Culture

Mother Russia

I truly admire Pussy Riot's feminine power in awakening worldwide concern over the life of women in contemporary Russia. I always wonder how the life of women in Russia is in a men-dominated society. Perhaps, answers can be found at "Mother Russia" which is a group exhibition by emerging 4 Russian Photographers. The exhibition attempts to reflect the images of Russian women from different perspectives, providing an opportunity for Hong Kong people to glimpse this mysterious and ever-changing Eurasia country. It is an incredible chance for us to think about the freedom of speech, especially to Hong Kong who has growing conflict of interest with China.

Venue: The Salt Yard
Duration: 19/1 - 24/3 2013, 12n - 7pm, Thu - Sun

Details HERE

"David Bowie is" Exhibition

When we are talking about London's nightlife of yesteryear, ones will not be missed are the Punks and also a signature punk icon, David Bowie. The Victoria & Albert Museum has been given an unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie. More than 300 objects will be brought together for the very first time, e.g. lyrics, fashion, photography etc. The exhibition's concept is derived from David Bowie's famous song "Heroes" and also a book "We Can be Heroes" which has the most detailed account of London's coolest people in nightlife.

The exhibition will start from 23 March and end on 28 July 2013. If you don't have a chance to stop by London for the exhibition, make sure you get a copy of "We Can be Heroes".

Exhibition details

Sunshine Underground

Hong Kong artist Sun Lui uses acrylic to portray his thinking of human natures and the darkness of the society. Evolving from his early style of pop art, Sun's art style tends to be a collage of psychedelics and surrealism. Since his debut of join exhibition at “Nonstoplism1stAnniversary Art Exhibition” at Fringe Club,  Sun founded "ArtMania" to work with NGOs for the minorities & needy groups in the society.  He is currently working on his solo exhibition, Sunshine Underground with <<The Night in Darkness>> as theme.

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Lan Wei

Constructions ceased, concrete buildings stayed. Anothermountaiman highlighted the "exotica of opposites between grey lan wei and bright dreamy fantasy folk" in his exhibition. A back translation of the word "lan wei" is broken end. How sad to see construction project which the end is not complete, well executed and giving false hope to people who are in need of such space that could be home or dwelling area to many.

Lanwei Exhibition by anothermountainman Date: 7.10 - 11.11.2012 Venue: Blindspot Gallery & Blindspot Annex

JR is going to exhibit in Hong Kong

JR is a photography comes from Paris, He has described himself as a "photograffeur", as his works are not framed and hanged in gallery only, his works are exhibited in every city, every place and everywhere. He states that the street is "the largest art gallery in the world. And always create large impact with the photo and environment. The Wrinkles of the City / Shanghai   / 2010

Women Are Heroes / Brazil   / 2008 - 2009

He is going to have an exhibition named as " Pattern" at Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong, on September-November. Go there to feel how's the impact of his artworks!

The office site of JR

The site of Galerie Perrotin

make happy those who are near and ...

Stumbled across a blog post with a headline "Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come." and that attracts me tremendously. The author, Cristina Chapman, attended the Manchester Design Symposium 2012 just 2 weeks ago and got inspired by some key speakers like Adrian Shaughnessy - renowned graphic designer and writer of How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul  and Will Hudson - founder of It's Nice That, but more by Morag Myerscough - founder of Studio Morag. It's quoted "The person who inspired me the most was Morag Myercough, she has been a designer for the past 20 years but only in the last 10 years she has been doing exactly what she believes in." Morag has done a lot of way-finding design and instilled her quirky sense into many valuable organizations such as children's hospital, Deptford project by transforming an unused train into a cafe. It's indeed a life long journey for all designers to explore what truly resonates their dreams and things close to their hearts. Stay truthful and original.

beldi the rugs

Who could blend colors better than Moroccan in their rugs? Look at these fantastic rugs brought to you by Beldi - started by a couple from New York and Marrakech. They buy directly from the artisans to ensure fair prices, and they also pledge to donate 20% of all profits to charities in Morocco, like the SOS Children’s Village in Ait Ourir, outside Marrakech where they sponsor a young boy: www.sos-childrensvillages.org

vanishing cultures - mustang

It's through the Vanishing Cultures Project (VCP) which I come across Taylor Wiedman who is a New York based photographer shooting Mustang for the group to raise funds and awareness. VCP is a nonprofit initiative which aims to assisting indigenous, traditional groups worldwide to preserve their culture by documenting their lifestyle through photography, research, and media, educating the public about these extinguishing values and cultures. The current project which spans till September 2012 is called Nomads No More, a theme about Mongolia. The below images shot by Taylor has been documented in the book Mustang: Lives and Landscapes of the Lost Tibetan Kingdom. Hundred percent of the proceeds of this book will go to the VCP, or order individual prints here!

modern mahjong

Alessi during the Beijing Design Week earlier has transformed the gallery space into a mahjong room, filled with 12 tables, eight of which displayed the tray prototypes. Each table had four drawers opened to reveal LCD panels displaying detailed information about the products and the show itself. A specially commissioned soundtrack depicting the ambience of a mahjong room played in the background combined with the whispers of the eight design concepts. One table was set aside for a set of 144 mahjong blocks, each depicting one of alessi's iconic products. the reading room, full of alessi products and publications was painted red to represent the color of the forbidden city.  This is another interesting interpretation of our tradition with a modern lift!

Via DesignBoom

whitespace studio

Whitespace asked our friend and talented photographer Carmen Chan to come and take a few images of our space and our team. We wanted to share with you a sneak peek of our studio and the details that Carmen captured so beautifully. Premiere Issues on display.

