In the Show – 26th October 2010

Art in Government Offices

In April, the government announced plans to invite local artists to submit proposals for displaying their works in the new government offices and Legislative Council building at Tamar. The Tamar public art project is set up to promote local art work and encourage public participation. Some artists doubt if the initiative, mentioned again in the recent Policy Address, is appealing to many artists. Others say public art comes with its own requirements.

Movie Review – “Let Me In”

“Let Me In” is a remake of a 2008 Swedish vampire movie called “Let the Right One In’. Both are based on a novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist that some have called the “thinking man’s ‘Twilight’”. It’s also a tender coming of age story about a bullied 12-year-old boy who is a social outcast. The boy, Owen, finds a friend in the girl next door, Abby. The only problem is that Abby has, as she says been twelve “for a very long time”, and needs human blood to survive. Gary Pollard is with us to review it.

Techno Choreography “Mortal Engine”

“Mortal Engine” is a piece by the Australian Dance Troupe Chunky Move that blurs the edges between the human body and the technological. Last weekend the company performed it in Hong Kong as part of the New Vision Arts Festival. it’s a collaboration of dance and electronics and has been described as “techno choreography”.

In the Studio – Uyghur Group “Jam”.

Performing our studio is a band whose members all hail from Xinjiang. They are called Jam, and they aim to bring Uyghur music to the world.

In the Show – 19th October 2010

Dadawa in Hong Kong

The music of ethnic minorities is a source of inspiration for singer song writer Zhu Zheqin, otherwise known as Dadawa. Last year, the United Nations Development Programme appointed her as a Goodwill Ambassador to promote, preserve and revive ethnic music in China. The mission involved a four-month 20,000-kilometre journey across Yunan, Xinjiang, Guizhou, Inner Mongolia and Tibet, searching for different sounds and handicrafts. The results of that musical journey were transformed into a series of concerts, two of which were performed in Hong Kong last weekend.

Movie Review – “Confessions”

Kanae Minato’s six-part mystery novel “Confessions” is a No. 1 best-seller in Japan having sold almost three million copies. The movie version, directed by Tetsuya Nakashima, topped the Japanese box-office for four straight weeks on its recent release. It’s also Japan’s entry to the Academy Awards next year. Showing in Hong Kong this week, it’s the story of what happens when a sweet-faced schoolteacher realises that two of her students, who killed her infant daughter, are too young to be tried for the murder. She decides to take revenge in a way that leads to unexpected and extreme repercussions. Gary Pollard reviews it.

Exhibition: When New Vision Meets New Media”

We also take a look at: ““When New Vision meets New Media”, an exhibition that aims to reveal the elationships between technology, art and the society in the age of networked culture, where people around the world are connected with each other through various forms of media. Artists on show are: Karsten Schmidt, Marius Watz, Eric Siu, Honhim Cheung

In the studio – Buddhistson

Finally, in our studio Shima and Jen of Japanese Indie rock band Buddhistson, perform

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In the Show – 12th October 2010

Cattle Depot Conflicts

We begin our new series by looking at conflicts over the slaughterhouse that’s now an arts space. It’s the Cattle Depot in To Kwa Wan, built in 1908 and operating until 1999. It’s been graded as a historical building, and has, since 2001, been a home to several local artists. 15 of the 20 units there are leased, but relations with the landlord, i.e. the government, have been getting testy of late. Members of the public are now not allowed to enter Cattle Depot unless by invitation or in the company of tenants. Identities must also be registered after nine at night. Tenants of Cattle Depot and local artists have long complained about entry restrictions and other tight regulations imposed here, but tensions increased in the past month.

Movie Review – “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”

In our movie review, Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” series is a publishing phenomenon. So far, it’s a series of three books that has sold more than 20 million copies in 41 countries. There may be a fourth. Unfortunately Larsson did not see his own success. He died of a heart attack before even the first book was published. The trilogy was filmed in Sweden, and is soon also to be adapted by Hollywood. The first of the three Swedish films based on the books, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” opens in Hong Kong this Thursday. Gary Pollard’s been to see it.

Chinese Big Spenders at Fine Art Asia

What the Asian media like to call the financial tsunami left many in the West a little or a lot less well off. In China, however, many still have a fair amount of disposable cash. They are occasionally deciding to spend it on art, and as last week’s “Fine Art Asia”, which sold $320 million worth of art revealed, that is having a growing effect on the international art market. In art circles in China, the term “backflow” is used to describe the way the flourishing Chinese market is bringing back many items sold to the West decades ago.

In the Studio – “Tuesday Morning Surfing Club”

Finally, in our studio, a group of local musicians that liked to surf on Tuesday mornings decided to make some music about it. They call themselves “Tuesday Morning Surfing Club”. Tonight they’re here playing the theme from “Endless Summer”.

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