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    監製:Diana Wan

    03/07/2019

    Prepare yourselves. Because later in the show we’ll be welcoming The Prophetic Horns to the studio. And in case you wonder what The Prophetic Horns is, or are, it’s a Paris-based combination of three supercharged wind instrumentalists and a DJ. They’ll be talking to us about how they like to mash up horn solos with original mixes and remixes. First though, and also with a Paris connection, we’re looking at the work of photographer Willy Ronis whose black and white images of the French capital are so renowned they’re now part of the city’s iconography. Along with Robert Doisneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Sabine Weiss, Ronis is often said to be one of the last representatives of French humanist school of photography. A member of the Communist Party for 20 years, he liked to turn his lens on society’s less well-off people and neighbourhoods. “As a man and as a photographer,” he once said, “I will die with my heart firmly on the left.” He also like capturing images of lovers, about which he said: “What a cliché, but why deprive yourself of pleasure?”

    Art publications, including research and archival materials, exhibition catalogues, books about art, and more, form an integral part of the art ecology. For artists, books can be works of art and a medium of artistic expression themselves. Earlier this year, Tai Kwun Contemporary presented a book fair called “Booked” that focused on the interplay of art and publications.

    The Prophetic Horns are three guys from Paris who play a trumpet, a saxophone, and a trombone, working with a fourth who operates a turntable.
    The group fuses electro, jazz, funk and dance music into original mixes, remixes, and customised arrangements. They were in Hong Kong a few months ago to give an outdoor performance for Le French May. Before flying back to their home in France, they came to our studio for a chat.


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    • Tze Shan Monastery, German-French sculptor Arp & in the studio: dorma player Ekaterina Machalova

      Tze Shan Monastery, German-French sculptor Arp & in the studio: dorma player Ekaterina Machalova

      Any time Tung Tsz in Tai Po is in your line of sight, it’s hard to miss seeing a giant Guan Yin, Goddess of Mercy standing in the mountains. It’s the world’s largest Guan Yin statue and a major attraction at the Tsz Shan Monastery. The compound provides visitors with a tranquil and uncontaminated sanctuary for spiritual purification and has several halls and an art museum. Members of the public can visit for free after registering.

      Hans Arp, better known as Jean Arp was a German-French sculptor, painter, poet, and abstract artist associated with Surrealism, the Dada movement and the 20th century avant-garde. Today he’s perhaps best known for his smooth-surfaced and sensuous abstract sculptures. On show at Hauser & Wirth till the beginning of November, “Arp: Master of 20th Century Sculpture” is the first solo exhibition of Arp’s works in China. It includes 28 works, including woodcuts, cardboard collages, drawings, wood reliefs, and – of course - sculptures.

      Ekaterina Machalova was born in Baranovichi in Belarus. She began playing two lute instruments, the mandolin and the domra, at the age of six. Not only has she won prizes in as many as twenty international Russian competitions and festivals, she has also premiered a number of new compositions for the two instruments. She’s in Hong Kong to give a concert at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and she’s here to tell us more.

      16/10/2019
    • HK artists Luke Ching x South Ho on the current protests, Leonardo da Vinci@City U & in the studio: percussion duo Remix

      HK artists Luke Ching x South Ho on the current protests, Leonardo da Vinci@City U & in the studio: percussion duo Remix

      Two weeks ago, we examined the outburst of creativity that’s appeared in response to Hong Kong’s ongoing extradition bill protests. Streets, walls and public areas have become not only venues but also canvasses for protesters to put their political messages across. The works of artists Luke Ching and South Ho often reflect Hong Kong’s socio-political realities. Most of the pieces in “Liquefied Sunshine/Force Majeure”, a dual solo exhibition by Ching and Ho at the Blindspot Gallery, were completed before the current wave of turmoil hit the streets, but they nevertheless do seem to reflect what’s happening right now.

      As a Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci is believed it was an individual’s goal to reach the fullest potential in life. For him, science and art weren’t opposites. He was a scientist, painter, architect, inventor, engineer, mathematician and artist. On show at the City University of Hong Kong Exhibition Gallery are 12 of Leonardo’s original drawings.
      The drawings are accompanied by five machines modelled on Leonardo’s designs, and by works by a group of contemporary artists that reflect the master’s legacy.

      Two weeks ago, we introduced an upcoming concert, “Now, 30” curated by pianist Wong Ka-jeng. He brought the trio Smash to our studio and played us a piece that fused Beethoven with the UK rock band, Queen. That concert is on 20th October at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. It also includes a group of young musicians performing classical pieces and new works. Among them, are Raymond Vong and Emily Cheng, working as a percussion duo known as Re.MIX. They are here with us now.

