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    監製:Diana Wan

    13/02/2019

    We take a trip to Taiwan. Many people familiar with modern and contemporary art from Taiwan have come to know it from the Taipei Biennial, the precursors of which were two Taipei Fine Arts Museum exhibition projects held in alternating years from 1984 which were later consolidated. Now Taiwan’s contemporary art has a new major art showcase, Taipei Dangdai, which was held in Taipei last month. Our producer, Yuki Wong went there to find out more.

    Canadian pianist Scott MacIsaac studied music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and went on to study to become a Master of Music at Yale University. A winner of numerous awards in many competitions, he has performed as a soloist in North America, Asia and Western Europe. The New York Times calls him a pianist with “brio and imagination” and La Presse lauds his playing for its “speed, clarity, breath and musicality.” He was in Hong Kong during the Lunar New Year holidays to visit his grandfather. We took the chance to speak to him.


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    • Artist Yeung Tong-lung, Lui Shou-kwan 100th anniversary & gentrification in Shum Shui Po

      Artist Yeung Tong-lung, Lui Shou-kwan 100th anniversary & gentrification in Shum Shui Po

      Painter Yeung Tong-lung was born in Fujian. He was brought to Hong Kong by his family at the tail end of the Cultural Revolution in 1973, when Yeung was 17. He’d liked drawing since he was a child, but it was not an aspiration that met with approval during that tumultuous era. Today, a self-taught painter, whose large-scale figurative paintings depict Hong Kong’s everyday life, he continues to make art in what’s still a sometimes difficult environment.

      Lui Shou-kwan was one of the driving forces behind Hong Kong’s ink movement. He was born in 1919 in Guangdong, but Hong Kong was his home from 1948 until his death in 1975. His abstract, individualistic and westernised approach to the traditional art form earned him the title “The Father of New Ink”. To celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Lui’s birth this year, Alisan Fine Arts gallery is presenting an exhibition of 22 of his works, painted from 1957-1975. The exhibition runs until 16th May.

      It happens in cities all over the world: an area lags behind in development and houses the not so well-off members of society. Later students, young couples and maybe artists looking for somewhere they can afford to live, move in. Businesses follow them. And suddenly the poor who once made up the neighbourhood can barely afford to live there themselves. The process is called gentrification. In Hong Kong it’s accelerated by urban renewal projects and rapacious real estate developers.

      The role of art and artists as agents and cause of gentrification is increasingly debated. As the saying goes: “first come the artists, then come the hipsters”. Sham Shui Po is one traditionally working class neighbourhood that’s undergone big changes in recent years.

      17/04/2019
    • Art Basel & Art Central, Claylaboration & Sprüth Magers's Eau de Cologne

      Art Basel & Art Central, Claylaboration & Sprüth Magers's Eau de Cologne

      Art lovers from Hong Kong, Asia, and indeed all around the world, are spoilt for choice during Art March – a month packed with art fairs, exhibitions, auctions, festivals and plenty of other exciting events. With so much work on show, there’s a danger of even the most devoted art lover getting fatigued or simply running out of time to see them all. But don’t worry, in the coming weeks we’ll continue to bring you some of the art you might have missed. First, we’re looking at two of th.e biggest events: Art Basel and Art Central.

      As its name suggests, the exhibition “Claylaboration” involves both clay and collaboration, involving eight artists who work in ceramics working in partnership with artists from other disciplines. “Claylaboration” is on show at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum until April 15th. One of the participating ceramic artists is Yokky Wong, who decided to recreate a working space that brings back many emotional memories for her.

      The New York-based gallery Lévy Gorvy is the latest international gallery to set up an outpost in Hong Kong. It opened its new 2,500-square-foot space, its first in Asia, at the end of last month, during the Art Basel week. Also testing here is the Sprüth Magers gallery founded in Cologne in 1983 by Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers. It has produced a series of magazines and a series of exhibitions called, “Eau de Cologne” centered on issues of art, feminism and power. The first “Eau de Cologne” in 1985 featured five female artists. Sprüth Magers brought this project and its first Hong Kong exhibition here during Art Basel week, with a pop-up exhibition at H Queen’s. It ends on April 12th.

      10/04/2019
    • Geoff Sobelle's

      Geoff Sobelle's "Home", Juan Ford's "Blank" & in the studio: Kiri T

      Theatre artist Geoff Sobelle says he’s dedicated to the “sublime ridiculous”. His stage works have been described as using “illusion, film and out-dated mechanics” to create poetic pieces that talk about humanity. At this year’s Hong Kong Arts Festival Sobelle and his company built an entire house on an empty stage to show what it means to make a house a home in the production: “Home”

      Juan Ford’s paintings are hyperrealist in style, although the things they represent may not actually exist. In his works, Ford explores nature, science, metaphysics and trompe-l’oeil. His first solo exhibition in Hong Kong is on show at Galerie du Monde until the 20th of this month. The exhibition’s called “Blank” and in most of the works, the colour white dominates. A major concern is man’s relationship with his environment, and the threats our technology pose to that environment and, ultimately, our own existence.

