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HKAAA E-newsletter (08.01.2016)

Dialogue with HKAAA: Eric Lau, Street Photographer, Art Director, Lecturer at Parsons School of Design and Miami Ad School
HKAAA Updates: 【All seats are taken!】Arts Management Seminar Series: The Truth about Managing a Theatre Company 
Dialogue with HKAAA
Eric Lau, Street Photographer, Art Director, Lecturer at Parsons School of Design and Miami Ad School

HKAAA: You have been living in New York for more than 10 years and involved in creative work. How did this all start?

Eric: I have learned to draw since the age of four and looking for a true passion. During my study at Wah Yan Colleague (Kowloon), I was involved in many design projects of extra-curricular activities and gradually built up my interest for design. As New York has been one of the most multicultural and international cities, I applied for the undergraduate programme of Communication Design at Parsons School of Design. Then, I have stayed in New York and worked in various advertising firms.
HKAAA: Besides your advertising job, you also take a lot of street photos at different places around the world. Why are you so interested in street photography?

Eric: When I was a university student in New York, I went back to Hong Kong for internship one summer. Our team was working on a campaign for an electronic brand, and we developed the concept through the use of lighting and photography skill. My interest in photography has grown since then. I took some studio photography courses at Parsons and mastered the technical skill. After a while, I started looking for a more authentic expression through photography. You have certain expectations when you visit a museum. But street photography is always full of surprises. There is no opening-hour. You don’t know what you are going to see.
HKAAA: Your photography has been exhibited in New York and now you have your first solo exhibition in Hong Kong which shows your impressions in North, Central and South America. Have your photography been evolved over the past years?

Eric: I read about renowned photographers and heard about a concept of “one by one by one by one…..”. This means the photographer can only use the same camera with fixed setting and take only black and white photos for an entire year. At first I found it challenging. For example, I can only take black and white photos and could not capture the vivid colors of the surroundings even when I was in Cuba. After a while, I founded myself more focused and more skillful, since I can work with limitations. I sticked with one Leica camera and took four years of black and white photos.

Recently, I mostly use my iPhone because the best camera is the camera you have. And you won’t miss any magic moment. For street photographers, the mobile phone is invisible and able to capture the real expression of people.
HKAAA: You like to take photos at different places and also fond of graffiti. Have you encountered any cultural difference?

Eric: People in Latin America are happy to have people to take their photos and take it as a compliment. In Hong Kong, people are more protective of themselves and like to question the usage of their photos.

For past generation, graffiti was associated with crime due to its origin. Now in modern times, people start to value graffiti and think of it as part of the pop culture. I live in Brooklyn in New York, which is one of the most popular districts for graffiti. Joseph Ficalora, whom father was killed in the neighborhood during a robbery, not only decided to stay in this area, and also initiated a community project called “Bushwick Collective”. He is now a curator and use graffiti to improve the environment of the neighborhood.
After being in New York for years, I believe that it is possible to develop a career in creative industry and have a meaningful life that is more than mere material success. Recently I come back to Hong Kong every year to share my experience with local youngsters and encourage them to explore their creativity.
Details about Eric’s sharing session on Jan 9: www.facebook.com/epathycity.oi

See Eric’s photography at his exhibition at Studio 83 (until Jan 15), or his Instagram: www.instagram.com/ericlau_street and Facebook page: www.facebook.com/PictureForGood
(Photos credit to Eric Lau)
HKAAA Updates
【All seats are taken!】Arts Management Seminar Series: The Truth about Managing a Theatre Company
Date: 16 January 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 14:30 – 17:00
Venue: Chung Ying Theatre Company (G/F, 10 Borrett Road, Hong Kong)
Language: Cantonese (SI service will not be available)
Thank you for supporting us! Our event "Arts Management Seminar Series: The Truth about Managing a Theatre Company" is full.
The upcoming event will be announced soon, stay tuned!
Featured Event
Global Practices in Cultural Management co-presented by The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) and Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Three Special Courses for Experienced Cultural Managers#
Arts Engagement and Education (20–23 February 2016)
Lecturer: Ms Lynn Yau, CEO of The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection (AFTEC), Hong Kong
Seminars in Public Engagement Strategies of Cultural Venues (28–29 February 2016)
Lecturer: Mr. Benson Puah, CEO of The Esplanade Co. Ltd., Singapore
Contemporary Chinese Art Award (CCAA) - a Case Study on Global Culture (18–20 March 2016)
Dr. Uli Sigg, Art collector, rower, patron, founder of the Chinese Contemporary Art Award
Mr Michael Schindhelm, writer, filmmaker, curator, and adviser to various international organisations
Dr. Pi Li, Senior Curator, M+ of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
Ms Anna Li Liu, Director Chinese Contemporary Art Award
Mr Li Zhenhua, Writer, curator, producer and artist living in Beijing/Shanghai and Zurich
Prof. Elisabeth Danuser, Head Centre Further Education Zurich University of the Arts, Course Coordinator
Leaflet: http://home.ied.edu.hk/~artsmgt/eleafletall_a3.pdf 
Enquiry:yschiu@ied.edu.hk/ (852) 2948 7139 /7088

