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Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong Presents “Simple Happiness” Local Short Film Animations

20 March 2013

Continuing to elevate its ever-evolving Art-in-Residence signature program, the gallery-masquerading hotel, Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong is gearing up to showcase a series of Hong Kong short film animations at a “Simple Happiness” exhibition, broadcasted in its lobby from 21 March to 11 May 2013.

Curated by Input/Output Gallery, Simple Happiness showcases four animations* directed by Hong Kong’s young new media artists, each presenting their own stories of memorising, finding and self-examining the meaning of happiness found in everyday life. (*Please refer to appendix for details of the short films)

“We are always looking for fresh ideas to inspire our guests and art makes us able to do just that,” says Shaun Campbell, the hotel’s general manager. “We are excited to be able to present this calibre of short films and support local art development. These stories take viewers on a journey to realise how we’re stuck in the hustle and bustle of daily life, neglecting the fact that simple happiness is just around the corner for us to discover and cherish.”

Input/Output Gallery has raised the awareness of new media and interactive art in Hong Kong within the context of a serious contemporary art setting, making Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong, the ideal, vibrant gallery to house the exhibition.

Langham Place Hotel and Art
Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong is home to more than 1,500 pieces of contemporary Chinese art. This is believed to be one of the world’s largest collections. The collection was created by Langham Place’s art consultant Angela Li and includes pieces by numerous legendary Chinese artists including Wang Guangyi, Yue Minjun and Jiang Shuo. The hotel profiles its top 21 pieces through complimentary iPod art tours that can be taken anytime between 6:00am – 11:00pm. The hotel also features quarterly Art-in-Residence exhibitions profiling leading local and international artists. Simple Happiness is its second Art-in-Residence showcase this year.

For more information on Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong, visit: http://hongkong.langhamplacehotels.com

For more information on Input/Output Gallery, visit http://www.inputoutput.tv/off-site/



Sukki’s Story Living in the Dark
The Well in 80s’ Mind Blossom
Gallery-masquerading hotel, Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong

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Director of Communications
Alka Datwani
Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong
T: (852) 3552 3050
M: (852) 6398 6403
F: (852) 3552 3069
Email: alka.datwani@langhamhotels.com

Communications Manager
Titania Shum
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Appendix

Sukki’s Story
Silver Award, 12th Incubator for Film & Visual Media in Asia - Animation Category
Directed by: Leung Gong Tsyn Thomas
Hong Kong / 2005 / Col / 05' 00" / In English with Chinese & English subtitles.

Synopsis
A long distance relationship between mother and son. The film reflects Leung’s changing relationship with his mother when he left Hong Kong to start his new life in a new country, leaving mum and lots of wonderful memories behind.

Director’s Notes
‘This is an animated documentary, which is a relatively new film genre. It helps audiences digest serious issues through the use of animation. In recent years, a number of Oscar-winning animated shorts are animated documentaries.’

About the Director
Sukki’s Story is a personal story by Leung and a Silver Award winner at the 12th ifva. He is currently working as an On Air Promotion Producer at Fox International Channels Hong Kong.

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Living in the Dark
Silver Award, 12th Incubator for Film & Visual Media in Asia - Animation Category
Directed by: Leung Gong Tsyn Thomas
Hong Kong / 2005 / Col / 05' 00" / In English with Chinese & English subtitles.

The story captures Leung’s childhood eye injury, the pain it caused, the distorted images associated with it and the loneliness of living in the dark. The story also reflects the interpretation of this world by Leung’s father who was blind, making Leung cherish beauty that he sees in this world.

Director’s Notes
‘I have been interested in the theme of cherishing vision for a very long time, and I am very glad that I could turn this idea into an animated short film.’

About the Director
Living in the Dark is a personal story by Leung and a Silver Award winner at the 12th ifva. He is currently working as an On Air Promotion Producer at Fox International Channels Hong Kong.

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The Well in 80s’
Silver Award, 11th Incubator for Film & Visual Media in Asia - Animation Category
Directed by: Chau Pak-ho Noel
Hong Kong / 2005 / Col / 04’ 45” / No dialogue and subtitles

Synopsis
A boy chases his dreams in a courtyard while other children use their imagination to change the courtyard into a playground. Through their imagination, their small worlds bring dreams and reality to life.

Director’s Notes
‘When we were young, happiness was within reach. Even an ice-cream cone or an afternoon in the park could make us happy. Now that we have grown up, happiness becomes elusive. We are numbed by the cruel reality that we fail to realise the happiness in our lives...’

About the Director
Noel is an artist who sees everything in beauty. He started working in fashion and created ready-to-wear collections after a few years in the fashion industry. Since then, he has created multimedia art and photography for international brands such as Gucci, Cartier and Diesel.

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Mind Blossom
Finalist, 12th Incubator for Film & Visual Media in Asia - Animation Category
Directed by: Choi Lai Wan Winnie
Hong Kong / 2006 / Col / 03' 30" / No dialogue and subtitles

Synopsis
What is happiness? It can be simple. People covet wealth and honour in society nowadays’ despite the enormous pressure built while climbing up the social ladder. Have we misunderstood the meaning of happiness? The Director would like to convey the idea that “happiness can be simple” through a humorous depiction of social phenomenon nowadays.

Director’s Notes
‘People live a compelling life in the city. They work hard for money, thinking that money can buy them happiness. Sometimes we forget that it does not take much to be happy.’

About the Director
Winnie is a designer in Hong Kong. Her works include graphic design, illustration, motion graphic and commercial editing.
Winnie graduated from the School of Design of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with a degree in Design (Visual Communications).