Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Attended the video installation works in "Tempestade / Unwetter / Tempest, curated by internationally-renowned curator Alfons Hug, who originates from Germany and active in Brazil. Also got to know GianFranco Foschino from Chile, the young artist who made a very beautiful and picturesque landscape vertival video that re-question how we perceive nature. I like that work very much indeed.

He introduced me to two other video masters' works in the show, namely Reynold Reynolds (US) and Guido van der Werve (Holland). Reynolds' "Secret Life" is a combination of performance and very fine video techniques that produced both intriguing and disturbing visuals.

Guido is the highlight of the exhibition, which is a 21st century echo to the German Romantic period. I am so happy to have a chance to see his heart-stiking images, particular at this juncture of my life, when I wanna get to the core of feelings.

Visit gallery of Goethe Institut-Hong Kong for more!

Sunday, October 24, 2010


German Pavilion, Shanghai Expo, 2010
Visit Transmediale Festival, Berlin, Feb 2010

Three years passed since I last posted on my blog. It stayed there out in the cold without me even bothering to pay a visit all these times ... I wonder why?Busy is one reason, but also an excuse- I think the real reason is more becasue of the TRANSITION in life I am going through that made me difficult to write about myself at all.

RED TIDE 花潮 by Hiyuki Ogata, Project RED, 2008

HIDDEN 潛 by Chan Wing-chiu, Project RED, 2008

Visit to Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna, Italy, 2008

But in fact, the years from 2007 to 2010 are amazingly memorable - all the good things come at the same time, namely a blooming love relationship; new adventures in Europe in terms of further study in Austria and bigger joint projects with Germany; a lot of trust within the cultural and film circle, and even the opportunity to own a new home with my beloved - one with full mountain view!

A revisit to my digital photo albums echoed the above luck, plus a lot of events, activities, travels and love from chiu, family and colleagues. I always told myself: I should have no complaints! And right so too ...

Studies at Danube University Krems, Austria, 2008

Blackie, my tough fighter in his last months, 2009

But of course the increased satisfaction and achievements also meant doubled or tripled pressure - pressure not only to the physical body, but also the mental state. after my papa's death, I am constantly confronted by decision making that involved a lot of sentimental valuing. A lot of time and energy were spent on balancing the brain and the heart - and very often, you have to forfeit one to sustain the other. Which promoted me to urge myself to take up "yi jing" 易經 soon!

When can I forget about the worldly stuff and return to soul-searching? May the next inspiration guide me to the right path. Right now - I am happy to stay gratified and contented.

Ha 好彩又到SUNDAY!!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

papa - may peace be with you always and ever after

So I hadn't updated my blog for over 2 months now! It might be kind of silly to think this way, but father's death did marked a vital point in my life. Not simply because he meant a lot to me, but also because his death made me re-think a lot about the family, my life pattern and the role as a daughter.

When my father was hospitalised, I was not the one who took most care of him - my brother Hong did most of the dirty job; while my mom was taking care of him day and night. I was also not the one who is prepared for his leaving us so soon. So when he chose a perfect time to go - 070707 at 7am - it seemed quite uncomprehensible.

Cheeks collapsed and month opened, he lied there just seems to be deep in sleep. I still can vaguely recalled the day before when we last visited him and he waved both his hands and shoved them behind his head - as if relieved that he had reminded us of all the things that still bordered his mind.

Papa - lo dau - I wish with the whole of my heart that you are resting in peace and be well asured that your spirits is living in all of us - your beloved sons and daughters.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Movies on the Mind

(photos provided by Kristina Jaspers of Filmmuseum Berlin)

Ever since the birth of cinema, there existed a continuous dialogue between "psychology" and "cinema" and pyschoanalysis has always offer a synificant platform for film critics to discuss about movies. Say for example: What fascinates the moviegoer about the fictive world of images on the screen? How do directors tell stories about repression or breaking taboos?

It is not as difficult to produce a book on related studies, but surely a courageous move in making it visually comprehensible via an exhibition space. I am therefore very excited by the exhibition “Movies on the Mind. Psychology and Film Since Sigmund Freud", conceptualized and realised by my curator friends in Filmmuseum Berlin.

