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Heterotopia is “the other space” – an existence that is both real and unreal, between physical space and utopia (virtual space). Besides cinema, museum and zoo, where else can we find heterotopia in reality? Graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and a Master of Arts Fine Art at the University of Reading (UK), emerging artist Sze Mei-ting, Muses has chosen ceramics as her primary medium for sculpture. Sze uses sculpture as her potent response towards different spaces. What would her ideal arts space look like? Perhaps her studio is an archetype of a heterotopia. J: JCCACS: Sze Mei-ting, Muses J: What motivates you to explore the themes of “animal rights” and “heterotopia”? S: After watching some videos on the ins and outs of slaughterhouses during my undergraduate years, I decided to become a vegetarian. It also led to my creation of a series of works on animal rights, including this photorealistic oil painting. On the front, viewers see the portrait of a pig, while the edges show patterns of pork meat. It alludes to the fact that a pig, no matter how “cute”, will eventually be consumed one day. Nevertheless, more recently I tend to touch less on animal rights in my arts because I think writing about it and activism are probably more effective and suitable. Besides, I prefer my artistic creations be purer in essence. Heterotopia is a concept elaborated by French philosopher Michel Foucault to address the differences between a real space and a utopian space, and to describe the otherness and significance when combining the two together. There are plenty of heterotopias around us, with zoo being an example. A zoo may look like a utopia for humans and animals, but in fact it is an illusion constructed in the realms of reality. An arts space also shares the same qualities between reality and virtuality. Therefore, I wish to challenge the boundary of this subject through the interaction between arts and space. J: The biggest differences between studying arts in Hong Kong and the UK... S: In Hong Kong, the bond between tutors and students is very strong and intimate. We keep in touch even after graduation. For example, I had the opportunity to learn from ceramicist and CUHK alumni Sara Tse after graduation. In Hong Kong, education is generally more inclined towards spoon-feeding, while in the UK it is more focused on academic freedom and proactive learning. Professors encourage students to delve into a topic they pick by themselves, and students are expected to be self-motivated and to dig deep with the resources available. Galleries and museums visits and internships during my time in the UK had been life-changing experiences for me. J: I understand that you were engaged in arts administration part-time at the Oi! arts space. What was the most memorable exhibition or arts programme you were involved in? S: “Play to Change” was a rather memorable programme that spanned more than two years. We co-organised 19 exhibitions with 19 different groups of architects. I was mainly responsible for arts administration, as well as translation and editing of promotional materials. The biggest reward from this programme is a true understanding of community arts. I was also able to learn from the architects for their insight and ingenuity on the handling of spaces. Original article【JCCAC Intimate Portrait】: https://www.jccac.org.hk/?a=doc&id=7740
Are you interested in gaining experience in the arts and creative industry? Over the years, Hong Kong Arts Centre has offered opportunities to local and overseas university students to gain an exciting and fulfilling experience through our internship and volunteer schemes. Our internship programme provides an excellent opportunity for their students to explore their potential through hands-on work experience, gaining exposure to the different aspects in the operation of the Hong Kong Arts Centre. The learning experience is a stepping stone to a promising future in arts administration and arts education. Internship opportunities are available for the following categories:1. Events & Visitor Service; 2. Programmes (screening, exhibition, performance, learning);3. Strategic Development & Membership;4. Marketing & Promotion. Requirements1. University student aged 18 or above;2. Holder of the Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card or possess a valid visa permitting internship in Hong Kong; and 3. Be enthusiastic about our vision and mission. Application periodWe accept applications throughout the year, and opportunities are available on a full or part-time basis. How to applyPlease send your application with resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit the official website for more details.
