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Kan Tai-Keung: Art is important to HK

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(There are some odd choices of words you have here. "Paying more attention to benefits or loss over art,..."? "Money matters" over art, aesthetics ....." is just fine. You tend to use the word "denote" quite often. But the word itself almost always associates with symbol. For instance, the mark on the door denotes there is a feral dog inside. Also, what do you mean by "China’s art development is mythical"? Mythical? )


By But Wing Yi | Tuesday, 15th April, 2014

Hong Kong


Kan claimed art in Hong Kong is associated with socio-economic evolution, while education is key to local art development. He stressed people should not discard traditional crafts due to technological advancement.


As an experienced designer and ink wash painter, Kan recalled Hong Kong people strive for their livings and are more focused on tangibles since the 50s, like whether they have enough food. This may results in people pay more attention to benefits or loss over art, aesthetics or cultures.


“We are concentrated in earn a living in the 50s, which turns out become how much we earn nowadays,” said Kan.


He stressed such trend is not bad in itself. When the common practice expand to most aspects, however, is unfavorable.


“Education, for example, students, parents and teachers value much on academic results or whether pupils receive a bachelor degree,” he said, “their (students) thinking become unidirectional.”


Kan, with approximately 47 years’ experience in art and design, denoted that education is a key to development of art and culture in Hong Kong, while current education system neglect art. Consequently, training art elites or people specialized in art and culture are difficult.


“In Hong Kong’s tertiary education, we have only Hong Kong Polytechnic University training art students, other institutions are prevocational courses,” side Kan, “how to nurture art talents in such way?”


He mentioned Hong Kong art quality ranked the second among all Asian countries since rapid local development at the late-60s, which Japan was ranked the first. Recently, in contrast, China’s art development is mythical where Hong Kong lost its uniqueness. He advised people should not abandon handicrafts or some traditional skills due to rapid technological development, as basic techniques can be enhanced through exploring the use of the olds.


“You must make good use of your hands. They help you to capture and absorb aesthetic potentials, so that you know what is beauty, what is aesthetic and what is art,” said Kan.

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