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    監製:Diana Wan

    09/06/2021

    There have always been exceptions, but overall, in the history of art, the role of the genders in the arts is clear: man is the artist, woman is the muse. That has often worked to the disadvantage of many accomplished women who have been involved with male artists, among them Camille Claudel, Berthe Morisot, and Françoise Gilot. It is a fate that Chinese painter Xie Jing-lan, also known as Lalan, managed to escape, even after marrying two artists, to become one of the most influential Chinese female artists of the 20th century.

    Set up by Taka Hirohama in 2010, the Hong Kong Big Band Jazz Federation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting, and providing a platform for, the sound of the big jazz band in Hong Kong. They are taking part in a series of Summer Jazz concerts from 15th to 17th June at the Hong Kong City Hall. Some of the singers performing in those shows came to our studio to tell us more.


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    • Performance artist Florence Lam, Annie Leibovitz @Hauser & Wirth & in the studio: Yang Xuefei interview II

      Performance artist Florence Lam, Annie Leibovitz @Hauser & Wirth & in the studio: Yang Xuefei interview II

      Performance art is usually considered said to have originated with Cabaret Voltaire in Switzerland in 1916. Typically, it involves actions performed by the artists themselves, or by other participants. It is usually live and can be spontaneous or scripted. Unlike older traditional forms that focus on creating art objects, or performing to set scripts or music, performance art emphasises immateriality and impermanence. The basic elements involved are time, space, body, the presence of the artist, and the relationship with the audience. Performance art started to take form in Hong Kong in the mid-1970s. Currently, one group of young artists is continuing to experiment with the form.

      Annie Leibovitz’s five-decade photographic career, and her distinctive style, have produced some of the most iconic visual memorials of our time.
      During her 13 years with Rolling Stone magazine, she built up a body of work that preserves historical moments and music history. As well as photographing celebrities, rock stars, artists, and fashion icons, she has also photographed heads of state and major political moments. On show at Hauser & Wirth gallery untill mid-February, “Annie Leibovitz. The Early Years, 1970 – 1983, Archive Project No. 1, and Wonderland” includes photographic prints from her early career as well as more recent images from the world of fashion and other images that appear in her new book “Wonderland”.

      Influenced by 1990s Brit Rock, the four members of Charming Way say their music style is nostalgic yet reflecting present times. Formed in 2016, the band sings in English, bringing together indie rock, noise pop and alternative rock. Charming Way’s most recent concert was in December. They’re with us to tell us what they have planned for the coming year.

      15/01/2022
    • Artist Ant Ngai, Art Diary: Our Abstract Playscapes & in the studio: guitarist Yang Xuefei

      Artist Ant Ngai, Art Diary: Our Abstract Playscapes & in the studio: guitarist Yang Xuefei

      The Works presents the latest art's happening in Hong Kong to our audience.

      08/01/2022
    • Highlight of the best studio performances in 2021

      Highlight of the best studio performances in 2021

      With just two days to go until 2022, many of us will be including on our new year wish list a fervent wish that Covid-19 and its many variants will please go away … or at least take on a milder form. Over the past two years, the virus has brought devastating losses, personal and economic, to many. It has also caused much disruption to the arts scene, especially for performing arts. Despite that, The Works has managed to keep bringing you a staple of the programme: our weekly studio performances. We’ve even managed to save a few extra year-end treats. In September, a year after his planned visit to Hong Kong, pianist David Greilsammer performed his much-lauded Scarlatti and Cage project for local audiences. On his visit to our studio, he gifted us a little musical extra: a Scarlatti sonata.

      Preparing for a concert focused on jazz, classical, and cabaret music, saxophonist Joshua Jones came to the show in October. While with us, he played an extra treat, a commissioned work by Andy Scott, “And Everything is Still …”. It’s based on a poem from Lemn Sissay’s children’s book “The Emperor Watchmaker”.

