All posts tagged: West Kowloon Cultural District

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 …

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 …

M+ presents Five Artists: Sites Encountered

Jun 7 – Oct 20, 2019Lara Almarcegui, May Fung, Lee Bul, Ana Mendieta, Charlotte PosenenskeM+ Pavilion, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District Tracking notions of site across multiple historical moments and artistic languages, the exhibited works include poetic expressions of the body, intense investigations into the built environment, and in one case, a direct response to the M+ site. Together, these multifaceted works display powerful connections between art and its surroundings—be they the natural environment, architectural space, urban contexts, or discursive frameworks—prompting us to rethink our relationships to place and sense of belonging in the world. A specially commissioned project by Lara Almarcegui presents a rigorous breakdown of the materials involved in the construction of the M+ building, offering a systematic expression of the transformations currently taking place at the museum’s site. With over twenty years of experience in investigating land and urban space, the artist fuses art-making with her research strategies, reflecting on unseen connections between what lies in the earth and the buildings that surround us. Ana Mendieta, a pioneering performance artist celebrated around the …

Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint

November 16, 2018 – April 22, 2019  M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District http://www.mplus.org.hk/counterpoint M+, Hong Kong’s new museum of 20th- and 21st-century visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District, presents Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint, to be held at the M+ Pavilion from November 16, 2018 to April 22, 2019. This exhibition is a dialogue between two artists: Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988), who is a central figure in the history of modern art, design, and landscape architecture, and Vietnamese Danish artist Danh Vo (born 1975), an original voice in contemporary art practice. The exhibition articulates this conversation through a range of works by Noguchi that spans almost five decades, including drawings, industrial design objects, and sculptures in stone, metal, and other materials. Vo’s contribution to the exhibition consists not only of select examples of his practice produced between 2010 and 2018, but also of building a bridge between two institutions and two cities—M+ in Hong Kong and The Noguchi Museum in New York. The exhibition is structured as a counterpoint, a relationship …

Backstage

By Ernest Wan All eyes in Hong Kong’s performing-arts world are currently on the Xiqu Centre in the West Kowloon Cultural District, which is slated to open at the end of this year. The building is officially described as “a centre for the production, education and research” of xiqu, the Putonghua word for what has conventionally and conveniently been known as “Chinese opera”. Accordingly, since last year West Kowloon has been presenting a number of talks that seek to increase people’s understanding of this art form. However, every year since 2014 a local performing group has been educating the public on Cantonese opera — the genre of xiqu found in Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China’s Guangdong and Guangxi provinces — in a much more adventurous fashion: in the form of contemporary drama, in English, and mostly in other parts of the world. According to Barbara Tang, executive director of Spring Glory Cantonese Opera Workshop, the idea of the theatrical work came from the inadequacy of talks on the subject. “For many years I have …

Register for ‘Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief World Tour’ talks

Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief World Tour is the Hong Kong edition of the exhibition Songs for Disaster Relief conceived by multidisciplinary artist Samson Young for the 57th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2017. Featuring a series of sculptures, objects, videos, sound installations, and site-specific pieces, the exhibition offers a unique audiovisual experience that re-examines the popularity of charity singles from the 1980s. Creatively repurposing and misreading iconic songs made by popular artists for charitable causes, Young draws on seemingly unrelated past and current events to explore the social, political, and philosophical implications of charity singles in a cross-cultural context. The exhibition is accompanied by a series of talks, guided tours, and live performances. Access services can be arranged in advance.   The exhibition is curated by M+ Guest Curator Ying Kwok, with M+ Deputy Director and Chief Curator Doryun Chong as Consulting Curator. Exhibition Period: 9 February to 6 May 2018  Wednesday to Sunday and public holidays 11:00am to 6:00pm M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District westkowloon.hk   Talks Where is the Voice – …

