2016

M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship

“76 countries and 1 Administrative Zone” – Hong Kong and International Expositions (1851­‐ 1970)

Organisation:
M+, West Kowloon Cultural District, Design Trust

2016 M+ / Design Trust Research Fellow the team of Daniel Cooper and Juliana Kei’s project, “76 Countries and One Administrative Zone: Hong Kong in World Expos”, focusing especially on the complex interactions of design, identity, and colonial expectations in Hong Kong’s participation in Expo’70 in Osaka. Building on his prominent work in the areas of opensource, decentralised, and non-hierarchical design, Joseph Grima presents “Open Design Archipelago”, and examines the new paradigms of design emerging in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta region, where the speed of innovation and iteration is unprecedented, the acts of design and production often coincide, and Western notions of intellectual property and copyright do not necessarily apply.

The M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship programme consists of two separate fellowships investigating issues related to architecture and design. One supports research projects focused on Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area in an Asian or global context, and the second supports research projects related to Asia more broadly, closely in line with the curatorial position of M+, the Hong Kong museum dedicated to visual culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Past fellows include: Ling Fan (2015); Joseph Grima (2016); the team of Daniel Cooper and Juliana Kei (2016) and Thomas Daniell (2017).

About the Partnering Institution:

Daniel Cooper is a Master of Science student in the Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices programme at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. His research explores the role that science and technology have had in changing conceptions of architectural practices in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His current research revolves around historiographic methods that subtly negotiate objects and people. Since 2012, Cooper has worked with carriage trade, a non-profit gallery in New York, and is now its Assistant Curator. He has held editorial positions at Columbia Journalism Review and Cabinet Magazine, and is currently expanding his practice into the design and product development of executive desk toys. Cooper is a graduate of Hampshire College.

Juliana Kei is a Master of Philosophy student in the Victoria and Albert Museum / Royal College of Art History of Design programme. Her research explores the role of tradition in post-war British architecture through an intellectual biography of Theo Crosby, a founding partner of the design firm Pentagram. In 2013 she worked as an Assistant Curator for the Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture. Kei practiced architecture in New York, London, and Tokyo prior to returning to Hong Kong, where she helped set up a satellite office for the Shenzhen- and Beijing-based architecture firm Urbanus from 2011–2013. Kei has taught at Columbia University and the University of Hong Kong, and is currently lecturing a course on critical and cultural studies at the University of Hertfordshire. Kei received her Master of Architecture from Columbia University and Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Hong Kong.