監製:Diana Wan


    It’s been a tough twelve months for Hong Kong’s education sector. Last year’s social unrest, followed by the January outbreak of Covid-19, forced universities and schools to stop physical classes and conduct as many as they can online. There is even uncertainty about whether the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education exams will go ahead at the end of this month. For Savannah College of Art & Design’s local branch, SCAD Hong Kong, which has long had difficulties meeting student recruitment targets, this may have compounded its problems. After operating in Hong Kong for ten years, the school announced in March that it’s closing its campus here at the end of May.

    British photographer Nick Brandt’s portfolio centres on the damage human beings are doing to the natural world. Since 2001, he’s been working on a trilogy documenting the increasingly endangered wildlife of East Africa. On show at the Blue Lotus, “Inherit the Dust” conceived in 2014, is an offshoot of that trilogy. For this project, Brandt printed a selection of his images of animals life-size and placed them in now-urban locations that had formerly been their homes.

    The members of the Chinese fusion band Zenwester, set up two years ago, are no strangers to The Works. They were last here during the Lunar New Year celebrations to play us a festive tune. Focusing on combining traditional Chinese instruments and compositions with Western music, the band has created its own unique sound and identity. Zenwester are here to talk to our fellow presenter, Billy Lee about their latest single.

    聯絡: wanyt@rthk.hk


    • Anti-epidemic Fund 3.0, Yank Wong @ Sin Sin Fine Art & in the studio: Paulo Levi Special Edition

      Anti-epidemic Fund 3.0, Yank Wong @ Sin Sin Fine Art & in the studio: Paulo Levi Special Edition

      Since Covid-19 first hit Hong Kong at the beginning of the year, we have been reporting on the difficulties and challenges art organisations and practitioners are facing as events and activities have had to be shut down. The pandemic has highlighted a long existing problem in the industry – many art practitioners and workers are freelancers, hired only on a job by job basis. They have no steady income, no job security and not much of a social security safety net. Although the government has launched the third round of the Anti-Epidemic Fund, many still won’t see a penny of it.

      Yank Wong is a man of multiple disciplines. He is a painter, art director, set designer, writer, musician and photographer. But he says he prefers to be thought of as a painter, not an artist. On show at Sin Sin Fine Art, “Steppe By Steppe” showcases his photography, with a series of black and white photographs Wong took from 2006 to 2010 in France and Inner Mongolia.

      Brazilian musician Paulo Levi says his career began in the protestant church. While studying in the Carlos Gomes Conservatory of Music he came across American jazz. At 17, he moved to Paris and started learning improvisational music and European free jazz. He is playing this week at the Hong Kong International Jazz Festival in the “Paulo Levi Special Edition” with some familiar local faces.

    • Ink painter Wong Chung-yu, Wai Wai @ PMQ & in the studio: HK Sinfonietta’s Woodwind Quartet

      Ink painter Wong Chung-yu, Wai Wai @ PMQ & in the studio: HK Sinfonietta’s Woodwind Quartet

      When we think about Chinese ink art, we usually associate it with the traditional paintings we see of landscape, figure or flowers and birds painting. And then later on, the contemporary ink movement that breaks new grounds of the art form. But in this day and age with the advancement of digital technology, some artists are applying it to explore new possibilities and ways of expression of ink art. One of them is artist, Wong Chung-yu.

      Also injecting new ideas or colours and flavours into something old is artist and illustrator, Wai Wai. Since 2016, she has been doing illustrations about Hong Kong small and vintage shops. She has painted on mural and in shop shutters. Her recent solo exhibition, “Dreams Coming True” in PMQ includes illustrations she made of neighbourhoods such as North Point, Ap Lei Chau, To Kwa Wan and Sai Kung.

      With the third wave of Covid-19 in Hong Kong ebbs, the government has relaxed some restrictions of the social-distancing measures, businesses and premises. The closing of performing art venues for months have affected many in the local art scene. But some events are gradually coming back but with limitations. Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s lunchtime concert series will return on 20th October at the City Hall. But instead of holding it in the foyer, it will be inside the Concert Hall.

    • Community art project “Viva! River”, Bouie Choi @ Grotto Fine Art & in the studio: Denquar Chupak

      Community art project “Viva! River”, Bouie Choi @ Grotto Fine Art & in the studio: Denquar Chupak

      The government’s Art Promotion Office frequently creates projects designed to connect art with the public. Their venues in Oil Street, North Point and the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre on Kennedy Road focus on the community and provide art training programmes. Their latest public art project, along the Tuen Mun river, highlights the neighbourhood’s history and its public space.

