned guitar classics, transcriptions of more contemporary songs, and her own compositions. Julia’s with us right now.

    • Vasily Shukshin in

      Vasily Shukshin in "Theatre of Nations", Chinese ink artists, art made from found objects & in the studio: violin & guitar duo

      Russia. Vasily Shukshin was born into a Siberian peasant background, but had become a much-loved name in the Soviet Union by the 1960s and early 1970s. One of Russian cinema’s leading figures, a film director and actor, he also wrote novels, plays, movie scripts and short stories. Last month, as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, a selection of those stories was featured in a three-hour stage production.

      In an 1971 essay, American art historian Linda Nochlin asked, "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” It was a pertinent question, and its asking had a galvanizing effect on feminist art history and feminist art theory. The topic of “women in art” will be taking centre stage during Hong Kong’s Art Month as the Asia Art Archive is organising a series of talks on the issue. Last week, to coincide with Women’s Day, Alisan Fine Art featured 11 Chinese women artists working in ink art at a charity exhibition called “Hope”.

      Hong Kong’s recycling rate for waste products is pretty low. A measly 1%. That’s bad news from the environment, but for one group of artists it has led to opportunity. At the Art Experience Gallery, five artists are incorporating discarded objects, domestic waste and rubbish into ceramics, sculptures, installations and paintings. The exhibition’s called: “Recover”.

      On Monday evening this week, two of Italy’s most accomplished musical performers, violinist Domenico Nordio and guitarist Massimo Scattolin gave a concert featuring the work of renowned 19th century players and composers – Niccolò Paganini and Mauro Giuliani. While Paganini’s known for his violin virtuosity and his pieces designed to exhibit it, he was also very interested in the guitar. Giuliani, his contemporary, was praised as a consummate guitarist who also composed for solo and accompanied guitar. Domenico Nordio and Massimo Scattolin are with me in the studio right now to tell us more about the two men and the repertoire for their instruments.

    • HK Arts Festival: Ballet Zurich's

      HK Arts Festival: Ballet Zurich's "Anna Karenina", Vox Clamantis from Estonia & Harbour Arts Sculpture Park

      March is upon us, and as usual for art lovers it’s a pretty hectic month. Towards the end of the month, in visual arts, we’ll be welcoming Art Basel, Art Central, the Asia Contemporary Art Show, and an array of other events organised by galleries and museums. Under way already, and with the focus on performing arts, is the 2018 Hong Kong Arts Festival. This year it includes more than 1,700 international and local artists, 130 performances, and more than 300 outreach and education activities. In today’s highlights from that festival we’re bringing you a dance programme from Zurich and a music programme from Estonia. The dance is a ballet version of Tolstoy’s classic Anna Karenina.
      The novel’s been turned into several films, TV series, and stage plays. Ballett Zürich opened this year’s Arts Festival with its two-and-a-half-hour production, choreographed by Artistic Director Christian Spuck.

      Keeping up with Hong Kong’s cultural activities every week isn’t always a walk in the park, but this week, for one story at least, it was exactly that: a walk in the park.
      The Hong Kong Arts Centre’s “Harbour Arts Sculpture Park” which is open until 11th April, features 21 works by 19 artists from seven countries. It includes sculptures by artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Tracey Emin, Jenny Holzer, Antony Gormley, Kacey Wong, Morgan Wong and more. You can touch or interact with many of them. But do keep your hands off of Kusama’s iconic pumpkin.

      The Estonian vocal ensemble, Vox Clamantis was founded by conductor Jaan-Eik Tulve in 1996. It’s known for its interpretation of Gregorian chant and medieval plainsong. But it’s also known for performing the more contemporary music of composer Arvo Part. Apart from two evening concerts in the Arts Festival that included Gregorian chant, Liszt, Poulenc, Messaien and Arvo Part, the ensemble also ventured outside the concert hall and into an art gallery, for a site-specific performance that brought together Arvo Part’s music and the paintings of Gerhard Richter.

