Making Space for Play: From Shek Lei Playground to Twentieth-Century Hong Kong Playscapes

  • Playground of Shek Lei Resettlement Estate, 1960s – 70s © Information Services Department, Hong Kong
  • Playground of Shek Lei Resettlement Estate, 1960s – 70s © Information Services Department, Hong Kong

2018 M+ / Design Trust Research Fellow 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.

2018 M+ / Design Trust Research Fellow 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.

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).

More details about M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship here

M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship 2018 Public Talk

Date: 2 March 2019 (Saturday)

Time: 2pm – 5:30pm

Venue: Function Rooms, 2/F, Hotel Stage, 1 Chi Wo Street, Jordan

Speakers:

Hugh Davies (M+ / Design Trust Research Fellow 2018)

Fan Lok Yi and Sampson Wong (M+ / Design Trust Research Fellow 2018)

Discussants:

Marie Foulston (Curator of Videogames, Victoria and Albert Museum)

Thomas Chung (Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Moderators:

Ikko Yokoyama (Acting Lead Curator, Design and Architecture, M+)

Shirley Surya (Associate Curator, Design and Architecture, M+)

Organised by M+ and in collaboration with Design Trust

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M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship

2018
Fellow: Fan Lok Yi, 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.

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

About M+
M+ is a museum dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting visual art, design and architecture, moving image, and Hong Kong visual culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, we are building one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world, with a bold ambition to establish ourselves as one of the world’s leading cultural institutions. Our aim is to create a new kind of museum that reflects our unique time and place, a museum that builds on Hong Kong’s historic balance of the local and the international to define a distinctive and innovative voice for Asia’s twenty-first century.

About the West Kowloon Cultural District
Located on Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor, the West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest cultural projects in the world. Its vision is to create a vibrant new cultural quarter for Hong Kong. With a complex of theatres, performance spaces, and museums, the West Kowloon Cultural District will produce and host world-class exhibitions, performances, and cultural events, as well as provide twenty-three hectares of public open space, including a two-kilometer waterfront promenade.

About Design Trust
Design Trust was established in 2014 by Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design, a registered charity in Hong Kong since 2007, as a grant-funding platform. Design Trust supports creative projects that develop expertise and build research initiatives and content related to Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area. Working across a multiplicity of design disciplines, from graphics, media, and architecture to the built environment, Design Trust aims to actively accelerate creative research, design, and the development of meaningful projects that advocate for the positive role of design.