Our designer working on the JUICE website.

A close up of Danielle's desk with a CLOT x Kubrick bear.

Our piano and favourite Spun chair designed by Thomas Heatherwick.

A peek into the meeting room.

An open plan for the team.

The studio's library packed with design books, magazine, artwork, sticker albums and other surprises.

Danielle's desk.

Our Mac Classic.

The studio line up.

A close up of Premiere Issues.

Our intern Lulu working on our latest project.

Our account director and her friend.

Our living room, with prints for AOC on the wall and a clock that is rightfully cuckoo as it never tells us the right time.

A Whitespace family portrait.

moments in time

Moments in Time are a trio of new works by The Hong Kong Ballet. They commissioned three contemporary choreographers, Peter Quanz, Kinsun Chan and Fei Bo, to create special pieces, Luminous, Black on Black and A Room of Her Own for a night of imaginative ballet. Whitespace worked with their team to produce this unique productions' visuals, following our work on Swan Lake and Coppélia. Moments in Time is runs 4-5 November 2011 at 7:30pm and 5-6 November 2011 at 2:30pm. Visit The Hong Kong Ballet for more details on their productions.

LUMINOUS is a happy, ever-lasting relationship really possible between a man and a woman? Peter Quanz speaks through his choreography about the fragility of human relationships, the tension between the genders and the qualities drawn out of us by each passing alliance. This emotionally-charged piece, dripping with sensuality, will make you reflect on your own relationships past and present.

BLACK ON BLACK is Kinsun Chan's new ballet that explores the timelessness of the colour black, and the dance aesthetics he has created reflect the many facets of black's symbolism. Kinsun manipulates the space on stage, playing with contrasting movements to reflect the contradictory emotions aroused by the colour black. The choreographer incorporates his intrigue for body language and gestures into this ballet of power, passion and surprise.

A ROOM OF HER OWN is about frustration, self-doubt, jealousy and torment; these are just a few of the emotions felt by Lu Xi, the heroine of A Room of Her Own. She feels suffocated by her foundering relationship with her choreographer husband, but soon this feeling is replaced by fear and jealousy of her husband’s mysterious friendship with a new colleague. This intense dramatic work, suffused with sadness, highlights the unbridgeable gap between the genders through a profound exploration of the characters’ psychology.

the future of a promise

What we know about the Arab world is quite limiting and not to mention the realm related to contemporary art of that part of the world. This exhibition called The Future of a Promise has a forward looking vision  which aims to explore the nature of the promise as a form of aesthetic and socio-political transaction and how it is made manifest in contemporary visual culture in the Arab world today.

unesco honors SCAD

We're thrilled to hear that UNESCO had honored SCAD Hong Kong. Earlier this week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization awarded SCAD an honorable mention for the revitalization of the former North Kowloon Magistracy Building in its 2011 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation. The awards honor private individuals and organizations that have successfully restored and conserved structures and buildings of heritage value in the region.

"SCAD is proud to have accomplished so much during our first year in Hong Kong," said John Paul Rowan, vice president for SCAD Hong Kong. "Our community of talented students, professors and staff all contribute to making SCAD Hong Kong the great place that it is. We look forward to many more exciting years in the former North Kowloon Magistracy."

The university's internal SCAD Design Group led the revitalization project with the experience of renovating more than 100 historic facilities guiding it. Over the course of 18 months, SCAD invested more than HK$250 million of its own capital in the revitalization and start-up of SCAD Hong Kong without further investment from the Hong Kong government. When SCAD completed the renovation in 2010 it was the first organization to complete the revitalization of a building under the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme.

"The adaptive reuse of the former North Kowloon Magistracy as an international university of the arts has breathed new life into a decommissioned 1960s government building," noted Tim Curtis, head of the culture unit for UNESCO Bangkok. "The project demonstrates the possibilities of adaptive reuse and is a model for successful public-private cooperation under the framework of Hong Kong SAR's policy for retaining and optimizing the value of heritage buildings."

We're really proud of SCAD, and believe they've set a standard for the re-use and conservation of significant buildings in Hong Kong. We hope that Hong Kong takes note of their lead as all eyes fall on the remaining sites around the city that have potential for being much more than high-rise shopping malls or residential developments, such as Central Market, Bridges Street Market, Central Police Station and Police Married Living Quarters.

karmapa

I really cannot recall where else do I see an event or organization celebrating the 900th anniversary, thus Karmapa really caught my attention. The brand identity has done a beautiful job in delivering the calming sentiment using the symbolic prayer flag as part of the symbol. The integration of the Chinese name is harmonious and balanced.

google doodles

Google has been creatively and quietly making alternative logos for themselves for over a decade. Typically corporations follow strict brand guidelines, that define the use and limit modifications to preserve the integrity of the logo. Google, however chooses to re-imagine their mark with playful interpretations and doodles now numbering in the thousands. We love the way they find a way to celebrate different cultures, and be a truly global organization. Here are some of our favourites. Jun 24, 2011, Festa Junina - (Brazil)

Sep 12, 2011, Mid-Autumn Festival - (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan)

Jun 21, 2011 First Day of Winter. Doodle by Takashi Murakami, 2011.

Aug 17, 2011, Pierre de Fermat's 410th Birthday - (Global)

Jul 20, 2011, Gregor Mendel's 189th Birthday - (Global)

Jul 08, 2011, Jean de la Fontaine's 390th Birthday - (France)

Apr 12, 2011, 50th Anniversary of the First Man in Space - (Global)

Sep 01, 2011, First Day of School - (Selected Countries)