    • "Century-old Dreams of a Fishing Village", Rene Magritte and in the studio: Vincy & the Prototyke

      Local theatre production by Theatre Horizon, “Century-old Dreams of a Fishing Harbour” recounts the history of Hong Kong through the eyes of a rather unusual protagonist, maybe not too far removed from a character in the movie “The Shape of Water”. It’s a trilogy. The first part was performed in 2014, the second in 2016, and the third - “The Awakening” - which tells the story from 1997 to 2017, opened last Wednesday.

      Certain iconic images can be immediately identified with certain artists. If I mention clouds, pipes, bowler hats and green apples you might immediately know I am referring to the work of the Belgian surrealist painter Renee Magritte. The exhibition “Renee Magritte: The Revealing Image – Photos and Films” included 132 original photographs and eight films created by the artist and his friends. His paintings weren’t here, but there were resized replicas of some, and the photos and films did reveal another side of the artist. The exhibition, at Artistree, ended on Monday but in case you missed it, here’s a chance to catch up.

      Keyboardist and singer-songwriter Vincy Chan is a non-binary trans musician, artist, and activist whose studies include jazz vocals and Ghanaian drumming. It’s no surprise then that Vincy is interested in crossing boundaries in music. In 2015 Vincy released a debut album “Porcelain Soul”. Last year, and earlier this month, Vincy and the Prototyke Lab performed in Freespace in the West Kowloon Cultural District. They’ve also taken part in a Freespace Mixtape that includes songs about displacement and the rights of sex workers. Vincy and the band are here with Ben right now.

    • Compilation of the best music performances & Chinese New Year song from our three presenters

      Compilation of the best music performances & Chinese New Year song from our three presenters

      That’s a Happy Lunar New Year from the three of us for this first episode of The Works and 藝坊星期天 in the Year of the Dog.

      Regular viewers will know that we have live music on our show pretty much every week. Today we’re featuring highlights from the distinguished musicians who came through our studio last year. You may have seen them on the show at the time, but we have something a little extra today as they all also performed something special for just this occasion. Last July, Hong Kong hosted the World Harp Congress for the first time. More than 800 harpists from 50 countries came to town. Among them was Chinese musician Gao Xiaotang, here performing the piece, “Pipa Language” on a very special harp.

      Thanks to its range and versatility, the piano is one of the most popular and versatile instruments in music. Over the years, many world-renowned pianists have passed through our studio. Last May, Venezuelan musician Gabriela Montero played us a piece by Schumann. But she also showed us another skill for which she’s celebrated: creating an instant improvisation on a given tune, this time on a Cantopop song 喜帖街 by Kay Tse.

      As Montero pointed out while talking to us, classical composers like Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Liszt were all themselves noted improvisers. Italian composer Ferruccio Busoni was also no slouch in terms of adapting the work of other composers into new forms. Among those whose music he transcribed were Liszt, Bach, Schubert and Mozart. Pianist Chiyan Wong, who was on our show in May, is also fascinated by transcriptions. He performed one of Busoni’s Mozart transcriptions for us.

      French composer Pierre Gabaye’s composed in the French neo-classical tradition. His music is light-hearted, chirpy and upbeat. Trumpeter Paul Archibald gave us a taster when he played one of Gabaye’s liveliest pieces, “Boutade”. And while we’re on the subject of light-hearted and lively music, the marimba instantly imparts energy to a piece, whether in solo performance, as part of small ensembles, or even with marching bands or orchestras. In December, percussionist Matthew Lau came to visit us. He played a piece by Steve Reich for us, but he also performed, for this week’s show, a piece by Argentinian composer, Julian Rulo.

      And to wrap up our musical extravaganza we’re bringing you a highlight from one of the many ensembles we’ve featured. Last April, we featured the Storioni Trio from the Netherlands playing part of Beethoven’s concerto for violin, cello and piano. But they also recorded another treat for us, an excerpt from from Dvorak’s Piano Trio No. 4. Well, that’s it from us for this Lunar New Year Special. Keep watching through the Year of the Dog for more of the best music in town.

