2018

M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship Grant

Hong Kong Architecture in the Videogame Vernacular

Organisation:
Hugh Davies / M+, West Kowloon Cultural District

M+ and Design Trust are pleased to announce the recipients of the M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship 2018: Hugh Davies, and the team of Fan Lok Yi and Sampson Wong. Now in its fourth year, the Fellowship aims to support high-level research related to design and architecture history and contemporary issues, focusing on Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta region, and their relationship with the rest of the world.

During his fellowship, Hugh Davies, an interdisciplinary artist, educator and investigator, will examine Hong Kong’s character, architecture and urban design as represented in videogames. Surveying Hong Kong's representation in a multiplicity of videogame experiences over the past thirty years, Hugh Davies will explore the city in its varying incarnations, unearthing the correspondences between the actual and the virtual, and consider it through different overlapping areas of design disciplines.

 

About Hugh Davies
Hugh Davies is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and investigator. His research explores technology histories, screen practices, and expansive games. Hugh has held numerous leadership roles in the Australian arts/technology sector including senior lecturer in Media at La Trobe University, board chair of the Australian Network for Art and Technology, and board chair of the Freeplay Independent Games Festival. He is currently an Asialink resident at Tokyo Wondersite, researching games and play in Japanese art and society. Hugh was awarded a PhD from Monash University in 2014 and he publishes and speaks on digital culture, contemporary art, and mixed reality games.

 

About the Partnering Institution
A cornerstone of the ambitious West Kowloon Cultural District, M+ is Hong Kong's new museum for visual culture, encompassing twentieth and twenty-first century art, design and architecture, and moving image from Hong Kong, China, Asia, and beyond. From its vantage point in one of the world's most dynamic regions, M+ will document the past, inform the present, and contribute to the future of visual culture within an ever more interconnected global landscape. The museum will take a multidisciplinary approach that both challenges and respects existing boundaries, while creating a meeting point for a diversity of perspectives, narratives, and audiences.