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    監製:Diana Wan

    27/01/2021

    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”.


    聯絡: wanyt@rthk.hk


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    • Art project

      Art project "Hi! Flora, Fauna", "Déjà Vu" @ Sin Sin Fine Art & in the studio: Chiyan Wong

      Since 1871, the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens is home to century-old historic monuments, old trees, exotic flora and also endangered species of birds, mammals and reptiles. Currently, it is also a setting for 17 artists and artist groups to tell stories about humans and nature.

      The déjà vu feeling of familiarity, of experiencing what one has already before is the title of a group exhibition of Indonesian artists at Sin Sin Fine Art. The three artists Anusapati, M.Irfan and Putu Sutawijaya explore themes such as nature, structure and the human body to talk about humanity, the effects of urbanisation and human emotions.

      On earlier visits to The Works studio pianist Chiyan Wong has talked to us about his passion for transcribing and editing the music of such composers as Liszt and Busoni. For him, classical music is not set in stone but can be transformed by each player or interpreter. Chiyan is back in Hong Kong for concerts with Premiere Performances, and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Earlier this week, he came to our studio to tell us more.

      14/04/2021
    • Comic artist Pen So, Wu Chi-Tsung @ Galerie du Monde & in the studio: Haw Par Music

      Comic artist Pen So, Wu Chi-Tsung @ Galerie du Monde & in the studio: Haw Par Music

      Illustrator, comic artist and graphic designer Pen So likes drawing in black and white. His subjects are usually familiar cityscapes and daily lives in Hong Kong, although in his comics he also sometimes adds a touch of surrealism to tell his stories.

      Wu Chi-Tsung’s early training was in Chinese calligraphy, ink painting, watercolour and drawing. After experimenting with ink, he moved on to creating his variations on classical Chinese landscape paintings through photography, videos and installations. On show at Galerie du Monde, “Cyano-Collage” is a series of works combining the photographic technique of cyanotype with collage to recreate the textures of traditional Chinese landscape painting. Wu says this combination of techniques makes the image a record of time, light and tactile markings.

      Hong Kong’s once famous Tiger Balm Garden was demolished in 2004, but after years of revitalisation, the former private residence within them, Haw Par Mansion, is now home to music education and arts programmes. Last weekend, Hong Kong Philharmonic’s principal cellist, Richard Bamping, second associate concertmaster Wang Liang, and cellist Anna Kwan joined forces with violist Johnny Sun and violinist Hannah Tam for a concert of Franz Schubert music. They came to our studio to share more with us.

      07/04/2021
    • Metal art @ Crafts on Peel, artist Wong Chun-hei & in the studio: violinist Patrick Yim

      Metal art @ Crafts on Peel, artist Wong Chun-hei & in the studio: violinist Patrick Yim

      The art of metalwork made a major contribution to the development of the Bronze Age from roughly 3,000 to 1,000 BCE. Objects from that era recovered by archaeologists range from daily, decorative and religious objects to weaponry made out of metals such as iron, copper, bronze, silver, gold, and brass. Metalwork involves a variety of skills and techniques, including smelting, moulding, hammering, embossing, chasing, gilding and inlaying. The art of metalwork is the focus of an on-going exhibition and series of public programmes put together by Crafts on Peel, a charitable organisation that focuses on traditional craftsmanship.

      With opportunities for travel either non-existent or limited over the past year by the Covid-19 pandemic, Wong Chun-hei has spent much of the time recreating on canvas the idea of “the experience of travelling” while being mostly confined to home. On show at Touch Gallery, “Indoor Travelling with Objects” showcases a series of paintings of his “travels” around the world by using Google Earth to create imaginary landscapes combined with different placement of objects.

      Violinist Patrick Yim made his solo debut with his hometown orchestra, and one of America’s oldest, the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. Sadly, since then, the Honolulu Symphony has had to declare bankruptcy and has risen from the ashes as the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, but Patrick has gone from strength to strength. Having performed in venues all around the world and with a wide range of musicians, he is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Music at Hong Kong Baptist University. He is preparing an upcoming solo recital in Tai Kwun’s new music programme, “Spotlight” and he came to our studio to tell us more.

      31/03/2021
    • Artist Chris Cheung,

      Artist Chris Cheung, "Colours of Congo" & in the studio: Mara Measor & Teriver Cheung

      New media artist Chris Cheung’s inspiration stems from his love of Eastern and Western philosophies. His audio-visual works blend traditional ideas and futuristic imagination.

      In 1926, the Belgian colonial administrator Georges Thiry set up a studio and other workshops to work with the indigenous population of Elisabethville, now Lubumbashi, in the Congo. On show at the University Museum and Art Gallery, “Colours of Congo: Patterns, Symbols and Narratives in 20th Century Congolese Paintings” showcases the European influence on painting in the country during the colonial era. The exhibition consists of a selection of Congolese paintings and essays examining artworks that reflect the daily life of village communities at the time.

      Singer-songwriter Mara Measor last came to our studio seven years ago. On that occasion she was accompanied by guitarist Teriver Cheung. Hong Kong born and raised, but New York based, since she was last on the show, Mara has married and had a child. Now she is back in town, at least for a while. She took a break from music for a bit, but now she is back with her third album, “Don’t Tell My Child”. She is here once again this week with Teriver, to tell us more.

      24/03/2021
    • HK Arts Festival's local musical

      HK Arts Festival's local musical "Yat-sen" & in the studio: Lamma Quartet

      February and March are usually a very busy time for the local arts scene. March is Hong Kong Arts Month in which – all else being well – we get to experience major art events such as Art Basel, the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Inevitably the Covid-19 pandemic has had affected all these events for the worse. However, with the reopening of performing venues, the Hong Kong Art Festival is back, even if in modified form. Today we are taking a look at one upcoming local musical production.

      The four members of the Lamma Quartet jazz ensemble came to Hong Kong from the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. They met each other in Hong Kong, formed a band, and – as two members live on Lamma Island - decided to name the band after it. The quartet plays compositions from the greats as well as originals. And they are here this week to tell us more and to give us a sample of one of their original pieces.

      17/03/2021
    • Artist Chan Wai-lap, Carmen Ng's

      Artist Chan Wai-lap, Carmen Ng's "Flowers In The Window" & in the studio: Vanessa Wong

      Artist Chan Wai-lap’s works are often very personal and explore his inner self. His early works were inspired by memories of secondary school life, and many focused on the social constructs of the education system and his sense of identity growing up in post-colonial Hong Kong. In his latest work, he talks about his mother.

      Memories of growing up and of her surroundings also provide fruitful inspiration for painter Carmen Ng. Ng recalls that when she was small, she and her siblings loved to sit on the front seats on the upper deck of buses where she would draw on the condensation on the windows and make her earliest pictures. On show at Karin Weber Gallery, “Flowers In the Window” includes water colour paintings of Hong Kong’s cityscape and imaginative dream-like images.

      Good news for concertgoers. After months of suspension of live music performances due to the outbreak of the fourth wave of Covid-19, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is returning to the Cultural Centre Concert Hall with stringent health and safety measures. This Friday, pianist Vanessa Wong is playing with the orchestra in a concert that includes music by Ginastera, Gershwin and Dvorak. She came to our studio to share with us more about the concert.

      10/03/2021
    • 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.

      03/03/2021
    • 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.

      24/02/2021
    • 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.

      17/02/2021
    • 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.

      10/02/2021