監製:Diana Wan


    In a few of our earlier programmes, The Works has looked at changes in the old mostly working-class neighbourhood of Sham Shui Po. Today, thanks to its comparatively low rents, artists, culture workers, entrepreneurs and other businesses have moved into the neighbourhood, making it one of Hong Kong’s hippest places to be. With that has inevitably come a degree of gentrification and rising prices. For those who have long lived there, the district is still brings together old and new. One director couple has decided to dedicate a film to a few of the neighbourhood’s vibrant lives and stories.

    In a group exhibition at Blindspot Gallery, “The Palm at the End of the Mind” three artists, Lau Hok-shing, So Wing-Po and Zhang Ruyi explore the idea of the senses and feeling through sculptural objects and installations. Regular viewers of the show will recognise the Chinese medicine inspired works of So Wing-po, as well as Lau Hok-shing’s sculptural pieces the echo the rocks traditionally appreciated by Chinese scholar’s rocks. Meanwhile, mainland artist Zhang Ruyi’s sound installation incorporates a collection of audio recordings made in Shanghai construction sites.

    After studying at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong cellist Calvin Wong went on to take a master’s degree at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. He is now based in Germany and often performs both there and in Italy as a soloist. He recently returned to Hong Kong for a cello recital scheduled for this week at the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre. The programme was to include festive music by Bach, Richard Strauss, Schubert and Bright Sheng. Due to Covid-19, that concert is being postponed. But earlier this week, Calvin came to our studio.

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    • Zheng Bo @ Kadoorie Farm, Yin Xiuzhen @ CHAT & performance: Kelvin Leung and Aaron Lui

      Zheng Bo @ Kadoorie Farm, Yin Xiuzhen @ CHAT & performance: Kelvin Leung and Aaron Lui

      Artist Zheng Bo was born in Beijing and is now based in Hong Kong. His work emphasises social, ecological and community engagement. Nature and plants are recurrent subjects in his recent projects. Bo’s most recent pieces, on show till the 25th April in Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, focus on orchids.

      Also from Beijing, Yin Xiuzhen finds her inspiration in the manmade world rather than the world of nature. Her work focuses on found objects and personal traces, which she bring together to reflect on our current status quo. On show at the Centre for Heritage Arts and Textile space, “Sky Patch” includes a series of video and installation works that references her mother’s past as a textile factory worker and her own practice of using textiles and garments in her work.

      Harmonica player Kelvin Leung has been on the show before. He is back this time with guitarist Aaron Lui. Last November, the two performed a concert of movie soundtrack music together. For the show this week, they have prepared a Paganini piece originally for the violin and piano or guitar. We also chatted with them via Zoom.

    • Takeaway Art, Yeung Tong-lung @ Blindspot Gallery & performance: Chromatic Collective

      Takeaway Art, Yeung Tong-lung @ Blindspot Gallery & performance: Chromatic Collective

      With lockdown and social-distancing measures in place, the pandemic has seen a surge in online businesses, such as online shopping, online streaming, video communication and deliveries. With many art and cultural activities on hold, artists too are finding ways to reach their audiences via a more personal and tailor-made approach.

      Yeung Tong-lung’s paintings depicting the daily lives of Hongkongers, especially the working class, show scenes that can sometimes look very familiar to us, but they can also create an unconventional or even surreal feeling. Yeung says his paintings aren’t specifically about the people or their surroundings. They are about “the act of painting and through that, the act of depicting life”. On show at Blindspot Gallery until 6th March, “Daily Practice” showcases works mainly painted in 2019 and 2020. The exhibition includes a 4.5-metre-wide triptych of a squatter village in Mount Davis, an intimate scene on a rooftop, a crowded eatery and some 33 sketches of everyday life as seen through the windows of his studio in Kennedy Town.

      As the name suggests, the trio “Chromatic Collective” hopes to bring colour into the music they play. Made up of clarinettist, Theresa Lam, flautist Ginny Tin and pianist Timothy Wong, the chamber ensemble describes itself as wanting to explore the fun in musical chromaticism. Theresa, Ginny and Timothy are with us virtually this week to explain what they mean by that and to talk about their upcoming launch concert.

    • Local artists @ Booked,

      Local artists @ Booked, "Surviving Natality" & performance: Cherry Tsang & Chemie Ching

      In earlier shows, we have looked at zine culture in Hong Kong. Short for magazine, a zine is usually a small booklet produced for a small circulation and self-published. The freedom and flexibility of zine publishing means it is well suited to providing an outlet for subcultures and for individual artistic expression.

      Present Projects is a new experimental art space and shop in Sham Shui Po. Focusing on contemporary art projects, it says it hopes to promote the exchange of knowledge through making and presenting exhibitions. Its inaugural exhibition, “Surviving Natality” is a joint show by visual artist Chan Bee and writer Chan Ho-lok in which they address the liberation and confinement of being born into a human body. Chan Ho-lok, who suffers from depression, invited Chan Bee to create seven paintings for his new book. In their work, both artists traverse shared pain and trauma and hope to reassure others that they are not alone.

