Author: Artomity Magazine

Microwave International New Media Arts Festival 2020: Sharp Chronicles

Oct 30 – Nov 15, 2020 Microwave International New Media Arts Festival 2020 returns this year from Oct 30 to Nov 15. With the curatorial theme Sharp Chronicles, the festival presents a series of exhibitions, online episodes, and screenings, to explore the pursuit of truth in face of information explosion and fabrication in the everyday life. Media art is not merely the practice of creative ideas, but also embodies the characteristics of science and technology. Therefore, not only is media art capable of circulating messages,  documenting evidence, instigating research and awareness, it also opens the possibilities of tracing and pursuing truth. The curatorial theme of this year’s festival begins with this intention. In the everyday life of information overload, we ride on critical discussions and navigate between the threads of media art.  Through which, we allow as many possibilities as possible, and reject any certainty to weave together our “Sharp Chronicles”. The preview of the Main Exhibition takes place on Oct 30 at the Exhibition Hall (Low Block) of Hong Kong City Hall. The exhibition brings together works from international artists, including Lawrence Abu …

Freespace Jazz Fest 自由爵士音樂節

Freespace Jazz Fest 自由爵士音樂節 /Nov 6 – 8, Friday – Sunday /Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District /Hong Kong (MTR Kowloon Station Exit E)Free admission. Tickets required for some performances. This November, Freespace Jazz Fest returns to West Kowloon with a programme of music and art events celebrating the innovation and diversity of one of the world’s most popular forms of music.  Highlight ticketed events include Ted Lo and Eugene Pao – an evening of fusion, classics and original compositions by local jazz greats Pao and Lo, joined on stage by a line-up of friends and star guests. There’s also Angelita Li Sings Billie Holiday Feat. Patrick Lui Jazz Orchestra – with songs and stories honouring the life and legacy of the US jazz diva performed by Angelita Li and Patrick Lui Jazz Orchestra, and the experimental collaboration Jazz Imaginarium – a unique, multisensory immersive experience with musicians and visual artists creating a black box installation with improvised sound and imagery. Buy tickets now: https://wk.org.hk/2G46Xza Free events include the Experimental Jazz Lab, with six sessions featuring live and online interactive collaborations between artists …

Tap Chan, Thea Djordjadze, Jason Dodge, Eisa Jocson, Pratchaya Phinthong

My Body Holds Its Shape / Tai Kwun Contemporary / Hong Kong / May 25 – Sep 27, 2020 / Jacqueline Leung / Little Mermaid Ariel’s song preceded the exhibition hall. By the time the dancer was seen, he had already turned on all fours, stretching his limbs with feline grace. In Eisa Jocson’s Zoo (2020), performance is in a constant state of becoming. Working with the expanse of the room, the dancers shifted between routine and improvised imitations of characters and animals, enlivening a space made to confine – previously as a women’s prison, now as a four-walled enclosure for art. Loosely organised around metaphorical interpretations of the body, such as its existence as a physical container, or as a mental framework of the self, My Body Holds Its Shape questions our efforts to sustain these edifices structuring our understanding of the world. Through the work of five artists, the exhibition opens up these limits as interstices of new relations and significance, creating, according to the opening statement, a “view that was not there …

Virginia Overton 弗吉尼亞·奧弗頓

Signs of the Times / By Christina Ko / When you are dealing with works as large and savagely stark as Virginia Overton’s installations, it’s easy to reduce the importance of a scattering of pieces on paper, which might initially seem to be simply two-dimensional precursors or stylistic explorations that precede their sculptural siblings, forged of aluminium and light. To many artists, paper is usually just a canvas, its function no more than to support the paint that sits on top of it; to Overton, it is a material with a history and significance equal to that of the salvaged aluminium that forms the rest of the pieces. Overton’s practice is not defined by any overarching message or cause, and, by her own admission, defying categorisation can be “problematic” in a world that loves a pigeonhole. But if there is a connective thread, it is that she works exclusively with salvaged materials, and that respecting the past life of said materials is an important aspect of the process – whether they be her go-to industrial …

Wesley Tongson at Galerie du Monde

Sep 24 – Nov 16, 2020 Galerie du Monde108 Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell Street Central, Hong KongMonday to Saturday, 10am – 7pm+852 2525 0529Web Galerie du Monde presents a solo exhibition of Wesley Tongson (1957-2012) from September 24 to November 16, 2020. In exploration of the evolution of Wesley Tongson’s spiritual journey and artistic path marked by outstanding dedication and passion, the exhibition showcases Tongson’s aptitude in a range of techniques, from Chinese shanshui and calligraphy, to splash ink, to his monumental landscape and plant paintings created with his hands, fingers and nails. One of the most important ink artists from Hong Kong, Wesley Tongson had a dynamic career spanning from the 1970s to 2012. He began with a foundation in Chinese brush painting, and studied Western painting at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. Returning to Hong Kong in 1981, he went on to explore and teach himself splash ink painting. Tongson diluted washes in ink with brilliant mineral colors, a combination that conveys luminosity and grandeur. The dark ink tones which depict mountains are well …