The Weight of Lightness: Ink Art at M+

M+, the highly anticipated museum of visual culture at Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, will exhibit selections from its exceptional ink art collection for the first time this fall. The Weight of Lightness: Ink Art at M+ will explore the pivotal role of ink art in global visual culture, offering fresh perspectives using cross-disciplinary and transnational approaches. The exhibition will run from October 13, 2017 to January 14, 2018 at the M+ Pavilion. While ink art generally refers to visual works with lineage to ink painting and calligraphy in the Asian tradition, M+ is taking a more expansive view. Since the mid-20th century, many artists have committed to distinguishing their work from traditional ink art by devising enlightening and imaginative approaches to reflect upon and make use of that legacy. They have developed new expressions and techniques influenced by personal experiences and incorporated artistic tendencies and materials from outside of their own cultures. These cross-disciplinary and intercultural connections have kept ink art constantly evolving and are central to M+’s strategy for collecting and exhibiting ink art. …

Talk on Hong Kong participation at the 57th Venice Biennale, Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief

To accompany Hong Kong’s collateral event at the Venice Biennale 2017, Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief, M+ and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council are co-hosting a series of talks in Hong Kong. Taking Young’s artistic practice and diverse influences as a starting point, the series offers a deeper understanding of key concepts in contemporary art and provides a wider context for Young’s newly commissioned work in Venice. Songs for Disaster Relief is conceived of as an album unfolding in space to be experienced in person. The series includes four key pieces, each of which tells a new story referencing the cultural and political context of iconic 80s charity songs. Through a deliberate repurposing and creative misreading of such iconic songs, Young presents an exploration of the troubling ideologies and genuine affective qualities that these songs and their aspirations embody. In the first talk in our series, Guest Curator Ying Kwok shares her experience of taking Songs for Disaster Relief from concept to realisation in Venice. She is joined by Anthony Leung Po-shan, one of the contributors to the exhibition …

There are no misinterpretations of nothing

By Winnie Lai Artist Tsang Kin Wah represented Hong Kong in last year’s Venice Biennale and has brought home a continuation of his quest for life’s ultimate meaning at the M+ Pavilion. This time the exhibition programme also includes the Misguided Tours, in which three curators who have previously worked with Tsang shared their alternative interpretations of the work. After The Infinite Nothing in Venice, nothing in Hong Kong takes the artist’s attempt to realise endlessness and perpetuity to another level. This time he wants to visualise and present nothingness: a personal visualisation of being under a nihilistic spell, and a manifestation of responses to realising the futility of life. It isn’t a straightforward or light-hearted work to digest. The Misguided Tours are an effort to counter the idea that there is an official way to understand art. Everyone has a blind spot; other people’s perspectives can dispel preconceptions and expand the understanding of a work. Tsang, a fan of Nietzsche, who famously said that ‘There are no facts, only interpretations’, would agree. nothing is the first show at the M+ Pavilion, …

Tsang Kin-Wah: Nothing at M+ Pavilion

October 6, 2016 The M+ Pavilion, the first venue to be completed in the West Kowloon Cultural District, opened to the public with its inaugural exhibition Tsang Kin-Wah: Nothingearlier last month. The solo show by renowned local artist Tsang Kin-Wah is a continuation and expansion of the artist’s widely acclaimed 2015 presentation The Infinite Nothing at the 56th Venice Biennale. Nothing draws on philosophy, literature, religion, and popular culture references and presents a site-specific, immersive installation of text, sound, and video projections. Make the most of your visit to the exhibition with a series of free programmes, including ‘Misguided’ Tours led by curators that have worked with Tsang at significant points in his career, and gallery tours led by M+ curators. Watch the exhibition trailer here for a sneak peek. Date: 9/9–6/11/2016 Opening Hours: 11am–6pm, Wednesday to Sunday and public holidays M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District For further information, please visit http://www.westkowloon.hk/nothing ‘Misguided’ Tours In these tours, curators who have worked with Tsang Kin-Wah share anecdotes and insights about the artist and his practice, offering a rare opportunity to hear alternative readings …