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Hong Kong Tatler - - Contents - —Sean Fitzpa­trick Chief Cre­ative Of­fi­cer

The year 2016 has been mak­ing de­press­ing head­lines. Many are call­ing it the worst year ever. And that’s true for mu­sic fans with the pass­ing of such leg­endary artists as David Bowie and Prince. More re­cently, the death of lauded singer-song­writer Leonard Co­hen added cre­dence to the du­bi­ous hon­our. Fur­ther­more, ac­cord­ing to global cli­mate stud­ies, this year will be the hottest on record. It’s cer­tainly been a strange time for weather here in Hong Kong with the late ty­phoon last month. And as I write this on an un­sea­son­ably hu­mid mid-novem­ber morn­ing, the mer­cury is set to shoot past our monthly av­er­age.

But what will most char­ac­terise this year is the seis­mic shift of the political land­scape. All over the world we have seen a gal­vanised, jaded pop­u­lace seek change—for bet­ter or worse. From Brexit to Duterte to Trump, the tough talk of hard­lin­ers and fer­vent na­tion­al­ists is res­onat­ing with the dis­en­fran­chised. Here at home, the furore over the lo­cal­ists’ be­hav­iour in Legco and their sub­se­quent dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion con­tin­ues to brew while ten­sions rise. Will we see an­other Oc­cupy sce­nario?

There hasn’t been a bet­ter time to pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion over com­pe­ti­tion, cre­ativ­ity over car­nage. With that in mind, we present Un­charted Ter­ri­to­ries, a project we em­barked upon with Louis Vuit­ton with the goal of ex­cit­ing the city’s artis­tic com­mu­nity. A hugely am­bi­tious un­der­tak­ing, Un­charted Ter­ri­to­ries be­gan life some eight months ago as a re­sult of a con­ver­sa­tion with LV’S vice-pres­i­dent of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Michelle Kwok, and art cu­ra­tor Wil­liam Zhao.

To­gether, we se­lected eight of Hong Kong’s most in­flu­en­tial artists and cre­atives, paired them up, and tasked each team with pro­duc­ing an art­work based on the theme of travel, a nod to the lux­ury brand’s her­itage and to Hong Kong’s own iden­tity as a global hub and trans­port gate­way. I am de­lighted that the teams of artists, who grace this month’s cover and tell of the progress of their work in­side, have all risen to the chal­lenge bril­liantly. Read the full story in our spe­cial 16-page sec­tion lead­ing into Fea­tures (p.145).

Their fi­nal art­works will be un­veiled at an ex­hi­bi­tion and char­ity auc­tion in Jan­uary, and you can track their cre­ative jour­ney via weekly videos on our web­site (hk.asi­ through­out this month. We hope the col­lab­o­ra­tive spirit of Un­charted Ter­ri­to­ries sets 2017 off on a pos­i­tive, thought-pro­vok­ing note.

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