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2017-07-19

【Hong Kong Arts Centre】and 【Comix Home Base】co-present “The Pitch of Tension – Hong Kong Comics Power” Exhibition

 

Co-presented by the Hong Kong Arts Centre and Comix Home Base, and sponsored by Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the opening ceremony was successfully concluded at Comix Home Base last night (July 18, 2017).
 
The Hong Kong Arts Centre strives to promote Hong Kong comics, by bringing a total of nine Hong Kong comics artists and publisher to participate in the Angoulême International Comics Festival in France this January, with the exhibition titled “The Pitch of Tension – Hong Kong Comics Power”. It has received overwhelming response from the global visitors before it was returned to Hong Kong now. To celebrate the 4th anniversary of Comix Home Base, the exhibition will be restaged at the Comix Home Base with series of activities from 13th July to 7th August to promote Hong Kong action comics to the local public.
 
Showcasing six different kinds of “force”, the exhibition gives Hong Kong action comics a new definition through the giant comic books which were also exhibited in Angoulême and many other original and multi-media artworks created by the participating artists and publisher that are full of action.  A series of talks and live drawing sessions will also be held in parallel with the exhibition, encouraging participants to explore the force and aesthetics of local action comics. The Hong Kong Arts Centre has the honor to invite three European comics practitioners and artist to come to Hong Kong to share their exciting works and comics culture and the talk given by Fabrice Douar(Representative of Musée du Louvre and the Curator of “Louvre Museum BD Project”)was wonderfully held at the Comix Home Base last Sunday (July 16, 2017), and more programmes will be held in the next couple of weeks, stay tuned!
 
Exhibition concept
Force, an irreplaceable element which forms the physical realm. Force, is also aesthetic in nature, as rhythmic waves and beautiful parabolas are formed when energy builds up slowly to the top from scratch in every action. Force, at the same time, is everywhere in Hong Kong action comics. It has numerous forms of representation, for martial art fighting is only one of a kind! Apart from the “explosive force” of muscular characters, there are also the flash-like “speed”, the “rhythm” of body movements, the “stunning effect” of tremendous scenes, the “heat” and “friction” created between rivals, the “tension” interlaced in scripts…

1. “The Pitch of Tension – Hong Kong Comics Power” Exhibition
Date:  13/7-7/8/2017
Time:  10am-8pm
Venue:  Exhibition venue, 4/F, Comix Home Base
Website: https://goo.gl/dXePWV
 
Talks
2. Talk by Stéphane Beaujean
Date:  29/7/2017 (Sat)
Time:  4pm-6pm
Venue: Exhibition venue, 2/F, Comix Home Base
Speaker:  Stéphane Beaujean,Art Director of the Angoulême International Comics Festival
Language:  English/French with Cantonese interpretation
Registration:  Please register online, first-come, first-served
Online Registrationhttps://goo.gl/gzEj8G
 
3. Talk by Yu Yi
Date:  5/8/2017 (Sat)
Time:  4pm-6pm
Venue: Exhibition venue, 2/F, Comix Home Base
Speaker:  Yu Yi
Online Registration: Details of the talk will be announced on our website in due course. Please stay tuned. (https://goo.gl/ZaGMYB)
 
Live Drawing Sessions 
4. Hong Kong Comics Artists’ Live Drawing MALLORY’S BROTHER & SISTERHOOD
Date:
  (1) 5/8/2017 (Sat); (2) 6/8/2017 (Sun)
Time:  (1) 12nn-4pm ; (2) 11am-3pm
Venue:  Public Open Space, G/F, Comix Home Base
Participating comics artists and practitioners:  Jerry CHO, Felix IP, Elphonso LAM, Kwong-shing LAU, Little CLOUD, Pen SO, Sam TSE, Kent YUEN, YU Yi
Collaboration:  ACRubbish Radio
Introduction:
August, 2017, zombies attack! Wanchai is hit especially hard. Ah So, a photographer, uses his camera to document the shocking scene but unfortunately falls prey to the zombies. He hardly escapes to the Comix Home Base at Mallory Street, and is rescued in the nick of time by the Mallory’s brother & sisterhood. A savage fight with the zombies is about to begin…
 
Performed by eight Hong Kong comics artists (Jerry CHO, Felix IP, Elphonso LAM, Kwong-shing LAU, Little CLOUD, Pen SO, Sam TSE and Kent Yuen), the live drawing performance of MALLORY’S BROTHER & SISTERHOOD, in the present of its scriptwriter and the author of Z FOR ZOMBIE, YU Yi, will take place on 5th & 6th August as the climax of THE PITCH OF TENSION – HONG KONG COMICS POWER. The artists will work together on the giant comics titled MALLORY’S BROTHER & SISTERHOOD with eight different kinds of drawing styles. While witnessing how a comic comes to life, audiences can also experience eight different kinds of “action” in one go! The whole drawing session plus interviews with the artists will be streamed live on the Facebook of Hong Kong Arts Centre and ACRubbish Radio. No matter where you are, you can still join the ferocious zombie fight!
 
5. Living Drawing by MAWILGermany
Date:  6/8/2017 (Sun)
Time:  5pm-6pm
Venue:  Public Open Space, G/F, Comix Home Base
Participating artist:  MAWIL,Comics Artist from Germany
 
*Free admission
 
 
Photo Captions:
Image 01: (from left to right) Comics artists : Kent Yuen / Sam Tse / Pen So;  Xavier MAHÉ, Cultural Project Manager of Alliance Française de Hong Kong; Fabrice Douar, Representative of Musée du Louvre and the Curator of “Louvre Museum BD Project”; Connie Lam, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Centre; Fiona Lam, Assistant Head of CreateHK; Comics artists : Kwong-shing Lau / Elphonso Lam / Felix Ip; Servane Gandais, Attaché (Educational and Linguistic Affairs) of Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau; and comics artist Jerry Cho
Image 02: Comics artists displaying their pitch of tension, the Hong Kong Comics Power
Image 03: Participants enjoying the manuscripts
Image 04: “Hong Kong Havoc”, the giant book by Pen So

 
Presenters: Hong Kong Arts Centre, Comix Home Base
Sponsor: Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Supporters: Alliance Française de Hong Kong, Goethe-Institut Hongkong, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels
In Association with: Hong Kong Comics & Animation Federation, Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Association, Angoulême International Comics Festival
 
Disclaimer: Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) are those of the project organizers only and do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Communications and Creative Industries Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Create Hong Kong, the CreateSmart Initiative Secretariat or the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee.
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About Create Hong Kong
Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) is a dedicated office set up by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to spearhead the development of Hong Kong's creative industries.  Set up in June 2009, CreateHK co-ordinates the Government policy regarding creative industries, focuses Government's resources catering for the promotion and speeding up of the development of creative industries in Hong Kong, and works closely with the trade to boost the development of creative industries. CreateHK sponsored the Hong Kong Arts Centre to participate in the Angoulême International Comics Festival in France in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
http://www.createhk.gov.hk 
 
About the Hong Kong Arts Centre
The HKAC is a multi-arts centre that fosters artistic exchanges locally and internationally, bringing the most forward creations to Hong Kong and showcasing homegrown talents abroad. The HKAC stimulates innovation and promotes creativity. Being Hong Kong’s only independent non-profit multi-arts institution, the HKAC offers exhibitions, screenings and performances, connecting the arts of Hong Kong to the rest of the world through programmes and collaborations. Come to the HKAC to experience, appreciate, learn and be inspired by arts.
http://www.hkac.org.hk

 




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