      For visual artists like Monet, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Vermeer and many more, the quality of light is central to their work. Some travelled great distances to find that perfect light. And light is also the subject that artist Bouie Choi is exploring in her third solo exhibition at Grotto Fine Arts, a continuation of her interest in urban landscape: “borrowed space, borrowed time”. The phrase has often been used to describe Hong Kong’s pre-Handover reality, including by writers on the territory such as Richard Hughes and Christopher Dewolf. Choi though, sees it differently. For her, rather than being a place of transience, Hong Kong is a “precious” place, and a permanent home.

      Hong Kong-born vocalist Denquar Chupak’s father is Thai and her mother, British. She says she sees this mix of cultures, combined with her father’s vocation as a musician, as a huge part of her identity. She first came on our show in 2017 to take part in our Christmas Special. Right now, she has returned to Hong Kong from London, the place she now calls home, and is here to tell us about how the pandemic has affected her musically.

    • Teaching art online, Jiang Zhi @ Blindspot Gallery & in the studio: pianist Jacqueline Leung

      Teaching art online, Jiang Zhi @ Blindspot Gallery & in the studio: pianist Jacqueline Leung

      The Covid-19 pandemic has affected most areas of our lives for the worse, including education. Teachers have had to do their best to adapt teaching materials for online learning. Some students are finding it hard to concentrate at home or learn in online classes. The enforced separation has had more effect in some areas than others, particularly in those that involve manual skills or communal activity: for example, performing in an orchestral or chamber music setting, or on stage.
      And then there are other forms of art such as sculpture and ceramics.

      News about Covid-19 and its effects on us and our societies is ever-present. It’s not surprising then that the arts are also reflecting on it. At the Blindspot Gallery, Beijing-based artist Jiang Zhi’s latest exhibition is inspired by the pandemic and by recent social upheavals. The exhibition “Can I Become Better?” includes a new series of figurative works that he says are also a personal response to the question “Can the world become better?”

      Pianist Jacqueline Leung is known for her classical repertoire, but she’s also passionate about bridging the gap between the classical repertoire and other musical forms. In 2017, she released her debut album “In Sunshine or in Shadow”. She’s here right now to introduce her newest album of music, this one inspired by a golden era of New York.

    • Electric guitar maker, Chaklam Ng & in the studio: Angelita Li & Ensemble Transience

      Electric guitar maker, Chaklam Ng & in the studio: Angelita Li & Ensemble Transience

      As regular viewers will know, music and musicians are featured pretty much every week on The Works, apart from which I play the guitar and Ben plays the trombone. And musicians, like many other artists and craftspeople, can be very fussy about the tools they use. When it comes to where the finest musical instruments are made, few of us would think of Hong Kong. Most prestigious manufacturers of Western musical instruments are in places like Europe, the United States or the United Kingdom. But some instruments, such as violins and cellos for example, are made and repaired by individuals and companies in Hong Kong.
      Ng Chak-lam specialises in the electric guitar.

      Our guest this week doesn’t need much introduction if you’re into Hong Kong’s music scene. Angelita Li started her singing career in 1979. She’s a well-known backing singer for many Cantopop stars but she’s also a celebrated jazz singer who has worked with musicians as renowned as Eugene Pao and Ted Lo. She’s joined us today with her latest ensemble.

    • Construction worker turned artist Clint Ho, “Reflections on Paper” @ Karin Weber & in the studio: guitarist Jason Kui

      Construction worker turned artist Clint Ho, “Reflections on Paper” @ Karin Weber & in the studio: guitarist Jason Kui

      Hello and welcome to a new series of The Works. We hope you all had an at least bearable summer despite the confinements and restrictions brought about by the coronavirus and other factors. In the arts world, even though many events are still on hold, we’re continuing to bring you the latest news of what’s happening on the cultural scene. For some people, enforced social distancing can give the opportunity to get creative. Later in the show, guitarist Jason Kui will be here to talk to us about his latest album, Naka. First though, the pandemic has disrupted all walks of life, including the arts, and added to the pressures that make it hard to pursue creative interests. However, the story of Clint Ho reveals that with determination creativity can find a way, no matter how long it takes.

      In the group exhibition, “Reflections on Paper” at the Karin Weber Gallery, eleven artists from Hong Kong, Macau, and mainland China use paper to highlight childhood stories and the past. They’re using paper and a variety of media such as masking tape, images, calligraphy, watercolour and more to recapture and represent memories and history.

      Guitarist Jason Kui last came to our studio three years ago to talk about his debut instrumental album.
      He’s back now with a new album called “Naka”, a Japanese word that means “in between”. Jason says that each track on the album, based on different countries he has visited, reflects the surroundings and environment of that particular place.

    • Local illustration

      Local illustration "Storychick", "Garden of Six Seasons"@Parasite, in the studio: Ginger Muse & Tribute to Gaylord Chan

      After spending most of the term learning from home, Hong Kong’s secondary school students began returning to classes at the end of last month. Primary school children returned to school at the beginning of this month. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, many students have had to learn online. But some subjects can be understood better by collaborating with other parties, or participating in community projects in different neighbourhoods.