After four years of renovation and expansion, the Hong Kong Art Museum is finally reopened in late 2019. Let’s have a look of the upcoming exhibitions to be held at this new cradle of culture and art. 1 -《Classics Remix: The Hong Kong Viewpoint》Creating a dialogue of "14 local artists and 14 Museum's highlight collections", the exhibition "Classics Remix: The Hong Kong Viewpoint" incorporates new elements into the four major collections showcased in the "Ordinary to Extraordinary: Stories of the Museum" exhibition. It tracks the people and stories behind the collections, allowing the artists to display their unlimited imagination inspired by the classics to explore new creative possibilities, along with telling the unfolding stories of Hong Kong.Date: Until 2020.10.11Fee: FreeDetails: Classics Remix: The Hong Kong Viewpoint 2 -《From Dung Basket to Dining Cart: 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Wu Guanzhong (Phase I)》Wu Guanzhong (1919 – 2010) was an internationally acclaimed master with comprehensive knowledge of art of both the East and the West. He dedicated his entire life to exploring the modernisation of Chinese ink painting and the localisation of oil painting, and created many masterpieces that juxtapose the aesthetic perspectives and connotations of traditional Chinese ink paintings with contemporary Western art. A permanent "Wu Guanzhong Art Gallery" was established at the Hong Kong Museum of Art with an aim to showcase the master's donated works and related collection.To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Wu Guanzhong, this inaugural exhibition showcases over 100 representative paintings of Wu in two phases, with phase I from 29 November 2019 to 11 February 2020, and phase II from 14 February to 6 May 2020, including the works donated to the Museum by Wu Guanzhong and his family over the years and also private collections from Hong Kong and beyond. Apart from the classic paintings in ink and oil, there will also be sketches, painter's box, painting tools and documents he used when studying in France and so on. The exhibition will not only be honouring Wu's contribution to Chinese art but also paying tribute to his artistic pursuit for over half a century.Date: (Interactive exhibits and public programmes are temporarily suspended)Fee: FreeDetails: From Dung Basket to Dining Cart: 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Wu Guanzhong (Phase I) 3 -《A Pleasure Shared: Selected Works from the Chih Lo Lou Collection (Phase I)》The Chih Lo Lou Collection of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy was a private collection established by the late philanthropist and collector Mr Ho Iu-kwong. In 2018, the Ho family donated 355 artworks from the collection to HKMoA. A dedicated gallery to be named the "Chih Lo Lou Gallery of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy" is installed for the display and appreciation of this significant donation. "A Pleasure Shared" is the inaugural exhibition that displays around 70 selected works dating between the Ming dynasty and the 20th century in two phases to feature the uniqueness of the collection.Date: (Interactive exhibits and public programmes are temporarily suspended)Fee: FreeDetails: A Pleasure Shared: Selected Works from the Chih Lo Lou Collection (Phase I) 4 -《The Wisdom of Emptiness: Selected Works from the Xubaizhai Collection》The renowned Xubaizhai collection was compiled by the late connoisseur of Chinese painting and calligraphy Mr Low Chuck-tiew, who spent nearly 50 years acquiring the invaluable treasures it contains. Showcasing more than 30 representative works dating from the Ming and Qing dynasties all the way up to the 20th century, this exhibition allows visitors to gain an insight into a selection of masterpieces from the collection.Date: Until 2020.07.01Fee: FreeDetails: The Wisdom of Emptiness: Selected Works from the Xubaizhai Collection 5 -《The Best of Both Worlds: Acquisitions and Donations of Chinese Antiquities》The Chinese Antiquities section of the Museum has the most wide-ranging and the oldest art objects and artifacts in its custodianship. Over the years, the Museum collection has been tremendously enriched by donations and bequests from the public. Featuring over 300 items of art and antiques of different periods, "The Best of Both Worlds" illustrates how acquisition and generous donations form and shape out comprehensive Chinese Antiquities collection.Date: Until 2020.08.26Fee: FreeDetails: The Best of Both Worlds: Acquisitions and Donations of Chinese Antiquities 6 -《Lost and Found: Guardians of the Chater Collection》The Chater collection is one of the most legendary collections of the Museum. The artworks were displaced during the Second World War. Thanks to the selfless act of the Hong Kong citizens, some of the works are rescued and some of which will be on display in the exhibition "Lost and Found". The narrative of the exhibition is told through stories of how the artworks were kept hidden, displaced and eventually recovered during the war, restaging a period in history that is filled with human spirit.Date: Until 2020.09.16Fee: FreeDetails: Lost and Found: Guardians of the Chater Collection 7 -《Hong Kong Experience • Hong Kong Experiment》The development of Hong Kong art is a unique "Hong Kong experience". With innovation triggered by a new way of life, local artists exert the spirit