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    監製:Diana Wan

    01/01/2020

    Happy new year!
    Hello and welcome to The Works, I’m Ben Pelletier. Later in the show, ringing – or should that be banging and hitting? – in the New Year, members of Toolbox Percussion will be with us. They’re an organisation that promotes contemporary percussion music in Hong Kong.

    But first, in the words of theatre critic Akihiko Senda, the Japanese film director, writer and dramatist, Shuji Terayama was “the eternal avant-garde”. Terayama died relatively young, at 47, but despite his short creative life, his work encompasses experimental television, feature-length and short films, theatre, photography, countercultural essays, short fiction, and more. In December his play “Nuhikun (Directions to Servants)” was presented for two days at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

    "Borrowed Scenery” is a traditional East Asia garden creation technique that incorporates the background landscape into the composition of a garden. It is also the title of an exhibition that’s part of this year’s Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s Jockey Club New Arts Power programme. Seven artists and art groups use different mediums to reimagine Hong Kong’s urban space against the background of our colonial past.

    Welcome back. Toolbox Percussion promotes the creation of contemporary percussion music in Hong Kong.
    It does so by commissioning musicians to do new works, taking local musicians on tour to neighbouring cities and organising education programmes.
    From 6th to 12th January, Toolbox Percussion is bringing back the Toolbox International Creative Academy for its second year.
    Co-presented by the University of Oklahoma, the programme includes concerts, lectures, panel discussions and workshops. The event’s director Louis Siu is here to tell us more.


    聯絡: wanyt@rthk.hk


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    EPISODES
    • Artist Chow Chun-fai & in the studio: pianist Joyce Cheung

      Artist Chow Chun-fai & in the studio: pianist Joyce Cheung

      Artist Chow Chun-fai focuses on his own artistic creation, which has recently highlighted the protests in Hong Kong streets, he's also taking an active role in the development of the SAR’s art and cultural scene.

      Joyce Cheung was classically trained as a pianist and cellist. She also studied electronic composition at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and - at Berklee College of Music - Film Scoring and Contemporary Writing and Production. As an arranger, she has worked on projects ranging from a pop string quartet to a 100-piece orchestra and choir ensemble. For her master’s degree, Joyce produced four contemporary arrangements of classical pieces under the title “Jazzical”. She’s here now to tell us about the preparations for her upcoming debut album.

      25/03/2020
    • Comic artist Justin Wong, Obangsaek: Indigo & Korean culture & in the studio: former Citybeat frontman, John Laudon

      Comic artist Justin Wong, Obangsaek: Indigo & Korean culture & in the studio: former Citybeat frontman, John Laudon

      Comic writer and media artist Justin Wong Chiu-tat is known for his political comic strip in Hong Kong’s Ming Pao Daily. But he also does graphic design, animation and interactive art. His recently ended exhibition “Normal Life” depicts a life that’s far from normal.

      The colour indigo is the theme of the exhibition “Obangsaek: Indigo” at Soluna Fine Art. It includes the works of eight artists from Korea exploring this colour and its connections with Korean culture. In Korea, indigo and blue are associated with the element wood, and the East. It is also one of the colours in the Korean flag and symbolises “Eum” or “Yin”. The exhibition is one of the “Obangsaek” series of exhibitions, highlighting the traditional Korean colour spectrum which consists of the five colours: white, black, blue (or indigo), yellow and red.

      The five-member band, Citybeat was particularly popular in the late 1980s. Between 1988 and 1991, the band released four albums.
      Its lead singer John Laudon came to Hong Kong in 1985 from Canada and has been here ever since. After Citybeat, Laudon focused on composing, writing songs for other Cantopop stars. More recently he’s been working with his church and recording Christian music. He’s here with us right now.

      18/03/2020
    • iDiscover map & in the studio: ska band The Red Stripes

      iDiscover map & in the studio: ska band The Red Stripes

      The prevalence of Global Positioning System and assorted map apps on our smart phones, in our cars, and so on, might seem to have made the simple physical map a thing of the past. But what if we were to tell you that a physical map, plus modern technology, can give us extra insights into places we visit. iDiscover is a project that involves artisan hand-drawn maps, plus an application that encourages people to explore and to discover interesting local stories.

      The Red Stripes is a ten-piece band that plays Ska music from a vintage era. Over the past six years, they’ve performed in a number of festivals and shows in Asia and the United Kingdom. Last year, they recorded their second album, “Made in Hong Kong” and they are currently planning a launch party to their vinyl record of original and classic Ska, reggae and soul. They’re here with us right now.

