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Meet-the-Artists: Roman Wilhelm [Closed]


“Meet-the-Artists” allows arts ambassadors to talk to different local artists face to face to appreciate their artwork and learn their interesting stories behind.

We Love “HEUNG” Kong
Roman Wilhelm @ kaitak

Everybody who knows Cantonese should learn that the character “香” means “fragrance”, and “香港” means “fragrant harbor”. Everybody also knows that there are two ways to spell these characters in Chinese – the local Cantonese way (heung1 gong2) and the less local Mandarin way (xiāng gǎng). Cantonese is more than just a dialect, it represents many generations of independent cultural development. “香” also means death, fragrance can change depending how you use it. In his field research as a visiting artist of the Hong Kong Baptist University Academy of Visual Arts, German visual communication designer Roman Wilhelm is trying refer to the idea of local dialect as an audio-visual phenomenon, to show the versatility of local culture in the exhibition of “HEUNG!”. Let’s visit the exhibition to know more about his unique interpretation.


// About the activity // 
Date: 2 March 2015 (Mon)
Time: 4:30 - 6:15 PM
Location: Gallery, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University (Choi Hung)
Quota: 20 Ambassadors (priority will be given to 7th Arts Ambassadors)
This session will be conducted in Cantonese.
Interested Arts Ambassadors please click the button “Join” below for registration. Ambassadors who have successfully registered will receive a confirmation email before the activity date.

Application deadline: 26 Feb 2015 (Thu)
Application for this activity is closed, thank you!
// About the artist //
Roman Wilhelm
Roman studied visual communication at the Burg Giebichenstein Academy of Art and Design Halle (Saale) in Germany, where he now teaches hand lettering. Wilhelm studied under Professor Fred Smeijers for a typeface design master’s degree at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig. Besides working for Berlin-Beijing-based studio INSIDE A Communications, he was a member of the Multilingual Typography Research Group at the Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design Geneva from 2008–2013. A fluent Chinese speaker, his work focuses on cross-cultural mediation, Chinese-Western bilingual typography and typeface design issues. A frequent visitor of Asia, he has taught at various academies such as the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (School of Design), as well as the Seoul National University (College of Fine Art). 
kaitak, Centre for Research and Development 
kaitak, Centre for Research and Development was established by the Academy of Visual Arts in 2013 to enhance the visual arts development in Hong Kong and neighbouring regions. Housed in a Grade I historic building (the former Royal Air Force Officers’ Mess), it promotes visual arts research, creative arts education and community engagement through a vibrant programme of artist-in-residence, exhibitions, workshops, talks and publications.