In the Show – January 11th 2011

Art in Industrial Buildings

Artists need room to make art. When much of Hong Kong’s manufacturing industry moved to mainland China, many of our industrial buildings were left empty. The rents, or the cost to buy, were cheap, so many artists moved in. One place they moved into was Fotan. But as you might learn if you go to the ongoing Fotanian Open Days, there is no guarantee that artists are going to be able to continue to rent those spaces.

Film Review “The Tourist”

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck wrote and directed the excellent “The Lives of Others” which was about a professional eavesdropper working for the East German Stasi who had become involved in the lives on which he was eavesdropping. It won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. So naturally Hollywood came calling. He took a while to make up his mind what project he wanted to take on. In the end he mad “The Tourist” with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. It’s a remake of a French comedy thriller called “Anthony Zimmer” by Jérôme Salle. Reviewer Gary Pollard suggests it’s a trip you probably won’t want to take.

ArtAlive@Park

The ArtAlive@Park programme, presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and organized by the Art Promotion Office was launched on December 23rd It consists of artistic performances and installation works. It’s an art project that takes into consideration the unique spatial design and styles of different parks. It’s also a platform through which students and graduates from the fine arts, design and architecture departments of four local universities can showcase their artistic talents.

Painter Josephine Do

Artist Josephine Do is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. She was born in Hong Kong but moved to New Zealand in 1984 when she was seven years old. In her work, she likes to take traditional Chinese images, blend them with propaganda images, transform them, and add new colour. The Art Beatus Gallery is showing “China Climate”, an exhibition of her paintings until 27th January.

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