Connected by personal, professional and scholarly ties to Hong Kong, we come from various fields within art, design, academia, and museums. We are currently based between the UK, Hong Kong and Seoul.
Sunnie Chan is currently the Associate Curator of Exhibition at CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile) in Hong Kong. She holds degrees from the University of Essex majoring History of Art & Film Studies, and the Hong Kong Baptist University in MA Communication. Between 2010 and 2019, Chan worked as an independent curator/ researcher and with Gallery 27, a private design gallery in Hong Kong, took part in projects including “M+ Mobile: Yaumatei” (2012), “Sori Yanagi: The Designer’s Heart” (2015), “Hong Kong Department Store” (2016), “Very Hong Kong Very Hong Kong” (2017) and “Hello! Ikko Tanaka” (2019).Previously a Research Associate for M+ museum on Hong Kong graphic design and the museum’s opening display, she was selected to the Design Trust/ Royal College of Art research fellowship in Design Curation in 2018, with a research interest in emerging practices of design curating and its contribution to cultural learning.
Vivien Chan is a design historian, researcher and imagemaker based in the UK. Her research interests include space, materiality, the everyday, queer studies and alternative research methodologies and dissemination. She graduated from the V&A/RCA History of Design MA in 2017, and is currently a PhD candidate at University of Nottingham as part of the Cultures of Occupation in Twentieth Century Asia (COTCA) project, researching spaces of consumption in Hong Kong’s New Towns public housing estates, 1954-1989 through the lens of design and material culture. Chan also lectures in design research in Interior Architecture and Design at Nottingham Trent University, and has previously guest lectured at Kingston University and the Royal College of Art. Previously she was Ambassador for the Design History Society from 2017 – 2019, and was editor of experimental design history website Unmaking Things and for research publication Polyphonies in 2017. Alongside academia she maintains her practice as printer and illustrator, as well as writing, illustrating and editing independent publishing.
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Juliana Kei is a Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Liverpool. Her current research looks into how the environmental movement shaped discourses in architectural preservation. Her PhD looks into the parallels in preservation movement and Postmodern architecture through the works of Theo Crosby (1925-1994), the founder of Pentagram design. Previously she trained as an architect and has worked as a strategic planner and architectural designer in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York, and Shenzhen. She was also a design fellow at Urbanus (Hong Kong/ Shenzhen) from 2011 – 2015, and was an assistant curator of Hong Kong/Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (2011).
Janice Li is a London-based curator and researcher interested in design and fashion as agents of change, particularly in the crossing over of art/design and science, as well as their relations with inclusivity and sustainability. She also engages in projects concerning identity (gender, body and ethnic) and decolonisation. Janice is now Assistant Curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum, developing its V&A East project, and has previously worked on the exhibition Fashioned from Nature (2018-2019) and catalogued the incoming Royal Photographic Society collection. She is also a founding member of the Museum’s Global Narratives Network. An alumna of the RCA, she has curated design exhibitions and commissioned design projects internationally, for instance, at Venice Design (2019), Salone del Mobile, Milan (2019), MoMA Biodesign (2017), Vienna Design Week (2017), Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (2018), Werkraum Bregenzerwald (2018), Gwangju Design Biennale (2019).
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Mina Song is a Korean living and working in Hong Kong for over two decades. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from Seoul National University, and two Master’s Degrees from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Design) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Cultural Management). While educated and trained as a designer, a chance meeting led to working at the Hong Kong Arts Centre in 2006. Since then she has been working as an arts administrator mainly working on large and medium sized public arts projects. Her works include Budding Winter (2009 – 10), Made in Wetland (2010), ArtAlive@Park (2010 – 11), Art@Government Buildings (2012-13 and 2013-14) and ARTivating Public Buildings (2015). In 2017, Song was a Design Trust/ Royal College of Art research fellow in Design Curation, concluding with curating site-specific exhibition White[City]Cube.
Jennifer Wong is a curator, researcher, and writer specialising in design histories and visual cultures in East Asia. As Assistant Curator of Design and Architecture at M+, she was an integral part of the team building the museum’s collection of 20th- and 21st-century graphic and product designs from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China. She also worked on the museum’s inaugural design exhibition ‘Shifting Objectives: Design from the M+ Collection’ and produced several rounds of the ‘M+ Matters’ public talk series, as well as initiating the museum’s building video documentation project. Prior to returning to Hong Kong, she was Research Assistant/Assistant Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum and worked at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Field Museum, and National Art Museum of China. Wong holds a MA in History of Design, jointly offered by the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum, and a BA in Art History from Northwestern University.