      This month, singer-songwriter Kiri T is releasing her debut album, “Golden Kiri”. The songs examine personal experiences of love including romantic love, and relationships with family, friends and her own inner self. She says the opening track of the album is inspired by an episode of a Netflix series, “Black Mirror”. She’s here to tell us more.

      03/04/2019
    • Bristol Old Vic's

      Bristol Old Vic's "Touching the Void", Para Site's "Opera for Animals" & in the studio: Joey from "War Horse"

      We’re looking at two productions directed by Tony Award-winner Tom Morris. Staged by Bristol Old Vic, “Touching the Void” is the story of a 1985 attempt by Joe Simpson and Simon Yates to climb the 6,344-metre Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes that went badly wrong. The events are recounted in a book and a film of the same name, and now in the theatre.

      Hong Kong’s Art March builds up to a grand finale as Art Central opens today and Art Basel opens to the public this Thursday. And there’ll be plenty of complementary events, exhibitions, auctions, and art and film festivals going on. We’ll bring you some of those exciting events in the coming few weeks. Today, we’re taking you to see a large-scale group exhibition at Para Site: “An Opera for Animals”. Curated by Cosmin Costinas, the exhibition highlights the relationship between histories and modernity, colonialism, classical opera, human beings and animals.

      Based on Michael Morpurgo’s popular novel, and adapted by Nick Stafford, in 2007 “War Horse” premiered on stage. Morpurgo himself thought, in his own words, “they must be mad” even to try. The Olivier and Tony Award-winning production that’s appeared in the West End and on Broadway is directed by Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris. Against the backdrop of the First World War, it tells the story of a young boy called Albert and the close bond he has with his horse Joey. Among the play’s most commented-on elements is the puppetry of the life-size horse. And without further ado, here is Joey.

      27/03/2019
    • Robert Lepage

      Robert Lepage "887", Heyse Ip's photographic work & in the studio: poet & singer-songwriter Deborah Mannas

      Robert Lepage is a playwright, film director, stage director and actor. He’s also the founder of the multidisciplinary company Ex Machina, conceived as a laboratory and incubator for performing arts, dance, opera, music, filmmaking, video art and multimedia. As part of this year’s Hong Kong Arts Festival, Lepage examined the process of memory and his own past in the autobiographical production: “887”.

      Heyse Ip is a Hong Kong-born artist, currently living and working in London, who is interested in finding new ways to approach photography. Among other experiments, he has used everyday objects such as kitchen gloves, painting his hands with light absorbent materials to create his works through a pinhole camera. At Lumenvisum at JCCAC until the end of this month, Ip is showcasing and documenting his unconventional approaches to the photographic art form.

      Coming from an Anglo-Indian background, poet and singer-songwriter Deborah Mannas says “she grew up in traditional India but in an untraditional family.”
      She adds that in her family “no topic was taboo and debates on social issues and injustices were normal family life.” Having studied psychology, she likes to bring her interest in human behaviour into her song-writing. Last year, she joined forced with musical director AgnesQ and the neo-Soul and funk band, Soul Sessions to produce her solo album, “Inspired”. The team is now working on a second album, planned for release this June. They are here to tell us more.

      20/03/2019
    • Artist & curator Ivy Ma, Sarah Crowner's abstract forms & in the studio: Winter Bagels

      Artist & curator Ivy Ma, Sarah Crowner's abstract forms & in the studio: Winter Bagels

      Hello and welcome to The Works, I’m Ben Tse, on my own this week as Ben Pelletier is off on his travels. Later in the show, Kaki and Cup, the two musicians who make up the local acoustic-pop duo Winter Bagels, are here to play for us. But first, mixed media artist Ivy Ma not only focuses on her own artistic creation, she also teaches and curates.
      In January, she curated “By the Window” an exhibition showcasing the works of nine Hong Kong artists that explores the idea that a painting can be a window between the artist and the audience.

      American artist, Sarah Crowner is known for her bold and colourful paintings and tile works often consisting of abstract forms. She says she draws inspiration from architecture, nature, art and design. One technique she uses in her “stitched paintings” involves sewing painted canvas panels together with an industrial sewing machine. Until the 20th of this month, the Simon Lee Gallery is presenting her first solo exhibition in Asia, “Paintings for the Stage”.

      The members of acoustic-pop duo “Winter Bagels”, Kaki and Cup met in a guitar class in 2012. Quickly discovering a shared love of writing original songs, they formed the band in 2016. Then they went busking for a month in Eastern Europe. Kaki and Cup say the trip inspired them not only musically, but also personally. They are here with Billy Lee of our sister programme 藝坊星期天 to tell us more.