of the "Hong Kong experiment". This exhibition attempts to make use of the collection accumulated over half a century to trace our Hong Kong art stories.Date: Until 2021.03.28Fee: FreeDetails: Hong Kong Experience • Hong Kong Experiment 8 -《The Breath of Landscape》The exhibition features interactive artworks by 5 local artists, namely Chan Wan-ki Kay, Mr Hammers, Rick Lam, Lee Shu-fan and Wong Chun-hei Stephen, as invited by the renowned local architect Billy Tam. With the theme of nature and landscape, the exhibition offers a unique art experience by bringing the sky, the flowing water, mountains and the breeze from nature into the Museum's new gallery space – The Wing and its surroundings. Date: (Interactive exhibits and public programmes are temporarily suspended)Fee: FreeDetails: The Breath of Landscape 9 -《Rediscovering Landscape》The exhibition showcased Rediscovering landscape trilogy, a three-chapter outdoor art installation jointly created by Kevin Siu, Bob Pang and Shuyan Chan. By offering a series of spatial experiences, it unveils a scroll of towering peaks amidst the city to reconnect us with nature. Date: (Interactive exhibits and public programmes are temporarily suspended)Fee: FreeDetails: Rediscovering Landscape 10 -《A Sense of Place: from Turner to Hockney》Drawn from Tate's world famous collection, this exhibition features 76 exhibits that illustrate the remarkable development of British Landscape Painting and its influence on European art over the past three centuries. Highlights include paintings from the two most significant British landscape masters of all time, J.M.W. Turner and John Constable, as well as the largest painting ever completed by the contemporary artist David Hockney.To complement the exhibition, we have invited Hong Kong artists to respond to the British artworks on display and the museum's own collection of landscape paintings. These responses invite visitors to engage with landscape art from a unique Hong Kong viewpoint.。Date: Until 2020.05.27Fee: $30/$21/$15/Free(Museum Pass)Details: A Sense of Place: from Turner to Hockney
Orchestras in Hong Kong Want to find out more about music and dance? In Hong Kong, you will find many arts organisations that host music and dance programmes from time to time – making it easy to find what you are looking for. Here are just a few of them. If you are an orchestral music fan, a good place to start your discovery is to enjoy the performances of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. Music fantasy[Chinese version only] will lead you through a new experience of listening to classical music. Chinese music For Chinese music, Introduction to Chinese music [Chinese version only] introduces you to various Chinese musical instruments. For you Chinese opera fans, you can get a glimpse into ten of the distinct branches of Chinese opera in Introduction to Chinese opera [Chinese version only]. Music channels of RTHK You can also tune in to Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK)’s Radio 4 (classical music), Radio 5 (Chinese music opera) [Chinese version only] or Radio 2 (pop music) [Chinese version only] to enjoy your favourite music. Dance groups in Hong Kong If you are into dance performances, check out the programmes hosted by the Hong Kong Dance Company, the City Contemporary Dance Company and the Hong Kong Ballet. Performing venues Many music and dance performances take place in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong Arts Centre and the performing venues of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD). Other performances The LCSD presents a year-round programme of performances by visiting and local artists. The most updated performance information If you are looking for the most updated performance information, just visit the Latest Cultural Programmes or the official websites of the performing organisations. Major arts festivals Arts festivals bring fantastic programmes for your enjoyment year-round. Around February and March, you can enjoy the programmes of the Hong Kong Arts Festival. There are also the International Arts Carnival in the summer and the Thematic Arts Festival during October and November. The Young Audiences Scheme of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra If you would like to have more involvement in music and dance, you have many channels to choose from. The Young Audiences Scheme of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is designed for local full-time students aged from 6 to 25. Young Friends of Hong Kong Arts Festival Young Friends of Hong Kong Arts Festival is for full-time secondary and post-secondary students. Friends of Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra And Friends of Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra welcomes everyone to apply for. Being a member, you will enjoy special treats and exclusive activities offered by the organisers, and student members can enjoy free performances. Music & art-related programmes If you want a taste of performing on stage, there are many training courses and activities for you. Check out the training programmes and events organised by the The HKCO Orchestral Academy, Excel, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Music Office (including the training classes, orchestras, choirs and music promotion activities). They lead you take your first steps into the performing arts.