FINE ART ASIA 2021 Academic Programme


Palace Culture and Contemporary Art in Dialogue

Presented by Hong Kong Palace Museum

Speakers: Dr. Kevin Lam (Moderator), Associate Curator, Hong Kong Palace Museum
  Ms. Grace Cheng, Curator
  Mr. Chris Cheung, Artist
  Mr. Ng Tsz Kwan, Artist
  Professor Jeffrey Shaw, Chair Professor, Academy of Visual Art, Hong Kong Baptist University 
  anothermountainman (Mr Stanley Wong), Artist, designer, and photographer
Date: 8 October 2021 (Friday)
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Language: Cantonese & English

The panel will explore how contemporary art practice at the Hong Kong Palace Museum can respond to and revitalise Chinese traditional art and culture, with a particular focus on the Forbidden City. Hong Kong-based multi-media, cross disciplinary artists, designer and curators will share their approaches, inviting the audience to think about the relationship between the traditional and the contemporary.


Dr Kevin Lam received his PhD in Chinese art from Northwestern University, specialising in the art and visual culture of twentieth-century China. He began his curatorial career as a research fellow at the Cleveland Museum of Art in the United States. He has worked with public galleries and NGOs in Hong Kong, including the CityU Exhibition Gallery. Immediately before joining the Hong Kong Palace Museum, he served in Tai Kwun Contemporary, managing ten exhibitions since its opening in May 2018.


Grace Cheng is the Director of Art in Hospital & Community Art Network and an independent curator. She has been curating and presenting exhibitions and different art projects showing the diversity of her interest. Exhibitions curated by Grace covered various aspects and medium, including international projects, artist-in-residence programmes, exhibitions, and cultural research projects.


Chris Cheung Hon Him (aka h0nh1m) is best known for installation art and audiovisual performances, whose artistic expression depends upon electronic, sound, image and creative technology in new media. h0nh1m’s reverence for Eastern and Western philosophies are central to his oeuvre, which he blends traditional ideologies and futuristic imagination. The RadianceScape project he initiated in 2014 has garnered critical acclaim and was featured in important festivals such as Ars Electronica (Linz, 2016) and won the ZKM – Giga Hertz Awards in 2020. His calligraphy and ink installation No Longer Write – Mochiji / InkFlux is collected by the Taoyuan Museum of Fine Arts and the UOB Art collection, with InkFlux receiving a jury selection in the 24th Japan Media Arts Festival (2021). Always eager to explore new mediums and aesthetics through technological interventions, he established artist collectives XCEPT and XCEED in 2008. The collective’s works have been showcased worldwide and has won prestigious international awards.


Co-founder and Executive Creative Director of yucolab, Ng Tsz Kwan has long been devoted to electronic art and video creations. He received his master’s degree in fine art from the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London in 2000 and , he has been lecturing in multimedia, electronic arts, and design departments of certain universities in Hong Kong. In addition to numerous local exhibitions, Kwan’s works have been exhibited in UK, Germany, the USA, Finland, Japan, and Korea. In Kwan’s art practice, he has consistently developed immersive, multisensory and space-oriented experiential installations on decontextualised, fragmented moving images. His works often question and explore the medium of the cinema and perception of viewing. In the Solitude Cinema (series) that he has developed in recent years, it provides a very cinematographic experience, in which the viewer sits on an automated moving chair to navigate between works in the space with specific angles and distances and for specific durations.


Prof Jeffrey Shaw has been a leading figure in new media art since its emergence from the performance, expanded cinema and installation paradigms of the 1960s to its present day technology-informed and virtualised forms. In a prolific career of widely exhibited and critically acclaimed work he has pioneered the creative use of digital media technologies in the fields of virtual and augmented reality, immersive visualisation environments, navigable cinematic systems, and interactive narratives. His awards include Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica for Visionary Pioneer of Media Art (2015) and ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art (2020).


anothermountainman (Stanley Wong)
Visual communicator gained international awareness with his ‘redwhiteblue’ series, which he presented at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005, representing Hong Kong.
Established 84000 Communications in 2007, branching out his creative career. Wong is the recipient of more than 600 local and international awards for his art, design, photography and advertising works. Many of his artworks have been exhibited in local and overseas galleries and museums. Wong was awarded the Artist of the Year 2011 (Visual Arts) from Hong Kong Arts Development Awards, and the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Award 2012 from Hong Kong Museum of Art. In 2020, he was named DFA World’s Outstanding Chinese Designer.