      09/10/2019
    • Ink artist Irene Chou, Yin Xiuzhen x Louise Nevelson & in the studio: percussionist Matthew Lau

      Ink artist Irene Chou, Yin Xiuzhen x Louise Nevelson & in the studio: percussionist Matthew Lau

      Lui Shou-Kwan was one of the pivotal figures in Hong Kong’s New Ink Painting Movement, which took traditional Chinese ink art in a new and exciting direction by incorporating ideas from Western Expressionism, and Western Conceptual and Abstract art. Among the many artists on whom Lui had a significant influence was Irene Chou, whose work is currently being presented in a solo exhibition as part of its celebration of Chinese female artists by the Asia Society Hong Kong.

      From East meeting West in ink art, we’re turning to East meeting West in installation art. At the Pace Gallery, works by two artists from different times and different cultural backgrounds are on show side by side. Leading Abstract Expressionist Louise Nevelson was one of the pioneers of site-specific installations. She is known for her monumental chromatic large-scale sculptures. Chinese artist, Yin Xiuzhen’s colourful works create a different kind of conversation.

      Percussionist Matthew Lau is no stranger to The Works. Often performing on the vibraphone and marimba, Matthew has a strong interest in contemporary percussion music.
      In his upcoming solo concert, he’s focusing on expanding the repertoire by incorporating electronics and technologies. He’s even commissioned some new works for it. He’s here to tell us more.

      02/10/2019
    • The cultural meanings behind the art that's sprung up in the Extradition Bill protests & in the studio: Smash

      The cultural meanings behind the art that's sprung up in the Extradition Bill protests & in the studio: Smash

      Hello and welcome to a new series of The Works. It’s been a long, hot, and tension-inducing summer. For more than three months, Hong Kong has been gripped by the extradition law protests. The young people taking part have been mobilising through social media, online forums, and messaging apps. “Be Water” is their motto, and their activities have been fluid, leaderless, and open source. That fluidity and creativity has also extended to the means they use to get their messages across.

      As the Chinese idiom goes, “independent at thirty”. Turning 30 is seen as a new life stage for many people. “Now, 30” is the title of a concert that’s coming up in October in which a group of musicians will be coming together to present an evening of classical music and original compositions. They include pianists Wong Wai-yin and twin sisters Chau Lok-ping and Chau Lok-ting, double bassist Chan Chun, and percussionists Raymond Vong and Emily Cheng.
      Also taking part are the members of the Smash trio. They’re here to tell us more.

      25/09/2019
    • Venice Biennale IV, Raimund Girke & Dimitris Papaioannou's The Great Tamer

      Venice Biennale IV, Raimund Girke & Dimitris Papaioannou's The Great Tamer

      Over the past month, we’ve visited Venice a few times to take a look at Hong Kong’s contribution and at the work in several national pavilions at the 58th Venice Biennale. These official exhibitions take over the city until November, but they are not the only things going on over the next few months. Here are some of the other attractions we found while we were there.

      The late Raimund Girke was an artist from Germany whose monochrome paintings and works are inspired by the Chinese sage Laozi. The title of Girke’s third solo exhibition at the Axel Vervoordt Gallery, “The Silent Balance”, is taken from the Laozi phrase: “Countless words count less than the silent balance of yin and yang.” White is the central colour in Girke’s work, providing a motif, a guideline, and both foreground and background. Any other colours, often muted, have to strike a silent balance with the white.

      Choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou is at the centre of the Greek theatrical avant-garde. After studying fine arts under Dimitris Mytaras, he attracted attention as a visual artist, illustrator and comic book creator. He went on to stage performance, including directing the opening ceremony of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, which gained him considerable international attention. After three decades of creating stage works, last year he produced a full-evening work for Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch, the first choreographer to do so since Bausch’s death in 2009. Three weeks ago, he came to Hong Kong for the first time, with his earlier production, The Great Tamer.

      Well that’s it from us for this season. Time for The Works to take its annual summer break. But we’ll be back in the autumn. Until then, whether you simply enjoy the creative works of others, or create your own, have a great summer. See you soon.

      10/07/2019
    • Photographer Willy Ronis, art book fair: Booked & in the studio: The Prophetic Horns

      Photographer Willy Ronis, art book fair: Booked & in the studio: The Prophetic Horns

      Prepare yourselves. Because later in the show we’ll be welcoming The Prophetic Horns to the studio. And in case you wonder what The Prophetic Horns is, or are, it’s a Paris-based combination of three supercharged wind instrumentalists and a DJ. They’ll be talking to us about how they like to mash up horn solos with original mixes and remixes. First though, and also with a Paris connection, we’re looking at the work of photographer Willy Ronis whose black and white images of the French capital are so renowned they’re now part of the city’s iconography. Along with Robert Doisneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Sabine Weiss, Ronis is often said to be one of the last representatives of French humanist school of photography. A member of the Communist Party for 20 years, he liked to turn his lens on society’s less well-off people and neighbourhoods. “As a man and as a photographer,” he once said, “I will die with my heart firmly on the left.” He also like capturing images of lovers, about which he said: “What a cliché, but why deprive yourself of pleasure?”

