Boundless Multi-Media Series:
A Performative Communication –
Blending Worlds by Primary Shapes & DJ Tommy
This work is a performative communication by an explosion of aural codes
*16 September 2011 (Fri) 8pm
17 September 2011 (Sat) 3pm & 8pm
Drama Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
* With post-performance talk (Conducted in Cantonese)
This programme contains coarse language, strobe lighting and loud sounds
Blending Worlds: Creation & Communication Workshop
(Conducted in Cantonese)
25 September 2011 (Sun) 3-5pm
AC2, 4/F., Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Instructor: Primary Shapes
Primary shapes will share their journey in creating the collaborative work with DJ Tommy. The focus will be on how the multi-media performance discusses "communication" which was seeded from the mysterious crop circles. The artists will also talk about the explorations in their past productions. Participants can experience partial stage effects through the music installations during the hands-on session.
THE PROBLEM WITH COMMUNICATION IS THE ILLUSION IT HAS OCCURRED
- George Bernard Shaw
THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS ARE THE HARDEST TO SAY BECAUSE WORDS DIMINISH THEM
- Stephen King
GENUINE POETRY CAN COMMUNICATE BEFORE IT IS UNDERSTOOD
- T.S. Eliot
BEWARE THE BEARERS OF FALSE GIFTS AND THEIR BROKEN PROMISES MUCH PAIN BUT STILL TIME BELIEVE THERE IS GOOD OUT THERE WE OPPOSE DECEPTION CONDUIT CLOSING
- A binary encoded message from afar
I WANT YOU TO KNOW HOW OUTSTANDING I AM
In 1974, we sent out a binary-coded message via radio transmission to the sky.
We received a reply on a crop circle in 2001.
A proliferating communication with the extra-terrestrials?
Or is it an astounding craft by an artist with unknown skills that surpass our knowledge?
The message is clear - I am great.
It is a musical collaboration between legendary local indie duo Primary Shapes and renowned scratchmaster DJ Tommy. The local talents will team up with acclaimed designers, including Ewing Chan, Mak Chi Wing, Ma Lap Yin, Allen Fung, and more, to create a stunning aural-visual experience and tell a story of how the mysterious codes embedded in crop circles transpire the artists' reflections on diverse issues - intrinsic conflicts of our mind, confrontation between reality and dream, and the problem with language in communication.
A collaborative effort between two core members, composer-singer Chi-wai Tang and sound designer-writer Cheuk-wa Yuen.
Tang is the chief music producer at Television Broadcast Ltd.
Yuen is an artist-in-residence at the Hong Kong Academy For Performing Arts.
Primary Shapes was founded in 1999 and is an independent music group since then. In 2009, Primary Shapes was commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival and produced the sold-out multi-media production Eternal Golden Braid.
A Hong Kong's premier scratchmaster. He started DJing at the age of 15. By 1991, at the age of 19, he was crowned the Hong Kong DMC DJ Champion. He won that title again the next year, and went on to compete in the Technics World DJ Championship at the Ministry of Sound in London, where he came No.8 in the world. He was the Hong Kong DMC DJ Champion again in 1996, which took him to the Technics World DJ Championship in Italy Rimini. He became the No.2 scratchmaster in the world.
Since then, Tommy has played at gigs all around the world, including Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore and Korea. In 1998, he DJ-ed at The Olympic Youth Games in Moscow. He has been booked to play alongside great international spinners and acts like DJ Shadow, DJ Krush, DJ Food and the Prodigy.
Tommy is also a renowned producer, working with local artists such as Jan Lamb and Fama. He was specially asked to remix the Sing It Back track for the UK alternative group, Moloko, as a bonus song for their CD's Hong Kong release. This marked the first time a local DJ released a re-mixed song for an international act.
|The programme lasts for about 70 minutes with no intermission|
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For A Performative Communication – Blending Worlds by Primary Shapes & DJ Tommy, Without Blood by Compañia Teatrocinema (Chile) and A One-man Performance - Fragile by Peter Suart (UK):
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Other programmes in Boundless Multi-Media Series: A New Media Music Experiment (case 1) - Digital Hug by Gaybird Leung, A Performative Communication – Blending Worlds by Primary Shapes & DJ Tommy and A One-Man Performance - Fragile by Peter Suart (UK)
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