Man, Mu­sic and Ma­chine

Hong Kong Tatler - - Faces | Soiree -

A danc­ing ro­bot was the guest of hon­our at the din­ner cel­e­brat­ing Love Art, the an­nual col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween The Penin­sula and Lon­don’s Royal Academy of the Arts. Cre­ated by Bri­tish artist Con­rad Shawcross and ti­tled The Ada Pro­ject, the me­chan­i­cal mas­ter­piece grace­fully moved its light-laden limbs to the dul­cet tones of Hong Kong so­prano Joyce Wong, who sang a Mira Calix-com­posed piece ti­tled If Then While For. The din­ner was staged in the ho­tel lobby and af­ter dessert, nu­mer­ous art-world lu­mi­nar­ies gath­ered to ad­mire the ki­netic sculp­ture.

The most mem­o­rable speech of the evening was given by renowned arts jour­nal­ist Jan Dal­ley, a good friend of the 39-year-old artist, who shared some amus­ing mem­o­ries from his child­hood. “Con­rad was an ex­per­i­men­tal young boy,” she said, “al­though not in the way you might think. I re­mem­ber com­ing to his fam­ily home once and see­ing him boil­ing a piece of wood to see if he could make the ma­te­rial bend.”

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