      13/03/2019
    • Taiwan heavy metal band Chthonic: Freddy Lim & in the studio: cellist Austin Lam & Artem Konstantinov

      Taiwan heavy metal band Chthonic: Freddy Lim & in the studio: cellist Austin Lam & Artem Konstantinov

      We’re going to start by bringing you the last of our new series of reports from Taiwan. The Taiwanese heavy metal band Chthonic made the news in a manner they may not have swished last December when Hong Kong denied their lead singer Freddy Lim’s entry to the SAR to take part in a concert due to his “lack of special skills”.
      Not so coincidentally perhaps, he is also a lawmaker and the founder of Taiwan’s New Power Party.

      After meeting Artem Konstandinov, principal cellist of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, while taking part in a competition, Austin Lam began studying with him at the age of five. He has also studied composition in the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts Junior Programme. Despite being only eleven years old this month, Austin has already received several international prizes. Austin and Artem are here to tell us more.

      06/03/2019
    • Interview with photographer Gijsbert Hanekroot, amibent group Cigarette After Sex & conductor Marin Alsop

      Interview with photographer Gijsbert Hanekroot, amibent group Cigarette After Sex & conductor Marin Alsop

      We’re devoting part one to rock and pop music, and we’re beginning with the work of a photographer from the Netherlands known for his images of rock, pop, and jazz musicians. Gijsbert Hanekroot says the first shot of a musician he remembers taking was in 1963. It showed jazz great John Coltrane holding his tenor saxophone and waiting to go on stage. In the years since, Gijsbert has photographed many of the great popular musicians of our time.

      Singer-songwriter Greg Gonzalez recorded the songs for Cigarettes After Sex’s widely popular EP, “I” in a four-storey stairway at his alma mater, the University of Texas at El Paso. Gonzalez described the experience as “basically an accident; kind of an experiment”. Since he began with Cigarettes After Sex in 2008, collaborators have come and gone, coalescing into the band’s present line-up. Gonzales refers to their laid-back music as “ambient pop”, and they brought their relaxed and nostalgic sound to Hong Kong for Clockenflap last November. We caught up with them while they are here.

      This year’s Hong Kong Arts Festival features over 1,700 artists in 166 performances. The festival’s concert series opened last Thursday with Marin Alsop conducting the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. Alsop is a trailblazer in the orchestral and classical scene. She is the first woman to have conducted the Last Night of the BBC Proms, and the first female artistic director of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Born in New York, Alsop decided she wanted to be a conductor at the age of nine. Somewhat later, she went on to study under Leonard Bernstein. She’s a strong believer in outreach programmes for young people, so apart from conducting the two concerts with the full orchestra in Hong Kong, she took some time out to mentor young music students. Just before those events, we went to talk to her.

      27/02/2019
    • The Works in Taiwan II: Taipei Biennial, Re-base & Ink Now, in the studio: zheng player Bou Kwan-ying

      The Works in Taiwan II: Taipei Biennial, Re-base & Ink Now, in the studio: zheng player Bou Kwan-ying

      We’re beginning by continuing our trip to Taiwan. Last week, we introduced the first edition of Taipei Dangdai, a contemporary art fair that aims primarily to appeal to the Taiwanese market but that’s inevitably brought a lot of international attention to the island’ art scene and art collectors. Other than art fair like Taipei Dangdai that focuses on the art market, Taiwan is also full of creative entities that reflect the socio-political situations of the country.

      The Himalayan region is known as the “roof of the world”. It is home to Tibetans, Nepalese, Bhutanese, Gurkhas and the Ladakh people. They are connected not only by the area’s unique landscape but also by similar religious beliefs. On show at the art museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Institute of Chinese Studies, “Jewels of Transcendence: Himalayan and Mongolian Treasures” showcases more than 400 exquisite ornaments and religious objects, from the 13th through 20th centuries, that come from the Mongolian and Himalayan regions.

      20/02/2019
    • The Works in Taiwan I: Taipei Dangdai & in our studio: pianist Scott MacIsaac

      The Works in Taiwan I: Taipei Dangdai & in our studio: pianist Scott MacIsaac

      We take a trip to Taiwan. Many people familiar with modern and contemporary art from Taiwan have come to know it from the Taipei Biennial, the precursors of which were two Taipei Fine Arts Museum exhibition projects held in alternating years from 1984 which were later consolidated. Now Taiwan’s contemporary art has a new major art showcase, Taipei Dangdai, which was held in Taipei last month. Our producer, Yuki Wong went there to find out more.

      Canadian pianist Scott MacIsaac studied music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and went on to study to become a Master of Music at Yale University. A winner of numerous awards in many competitions, he has performed as a soloist in North America, Asia and Western Europe. The New York Times calls him a pianist with “brio and imagination” and La Presse lauds his playing for its “speed, clarity, breath and musicality.” He was in Hong Kong during the Lunar New Year holidays to visit his grandfather. We took the chance to speak to him.

      13/02/2019