    • Tribute to Jao Tsung-i, Lok Ga-chung's handprinted stamps & cellist Alexander Kniazev

      Tribute to Jao Tsung-i, Lok Ga-chung's handprinted stamps & cellist Alexander Kniazev

      It’s St Valentine’s Day, and later in the programme we’ll be featuring a Russian cellist Alexander Kniazev who on Sunday performed a recital with pianist Colleen Lee that featured music with a decidedly Romantic twist, from composers Brahms, Shostakovich and Franck.

      First though, and on a sadder note, distinguished scholar Jao Tsung-i died last Tuesday at the age of 100. Born in Guangdong, Jao was known for his erudition in Chinese culture, particularly its ancient history, oracle bone inscriptions and Chu Ci – an anthology of Chinese poetry also known as “Poetry of the South”. He and Ji Xianlin, who died in 2009, have long been considered considered China’s two greatest sinologists. Throughout his life, Jao produced around a thousand scholarly articles, over a hundred books, calligraphy and paintings. He also composed for the guqin. Since coming to Hong Kong in 1949, he taught at the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University, and other international tertiary institutions. His last major public appearance was at an exhibition in Beijing that featured 126 of his lotus flower paintings, a symbol of his feelings for Hong Kong.

      Stamp lover Lok Ka-chung doesn’t just collect stamps. He also likes to paint on the envelopes to which they are stuck. Over the years, he’s painted more than 10,000 such images. His subjects range from the historic to the contemporary, and include major events, architecture, and scenes from everyday Hong Kong life.

      In 1999, cellist and organist Alexander Kniazev was named best musician of the year in Russia. That’s just one of many musical plaudits he’s received. He’s also won prizes at numerous international music competitions including the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Cassado Competition in Florence. Other than performing as a soloist with world renowned conductors and in prestigious halls, he also performs with smaller ensembles. At Sha Tin last Sunday, in keeping with Valentine’s Day week, he gave a one-night recital of romantic music by Brahms, Shostakovich and Franck with pianist Colleen Lee.

    • The art of the body, Robert Indiana in HK & in the studio: singer-songwriter Heidi Li

      The art of the body, Robert Indiana in HK & in the studio: singer-songwriter Heidi Li

      You can find representations of the naked human body in art all the way back to prehistoric times and the Venus of Willendorf. The body, often idealised, has been a source of inspiration and creative expression in all cultures. But many societies do seem to be heading towards a new prudishness. Some have never left it behind.

      Even people who don’t know American artist Robert Indiana by name probably know one of his sculptures: the LOVE sculpture and pop art images of it. A self- proclaimed “American painter of signs” Indiana has played an important role in the development of assemblage art, hard-edge painting and Pop art since the 1960s. On show at the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre till mid-July, “LOVE Long: Robert Indiana and Asia” is the first major exhibition of his work in Hong Kong.

      Singer-songwriter Heidi Li says that under the influence of her parents she grew up against a background of Chinese opera. Instead of going down that path though, she ventured into NeoSoul, pop and jazz music. She’s lived in Canada, Britain, and France, but for the past eight years she’s been settled in Italy.
      She’s with me right now to talk about her new EP, “Third Culture Kid”.

    • HK Indepedent Film Festival 2018, artist Lu Song & in the studio: piano & clarinet duo from The Timecrafters

      HK Indepedent Film Festival 2018, artist Lu Song & in the studio: piano & clarinet duo from The Timecrafters

      The Golden Globes, the Critics’ Choice Awards, and – coming soon – the Oscars. It’s definitely movie award season in the United States. Local cinemas are currently showing some of the Oscar-nominated films if you want to catch up. But if your taste runs more to regional independent productions, you might want to turn your attention to the Hong Kong Independent Film Festival, which is running until Sunday and is featuring more than 20 films from Hong Kong, Japan and Cambodia.

      After graduating from the Wimbledon College of Art in London in 2006, Lu Song returned to Beijing where he now lives and paints idealised landscapes strongly influenced by the work of German Romantic painters. At the Massimo De Carlo Hong Kong gallery until mid-March, the exhibition “Combe” features a series of paintings that highlight green leaves, glimpses of jungle foliage, water and flowers, not real landscapes but imaginary scenes from daydreams.