      Art publications, including research and archival materials, exhibition catalogues, books about art, and more, form an integral part of the art ecology. For artists, books can be works of art and a medium of artistic expression themselves. Earlier this year, Tai Kwun Contemporary presented a book fair called “Booked” that focused on the interplay of art and publications.

      The Prophetic Horns are three guys from Paris who play a trumpet, a saxophone, and a trombone, working with a fourth who operates a turntable.
      The group fuses electro, jazz, funk and dance music into original mixes, remixes, and customised arrangements. They were in Hong Kong a few months ago to give an outdoor performance for Le French May. Before flying back to their home in France, they came to our studio for a chat.

      03/07/2019
    • British Museum's

      British Museum's "A History of the World in 100 Objects", artist Devin Troy Strother & in the studio: pianist & conductor, Philippe Entremont

      The things we use and the things we make reflect who we are. And they have done so through history and prehistory. In 2010 the BBC debuted a series of 100 programmes called “A History of the World in 100 Objects” in collaboration with the British Museum, based on the objects in its vast collection.
      Now you can see an exhibition based on that project in Hong Kong.

      The work of Devin Troy Strother incorporates a variety of media and includes mixed-media pieces, sculpture and installations. He takes his inspiration from movies, television, stand-up comedy and artists such as Marcel Duchamp and Henri Matisse. As an African American, Strother says he wants to be the art world’s Michael Jordan, someone who surpasses identity and race to simply become the best at what he does. Strother was in Hong Kong last month for his exhibition based on basketball motifs at the Over the Influence gallery.

      Pianist and conductor Philippe Entremont was born in Reims in 1934. His parents, both musicians themselves, initially planned for him to study violin, but – he says – he was a bit lazy and quickly realised that at least at the piano you got the chance to sit down. The rest is musical history.
      His Carnegie Hall debut at 18 brought him massive public attention. In the years since, he’s become one of the most recorded music artists in history, not only as a pianist but also as a conductor. His recordings of piano concertos have recently been reissued in a 19 CD box-set. At 85 this month, Philippe Entremont can look back on a career that would humble anyone else, he says he’s not content to rest on his laurels. He’d rather focus on the present and the future. This week he’s in Hong Kong performing with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong for Le French May. And we’re delighted that he’s found time to come talk to us on The Works.

      26/06/2019
    • Venice Biennale 2019: 58th International Art Exhibition

      Venice Biennale 2019: 58th International Art Exhibition

      The ripples of Hong Kong’s protests against the government’s proposed extradition bill, even spread as far as the Venice Biennale last week. The Hong Kong pavilion and its exhibition that we featured in last week’s show was closed last Wednesday in response to local calls for a strike. Here in Hong Kong, around 100 galleries and art organisations also closed their doors. The Hong Kong government has withdrawn the bill, but that didn’t stop record crowds from marching in protest against the government and the police handling of the issue last week. All of this makes the theme of the 58th Venice Biennale, “May You Live in Interesting Times”, one that has particular significance for Hong Kong right now.

      19/06/2019
    • Venice Biennale I: HK Pavilion, Cheng Ting Ting's

      Venice Biennale I: HK Pavilion, Cheng Ting Ting's "Recipient Absent" & in the studio: Rendezvous Quartet

      The Works features news and reviews of visual and performing arts, design, literary and other “ works ” .

      Added illumination comes from interviews with leading performers and producers, interspersed with updates on events affecting the development of the territory 's artistic and cultural life. There's also in – most weeks – a live studio performance.

      12/06/2019
    • 4th June: Diminishing creative space & in the studio: Wuji Ensemble x Mo-Men-T

      4th June: Diminishing creative space & in the studio: Wuji Ensemble x Mo-Men-T

      In mainland China even the words “June 4th” are sensitive pretty much all the time. They are even more taboo every year as the date nears, and even more so this year as it’s the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. Although the candles can still be lit here in Hong Kong in Victoria Park, the organisers of the vigil, who also run the June 4th museum, say it’s getting harder every year. Last November, the Chinese political cartoonist Badiucao had an exhibition in Hong Kong cancelled after threats from the Chinese authorities. Six months later, he’s set to appear in a documentary about his art in the context of the event’s 30th anniversary. The hour-long film “China’s Artful Dissident” will be broadcast in Australia on June 4th. The film details how he was inspired by Tank Man, the individual who stood in front of the tanks in defiance. Here in Hong Kong, artists and art organisations who do work related to June 4th or indeed any political art, say they are also finding it increasingly hard to find spaces in which to present that work.

      What kind of sound would you expect to get if you combined a pipa, a double bass, electric guitar, trumpet, and piano? Well you can soon find out.
      The Chinese band, Wuji Ensemble and the jazz band Mo-Men-T are joining forces for the first time in an up-coming concert, “Boundless Groove” in which they mix Chinese and Western instruments to explore new possibilities.
      Both groups aim to develop a repertoire that’s experimental, innovative, and collaborative, and they are here to tell us more.

      05/06/2019