In the Show – 27th March 2012

Five Women Artists


March was the month of International Women’s Day, so in part one of today’s show we’re concentrating on female visual artists beginning with “Beyond the Painting Screen”, an exhibition at the New Gallery on Old Bailey that runs until next Friday.







Ho Sin-tung ““Hong Kong Inter-vivos Film Festival”

This year’s’ Hong Kong International Film Festival, the 36th, has extended its screenings to April 9th. That should be good news for film fans like local artist Ho Sin-tung, who has created her own festival of imagined films at the Hanart Gallery. Her fantasy festival is called “Hong Kong Inter-vivos Film Festival”. It’s an exhibition that’s a homage to movies. In this case though it’s a homage to 28 movies that exist only in her own mind.


Movie Review – “The Hunger Games”

Its makers hope that “The Hunger Games” is going to be as big a phenomenon as “Harry Potter” or the “Twilight” franchise. It too is based on a series of books, in this case three, written by Suzanne Collins. The omens are auspicious: the opening weekend’s box office take did break records. “The Hunger Games” is the story of sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who is one of 24 teenagers, chosen – in a future world – to take part in a televised fight to the death. Gary Pollard reviews it.

Picture“The Blue Planet”

And from “The Hunger Games” to a celebration of the planet we live on. This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, you can see, at the Kwai Tsing Theatre, the multimedia show “The Blue Planet”. It’s a collaboration between British filmmaker Peter Greenaway, Dutch opera-and-theatre director Saskia Boddeke, and composer Goran Bregovic, who’s best known for his music for many European movies. It’s a show that involves video images, live body movement, song and music, to give a new interpretation of the myth of the Great Flood and of Noah’s Ark.

PictureOcean Film Festival

Still on the theme of our planet Earth and its great blue depths, over the past couple of weeks Hong Kong audiences have had the chance to see movies in the Hong Kong – San Francisco Ocean Film Festival. The event was launched simultaneously on both sides of the Pacific Ocean, to introduce projects and initiatives that may help improve our ocean environment.
PictureNorwegian Trumpet Player Tine Thing Helseth

From the depth of the oceans, to the fjords of Norway and a woman known as one of the leading trumpet soloists of her generation. She’s Tine-Thing Helseth, and she’s in our studio.



In the Show – 20th March 2012


Four Artists from Vietnam and Cambodia

Vietnam and Cambodia have undergone some of the most disturbing political and social events in living memory. With relative peace in recent decades, contemporary art in both countries has begun to flourish. But the memories are still there. Now on show at 10 Chancery Lane Gallery until 14th April, “Four Rising Talents from Southeast Asia” features three artists from Vietnam and one from Cambodia.



Saamlung Gallery “No One To Hear You Scream”

“In space, no one can hear you scream.” That was the chilling tag line used in the ads for the 1979 Hollywood science-fiction film “Alien”. At the Saamlung Gallery “No one to Hear You Scream” has become the title of an exhibition of works by seven artists from different places, working in different media.


Movie Review – ““Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”

With the 1974 novel “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” John le Carre not only revolutionised the spy novel but introduced to the public terms such as “honey trap” and “mole” that have now become standard parlance in politics and journalism. In 1979, the BBC adapted it into a seven part TV serial with Alec Guinness as spy master George Smiley. Now it’s a movie, with Gary Oldman in the same part. Gary Pollard’s with us to review it.

PictureHK-Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture

“Architecture creates cities” is the theme of this year’s Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture.The exhibition in Shenzhen last December was focused on the time and space of a city, and the sustainability of the culture and architectures. Under the newly-created term “Tri-ciprocal”, the Hong Kong element further discusses the relationship of cities and architecture

PictureMainland Artists of the 80s

Finally this week, at the Schoeni Gallery until April 7th, you can see work by some of the young generation of Chinese artists born in the 1980s. The exhibition’s called “Generation Me: Lost in Transition” and it’s the third of the Niubi or Newbie Projects initiated by gallery owner Nicole Schoeni to explore artistic creation in China among young artists of similar age but with different levels of reputation, different focuses and different media.

In the Show – 13th March 2012

“Transforming Minds: Buddhism in Art”

PictureLocated in the heart of Admiralty, the former British Explosives Magazine Compound was built in the mid-19th century to store explosives. It consists of four military buildings, three of which are Grade 1 historical structures. The site’s been unused since the 1980s. Now it’s been given a new lease of life. After seven years of building and $400 million dollars of investment, the heritage site has been restored and has become the Hong Kong Jockey Club Former Explosives Magazine. It now houses the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre. Last month, the centre opened with an inaugural exhibition, “Transforming Minds: Buddhism in Art”.

PictureMovie Review – “A Separation”

Iranian film “A Separation”, won the Academy Award for best Foreign Language film this year. It’s the story of what happens when a husband and wife separate in the lead up to a divorce. The husband hires another woman to take care of his Alzheimer’s suffering father, and she – being devoutly religious and pregnant – does not want to tell her husband. And that’s where the problems begin. Gary Pollard reviews it.

PictureGu Wenda In Hong Kong

Gu Wenda was born in Shanghai in 1955. He now lives and works mostly in New York City although he also maintains studios in Shanghai and Xi’an in China. He’s known for his works that focus on traditional Chinese calligraphy and poetry, sometimes using symbols with no literal meaning. He’s also known for his tendency to use human body materials in his work. Including human hair.

PictureClarinet and Piano from Johnny Fong and Jacqueline Li.

In our studio we have clarinet music from Johnny Fong and pianist Jacqueline Li. Johnny plays Principal Clarinet for the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. It’s a mission for him to introduce listeners to the instrument that’s sometimes called “the spellbinder in the orchestra”. On Sunday he’s giving a concert at Shatin Town Hall.

In the Show – 6th March 2012

Dr John

PictureWe begin today’s show by sliding down to the city known as the “Big Easy”, New Orleans. And the music of “Dr John, formerly known as “the night tripper”. Dr. John has been called the ambassador of New Orleans. From his music, to his theatrical performances of voodoo ceremonies, and his previous elaborate costumes and headdresses, the Crescent City’s heritage is at the heart of his music-making. We spoke to him during his recent visit to Hong Kong.

PicturePainter and Photographer – A Visual Conversation

Last year, the gallery Lumenvisum launched its first “Conversation between Artist and Photographer” exhibition. The second exhibition in the series, a visual conversation between artist Tang Ying-chi and photographer Lau Ching-ping, is on until 18th March.








Movie Review – “The Artist”

“The Artist” is a black and white quasi-silent movie about a silent movie star who refuses to enter the world of sound movies. Further complicating things, he falls in love with an actress who is swept to success on the wave of sound movies. It won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director. Gary Pollard’s been to see it.

Picture Tinariwen

The nomadic band Tinariwen was founded as a music collective by Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, who at age four witnessed the execution of his father during a 1963 uprising in Mali. They initially began as a loose group of musicians performing protest music. They used to record music for free for anyone who would supply a blank cassette tape.Last week, Tinariwen, or at least some of its members, performed in Hong Kong. And they pointed out that conditions in Mali are still tough.


Marc-Andre Hamelin
Montreal born Marc-Andre Hamelin is a pianist and composer who has earned himself a worldwide reputation for his classical mastery of technique and his interest in performing not only well known favourites but also music that’s off the beaten track. He’s recorded more than 60 CDs, all for the Hyperion label. This week he’s in Hong Kong, performing a solo recital on Wednesday, and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday and Saturday. He also came to RTHK to play for The Works.