Elisa Sighicelli at Rossi & Rossi

Stone TalkCo-presented in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institution of Hong Kong Oct 3 – Nov 14, 2020Opening: Saturday, Oct 3, 3 – 7pm (coinciding with Southside Saturday)  Rossi & Rossi3/F Yally Industrial Building6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk HangTuesday to Saturday, 11am – 6pm+852 3575 9417 In her first solo show in Asia, Elisa Sighicelli presents a series of new photographs that scrutinize overlooked details of museum interiors and of artworks in a number of institution collections.  Known for her experimental approach in the medium of photography, Sighicelli probes into the materiality of photos and its effect on our way of seeing. Merging with materials that have different tactile properties and textures, her photographs analyse the ways in which reality reflects itself and often appears to be made from the very substance it represents. In a world saturated with virtual images, the artist sets out to restore the palpable tangible existence of images in a physical space. The exhibition is going to be accompanied by a selection of ancient Roman steles and remnants to foster a …

Nicole Wong @suitcaseinstitute

On How to Say Goodbye / Sep 24, 9pm HKT / Suitcase Institute /Only accessible through @suitcaseinstitute on Instagram / Suitcase Institute is pleased to announce the official inaugural performance for On How to Say Goodbye (2020), an artwork by artist Nicole Wong. Nicole Wong’s suitcase is a meditation on impermanence, memory, intimacy, life, death, and farewells. Here, a vintage, taxidermy fox appears to be sleeping; nearby are items that connote acts of intimacy and connection, such as a comb, a bottle of hand sanitizer, and postcards. When displayed, the artwork invites passers-by to examine their own relationship to loss, grief, and mortality, creating moments of connection in unexpected places. In an effort to avoid large public gatherings, however, Nicole Wong has decided to publicly unveil the artwork with a performance that will be live-streamed from Suitcase Institute’s Instagram account (@suitcaseinstitute) at 9pm on Thursday, September 24. On How to Say Goodbye is the second suitcase artwork produced by Suitcase Institute. The artwork has previously been shown on a pedestrian bridge in Hong Kong. For more details on Suitcase Institute and …

Cypher – An encounter of dance and movement live and online

FreespaceArt Park, West Kowloon Cultural DistrictHong Kong This autumn, Freespace presents a three-month encounter of dance and movement live and online with innovative performances by regional artists. Events include With/out Umeda, a showcase of works by Japanese choreographer and multidisciplinary artist Hiroaki Umeda devised in response to the 2020 reality of travel restrictions and social distancing; The Battle, a cross-genre blend of dance competition and theatrical performance; and Hong Kong Dance Company’s new performance Convergence that, along with an immersive VR video, offers new perspectives on movement through the lens of Chinese dance and martial arts. The programme also includes a range of master classes, movement and graffiti workshops, seminars, exhibitions and other activities in and around Freespace. Buy tickets now: https://wk.org.hk/3m2pGvh With/out Umeda Oct 11, Sunday 8pmLive Online Premiere at POPTICKET Oct 14–17, Wednesday – SaturdayOn-demand viewing at POPTICKETA specially curated exploration of the work of internationally acclaimed choreographer and multidisciplinary avant-garde artist Hiroaki Umeda, featuring an immersive digital installation, dance videos, a real-time solo digital performance and Umeda live from Tokyo. HKDC in Residence 2020: ConvergenceOct 18, Sunday 8pmOnline Premiere at POPTICKET Oct 19–24, Monday …

Hank Willis Thomas at Ben Brown Fine Arts Hong Kong

Don’t let Money Change You  Sep 21 – Oct 31, 2020 Ben Brown Fine Arts 202 The Factory1 Yip Fat StreetWong Chuk Hang Ben Brown Fine Arts is proud to present Hank Willis Thomas’s Don’t Let Money Change You at the Hong Kong gallery. This is the artist’s third solo exhibition with Ben Brown Fine Arts, following his highly acclaimed shows in London, The Beautiful Game, 2017, and Hong Kong, My Life is Ours, 2018. Don’t Let Money Change You will bring together a new body of work from Thomas’s innovative retroreflective series, depicting serial imagery of international currencies in bold monochromes.

Tobe Kan Kiu Sin 簡喬倩

By John Batten / Tobe Kan Kiu Sin graduated from the Hong Kong Art School/RMIT University with a fine arts degree in 2017. It was a fortuitous education: she had previously applied to but was not accepted into Hong Kong’s two other established fine arts undergraduate programmes, at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University’s Academy of Visual Arts. Undoubtedly, the art school’s programme was more suitable for her. Kan’s fellow students were not all fresh secondary school graduates, but similar to her: a bit more mature – she was born in 1984 – with some work experience and a thoughtful commitment to the self-financed study of visual art. Initially enrolled in the sculpture stream of the course, she immediately moved to painting, where her mentors included Art School teacher and artist Ivy Ma and alumni artist Carol Lee Mei Kuen, with Lee curating Kan’s first solo exhibition, Peck-eyes Ravens, at the studio of CL3 Architects in 2018. Kan grew up in Hong Kong’s Fanling and Kwun Tong districts and went to a “nice, not competitive” …