Yes I agree with you, I am actually going back to Hong Kong on the 10th and
spend two weeks there to look at some exchange projects we can link up with
the South West Arts and to encourage partnership with some media institution
and centre in the region. Certainly look at Videotage, Zuni (Where May Fung
works) the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and City University.
Hung Keung is another artist is very interesting, his is the visiting
scholar at ZKM last year, and recently met him Bristol. He done intereting
interactive cd-rom and web project. Also Ellen Pau, who show in Viance
Biannale last year.
In other asian city, Philippines done a lot of interesting project, bagio
festivel, third space and the university. There is couple individual in
China, like Fung Ming Bo who shown in Documanta this year. So I agree that
the development in new media as a wider practice in other asian countries
could be surprisingly fast. And it is really interesting to see how is that
different compare to UK and USA.
But the fact is the new media in the curating context still far behind,
basically there is lack of knowledge of curating in general, there is no
course in Hong Kong in curating (esp in visual arts). There is some art
administration course but mainly in performing arts and theatre. Honestly,
I am the first and only one now from Hong Kong have 'academic qualification'
in curating field, whatever is significant or not.
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From: "Simon Biggs" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, October 05, 2002 10:04 AM
Subject: Re: NEW-MEDIA-CURATING Digest - 3 Oct 2002 to 4 Oct 2002 (#2002-36)
> Zoe Li wrote:
> >Few years later, there is a School of New Media opened in City University
> >Hong Kong, mainly focus on film and it is very technical. It build up a
> >large number of young people who will be interests in New Media, and they
> >are technically very good to make individual pieces of work, but only few
> >them will be able to engage in a theoretical level in curating.
> The situation in Hong Kong is not so bad. The New Media Dept at City
> University is well equipped and has a sophisticated faculty. I gave a
> visited there early this year and was impressed. In terms of curatorial
> development there are people like May Fung and Fion Ng who are engaging
> only directly but primarily with new media and are active not only in HK
> venues but regionally in China, Korea and other countries.
> Like many countries in the Eastern or Southern Hemispheres HK is rather
> isolated compared to European centres (even US cities feel isolated due to
> the distances involved) and in this respect Europe is unique and lucky.
> However, China in particular is developing very fast, especially HK,
> Shanghai and Beijing and I wouldn't be surprised to see them taking the
> initiative in the not distant future. I would expect that what they do
> be quite different to what happens in Europe and the US.
> Simon Biggs
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> Research Professor
> Art and Design Research Centre
> Sheffield Hallam University, UK
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