      In October, clarinettist Gilad Harel came to Hong Kong for the first time. Known for his dedication to both classical and Klezmer music, Harel recorded for us an extra, and not previously broadcast additional piece “Zefki, ikh bin dayner sher” by one of Klezmer’s most celebrated musicians, Dave Tarras. In February 2020, the indie band Esimorp came to talk about their debut album, “Roar Like the Ocean”. Since then, due to Covid, they’ve been taking a break. The good news is, as they recently told us, that they’re now getting back together, writing songs, and planning their next project. Something to look forward to in the new year. Until then, we give you “The Minutes”, the song they sang for us last time they were here.

      29/12/2021
    • The art of paper-cutting, Michael Müller@Galerie du Monde & in the studio: Sara C & band

      The art of paper-cutting, Michael Müller@Galerie du Monde & in the studio: Sara C & band

      It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And later in the show it’s going to sound a lot like Christmas too, as singer Sara C and her band join us with some seasonal tunes.
      People have been decorating their homes with trees and ornaments in the winter since long before the modern celebration of Christmas. Ancient Egyptians brought palm into their homes during the winter solstice. Romans decorated with boughs and branches to celebrate Saturnalia. Europeans began burning Yule Logs long before medieval times. Lutherans introduced the Christmas tree, decorated with apples, in Germany in the early 16th century. Today our ornaments also include candles, holly, stars, baubles, snowflakes, and garlands made out of paper. Papercutting in this festive season is popular in Slavic countries, the Philippines, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland. And of course, there’s a long tradition of Chinese papercutting.

      Currently on show at Galerie du Monde is the second part of a three-chapter exhibition series by German artist Michael Müller. The series, “Three Biographical Attempts”, is based on three decades of his personal diary, representing a journey of the self. The first chapter began with Müller’s travels in the Himalayas in his early 20s. This second chapter, “Der Wolkenvermessser”, or “The Cloud Surveyor”, outlines, through the diary of a traveller observing clouds, the development of his thoughts and belief system, and his shifting perspectives.

      For Sara C, who studied musical theatre at the Academy for the Performing Arts, singing is her passion. She has collaborated with many local composers and musicians, and her musical performances have ranged from children’s songs, through Neo-soul and R&B, to jazz. She’s here to tell us more.

      22/12/2021
    • Cheung Chau Cinema, Isa Genzken@David Zwirner & in the studio: Olivier Cong

      Cheung Chau Cinema, Isa Genzken@David Zwirner & in the studio: Olivier Cong

      For those of you who go to Cheung Chau island, did you notice there is an old cinema in the neighbourhood? It was a small neighbourhood cinema built in 1931. The two-storey cinema is now a Grade 3 listed building. Its historical and social significance inspired an artist to make a film about it.

      German artist Isa Genzken works with a range of media, such as sculpture, painting, collage, drawing, film and photography. A trip to Chicago in 1992, in part, started her interest in architecture and urban skylines and created her assemblages of “tower” and “column” sculptures. On show at David Zwirner is Genzken’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. It features key works from the past ten years of her four decades long career, including her iconic freestanding floor sculptures to more recent wall-mounted works that explore relationships between architecture, art, commercial goods and everyday lives.

      We featured two very different style of female singer-songwriters on the show in the past two weeks, later on the show, revisiting our studio is Olivier Cong. He last came to our studio to talk about his first album, “The Day We Walked Into The Woods, Without A Map” in 2018. Three years on, at the end of October, he created an event that went beyond music. Held at Freespace, “I am afraid of” was an immersive multi-sensory journey of music, smell and moving image. And Olivier is back to our studio to tell us more of the concept behind that creative process and what’s next for him.

      15/12/2021
    • Colours of the Earth@The Mills, Greg Girad

      Colours of the Earth@The Mills, Greg Girad "HK Unseen" & in the studio: Anna hisbbuR

      The tie-dyeing technique was popularised by, and became emblematic of, youth and hippie counterculture in the 1960s and 1970s. Simple and effective, it has been with us a long time and has long been used by even tribal societies. Tie-dyed materials from around 100-200 BC have been found in Peru, and others dating back to the 5th or 6th century have been found in China. The technique has also long been popular in India, Japan, and parts of Africa, particularly – in Japan – combined with the use of indigo dye, which comes from a plant that can be grown in Hong Kong. One group here has been working with home-grown indigo, from seed to textile.