#during the period of the Hong Kong Arts Festival and Art Basel Hong Kong
Highlight Event
HKDI Gallery Presents:
The Arctic - Architecture and Extreme Environments
more details
Weingart Typography
Urban Regeneration - Past, Present and Future
more details
*All Exhibitions are Free Admission.
Arts Job Vacancies
Arts Funding:
Hong Kong Arts Development Council Grants News - Grants available for application:
  • Invitation for Proposals Music/ Dance/ Drama Artistic Internship Scheme (Deadline: January 15, 2016)
  • Fresh Wave – Local Competition Section (Deadline: January 15, 2016)
  • ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival Internship 2016 (Deadline: January 28, 2016)
  • Overseas Training Scheme for Arts Administrators (Deadline: January 29, 2016)
  • Overseas Arts Administration Scholarships 2016 (Dealine: 6:30pm, March 18, 2016)
  • Local Arts Administration Scholarships 2016 (Dealine: 6:30pm, March 18, 2016)
The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland -
10% off discount on Hong Kong Repertory Theatre “1894 Hong Kong Plague - a Musical”!
Programme Details
Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre
Date & Time: 
10, 12-16/1/2016  7:45pm, 16-17/1/2016 2:45pm
Ticket Price: $420, $320, $260, $200, $160

**10% off discount for HKAAA Members. Please present your membership card at Urbtix Ticketing Office. 
Programme Enquiries:  852-3103 5900
10% off discount on Hong Kong Repertory Theatre “New-Wrighting Series - Invisible Men”!
Programme Details
Venue: HKRep Black Box (8/F Sheung Wan Civic Centre)
Date & Time: 
23-24, 26-31/1, 2-4/2/2016  8:00pm,
                     24,30-31/1/2016  3:00pm
Ticket Price: $180
**10% off discount for HKAAA Members. Please present your membership card at Urbtix Ticketing Office. 
Programme Enquiries:  852-3103 5900 
20% off discount on E-Side Dance "Gestalt”!
Promotional Video
Programme Details
Venue: Theatre, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre
Date & Time: 22-23/1/2016  8pm
Ticket Price: $120
**20% off Standard Tickets & 10% off Student/ Senior Tickets for HKAAA Members. Please fill in the Order form and settle the payment on or before 10 January. 
Programme Enquiries:  852-2372 9351
20% off discount on Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra “Care and Health‧Lingzhi Master proudly supports - Revisiting in the Dream - Romantic Concertos of He Zhanhao”!
Programme Details
Venue: Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall
Date & Time: 22-23/1/2016 (Fri, Sat) 8:00pm
Ticket Price: $100, $150, $250, $300
**HKAAA Members are offered 20% off discount. Please present your  membership card at Urbtix Ticketing Office.

Programme Enquiries:852-3185 1600
15% off discount on Theatre Ronin “Once Upon A Time”!
Programme Details
Venue: Multi-Media Theatre, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
Time: 22-23/1/2016  8:00pm, 23-24/1/2016  3:00pm
Ticket Price$180, $120
** HKAAA Members are offered for 15% off discount. Please complete Application Form with your HKAAA membership no. to enjoy the discounted tickets (Not applicable for $120 tickets). 
Programme Enquiries: 3971 0831 
10% off discount on Goooood Secrets Movie "Break up Cinema【EX】"!
Promotional Video
Programme Details
Venue: North Point Ferry Pier 
Time: 9/1/2016 (Sat) 7:00pm-11:00pm
Ticket Price$180
**HKAAA Members are offered for 10% off discount. Please indicate “HKAAA” in the online purchase form with your membership no. and the promotion code "hkaaa" before payment. 
Programme Enquiries: 27744738 / hello@goooood.co
  • The programme information above was provided by the relevant programme presenters who are responsible for the information’s content and accuracy. 
  • Programmes and artists are subject to change by hosting organsiations.
  • For details and enquiries of the programmes presented in this eDM, please contact the relevant organiser directly.
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  • Hong Kong Art School (HKAS)
    • An exclusive 10% discount for enrolment into short courses conducted by HKAS (Referring to courses that are categorized under the "Short Courses" section on HKAS website or as printed in the designated short course brochure, which is published on a half-yearly basis)
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