(Poster graphic design by Jan Drehmel )

The exhibition offered its visitors the opportunity to literally put themselves on “the couch,” to experiment with their own perceptions, to catch on to the tricks of directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, G. W. Pabst and Woody Allen, and to observe their works in another light. All of these are connected with the latest findings from film historical, psychological and neurological research.

The show, originated from Berlin, is now toured to the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Science, L.A and could be seen there till September this year. More details in:

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Computer arts is a comparative new genre in arts history, and the earliest creators of such art works branched from a bunch of scientists linked with the scientific world. Important names include Georg Nees, Herbert Franke and Edward Zajec. Nees, together with Herbert Franke and Frieder Nake, can be termed pioneers of Computer Art in Europe.

On the occasion of Herbert Franke's 80th birthday, the Kunsthalle in Bremen, Germany is going to host a computer art exhibition titled "Ex Machina- early computer graphics until 1979" from June 17 to August, 2007 this summer.

Back in the 60s, Georg Nees was pupil of Max Bense, the founder of Information Aesthetics. They arranged the first exhibition of computer art at the Technische Hochschule in Stuttgart, Germany in 1965.

At that same period, famous scientist + computer graphic artists Manfred Schroeder, together with Bell Lab researchers Leon Harmon and Ken Knowlton, tried out a lot of experiments in producing images that could not otherwise be drawn or painted. More specifically, they wanted to generate pictures that would be perceived as totally different depending on the viewing distance. One such work that won an award is "One Picture is worth a Thousand Words". (the picture above is made up of numerous alphabets)

Monday, June 25, 2007

MUSE - a cultural magazine with heart

It was shear luck or fate that I got acquainted with the creative team of the MUSE magazine, a brand new cultural magazine in Hong Kong that is funded by Frank Proctor, now an admirable friend of mine.

I got to know their sharp and non-compromising editor-in-chief Perry Lam last year when we started discussing the likely contents and direction of MUSE, then simply a brilliant idea on paper. Now after one and a half year's hard work, the magazine is alive and working with a belief that "
Culture means more than just the arts. Culture is about how we live." I am proud to be associated with this magazine and am happy that Frank has allowed me time and again to input my spontaneous thoughts about the art and cultural scene of this dynamic city.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Collective Memories in Movie Posters

The Hong Kong Film Archive has a poster collection covering some 4000 titles, ranging from the 50s to the present. This archival treasure represents a history that span through harsh time in the post-war period and also the golden age of Hong Kong cinema in the 80s and 90s. The poster design and printing methods varied to a large extend and whether you appreciate the look of if or not, it is a rare chance for the originals to be put on display and a precious moment to revive collective memories.

As curator of the show, I have used a kind of "yin vs yang" idea to turn the exhibition hall in two sections of black and white, the former for displaying agressive and visually strong images from "kung fu" or "sexy" genres, the latter for displaying "comedy", 'romance" and "dramatic" film posters.

Due to the vast quantity, the selection will be shown in two phases according to the historical periods and will be toured to Tuen Mun Town Plaza in mid-July.

香港電影資料館自開館至今已搜羅得超過四千部香港電影的海報,由50 年代到今天的,片類繁多,設計和印刷都各具特色,從中可窺見電影過去數十年所走過的歲月,無論是艱辛的戰後,或是蓬勃的八、九十年代;無論是你喜歡或不喜歡的色彩或圖案,再次曝光亦是難得的歷史舖陳和感性的集體回憶。 由於量多的關係,展覽將按海報的年代分兩期展出,亦將於七月中移師到屯門市廣場一樓中央廣場展出。

香港電影資料館展期 Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Film Archive:
第一期 /Phase I (1948 to 1978): 23/6 – 19/8/2007
第二期 / Phase II (1979 to 2006): 25/8 - 1/10/2007

屯門市廣場展期Main Atrium, 1/F, Tuen Mun Town Plaza:
第一期/ Phase I (1948 to 1978): 22/7 - 12/8/2007
第二期/ Phase II (1979 to 2006) :13/8 – 2/9/2007