The award-winning experimental film by Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang features an original soundtrack by Ryuichi Sakamoto – the result of a chance encounter and meeting of minds. Part documentary, part fiction, Your Face blends film and moving image through a series of 13 close-up portraits of faces touched by time and maturity. Painted with light, love and gentle reflection, the subjects are slowly revealed through observation, silences and speech.

Tsai Ming-liang|2018|78 min|Taiwan
Category: I (Suitable for all ages)

Language:
Mandarin with English subtitles

Date:
18 December 2020 (Friday)

Time:
8:00pm

Venue:
The Box, Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District (Getting to Freespace)

Fee:
$40 (No concessions)

 

Film screening: Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA

In this intimate documentary portrait, filmmaker Stephen Nomura Schible offers a window into the creative imagination of Ryuichi Sakamoto – both the artist and the man. Accompanying Sakamoto as he returns to music after overcoming cancer, the film illustrates his haunting awareness of life’s fragility and provides new perspectives on his work and wide-ranging 40-year career.

Stephen Nomura Schible|2017|101 min|US and Japan
Category: I (Suitable for all ages)

Language:
Japanese and English (Chinese and English subtitles)

Date:
19 December 2020 (Saturday)

Time:
8:00pm

Venue:
The Box, Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District (Getting to Freespace)

Fee:
$40 (No concessions)

 

Film screening: RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: async AT THE PARK AVENUE ARMORY

Shot during a concert in New York, this live performance film documents the first public unveiling of Sakamoto’s work async, named one of the best albums of 2017 by Rolling Stone magazine and Pitchfork.

Stephen Nomura Schible|2018|65 min|US and Japan
Category: I (Suitable for all ages)

Language:
No dialogue

Date:
20 December 2020 (Sunday)

Time:
4:30pm

Venue:
The Box, Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District (Getting to Freespace)

Fee:
$40 (No concessions)

 

Installation: incomplete

The Covid-19 pandemic has turned daily life upside down. Documenting their response, Ryuichi Sakamoto and 12 musicians from around the world have collaborated virtually on the experimental online music and video series incomplete. The recently published works – featuring videos by New York artist duo Zakkubalan and music by international and regional names such as Laurie Anderson, Alva Noto, Lim Giong and Kung Chi-sing – are presented for the first time in the form of an installation at Freespace. In a pitch-black space with immersive surround sound, the installation offers an introspective, meditative experience.

Creative and Production Team:
Producer: Ryuichi Sakamoto
Director: Zakkubalan
Co-producer: Norika Sora
Project Manager: Alec Fellman

Participating Artists:
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Khyam Allami, Laurie Anderson, Christian Fennesz, Marcus Fischer, Lim Giong, Arto Lindsay, Ross Karre, Lenzan Kudo, Kung Chi-shing, Alva Noto, Yoshihide Otomo, Wu Na

Date and Time:
18–19 December 2020 (Friday–Saturday)
2:00pm–4:00pm, 5:00pm–7:00pm, 8:30pm–10:30pm

20 December 2020 (Sunday)
2:00pm–4:00pm, 5:00pm–7:00pm

Venue:
The Room, Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District (Getting to Freespace)

Fee:
Free admission. No registration required.

 

Communication Wall

Although Ryuichi Sakamoto is unable to be with us in person this year, he will connect with Hong Kong audiences through the Communication Wall installation. Come along to Freespace and post a message or ask a question. After the installation period, Sakamoto will respond to a selection of your messages and questions via Freespace’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Date and Time:
18–19 December 2020 (Friday–Saturday)
2:00pm–4:00pm, 5:00pm–7:00pm, 8:30pm–10:30pm

20 December 2020 (Sunday)
2:00pm–4:00pm, 5:00pm–7:00pm

Venue:
Foyer & 1/F, Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District (Getting to Freespace)

Fee:
Free admission. No registration needed.

 

Music Performances

Local musicians present personal interpretations of some of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s greatest works in a series of live performances at Lau Bak Livehouse. Line-ups include Romer String Quartet feat. Jenny Ng and Nancy Loo. Stay tuned to Freespace and Lau Bak Livehouse’s social media pages for details.

Date:
19 December 2020 (Saturday)

Time:
10:00pm–11:15pm

Venue:
Lau Bak Livehouse, Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District (Getting to Freespace)