      According to cellist Wong Ka-lap, a founder member of the chamber ensemble The Timecrafters, the idea for the name came from the fact that Hongkongers lead such hectic lives. Because of that, he believes, the group should make any time people spend listening to them time well spent, and the performers – naturally - have a duty to craft the best musical experience they can. The ensemble wants to inject new life into the classical repertoire and they’ll be doing that during the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Two of its members are with us right now: pianist Rod Yu and clarinetist Linus Fung.

    • Chu Hing-wah's

      Chu Hing-wah's "Living in Compassion", Huang Yongping & Shen Yuan 's HK Foot & guitarist Hahn Rowe

      Hong Kong painter Chu Hing-wah focuses on people, their everyday lives, and the environment around them. For most of his working life he was a psychiatric nurse, a profession which he credits with allowing him to approach people with a sense of humility, humanity and familiarity. The exhibition “Living in Compassion: The Art of Chu Hing-wah”, which ended on January 20th at Hanart TZ Gallery, was a major retrospective of his work.

      Avant-garde artist Huang Yongping has been considered one of the most controversial and provocative Chinese artists since the 1980s. In 1986, he and a group of friends formed the radical art group, “Xiamen Dada”. Since one 1989 exhibition in Paris, Huang has been based in France. Four new works by Huang and artist Shen Yuan are currently on show at Tang Contemporary Art, in the exhibition “Hong Kong Foot”. According to Huang “what we most associate with Hong Kong is the infection ‘Hong Kong foot’. Hong Kong’s greatest weapon is giving the events or things it infects Hong Kong’s characteristics.” Both artists created the pieces specifically for this exhibition.

      Hahn Rowe is a violinist, a guitarist, a composer, a recording engineer, and a producer. Based in New York, he has been involved in a wide range of projects and performed with musicians such as R.E.M., David Byrne, Moby, Glenn Branca and Swans. He has also engineered and produced recordings with Antony and the Johnsons, Yoko Ono, and Bill Laswell, among others. More recently, he’s been focused on creating scores for theatre and dance works. Last week, he came to Hong Kong to work with three local musicians. While he was here he came to our studio with two of them, Jonathan Yang and Narbi.

    • Kingsley Ng's After the Deluge, Hebru Brantley's

      Kingsley Ng's After the Deluge, Hebru Brantley's "Flyboy" & in the studio: The Majestic G

      Water has often been an issue for Hong Kong. We’ve had water rationing. We have to buy much of it from the mainland. We’ve built desalination plants that proved largely uneconomical to ensure we have enough to drink. And yet, at other times, thanks to rainstorms and typhoons, we have just too much of the stuff. After severe floods in Mong Kok in 1997 and 1998, the government constructed a massive underground stormwater storage tank at Tai Hang Tung to drain some of that excess water away. Until the end of this month, the 100,000 cubic metre underground storage tank, Hong Kong’s first, has become a venue for an art installation.

      Street artist Hebru Brantley creates characters that tell stories around themes such as nostalgia, the psyche, power and hope. He’s influenced by the AfriCOBRA movement, a collective of African American visual artists that came together in Chicago in 1968 to explore and define the black visual aesthetic. Brantley uses murals and graffiti to explore his own experiences, and paints with an array of media ranging from oils, acrylic paints, watercolours and spray paints to coffee and tea. His character, “Fly Boy” is currently featured in a pop-up exhibition “Lord of the Flys” in La Galerie.

      麟角樂團, the Chinese name of the seven-piece band, the Majestic G, refers to the horn of the qilin, a mythical Chinese beast that is believed to appear to herald the arrival of a particularly benevolent leader or wise scholar. Band leader CM Groovy says his aim with the band was to bring together a group of individuals to create something larger than the sum of its parts. Not only does its name refer to a mythical beast, the band, which plays funk music, is unusual in incorporating a traditional Chinese woodwind instrument, the suona, often used in Taoist funeral processions. Other somewhat less unusual elements include trombone, bass guitar, electric guitar, drums, keyboard and vocals. Majestic G is here with Billy from our sister programme藝坊星期天.