In the Show – 20th April 2010

Described as a “conceptual circus”, “Hope and Glory” is Simon Birch’s most ambitious project to date. Occupying 20,000 square feet in Artistree in Taikoo Place, it merges themes and fragments of Birch’s life. Initially Birch was planning to fund the project out of his own pocket. But given the scale and the ambition of the exhibition, he finally managed to obtain HK$2 million in funding from the governments “Mega Events Fund” for non-profit organisations. Birch calls the project a labour of love.

“Along the River During Qingming Festival” is a scroll painting by the imperial painter Zhang Zeduan. It has been called China’s greatest single art work.The painting depicts the complex street scenes of Bianjing, the capital of the Northern Song Dynasty, with painstaking detail and from a multi-point perspective.It has now been turned into a dance by the Hong Kong Dance Company.

Joel and Ethan Coen’s “A Serious Man” is a film about whether there’s a God, the meaning of life, or indeed if it has a meaning. It’s about Larry Gopnik, a physics professor who lectures on quantum mechanics and the uncertainty principle, who finds himself suffering a modern version of the trials of Job. But at least Job was pretty sure who was tormenting him. As Gary Pollard tells us, it sounds like serious stuff, but it’s the blackest and bleakest of comedies.

In our studio, we have violin and guitar in unison, as Andrea Zanchetta performs with Tina Karen Lo.

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