In the Show – 11th May 2010

Ai Weiwei is one of China’s leading contemporary artists, an architect, and a blogger. He’s also widely known outside China for his political activism, fighting for the rights of the victims in the Sichuan earthquake in 2008. Ai is being watched by more than art lovers. His studio and house in Beijing are under regular surveillance, his bank account examined by state security officials, his blog blocked, and his emails hacked. Still, he manages to get onto the internet. He says he spends eight hours a day on the web. Last month Ai Weiwei was in Hong Kong to prepare his first exhibition here, a collaboration with American-Italian artist and architect, Vito Acconci. Starting this week, Hong Kong has a chance to see an exhibition by Ai Weiwei at the Para/Site art space.

In the first “Iron Man” movie we were told how Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey, lost his physical heart as he gained a spiritual heart. He also gained an Iron Man costume that turned him into the world’s greatest secret weapon. Well, at the end of that movie, the secret was out. Stark admitted he was Iron Man, and now in “Iron Man 2” he faces a new bunch of enemies. Reviewer Gary Pollard talks to us about the sequel.

Hong Kong’s first Turkish Film Festival is running at the Grand Cinema in Elements from this Thursday until next Monday.The ten feature films selected include Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Three Monkeys” which won the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival. Faith Akin’s “The Edge of Heaven” has also won a number of international awards including some at Cannes and in Germany. The Turkish Consul in Hong Kong tells us more.

From Turkey we head to Denmark, and we’re going there in the company of one English playwright having fun with the work of probably the greatest English playwright of them all. From Thursday until Saturday, at the Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre, a group of talented young people from the Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection is performing Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”.

What will we do if we manage to deplete all our natural habitats? Well we might have to remember them with the very materials we took away from them. That’s the idea behind “Memory of the Forest”, a group of animal sculptures made in a workshop led by local artist Kacey Wong.Kacey and a group of students collected wood that had been thrown out, and transformed it into a series of works, which you can see at the Central Star Ferry, Pier No. 8, until May 23rd.


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