In this series of five lectures, the classics will be re-read with a contemporary approach covering various genres of multi-arts, ranging from cultural theories, paintings, music, literary works, films as well as performative and visual arts, so as to discuss topics of current trends such as aesthetics, technology, futurism and gender by exploring the subtle correlation between classics and multi-arts. The lectures will also look into how the classics respond to the everyday in an intimate way.
17 June (Fri)
Lecture 1: Aesthetics, Being and Adaptation
As an introduction to this lecture series, to explore the topic of “existence” in different art forms.
- Books: Italo Calvino (1991) Why Read the Classics? and Nietzsche, F. (1872) The Birth of Tragedy
- Film: Spike Jonze (2002) Adaptation
- Theatrical Production and Film: Edward Lam Dance Theatre (2020) 14 Variations on the Theme of Yi Yi
24 June (Fri)
Lecture 2: Re-reading Classics through Futurism
To discuss how the classics can be re-read through futurism in science fiction works.
- Books: Shelley (1818) Frankenstein, Byung-Chul Han (2017) Psychopolitics: Neoliberalism and New Technologies of Power and Barthes (1980) Camera Lucida
- Multi-arts performance x film: 1927 (2018) Golem
- Film: Spike Jonze (2013) Her
6 July (Wed)
Lecture 3: Shakespeare and Beyond
To re-read "The Tempest" by Shakespeare through the works of different art forms.
- Book: Frantz Fanon (1952) White Masks, Black Skin
- Play: Aimé Césaire (1969) A Tempest
- Film: Julie Taymor (2010) The Tempest
- Short Film: Ata Wong of Théâtre de la Feuille (2021) The Tempest
13 July (Wed)
Lecture 4: Gender in Classics and Others
Selected paintings on Venus are cited as an introduction to discuss how gender is projected in art pieces.
- Book: Virginia Woolf (1925) Mrs. Dalloway
- Films: Stephen Daldry (2002) The Hours and Sylvia Chang (2004), 20,30,40
- Chamber Opera: Yi Wong, Daniel Lo & Olivia Yan (2021) Women Like Us
20 July (Wed)
Lecture 5: Madness and Everyday
Using a number of paintings on insanity as an introduction to discuss the expression of related mental status in different works.
- Books: Dostoevsky (1864) Notes from Underground and Foucault (1961) The History of Madness
- Dance Video: Terry Tsang (2020) Into The Choreo- / Photo- graphy Ep3
- Multimedia Project: Chi-yung Wong (2021) Exploring Arts & Minds
- Film: Jeffrey Lau (1995) Out of the Dark
More reference texts will be brought forward in the lectures.
The speaker reserves the right to change the programme content.
Each lecture will run for about 2 hours.
Dr. FONG Ho Yin, Ian
Ian Fong is currently teaching literary and cultural studies in various tertiary institutions. He received his PhD degree in comparative literature at the University of Hong Kong. His research interests lie in urban studies, film and literary studies, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, as well as Nietzsche studies.
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【Programme Postponement and Refund Arrangement】
“Everyday Dialogues: Beyond Classics and Multi-arts Lectures” which originally scheduled on 26 January; 8, 15, 23 February & 1 March 2022 at AC2, 4/F, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre will be rescheduled for 17, 24 June; 6, 13 & 20 July 2022. Ticket holders please keep the original tickets intact (with stubs) for rescheduled programme* or cash refund at Hong Kong Cultural Centre Box Office during the refund period. The ticket refund service will be available from 17 May (Tuesday) to 11 July (Monday) (both dates inclusive). Late requests will not be accepted. In accordance with URBTIX's terms and conditions of purchase, all handling, mailing and courier services charges (if any) collected for ticket purchase via internet, mobile app and telephone bookings are non-refundable. For enquiries, please email email@example.com or call 2268 7323 during office hours.
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