      Parasite Art Space’s exhibition “Garden of Six Seasons” was set to open two months ago, but, like many other events, was delayed by the pandemic. A precursor to the Kathmandu Triennale in December, the show opened last month and spanned two venues, one in Sheung Wan and one in Quarry Bay, showcasing works by 40 international artists. The title of the exhibition comes from a real garden in Kathmandu known as the, “Garden of Dreams”. Created 100 years ago as an Edwardian Neo-Classical Garden, it has gone through changes with the rest of its surroundings. Not only have the original six pavilions been reduced to three, the Kathmandu Valley’s former six seasons have been transformed by climate change to just four.

      When pianist Joyce Cheung last came to our studio three months ago, she talked about an upcoming crowdfunded music project, Ginger Muse that she and fellow musicians were putting together. Focusing on musicians from different disciplines, it aimed to present innovative and experimental music programmes. Now the project is under way, and the founders are here to tell us more.

      One of Hong Kong's most iconic contemporary artists Gaylord Chan passed away at St. Teresa's Hospital on 22nd June at the age of 95.

    • RSF x Minecraft's

      RSF x Minecraft's "Uncensored Library", CUHK@Minecraft & in the studio: singer-songwriter Samuel Alexander Barbour

      Lockdowns around the world have confined many to their homes. The need to stay indoors and to maintain social distance has led to a surge of online activity, ranging from visits to porn sites, to video conferencing, and mobile game downloads and sales. During France’s lockdown, downloading of games increased more than 180%. Even countries without full lockdowns recorded strong results. Downloads in the UK rose by 67% week-on-week in March. One game that’s become widely popular during the lockdown is “Animal Crossing”. Many countries observed spikes in downloads when the game was launched. Some users have even used it to spread political messages. Like video conferencing, video games have become a new form of cross-border communication.

      The coronavirus has also meant that this year’s Le French May festival is much scaled down. One exhibition that is going ahead includes works by Spanish and French photographers, Jose Conceptes and Matthiew Venot. On show at Galerie Koo, “Timeless Cognition” is about how photography interacts with our architecture and urban landscapes.

      Singer-songwriter Samuel Alexander Barbour is also a classical guitarist. His repertoire ranges from the work of Baroque composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach to more modern composers such as Agustin Barrios, Leo Brower, and Miguel Llobet. Samuel Alexander came to Hong Kong in 2007 and became an English teacher.
      He’s written and produced over a hundred songs for both children and adults, including a new one about the coronavirus.

    • Political art: Childe Abaddon & dark.calligrapher & in the studio: SIU2

      Political art: Childe Abaddon & dark.calligrapher & in the studio: SIU2

      Around this time last year, the proposed introduction of the extradition law set off some of the biggest protests since the handover. One year on, protests continue despite the Covid-19 pandemic, this time focusing on the promulgation of a Hong Kong national security law in Beijing. One of the unique aspects of the months of protest has been the surge of political art created not only by artists and designers but also by the general public. Some of them are still creating.

      As part of the ongoing Hong Kong International Photo Festival, Phvlo Hatch in Sham Shui Po is presenting two very personal stories by image makers, Fion Hung and Raul Hernandez. Hung’s work explores the influence of conservative Chinese family rules on the individual sense of self, a conflict that she says often led to her feeling unloved. Hernandez focuses on his attempt to reconcile the sense of alienation he felt when he moved into Mong Kok in 2017, three years after his arrival in Hong Kong.

      Local fusion band SIU2 is known for combining traditional Chinese instruments such as the sheng, a Chinese reed instrument, the zheng, a plucked string instrument, and the sanxian or Chinese lute, with the piano, bass guitar and drums to create its own eclectic style. The group has released three albums and recently crowdfunded the fourth one, “Age of Absurdity”. They’re here to tell us more.

    • National security law & June4th, in the studio: local ensemble Sea Island & Ferry

      National security law & June4th, in the studio: local ensemble Sea Island & Ferry

      Last Thursday, the National People’s Congress approved the draft resolution of the Hong Kong national security law. The NPC’s Standing Committee will now draft the wording of the legislation to be added to Annex III of the Basic Law, bypassing Hong Kong’s Legislative Council. When the news that the law was being considered broke two weeks ago, it shocked both local and international communities. Many worry the new legislation marks an end to the notion of “One Country, Two Systems”, and erodes Hong Kong’s current freedoms. That includes local artists who are concerned about how it will affect their creativity.

      Sea Island & Ferry is Arnold Fang on piano, Kayne Ho on Xiao or Chinese flute, Lawrence Man on saxophone and Tim Tong on cello. The quartet got together in 2016 and released their debut album ”Crossings” in 2018. Last week, their new digital album and CD, “Telescope” came out. They’re here to tell us more.