      The works of composer Robert Schumann’s range from the orchestral to chamber works: intimate pieces and art songs. The three parts of Fantasiestücke, Op. 73 were written in just a few days in 1849, originally for clarinet and piano. But Schumann also indicated that the clarinet part could be performed on the viola or the cello. Pianist Cherry Tsang and saxophonist Chemie Ching brought another take on the well-known piece. Our presenter Ben Tse also chatted with them via the internet.

    • CNY Handicrafts & in the studio: TroVessional, Bou Kwan-ying, Anna Fan & friends

      CNY Handicrafts & in the studio: TroVessional, Bou Kwan-ying, Anna Fan & friends

      The Year of the Ox is just around the corner, The Works team would like to wish everyone an early Happy Lunar New Year. Sadly though, for many, the celebrations this year could be a little less festive with Covid-19 still on the horizon. But The Works is here all the same, ready to help you celebrate. First, we look at some not so traditional handicrafts centred on the holiday. After that, three groups of musicians are joining us on the show to bring you festive music in a new style.

      TroVessional is a five-piece band formed by graduates of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. They play Cantonese music or music of Guangdong, which consists of folk music styles. Members of TroVessional play mainly string instruments such as the gaohu, yehu, yangqin, zhongruan and the Chinese flute. Here they are with a Cantonese medley.

      Zheng player Bou Kwan-ying does not just confine her repertoire to the zheng, or traditional Chinese zither. She has also worked in multimedia and collaborated with various musicians. She is here with her friends, guitarist Au Tsz-Wang, bass guitarist James Wu and drummer, Tsang Wai-chung, to play us two festive tunes.

      When it comes to welcoming in the Lunar New Year with music, drums are among the most featured instruments. A number of new year traditions use drums to greet the gods and dispel evil. Drummer Anna Fan has appeared on The Works before, and is with us again, this time with a group of friends.

    • Photographer Kelvin Yuen, Birdy Chu's

      Photographer Kelvin Yuen, Birdy Chu's "Masked Life" & in the studio: Giocoso Trio

      We begin the show by venturing to the great outdoors and to the world of landscape photography. Given that Hong Kong is known as one of the world’s most densely populated cities, its relatively unspoilt landscapes are often and easily overlooked and underestimated. For many, it might not seem the most likely place of origin for an award-winning landscape photographer. Of course, we have all stopped to take the occasional landscape photograph, even if only on our phones. But good landscape photography demands more than that. For the dedicated photographer, like Kelvin Yuen, it also takes considerable effort to find the right light, time, vantage point and subject to capture that unforgettable moment.

      From landscape photography we are turning to street photography, or at least urban photography. We have been battling the Covid-19 pandemic for a year now. Wearing masks has become part of our daily lives. That has not always gone down well with photographers who like to photograph people on the streets. Photographer Birdy Chu and some of his students at the Department of Media and Communication at the City University of Hong Kong have taken our new normal as their subject, as they show us in the exhibition “Masked Life” at the Goethe-Institut Gallery.

      The Giocoso Trio was formed in 2018 by three friends who were studying in Britain’s Royal College of Music. They say the Italian word “giocoso”, which means lively and humorous, is often used as a direction in music, and best describes the kind of music they want to create with the flute, clarinet and piano.

    • Artist Lo Lai-lai, Francis Alÿs @ Tai Kwun & in the studio: singer-songwriter Lili Forest

      Artist Lo Lai-lai, Francis Alÿs @ Tai Kwun & in the studio: singer-songwriter Lili Forest

      Natalie Lo Lai-lai describes herself as half-farmer and half-artist/journalist. Her interest in the natural world, and in food and farming, has led her to practice what is often called a “slash” career or “slash” lifestyle. After receiving a WMA Commission Grant, Lo recently presented her solo exhibition, “The Days Before The Silent Spring” at the WMA Space.

      Francis Alÿs, who was trained as an architect, is one of the most influential conceptual artists of our time. Based in Mexico since 1986, Alÿs focuses on socio-political issues such as urban spaces, borders and other geopolitical concerns. His works bring together painting, performance, architecture, and social practice. His first solo exhibition at Tai Kwun Contemporary, “Wet feet __dry feet” borders and games”, features 20 documentary videos of children playing games in countries that have suffered from ongoing war and conflict. Sadly, the exhibition is currently closed due to Covid-19, but we went there earlier to bring you some highlights.

      Muzki, also known as Lili Forest, is a singer-songwriter, producer and manager of an independent music label. He was previously the lead-singer of the band, “PHOON” and currently frequently plays with the band “The Island”. Last year, he released a cassette tape, “Lili Forest Demos Vol.1”.

    • Art space

      Art space "Homecoming" in Kam Tin & in the studio: pianist Max Chan

      Due to the social distancing and recreational restrictions to which we’re currently subjecting ourselves in the hope of controlling the Covid-19 pandemic, city life in Hong Kong has gone very quiet these days, especially after six o’clock. Away from the city though, in the more rural areas, and particularly over the weekends, more of us have been flocking to the hills and the great outdoors to enjoy a breath of fresh air. If one of the more rural areas you have visited recently is Kam Tin, you may have noticed there a new three-storey art and cultural space called “Homecoming”.

