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).