Liberatum Artistry is set to hit Hong Kong this week

Liberatum Artistry will be taking place in Hong Kong March 13-15. Coinciding with Art Basel Hong Kong, the three-day event will be celebrating the power of art and will be held in different venues throughout the city. Among the highlights are the premier of “Artistry and Technology featuring an all-star cast of creatives including M.I.A. as seen in the photo above by Liberatum Creative Director, Tomas Auksas.

MARCH 13

Directors Pablo Ganguli and Tomas Auksas will be premiering their film “Artistry and Technology,” which explores the impact of technology in creative industries. It features a slew of notable artists, architects, designers and filmmakers such as M.I.A., Francis Ford Coppola, Frank Gehry, Daniel Arsham, Jonas Akerlund, Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Marcel Wanders, Miranda July, Francesco Vezzoli, Marc Quinn, Brett Ratner and Kehinde Wiley. The premiere will take place at Swire Properties Lounge.

The Liberatum Cultural Honor will be presented to Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon at the Upper House.

MARCH 14

Liberatum Culture Salon event will feature lectures by actress Susan Sarandon, artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien, art curator and critic Hans Ulrich Obrist, and art collector Simon de Pury at Swire Properties Lounge:

12 PM – An Artistic Life: Susan Sarandon speaks on her career and creativity
2 PM – Art/Tech:  Hans Ulrich Obrist, Isaac Julien, Simon de Pury and Grimansa Amoros speak on the impact of technology on creativity

MARCH 15

Liberatum “In Conversation” event with fashion designer Victoria Beckham at the Upper House.

Upper House at Pacific Place
88 Queensway, Admiralty,
Hong Kong

Swire Properties Lounge at the Art Basel Convention Centre
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai,
Hong Kong

Murals take over Honolulu for POW! WOW! Hawaii 2015 street art festival

POW! WOW! Hawai’i 2015 begins with a Holoholo Tour hosted by John “Prime” Hina

In celebration of the ongoing POW! WOW! Hawaii, festival organizers have released a video highlighting an annual ritual. Hoping to encourage cultural exchange, participating artists are led on a tour around the island of Hawaii every year, visiting a variety of significant historical and cultural locations.

This year features a “holoholo” told by Hawaii native John “Prime” Hina. Similar to artist’s aspirations to inspire with their creations, Hina hopes his storytelling will spark attendees’ interests in their own heritage. Besides its obvious geographic isolation, Hawaii stands as an anomaly among the rest of the United States, having been able to keep more of its rich, vibrant, yet complicated native culture intact relative to anywhere else in the country.

Enjoy Hina’s compelling words in the Michael Inouye video above.

POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014 Video

After taking Taipei by storm, the POW! WOW! team takes a look back at its first-ever venture into Taiwan. Directed by Vincent Ricafort, this lengthy recap of POW! WOW! Taiwan 2014 does well to highlight its quest to paint massive murals in the Taiwanese capital, even dealing with typhoons as the festival brought together street art heavyweights like Aaron De La Cruz, Apex, Dabs1, INSA, James Jean, Brendan Monroe, and Madsteez, as well as regional talents Reach, Mr.OGAY, Seazk, Saym, Zishi, Xue, and Vita Yang.

Enjoy the piece above and head on over to POW! WOW!’s blog for a slide show of some imagery from the event.

Details on the upcoming POW! WOW! Hawaii 2015 art festival

In preparation of the art gathering in Hawaii happening next month, POW! WOW! has released program details including participating artists and the event schedule. The annual festival hopes to inspire a broader community through art, while increasing exposure of the artists both local and international.

This year’s event will take place between February 7 and February 14, and will include a line-up of 40 artists. Following a successful event in Taiwan, the progressive art initiative is now looking to expand globally, targeting California, Singapore, Washington D.C. and a handful of others cities.

For more information on the upcoming event, visit their webpage.

POW! WOW! Hawaii From the Eyes of Renowned Street Artist Ron English

Best known for his POPaganda series, renowned contemporary painter and street artist Ron English creates art combining high and low iconography gleaned from well known pop culture. He was recently in Hawaii, participating in the POW! WOW! Hawaii festival that brought together many different street artists — all with one task — to create murals based on Hawaii’s marine life.

In this video, English takes us around Hawaii through his eyes, introducing us to various artists from around the world participating in the festival as well. We get a good look at the variety of styles and backgrounds of these artists, as well as an inside look into their inspirations and creative process.

POW! WOW! and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Hawaii has long been known as a colorful holiday destination, but here to further cement that image is this unique collaboration between POW! WOW!, Fitted Hawaii and Hawaiian Airlines.

The products of this collaboration were the painting-over of the airline’s ground service vehicles, often some of the first things that welcome visitors on the airport tarmac. From the team at Fitted, including owner Keola Rapozo, came their signature Island Camo pattern broken up by accents of neon orange, that was used to cover the service vehicles. However, arguably the centrepiece is the mural of Rapozo’s wife wearing a traditional Hawaiian headpiece that appears on the side of a large hydraulic service truck, painted by POW! WOW!’s Kamea Hadar and Fitted’s Defer.

Watch the video above and keep an eye out for these works of art the next time you fly to Hawaii.

 

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project

Image of POW! WOW!  and Fitted Team-Up for the Hawaiian Airlines Ground Service Vehicle Project