      11/03/2020
    • The impact of the coronavirus on backstage cultural workers & in the studio: Antonie Richard Jazz Trio

      The impact of the coronavirus on backstage cultural workers & in the studio: Antonie Richard Jazz Trio

      Last Wednesday, Financial Secretary Paul Chan delivered his annual Budget. Well there were goodies for some of us, not least in the form of a HK$10,000 handout, but as usual not a lot of attention was paid to art and culture. There were three paragraphs on cultural development and two on cultural facilities. One new benefit is an additional $900 million to the Art Development Matching Grants scheme to encourage business sectors to support the arts. But the matching grant scheme has quite a high threshold and is mostly helpful to major performing arts groups or established art organisations. And, as we reported last week, not all art and cultural workers can benefit from the $150 million subsidy scheme under the Anti-epidemic Fund. Many working in the arts are freelancers hired on a project basis. And no work means no income.

      Guitarist Antoine Richard came to Hong Kong six years ago from Nantes in France. A fan of swing and gypsy jazz, he merges elements of both genres with music from such well-known French chanteurs and chanteuses as Charles Aznavour, Sacha Distel and Edith Piaf. Today Antoine mainly performs around Hong Kong either as a solo guitar vocalist or with his gypsy swing trio. He’s here to tell us more.

      04/03/2020
    • Is the Anti-epidemic Fund Arts and Culture Sector Subsidy Scheme beneficial to the cultural sector? Chuck Close@White Cube & Pace, in the studio: pianist Rachel Cheung

      Is the Anti-epidemic Fund Arts and Culture Sector Subsidy Scheme beneficial to the cultural sector? Chuck Close@White Cube & Pace, in the studio: pianist Rachel Cheung

      The challenges posed by the coronavirus have affected us all. Many planned activities have been scuppered, and many industries badly affected. Arts and cultural practitioners are, theoretically, among the most creative and resilient groups of people. Many have been forced to find new ways to get through these difficult times, even at their own expense.

      American artist, painter and photographer Chuck Close is known for his photorealist portraits using a large format camera. On show in Hong Kong at two galleries, White Cube and Pace Gallery, are several of Close’s recent works, including oil painting, mosaic and tapestry, that use new techniques to deal with the relationship between the “real” and the digital.

      Pianist Rachel Cheung had been planning to perform Beethoven’s “Rondo for piano and orchestra” in concert with the Hong Kong Philharmonic this week, under the baton of maestro Jaap van Zweden. That concert’s now been cancelled due to coronavirus fears, but life must go on, and Rachel is still planning to work with the Philharmonic later in May. She also has several other projects planned, including a new album. She’s here to tell us more.

      26/02/2020
    • Artists run art space: Negative Space, Ho Sin Tung@Hanart & in our studio: Kathy Mak's coronavirus-themed parody of

      Artists run art space: Negative Space, Ho Sin Tung@Hanart & in our studio: Kathy Mak's coronavirus-themed parody of "Torn"

      As we reported last week, in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Hong Kong Art Festival, Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Central have all decide to cancel events over the coming month. Last Friday, the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society also announced that it’s postponing the Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum to the summer. A lack of trust in the motives or the abilities of the government to deal with the outbreak has led to panic buying of goods such as rice, toilet rolls and tissue paper. The short supply of masks and sanitising products has left many feeling frustrated and helpless. Later in the show, theatre performer Kathy Mak is here to reflect on the situation. one other thing that’s always in short supply in Hong Kong is space. That can be a problem for artists who need room to work. Some get around it by joining forces to create group working and exhibition spaces.

      Ho Sin-tung’s new body of work focuses on the idea of the swamp. She says that for humanity the swamp seems to be a desolate and turgid wilderness that stands in sharp contrast to the aspiration for structure, order and control. But however hard we try to defeat it, it always returns. Much of Ho’s work consists of meticulous pencil drawings. Her new exhibition “Swampland”, on show at Hanart up to the end of the month, also adds three dimensional objects and installations into the mix.

      19/02/2020
    • Impact of coronavirus on the arts: cancellation of HK Arts Festival, Art Basel & Art Central & discussion with HKAF Tisa Ho

      Impact of coronavirus on the arts: cancellation of HK Arts Festival, Art Basel & Art Central & discussion with HKAF Tisa Ho

      In last week’s show we talked about the effect the current coronavirus outbreak is having on art and cultural events and looked at the threat it poses to many planned mega events in Hong Kong’s Arts Month of March. Last week, after a long period of uncertainty, Art Basel finally announced it’s cancelling its Hong Kong event. As the virus continues to spread, it has forced many art organisations, including the City Contemporary Dance Company, to cancel or suspend events that they’ve been preparing for at least a year. And that’s not the only problem they face.

      As we saw in part one, both Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Central announced last week that their fairs were being cancelled due to the outbreak and spread of the new coronavirus. On Monday, the Hong Kong Arts Festival also announced the effective cancellation of this year’s festival. That will affect more than 120 performances and other related events. The festival’s Executive Director, Tisa Ho is here to tell us more.

