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Ten Reasons to See a Film on the Big Screen

Right now, most people are not going to the cinema. Due to the ongoing pandemic, many of us feel safer watching films at home (and, depending on where you are in the world, that may be your only option). Numerous 2020 film releases are eschewing the cinema and going straight to streaming.

But this won’t be the case forever. With the M+ cinemas opening next year alongside the finished museum building, we want to take a moment now to both remember and celebrate the unique experience of seeing a film in a cinema environment. As we get more and more accustomed to watching films on laptops or even mobile phones, it’s important not to lose sight of the value of seeing them in a movie theatre. We look forward to welcoming you, in the near future, to once again experience a range of exciting films and moving image works at the size they’re intended to be seen.

Below, Li Cheuk-to, Curator, Hong Kong Film and Media at M+, lists ten reasons to see a film on the big screen.

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Ten Hong Kong Films You Might Have Missed

Since January, we have experienced various forms of social distancing to counter the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. These days, many of us are looking for things to watch, either revisiting the classics or making new discoveries.

Li Cheuk-to, Curator, Hong Kong Film and Media at M+, is here with some ideas on lesser-known and often-overlooked Hong Kong films. Watch them at home, or at a screening in the future. And look for more Hong Kong films at the M+ cinemas in the museum building when it opens next year.

1. Cold Nights (1955)

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What Is the ‘Expanded Field’ of Contemporary Design?

What is design ‘in the expanded field’? Below, Noel Cheung, M+ Curatorial Assistant, Design and Architecture, explains this concept through two works by Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen.

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London-based artists Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen’s practice explores a contemporary culture of design, technology, and biology through experimental ‘fictional’ projects. Their work investigates the roles of art and design today and directly addresses relevant social and cultural issues, from fragmented labour and modes of manufacturing in Asia, to resource extraction and ecological conservation.

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A Focus on Materiality in Contemporary Chinese Art

What is materiality, and why is it important? How has the materiality of art shifted across time and culture?

All art is made up of materials. To focus on the materiality of an artwork, however, is to emphasise the material qualities that it consists of. In contemporary art, materials are often the foundation of the work; not just used as a tool to convey an idea or emotion but embodying the subject matter of the work itself. Materials can evoke social class and cultural traditions, and can even be intangible and abstract, as is the case with sound—and the removal of it.

Below, Pi Li, Sigg Senior Curator, Visual Art, analyses the materiality of three works in the Sigg Prize 2019 Exhibition: from bamboo scaffolding, to sound, to raw silk.

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