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Blade Runner and beyond: Hong Kong is the city of cyberpunk
Nearly 40 years ago, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner hit the silver screen and changed cinema forever. The 1982 film imagined November 2019 as a dark, gritty, dystopian world dominated by inequality and technology, as it introduced a new generation of fans to cyberpunk culture. Bridging the science fiction and neo-noir genres, its cultural impact continued to resonate in films ranging from The Dark Knight series to Ghost in the Shell. And while the Blade Runner story was supposed to be located in Los Angeles, the cult film drew massive influence from 1970s and 80s Hong Kong, referencing its distinctive streets and urban panoramas in nearly every scene. We take a look at Hong Kong's enduring leg
Blade Runner and beyond: Hong Kong is the city of cyberpunk
Literary award renamed after Hong Kong author calls out ‘fascist’ writer
A leading American literary magazine has dropped the name of the late sci-fi writer John W. Campbell from a major award after a Hong Kong author slammed him as a “fascist” while receiving the honor. “John W. Campbell, for whom this award was named, was a f**king fascist,” Hong Kong-born writer Jeannette Ng said in her acceptance speech in Dublin last Sunday. Through his control of the influential sci-fi magazine Astounding Science Fiction as editor, Ng said, Campbell was “responsible for setting a tone for science fiction that haunts the genre to this day. Stale. Sterile. Male. White,” 33-year-old Ng said.  Campbell launched the careers of some of the most notable names in sci-fi writing, in
Literary award renamed after Hong Kong author calls out ‘fascist’ writer
This robot can make you traditional Chinese paintings, for a price
Hong Kong artist Victor Wong spent three years turning a robot into a Chinese shuimo artist, using artificial intelligence. The robot, called AI Gemini, features a random algorithm to help make each piece unique. Each time AI Gemini starts a painting, even Wong does not know how it will turn out. Watch the video above for more.
This robot can make you traditional Chinese paintings, for a price
Hong Kong holds its artsiest week
Art Week has arrived in Hong Kong. The week sees a series of art exhibitions, fairs and events across the city, all planned to coincide with Art Basel Hong Kong, the city’s flagship art fair. The seventh edition of the fair host 242 galleries from 35 regions. It’s expected to bring in some 80,000 visitors, here to window-shop the latest in the contemporary art world – or here to spend big. China has a big appetite for art. According to Art Basel and UBS, it is currently the world’s third-largest art market after the US and the UK, and accounts for 20% of the world’s total art sales. In 2007, Chinese buyers made up 9% of sales. Check out our gallery, above, to see some of the best of Art Week
Hong Kong holds its artsiest week
Ai Weiwei takes over LA
Ai Weiwei, the famous Chinese dissident artist, has never had any major exhibition in Los Angeles despite living in the US between 1981 and 1993. Now, he can be seen everywhere at once. The 61-year-old artist has three exhibitions showing his works simultaneously in LA – at the United Talent Agency (UTA) Artist Space in Beverly Hills, Jeffrey Deitch gallery and the Marciano Art Foundation. Ai’s shows in California are his first after leaving China three years ago. After Chinese authorities returned his passport in 2015 he moved to Berlin, a city whose freedom and creativity he has praised. But there was bad news from home. In August, his famous studio in Beijing was demolished without warni
Ai Weiwei takes over LA
This Chinese puppet master is trying to save his art
Li Yi-hsin is a pupper master who comes from a family of Chinese opera puppeteers. Althought the art of Chinese opera puppetry is over 1,000 years old, Li is afraid its days might be numbered.  To help save this ancient art, he's offering free classes to teach young people in Hong Kong how to perform a Chinese puppet opera.  Now he is passing along his knowledge and love for puppetry to a new generation. Check out the video for more. The video is part of a series highlighting the winners of the 2018 Spirit of Hong Kong Awards, which is organized by the South China Morning Post. The awards have been shining a light on Hong Kong's unsung heroes since 2013.
This Chinese puppet master is trying to save his art
China’s copy capital goes original
Only half an hour’s drive from the gleaming skyscrapers and hi-tech production centers at the heart of China’s Silicon Valley, lies a very different world. Welcome to Dafen, the world’s largest art factory. Located on the edge of the southern megacity of Shenzhen, it’s a village where thousands of resident artists work from a low-rise warren of narrow streets and alleyways packed with tiny galleries and studios. Here, thousands of artists work glued to their canvases, copying original images from iPad screens, in many cases reproducing by hand the same image over and over again. The storefronts display a bewildering selection of artwork, from Van Gogh replicas to portraits of figures as dive
China’s copy capital goes original
The artist casting memories out of body parts
Zhou Yi is an artist who captures casts of people’s body parts, turning them into truly personalized jewelry. At the BodyMemory Clinic in a Beijing hutong, she turns bodies into wearable art. She tells Inkstone that it’s a way of preserving and capturing the emotions and memories we bring to our bodies. She thinks the popularity of her project represents an increasing level of self-awareness among Chinese youth.
The artist casting memories out of body parts