Connecting City Landscape and Arts in Hong Kong


ASHK X Art Central Conversations


City landscape of modern cities are changing, transforming and adapting to the growing needs of people, in order to ensure greater accessibility and better-quality services. Arts, as a medium to translate and instill values and experiences across space and time, can easily redefine the transformation of the city.

Our panelists Christopher DeWolf, Ekkehard Altenburger, and Ying Kwok would like to use this opportunity exploring the relationship between Hong Kong urban cityscape and people through contemporary art practices, and discover the possibility of using arts as a medium to develop city under the context of Hong Kong.


Christopher DeWolf is a Canadian journalist who has lived in Hong Kong for over a decade. He was drawn by the contrasts of the city's urban scene and has been writing about urbanism, architecture, design and history. He is a regular contributor to the South China Morning Post and an editor with Zolima CityMag, a Hong Kong magazine of arts and culture. His published a book on Hong Kong's unique urban culture, Borrowed Spaces: Life Between the Cracks of Modern Hong Kong, in 2017.


Ekkehard Altenburger is an Assistant Professor for Sculpture at Academy of Visual Arts of the Hong Kong Baptist University. The sculptor accomplished an MA from Chelsea College of art in London in 1999. His work explores the physical balance of the built environment using architectural references as well as sculptural volumes of physical material. In his often large-scale productions, Altenburger has developed close working relationships with the industry by using and adapting advanced digital production methods in his work. He often uses texture and colour to manipulate surfaces.


Ying Kwok has been an independent curator curating various international arts exhibitions since 2013. She curated “Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief” in Hong Kong exhibition at the 57th Venice Biennale and LOOK17 International Photography Festival in Liverpool, and co-curated "Harmonious Society" at Asia Triennial Manchester 2014. In 2014, Ms Kwok co-founded Art Appraisal Club to develop local art discussions and encourage critical thinking in Hong Kong.

Ingrid Chu

Ingrid Chu is a Hong Kong born contemporary art curator and writer with experience at leading museums and non-profit organisations including Asia Art Archive; M+; and Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong, as well as Creative Time, New York; The Noguchi Museum, Long Island City; The Power Plant, Toronto; and CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. Most recently, she served on the team that organised the inaugural edition of Booked: Tai Kwun Contemporary’s Hong Kong Art Book Fair, a new, large-scale art book fair in Asia that brought together over 60 art book publishers, artists and exhibitors from the region and the world to Hong Kong for the first time.

Event Details

Sun 31 Mar 2019
2 - 3 p.m.

Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road

Free Admission with any Art Central Ticket; Registration not required
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