Enjoyed the opening of the London Olympic Games? So did we. Danny Boyle exceeded himself. And so did Evelyn Glennie. She masterly brought together 1000 percusionists in an amazing opening ceremony. Who would have guessed that she is profoundly deaf?
Evelyn wrote a Hearing Essay to explain and rule out some misconceptions. It is a highly interesting read which you can find on her website by clicking here.
We also found a TED talk in which she explains how you listen with your body and not only with your ears. You have to see it.
In Evelina Children's Hospital in London the window cleaners dress up as superheroes, to the delight of all little patients.
Yesterday we were invited to the opening of Louis Vuitton's pop-up shop to marvel over the latest Kusama creations, all dotted as expected.
The opening was a very well orchestrated event including a talk by Fumio Nanjo (from Mori Art Museum, Japan) at Sotheby's. Fumio has worked very closely with Kusama over the years and it was very refreshing to see how her mental well-being was not glossed over but addressed with the necessary sensitiveness and respect. The exhibition is actually a celebration of an obsession and to be frank these sort of things do not happen a lot so a very approving nod to Louis Vuitton for doing so.
After all was said and done there always remains this one -reoccuring- question. Amy Winehouse allegedly said that she wrote her best songs when she was at her worst.
What is the correlation between mental well-being and exceptional art?
If you want to know more about Kusama, have a look at one of our previous posts Kusama: Princess of Polka Dots.
If you want to know more about the Louis Vuitton's collection and their other pop-up shops around the world, have a look on www.louisvuittonkusama.com.
The O+ festival is such a unique way of bringing Arts and Healthcare together that we think it is brilliant.
The O+ Festival is a festival of art and music wherein artists barter their contributions directly for medical, dental, and other wellness services from art-loving health care providers. The third annual O+ will take place in Kingston, NY this October 5, 6 and 7, 2012 (Columbus Day Weekend).
(taken from their website)
For more information please have a look at their website www.opositivefestival.org
and also, have a look at this wonderful video.
Exciting times! The MTR in partnership with the Art Promotion Office are looking for artwork commissions for the new MTR stations. They are in search of original station artwork proposals for the West Island Line, the Kwun Tong Line Extention and the South Island Line. The proposal needs to focus on the unique culture of the district and it needs to enhance the environment.
Briefing session: Friday 17 August, 6.30-8.30pm. Lecture Theatre, 4/F, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, 7A Kennedy Road, Central, Hong Kong.
Proposal deadline: Friday 28 September
For more information, including artist brief and details of the propsal, please click here or go to the MTR website.
Our Nesbitt Centre Art Project is still touring Hong Kong.
We opened it last year at Li Hall, St John's Cathedral (have a look here) . Then it went to the Science Park. Now it will be shown at the British Council from 31 July until 20 August 2012 (9.00am-8.00pm).
The exhibition opening will be next Monday 30 July 2012, from 7.00-8.30pm. If you would like to attend please email email@example.com or call +852 2813 4550.
DNA House has organised one of their cool mixers again, this time it is about photography.
Here is what they say about it:
The DNA House Photography creative mixer is open to aspiring photographers who wish to gain exposure and recognition by sharing and discussing their experiences and stories of their photographs in a practical environment. The creative mixer aims to bring together photographers of different genres to interact and contribute their ideas in an open discussion based approach.
For more info, please click here.
There are two interesting guest speakers: Chun Wai and Cecilia Ho.
To reserve a place at the mixer, RSVP by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited spaces available. Reservations will be conducted on a first come, first served basis.
Wanchai Visual Archive 灣仔視集
5-9 Hing Wan Street, Wan Chai
Lizzie Bee was invited to a guided tour at the ADA exhibition. We were so impressed!
The exhibition still runs until Saturday so go and have a look at JCCAC in Shek Kip Mei.
And if you are liking what you see, some of the works are for sale!
For more information, please go to the ADA website.
On top of Lizzie Bee's wishlist, you can find one of these...a mobile art centre!
Alumnos47 is a local arts nonprofit in New Mexico. Together with the architecture firm PRODUCTORA, they have converted a Freightliner M2 20K truck into a 215 square-foot mobile library with the capacity for 1,500 books on visual art and culture. In the truck they can also host a mix of workshops, seminars, and special events, relying on an interchangeable design to take advantage of every inch of space. The books are stacked on overhead trays to free up the main floor for events which allow a seamless transition from library to cultural center.
Pictures were taken from the Productora website, www.productora-df.com.mx
On Monday 2 July, 300 performers who have encountered homelessness have given a performance at the Royal Opera House. With One Voice is a part of the the London 2012 Olympic Festival.
For more information, please read the article in The Guardian.
The sell-out performance you can see on the One Voice website by clicking here.
Tell me and I will forget;
show me and I may remember;
involve me and I will understand.
Old Chinese Proverb