China Daily (Hong Kong) : 2019-01-11

CITY LIGHTS : 12 : 11


11 CHINA DAILY | HONG KONG EDITION | Friday, January 11, 2019 Creative heads Editor’s note: The comic books you created have enjoyed a following almost ever since you began publishing them more than 20 years ago. What made you think book would lend itself to an immersive theater experiment? The Pork Chops Inferno could be read as a comment on global warming and carbon emissions. Would you say the general lightheartedness about your work could be an effective tool for conveying serious ideas and making a difference? The Pork Chops Inferno I believe I am a funny person with crazy ideas. But I don’t want people to see my work as funny. So I do not consciously design funny characters, but then fun might surface from what I draw. It’s up to the audience to recognize it. Also if the actors find something funny in the script or the silent film being screened and respond to it, that’s up to them. I want the audience to get a feel of watching a silent film in a cinema, with live actors on stage, reacting to the images playing on screen. Recently you also designed Zuni Icosahedron’s educational show aimed at very young children. Was that very different from your regular work as a comic book creator? BAUHAUS Magic Flute Playground, Lai Tat Tat Wing, In fact, when I began publishing comics in 1997, most of my books were for children. I got a commission from a children’s magazine to create a serial comic strip. After a while the editor told me, “It’s not working. There are too many dialogues.” I was underestimating a child’s ability to grasp things. There was a lesson in it that appealed to me, namely, “less is more”. From then on, I decided to use as little dialogue as I could and after a point my comic books had no dialogue in them at all. For an earlier Zuni Icosahedron production of I translated the lyrics from Mozart’s original opera directly into Cantonese. The show is about conjuring up a child’s world, helping them to develop a sense of color, smell and touch, following the Bauhaus model. In the latest version, we have done away with all original dialogue, taking a completely minimalistic approach. Funnily, after the show children start singing the songs they have heard only once. They keep singing a single-word song, with music by Mozart. COMIC BOOK ARTIST, ZUNI ICOSAHEDRON BAUHAUS Magic Pages to The Pork Chops Inferno, Pages. Culinary tales Our pick of city events from Jan 11 to 20 A multidisciplinary exhibition combines works by artists and authors to explore Hong Kong’s food culture. Each pair displays their ideation of one of four food states — cold, hot, warm and cool – or one among spicy, sweet, bitter, sour and salty flavors. Inspired by Chinese herbal combinations, the exhibition aims to expand the viewer’s understanding of food and creativity. Charming Tastes and Fragrance: Literature x Visual Arts Exhibition Organized by: The House of Hong Kong Literature Limited and The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust Dates & venues: Until January 17 at 5/F, Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2, Harbour Road, Wan Chai; February 1-17 at JCCAC L0 Gallery, 30, Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei [email protected] Eye for detail Works by the New York artist Ellen Altfest demonstrate her expertise in scrutinizing the minutiae of people and nature. The exhibition features close-up views of skin, trees, lichen and fabric, all displaying the embossed finish that is a trademark of the artist’s work. Tiny details usually unseen to the human eye, such as human hair or strands of wool, are rendered in detail. IF YOU GO Ellen Altfest: Green Spot Architecture in the City Organized by: White Cube Hong Kong Dates: Until March 16 Venue: White Cube Hong Kong, 50 Connaught Road Central Organized by: Zuni Icosahedron Dates: January 11-12, 8:15 pm Venue: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui Food (Above) Sabatini’s Risotto with black truffle. (Left) Roast beef carpaccio with black truffle from Osteria.

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