M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship Grant

Shek Lei Modern: An adventure playground and an ‘East Asian miracle’?

Fan Lok Yi, Sampson Wong / 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.

The team of Fan Lok Yi and Sampson Wong will investigate the movement of constructing ‘revolutionary playgrounds’ during the 1960s and 1970s period in Hong Kong, focusing on the "Shek Lei playground" and its extended context in East Asia. The research seeks to join the broader dialogue concerning how architectural discourse and practice were received in East Asia and Hong Kong during that time period.


About Fan Lok Yi and Sampson Wong
Fan Lok Yi is a curator and artist based in Hong Kong. She is the Curator of Make A Difference Institute. Fascinated by untamed urban nature, unintended use of space and other accidental poetics in the grand scheme of things, she works to reveal the connections between urban space, history and the environment through research and collaborative artistic processes. Curated projects include Kwai Tsing Daily@West Kowloon (2016–2017), Affordable Art Basel! (2014–2015) and Tin Shui Wai Topology (2014). Fan received her MA Fine Art from University of the Arts London and Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Hong Kong.

Sampson Wong holds PhD Geography from the University Manchester, MSc Modernity, Space and Place from University College London, and was trained in political science and political philosophy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a Hong Kong based artist, independent curator and academic, and is currently a lecturer at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. His research and creative interests include urban theory and contemporary urbanism, socially-engaged art, art and the public sphere, creative activism, Hong Kong studies and urban nature. He has co-found the Hong Kong Urban Laboratory, the artist collective Add Oil Team and co-curated the Emptyscape Art Festival (a triennial) with the curatorial collective Emptyscape.


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.