      Canadian photographer Greg Girard spent some three decades of his working life in in Asia before returning to Canada, and has published nine photography books on the region’s evolving urban landscapes. His photos of Hong Kong’s Walled City before its demolition in 1992 have featured in several international publications. Girard said he was so struck by a photograph of Hong Kong harbour taken by Eliot Elisofon in 1962 that he decided to come to Hong Kong by boat in 1974. He, eventually settled down here himself in 1982. On show at the Blue Lotus Gallery, “HK Unseen” features works focusing on Hong Kong in the 1980s.

      A fan of South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer and fashion designer Kwon Ji-yong, also known as G-Dragon, Anna HisbbuR said she started writing her own songs when she was in Primary Five. In October of last year, she released her first EP, “404 is Found”. This August, she released another: “God in my dreams”.
      Known for her chilled and soft vibe, Anna often accompanies her new releases with videos.

      09/12/2021
    • HKDI's

      HKDI's "Light from the Dark", Tino Seghal & in the studio: singer-songwriter Cehryl

      Today and in the coming two weeks, we will feature three very different local singer-songwriters on the show to find out what inspires them to write their own music of. Later in this week’s show, I’ll be talking to Honehg Kong raised Cehryl who recently returned here after spending time in the United States and the United Kingdom, about readjusting her life and telling her personal stories through songs.

      There are six main kinds of impairments that can affect people: auditory, visual, speech, cognitive, neurological, and physical. However, society often doesn’t do enough in terms of accessibility and designing for people with such impairments. To empower students and to address such needs, in July, the Hong Kong Design Institute’s Advanced Design Studio held an exhibition showcasing design solutions for the visually impaired.

      Artist Tino Sehgal creates what he describes as “constructed situations” that challenge the definition of art and the idea of art as a commodity. Designed to leave no footprint, his work emphasises people, not things. He focuses on interactions, exchanges, and conversations by recruiting local “interpreters” of all ages to engage with the audience. You can experience two of Sehgal’s best-known pieces at Tai Kwun until the end of this week in the “trust & confusion” exhibition. 150 Hong Kong “interpreters” between 16 and 73 have been recruited for "These Associations" in the prison yard, 30 of whom will take part in each performance. The other work, “This Variation” takes place in a dark room where professional dancers improvise and interact with people who come in. As Sehgal wants no physical trail of his works, neither photographing or filming them is allowed, but he did speak to us via the internet.

      Hong Kong born and raised singer songwriter Cehryl attended Berklee College of Music and later moved to Los Angeles. Plans to tour with her music were put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and so she’s back in Hong Kong, at least for a while. Her musical interests range from R&B, punk to indie pop-folk. She’s also passionate about photography and films. She’s here to tell us more about her new EP, “time machine”.

      02/12/2021
    • Y·PARK Sculpture Camp, “A HK Suit Story” @ The Mills & in the studio: pianist Colleen Lee

      Y·PARK Sculpture Camp, “A HK Suit Story” @ The Mills & in the studio: pianist Colleen Lee

      Government figures tell us that Hong Kong generates about 160 to 180 tonnes of yard waste, also known as green or garden waste, daily. Around 100 tonnes of that are generated and collected by government departments in the course of public works and daily vegetation maintenance. And the amount has increased over the past five years. The problem was particularly highlighted in 2018 when typhoon Mangkhut hit Hong Kong. 44,600 tonnes of yard waste were sent to the landfill that year, and almost half of which was in the aftermath of Mangkhut. But there are creative ways to reuse at least some of that waste.