      12/02/2020
    • Art book fair: Booked at Tai Kwun,

      Art book fair: Booked at Tai Kwun, "Folklore" exhibtion at "Bedroom" & in the studio: indie band, Esimorp

      Last week, the World Health Organisation declared the Wuhan coronavirus a Global Health Emergency. As we mentioned also in last week’s show, Hong Kong’s protests, and now the virus, have created major challenges for art and cultural events. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has cancelled its tour and withdrawn from the upcoming Hong Kong Arts Festival, which is due to run from this Saturday until the 15th March. On Monday, the festival announced more than a dozen productions have been cancelled.

      Apart from the challenges facing the Arts Festival, March is Hong Kong’s art month, in which flagship events like Art Basel, Art Central, and the Hong Kong International Film Festival are usually scheduled. We’ll continue to bring you the latest updates on the impact of the virus on Hong Kong’s art scene. Today we’re bringing you news from one recent event that did still go ahead: the second edition of Tai Kwun’s Hong Kong Art Book Fair, “Booked”. Tai Kwun itself, for now, is remaining open but with reduced services. As Hong Kong battles the coronavirus, most public activities in the city have been shut down. Government departments and some private sector companies are allowing employees to work from home. Many galleries are closed. One that is still open by appointment is Bedroom, an art space in Tai Kok Tsui. On show till 16th February, “Folklore” looks into what it terms “Verbal Lore” such as fairy tales, myth, chants, conspiracy theories, lullabies, urban legends and superstition.

      Local indie band, “Esimorp” takes the word “promise” and spells it backwards. The name comes from the name of its lead singer Promise Armstrong. The band’s four members come from diverse backgrounds. Blending indie rock and ambient pop, they say they want to create music with “themes such as truth, hope and other intangibles”. The released their debut album, “Roar Like The Ocean” last November, and they are here to tell us more.

      05/02/2020
    • Cancellation of art and cultural events in LCSD venues, artist Rose Wylie @David Zwirner &

      Cancellation of art and cultural events in LCSD venues, artist Rose Wylie @David Zwirner & "Songs in Storm" salon concert

      For the past eight months, many art and cultural events have been cancelled due to social unrest. And now we have added concerns over the coronavirus to worry about. Most of Hong Kong’s big performing arts venues are run by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, and many events in those facilities have been cancelled in recent months, often with hours to spare. On Tuesday, the LCSD announced the closure of its leisure and cultural facilities and that all programmes scheduled at these venues are suspended until further notice.

      British artist Rose Wylie says she doesn’t paint political issues, concepts, narratives, landscapes, or portraits”. She’s “painting a noun: a duck or a primrose leaf or a leg.”
      Inspired by random images, often from newspapers scattered across her studio floor, she reconstructs them from memory, a technique that overlays new associations and elements, sometimes related to issues such as gender, beauty, celebrity, and art history. Wylie’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong at David Zwirner gallery, “painting a noun” showcases more than twenty works that illustrate how the process of memory assimilate and transforms the objects she represents.

      In the words of Berthold Brecht, “the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depend on political decisions.” Politics permeates our social and personal lives, even dictating what we can do and say and how we live. In reflecting our world, art frequently reflects politics.
      The eighth-month long protest movement in Hong Kong has ignited a burst of creative energy, new ideas and possibilities.
      In an upcoming salon concert called “Songs in a Storm”, music critic Edison Hung, soprano Yen Yen Ng, pianist Ingrid Chan and guitarist Halen Woo are bringing us music related to radical social and political movements. They are here to tell us more.

      29/01/2020
    • CNY Special: Chinese paper cutting & sign making & in the studio: erhu player Chan Pik-sum x accordion player Nazar Tabachyshyn

      CNY Special: Chinese paper cutting & sign making & in the studio: erhu player Chan Pik-sum x accordion player Nazar Tabachyshyn

      Just two days to go before the Year of the Rat is upon us, so, as we do to celebrate almost every Lunar New Year, we have some festive treats in this week’s programme. Later in the show, we have a fusion of East and West as erhu player Chan Pik-sum and accordion player Nazar Tabachyshyn bring us a lively tune that I suspect most of you will recognize. As one of the most important holidays across Asia, Lunar New Year is celebrated in a wide range of ways. Apart from the food, it’s accompanied by an array of traditional arts and crafts. To start the new year, many people clean the home and decorate with lucky colours, ornaments, and symbols. Billy Lee, presenter of our sister programme 藝坊星期天 went out to learn how to produce one of those forms of decorations: the paper cutting.

      Lunar New Year decorations in homes and on the streets come in all shapes and forms. Apart from the traditional imagery, you’ll also find popular cartoon, movie and television characters, catch phrases, and slang expressions. And this year, Ben Tse went to discover how to decorations in a far from traditional technology.

      Chan Pik-sum plays the huqin, gaohu and the erhu, all of which are from the family of Chinese bow-string instruments. She is also a founding member of the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble. Apart from that, she’s active in Western music and has performed in crossover dance, theatre and other multimedia productions.
      She’s with us today with Ukrainian accordion player Nazar Tabachyshyn to talk to us about some of those cross-cultural collaborations.

      22/01/2020