New Media Arts - the transgression of the practical and symbolic boundaries of art?


Asia Society Hong Kong Center and Art Central Education Program Series

Afternoon Discussion with Island Art Collective, Liu Dao; Kingsley Ng, Artist; Yang Yeung, Curator, and Isaac Leung, Moderator
Discussion at 3pm - 4pm


New technologies and production-distribution models have opened doors for many media artists and gallerists in recent years. New media has become an increasingly viable way for individuals to tell their personal stories and engage audiences. In a time when many first-generation artists are enjoying their successes far beyond their national borders, how do new media artists transgress the practical and symbolic boundaries within the hierarchy of their artistic, cultural and economic recognition? How do they imagine the world of new media art? This panel aims to explore the current trends of media arts, with the intention of uncovering how new modes of production, distribution, and exhibition have fundamentally changed the landscape of cultures.

Kingsley Ng received postgraduate training at Le Fresnoy – National Studio of Contemporary Arts in France, an MSc in Sustainable Design from University of Edinburgh in the UK. He has participated in “Agora Festival” (IRCAM, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, 2006), “Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial” (Niigata, Japan, 2009), “Guangzhou Triennial” (Guangzhou, China, 2012), “Digital Life” (Mustum of Contemporary Arts, Rome, Italy, 2014). His awards include the Arts Development Council Best Artist Award in Media Arts 2014, the Asian Cultural Council Grant 2013, and Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards 2009. He is currently a lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University Academy of Visual Arts.

Island 6 Art Collective (Liu Dao) is an innovative artist collective based in Shanghai. Driven by collaboration at every step, this diverse group of new media artists, technological talents, and creative thinkers have been active around the globe since Liu Dao’s founding in 2006. With members hailing from eclectic artistic, technical, and academic backgrounds, Liu Dao seeks to create unexpected media combinations that balance the delicate qualities of traditional art with the technical complexities of the contemporary. Liu Dao’s work often includes such unique pairings as high-definition photographs coupled with dynamic LED animations, and traditional Chinese paper cutting matched with cutting-edge video art. The acclaimed collective has been invited to exhibit their work in solo and group exhibitions around the world, including at the Louis Vuitton Cultural Spaces in Taipei and Macau, the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, and the Rockbund Museum. Liu Dao’s work is included in the K11 Collection in Shanghai and the White Rabbit Collection in Sydney, among many others.

Yang Yeung is an independent curator, writer and university lecturer. Her curation includes regarding lightness: On Life’s Way (currently showing at Oi! Hong Kong), Around sound art festival & retreat 2009, 2010, 2013, Burdening Representations – historical memory of China from Hong Kong (2009), and Art Responds to 14QK (2007). She is a regular contributor to AM Post. Her recent publications include Hong Kong/China Photographers Series 7 - Alfred Ko (HK, 2012); and “Art education in the university itself – a perspective from general education” in What Do Artists Know? (Ed. James Elkins, Chicago 2012). She is editor of STAMPED: Project Glocal (Manila, HK, 2015), Ten Years After – sketches (MCCM, HK, 2013), Away from the Crowd - the art of Jaffa Lam (HK, 2013) and Pocket 2: say, Listen (HK, 2013). She is member of AICAHK and Art Appraisal Club. She founded soundpocket in 2008 ( She was awarded the ACC Fellowship in 2013.

Isaac Leung is a practicing artist, curator and researcher in art and culture. Leung received an Honorary Fellowship of a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the New Media Art Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, the University of the Arts London. His passion in exploring issues in contemporary art began during his time in college. During 1998-2008, his artworks were exhibited in over 30 venues across the globe. In 2013, Leung was appointed as the Chairman of Videotage. During his tenure, he initiated and participated in projects that included exhibitions, workshops, lectures, publications, online projects and symposia.

Event Details

Sat 14 Mar 2015
3 - 4 p.m.
Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road
Free admission; Registration not required
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