      A visit to a Hong Kong tailor shop used to be a one of the main attractions for foreign visitors coming to Hong Kong. At a fraction of the cost of Italian or British tailor-made suits, any gentleman or aspiring gentleman, could get a bespoke suit made here within a day or so. But with the retirement of many of the old masters who’d come to Hong Kong from Shanghai, a lack of interest in the trade from younger generations, changes in lifestyle and fashion trends, and the advent of fast fashion, this kind of craftsmanship is disappearing. At The Mills in Tsuen Wan, “Foreign Fabric Local Looks: A Hong Kong Suit Story” shows how a well-fitting suit can convey the spirit of Hong Kong.

      December last year was the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. Hundreds of celebrations were planned across the globe, especially in his birthplace of Bonn, Germany. Sadly, Covid-19 either cancelled, suspended, or delayed many of those events. One of those delayed programmes was a joint presentation by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and RTHK’s Radio 4 of “Beethoven 32 in Hong Kong”. Now it’s going ahead. The organisers and pianist Colleen Lee came to our studio to tell us more.

      24/11/2021
    • Hong Kong Dragon Kiln, Wei Leng Tay’s “Abridge” & in the studio: cellist Bernard Chan & band

      Hong Kong Dragon Kiln, Wei Leng Tay’s “Abridge” & in the studio: cellist Bernard Chan & band

      Located in the west of Hong Kong’s New Territories, Tuen Mun lies between two mountains, Castle Peak and Kau Keng Shan. At one time it was a port and the location of a defence garrison because it was so close to the sea. Its local occupations, including trade, fishing, and salt production, can be traced back to the Tang dynasty. Although today’s Tuen Mun is a new town, there are still a few remnants of the past. One of them is the Hong Kong Dragon Kiln tucked away off Castle Peak Road.

      Currently on show at WMA Space the exhibition “Abridge” features the personal stories of Singaporean cross-disciplinary artist Wei Leng Tay presented in photography, video, and sound. The exhibition includes photographic prints made by re-photographing analogue images of some of her previous works and transforming them into digital copies. Some of the works include images of her living and working in Hong Kong between 1999 and 2015. Tay says her aim is to explore the way we see and interact with images in an uncertain present.

      After graduating from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, cellist Bernard Chan went on to study for his Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music.
      While there, he was selected to take part in an exchange programme with the North German Radio orchestra. Apart from playing the cello, Bernard also sings and plays the piano. Earlier this week, he came to our studio to tell us about his upcoming concert, “About Time”.

      17/11/2021
    • M+ opening: HK Here & Beyond, Jimmy Lee @ 1a Space & in the studio: The Up:Strike Project

      M+ opening: HK Here & Beyond, Jimmy Lee @ 1a Space & in the studio: The Up:Strike Project

      The idea of developing a West Kowloon Cultural District was proposed in former Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa’s Policy Address in 1998. In the ensuing more than two decades, the ambition to turn the 40 hectares of land into a cultural hub for Asia has been modified by comings and goings of personnel, design changes, and controversies. The price tag has ballooned from the original estimation of HK$21.6 billion to over HK$29 billion. After years of delay in completing some infrastructures and cultural facilities, the district now features the Xiqu Centre, Freespace, the Arts Pavilion and the Art Park. And the new kid on the block, opening this week, is the modern art museum M+.

      On show at 1a Space “Another Day in Paradise” by Jimmy Lee is a satellite exhibition of the Hong Kong International Photo Festival 2021. It is a photographic journey across different counties in England from 2017 to 2019, focusing on British lives and landscapes in the run up to Britain’s departure from the European Union. Lee says his photos are an observation of Britain’s social landscape and contemporary era by an outsider, but also someone who is, due to Hong Kong’s long historical relationship with Britain, more than just an outsider.

      As its name suggests, the New Vision Arts Festival concentrates on programmes that are non-traditional, experimental, and innovative. Despite the Covid-19 inspired travel restrictions that have impacted many local art events, this year’s edition of the festival, the tenth, has a strong line-up. The organisers have coped with the pandemic by, in part, commissioning works from overseas artists that can be streamed online. Other creators are exploring augmented reality and interactive online games.
      Two performers who will be appearing in person are percussionists Matthew Lau and Karen Yu.

      10/11/2021