      Max Chan’s musical endeavours might have started with the piano, but they didn’t end there. He is also a composer, an arranger, an a cappella instructor and – away from music - a bakery shop owner. A graduate from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in piano and composition, Max has recently released a new album, “A Present of Secrets” which he says is inspired by the much-loved “The Little Prince”.

    • Print-on-demand, artist Mit Jai Inn & in the studio: Cong Quartet performing Beethoven

      Print-on-demand, artist Mit Jai Inn & in the studio: Cong Quartet performing Beethoven

      For new writers, or writers with a niche audience, if can be a problem that the mainstream publishing industry favours those who are already well known or likely to return the highest revenue. J. K. Rowling for example will certainly get more prominent bookstore displays, a larger print-run, and much more intense marketing than you or me. For first time authors, the difficulties of getting published can be daunting. But publishing is changing. And new technologies like print-on-demand and direct-to-consumer sales make it easier for any of us to get into print.

      The largely youth-led protest in Thailand that started last July and lasted for six months not only sparked unprecedented political debate but also defied taboos. Thousands of protesters took to the street and demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s administration, constitutional changes and reforms of the monarchy. The Rossi Rossi Gallery is currently featuring the exhibition “Royal Marketplace” the title of which is inspired by “The Royalist Marketplace”, a Facebook group set up in April 2020 to discuss the Thai monarchy freely. The works, by Thai artist Mit Jai Inn, are not explicitly political in nature but, says the gallery, they honour resistance against unchecked power through the artist’s use of colour, the hybridity of their form and the untraditional ways they are displayed.

      Last year, the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, was going to be a big year in Bonn, Germany. The German government had earmarked 27 million euros for some 300 projects planned to celebrate the master. But then came Covid-19, and so the events are now rescheduled for this year. Two weeks ago, when the Cong Quartet came to the studio to tell us about a planned recital at the Museum of Art, they performed some Haydn for us. But in honour of the maestro’s anniversary, they also recorded a piece by Beethoven while they were here. We are bringing you that this week, along with some highlights from their rescheduled recital, which took place online last Sunday.

    • Artist Bouie Choi & Tribute to musician and filmmaker Joshua Wong

      Artist Bouie Choi & Tribute to musician and filmmaker Joshua Wong

      Artist Bouie Choi’s works incorporate painting, video documentation and mixed media. In recent years, her work has examined such issues as the colonial past of Hong Kong, the environment, and social values. The Karin Weber Gallery is currently featuring the group exhibition, “Now Showing”, in which eleven local artists have created pieces centred on a film of their own choice. Choi is one of them.

      Covid-19 made 2020 a challenging year for most of us, and we are all hoping that with the availability of vaccines this year, and inoculations already underway in some places, 2021 will take a turn for the better. But 2020 has brought us much sad news in the cultural sphere, including news of the death in the United Kingdom, on December 28th, of the world-renowned Chinese-born British pianist Fou Ts’ong. He was 86. Fou was highly regarded for his interpretations of Chopin’s music. Here in Hong Kong, we lost another considerable creative talent in the form of musician and film-maker Joshua Wong. The Works first featured Joshua and his band Noughts and Exes in 2010 and has followed his career with interest ever since. He is also the band leader of Whence He Came.

      Not only did Noughts and Exes visit our studio, in 2013, the day after his wedding, Joshua came to perform with the band at our outdoor concert in Kwun Tong. He was also a filmmaker and, for many, as for our very own Ben Tse, a long-time friend. In March 2018, shortly after his 40th birthday, Josh was diagnosed with a vicious and rare form of cancer. Since then, Josh not only fought the illness and even lost an eye because of it, he also continued to create, make music, make a feature film, and live life to the full.

    • Exhibition

      Exhibition "On the Brink of Borrowed Time: To Stay / To Flee" & in the studio: Cong Quartet

      Looking back at 2020 as we are about to enter a hopefully more positive 2021, for Hong Kong this has been a year like no other. One way or another, the Covid-19 pandemic has affected us all. Although there is good news about the Covid-19 vaccines, new variants of the virus are still raising concerns. And then there are the social and political pressures that still worry many. For much of the territory’s history, many of those who have come here have seen Hong Kong as a temporary stop on a road to somewhere else. Others have settled and taken pride in their identity as Hongkongers. But Hong Kong has often been buffeted by storms, both literal and metaphorical, and – as one recently finished exhibition at the Hong Kong Arts Centre highlighted - each storm has led its residents to once again ask the recurring question: should I stay or should I go?

      The Cong Quartet was formed by four friends at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2015. The quartet, with a slightly changed line up, is currently the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. They have also been supported by the Hong Kong Art Development Council’s Emerging Artists’ Scheme and participated as an ensemble at the Netherlands String Quartet Academy in Amsterdam. Recently, they returned to Hong Kong for a recital organised by the Museum of Art. Unfortunately, thanks to Covid-19, the physical concert cannot go ahead, but the recital will be streamed online.