M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship

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

M+, West Kowloon Cultural District, Design Trust

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).

About the Partnering Institution:

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.