Wednesday, September 05, 2007
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
(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: http://www.freud2006.de/
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
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
Friday, June 22, 2007
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) is a genius, a scientist and a humourous speaker. I was very lucky to have visited his summer house at Caputh, a little town near Berlin during my last Europe visit.
In 1929, Einstein, then a professor of physics in Berlin and already a celebrity, poured his savings into a simple wooden summer house built on the edge of the forest, overlooking the town and the lake. The house was designed by the modernist architect Konrad Wachsmann, a friend of the Einstein family.
Besides naming my workshop as "EIN-STEIN", I have been collecting Einstein quotes for some time now and here are some interesting ones:
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Do not worry about your problems with mathematics, I assure you mine are far greater.
I want to know God's thoughts,..... the rest are details..
If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.
Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.
Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.
The hardest thing in the world to understand, is income tax.
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.
Things should be as simple as possible, but not simpler.
When the solution is simple, God is answering.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
"Enough of Science and of Art;
Close up those barren leaves;
Come forth, and bring with you a heart,
That watches and receives."
Media artist Paul Sermon used this as his motto for creating a great art piece 10 years ago titled "The Tables Turned" - a witness to new forms of physical communications that are required in the modern world in order to bridge the difference between materiality and virtuality.
I do think that while we embraces technological art with its eye-opening possibilities, we must always remember that they need a heart that shall come forth to watch and to receive.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
10 years ago marked a sensitive date in HK’s historical timeline. So what was everybody doing in that point of time? Busy building for bigger opportunity to reap profits; busy planning their trips to exit this “place of uncertain future”; busy making films that record the change of sovereignty; busy creating big projects that should encourage the people to stay – say for example the Chek Lap Kok Airport or the world acclaimed Tsing Ma Bridge.
To view things on a retrospect, we were all helping to execute THAT ultra creative project of Mr Deng Xiaoping, termed strategically as “one country, two systems” and praised by all as ingenious and un-precedented.
The overall creativity of the populace, however, has not excelled as a result of this. We do have a lot of happenings or hardware that claimed to be “creative” or to promote “creativity”. And even more so in the rim of “creative industries.”
However, creativity is functionally and fundamentally dependent on the freedom of thinking, the skills of expression plus a longer vision as to where a society, or mankind in general, is heading. To this, I am still awaiting more signals from our next creative generation.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Today I met Wing Wong at his little photo gallery down in T.S.T. and we chatted a lot about our dream and passion towards life. He said the two strongest source of energy in the world stems from two extremes: HATRED on one end and LOVE on the other end. Love is not easy to come by and like water, it is hard to grasp. If I can convince the world that love is more important than fame, than material gain, than perfection, then it suffice to be a nobody or just somebody with faith.
March 12, (also 4th birthday of my god-son Ma Ching)