Bio: Academy

QUALIFICATIONS

2014 Ph.D. Z node of The Planetary Collegium, Institute Cultural Studies (ICS), Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland & University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

1997 MA (Film & Video) Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design, London, United Kingdom

1995 BA (Hons.) Fine Arts, Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

1992 Diploma in Design, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

1990 HK A’Level, Hong Kong [A grade Art]

1988 HKCEE, Hong Kong [A grade Art]

Academic Background

1992 香港理工太古設計學院 (設計文憑)
Dip (Design) The Swire School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK

1995 香港中文大學藝術系 (學士﹙榮譽﹚學位)
BA (Hons) The Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK

1997 英國倫敦中央聖馬汀藝術及設計(錄像及電影藝術研究院 (藝術碩士)
MA (Film & Video) Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London, UK

2001-2 德國卡爾斯魯厄 藝術與媒體研究中心 (ZKM) (訪問學人) – 德國學術交流獎學金得主
Center for Art and Media (ZKM) (visiting scholar), Karlsruhe, Germany – DAAD Scholarship

2002   丹麥科爾丁設計學院 (客座講師)
Design School Kolding, Denmark (Guest Lecturer)

2006   美國加州大學柏克萊分校 (訪問藝術家) – 亞洲文化協會 [捷成漢伉儷獎助金]
University of California, Berkeley (Visiting Artist) – Desiree and Hans Michael Jebsen Fellowship Asian Cultural Council (ACC)

2014   瑞士蘇黎世藝術大學  英國普利茅斯大學 (哲學博士)
PhD Planetary Collegium, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland & University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

2015 澳大利亞國立大學 (駐留藝術家)
Australian National University (ANU), Australia (Artist in Resident)

Introduction

Dr. HUNG Keung is an internationally renowned digital media artist, researcher, scholar and designer, who has been involved in the creative and research aspects of film, video and digital new media art around the world since 1995. HUNG graduated from the Swire School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (92); Chinese University of Hong Kong (95) and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, the United Kingdom (98) with an MA in Film and Video, and finished his Ph.D. from the Planetary Collegium [1], Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich, Switzerland and University of Plymouth, the United Kingdom (14) respectively in the areas of experiential and theoretical research to explore the digital media, design and interactive art at the turn of the century, and proceeded to develop the technological and conceptual aspects of his series of creative practices, as well as creativity education for design and artistic disciplines.

 Research and Scholarship:

HUNG’s earlier creative research projects focus on exploring human limitations. Through interactive and moving digital images, the artist ventures into extending these limitations with the use of digital media technology (i.e. interactive CDROM project). In his latest creative research projects, he further re-appropriates and enquires on the intricate relationships among Chinese philosophy of Dao, the concept of ‘Yellow Box’, viewers and digital moving images (i.e. Dao Gives Birth to One project). On the academic front, he has always been interested in applying innovative concepts on learning & teaching as well as academic researches. He believes that creativity can be shown in particular experience. He consistently penetrates his projects with such believes (i.e. research projects (DGRF): Immersive Digital Information Graphic: A Series of New Learning and Measurement Tools for Physical and Tai Chi practice, and Information Technologies as an Innovative and Smart Platform: A Framework for Integrated and interactive Interface Unites on Commercial and Public Spaces).

In the area of scholarly and innovative activities, HUNG’s PhD research focuses on re-appropriating Chinese art in the context of digital media through theoretical development and creative practice. He has published and exhibited a number of significant academic research papers, posters and creative and experimental research projects in various significant international refereed journals, exhibitions, biennial and international conferences for the aforesaid knowledge domains. These conferences and exhibitions include:

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network International Conference (China), the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the White Box Exhibition (the University of Oregon, Portland, US), the 7th International Ink Art Biennale of Shenzhen (China), Shanghai Biennial (China), the Asian Art Biennial, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), Santralistanbul’s Uncharted: User Frames in Media Arts (Turkey), the Multimedia Design and Design Education Conference (the City University of Hong Kong and Shantou University), Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-city Biennial (HK), the 17th International Play Association (IPA) World Conference (Hong Kong), Siggraph, the 34th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (UK), ISEAE (US), the Innovation Festival, HKSAR’s Innovation and Technology Commission (HK), the Hexagram Institute for Research and Creation in Media Arts and Technologies Summit (US), and Pacific Rim New Media Summit (US), among others. His recent research paper was also accepted by ‘Typography Day 2015’ International Conference, the Institute of Technology, Bombay, India.

Moreover, he created and produced 15 experimental film & video works (including super 8mm, 16 mm, SVHS, Beta, DVD, HD video format, custom made software programming system and installation), as well as published 5 DVDs and an interactive CDROM box set as his creative practice output. With his series of distinctive achievements in both academic and innovative aspects, HUNG is recognized globally for being one of the most creative Hong Kong figures in the field of digital media and creativity. He has received a number of international award nominations including in England, Germany, the Netherlands, Croatia and Spain. The most prestigious awards he has won internationally were ‘Best Short Ambient Video’ at the BBC Short Film Festival (98) in England and ‘Best of EMAF’ at the European Media Art Festival (98) in Germany. HUNG is regarded as the first Chinese artist and director to win these two international awards and four of his video works were selected to take part in the BBC Short Film Festival at the same year. Last but not least, HUNG Keung was the ‘Second-Prize Winner’ at Computer Graphics International 2001, and the first Chinese artist to receive the ‘Special Mention Interactive CD-ROM Award’, presented by the International New Media Arts Festival in Greece (01) and ‘Special Award for New Media’ in Croatia (02).

Achievements in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, regarding his earlier experimental film and video works, the Hong Kong Independent Short Film & Video Awards between 1998 and 1999 presented him with the Gold Award, the Special Award (in the category of video), and the Distinguished Award, among others [2].

Recently, with his significant achievements, Secretary for Home Affairs of Hong Kong Special Administrative Regions (HKSAR) presented him the ‘Secretary for Home Affairs’ Commendation Scheme Award’ (2012) in the category of Persons with ‘Outstanding Contributions to the Development of Arts and Culture’. In addition, in recognition of his outstanding creative achievements in new media art, Hong Kong Art Development Council (HKADC) presented HUNG with the 2010 Award for Best Artist (Media Arts), HKADC presented him with the 2008 Award for Outstanding Young Artist (Media Arts), the Hong Kong Museum of Art presented him with the 2009 Achievement Award (2009), and the Hong Kong Museum of Art’s 2001 Hong Kong Art Biennial presented HUNG with the Prize of Excellence. At the age of 31, HUNG was regarded as one of the youngest scholars to receive the prestigious President’s Award [校長特設優秀員工 / 傑出成就獎 (研究及學術活動獎)] (Outstanding Performance & Achievements in Research and Scholarly Activities), presented by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.

Dr. HUNG has also received numerous research and commission fundings (as a principal investigator and co-investigator) with the total amount exceeding 1 million Hong Kong Dollars. Some of these research projects investigate into Chinese philosophies behind the notions of time and space; the design and formulation of a series of custom-made interactive programming systems for content creators, curators and artists as applications of the concept of Dao, ‘play-appreciation’, ‘multiple identities’, ‘bodily engagement’; the incorporation of digital media art as an extension of scroll painting and Chinese calligraphy in relation to the concept of 4D experience; the creation of and to create a series of practical and experimental art & design projects as a research platform for designers, audiences, viewers, researchers and curators in order to suggest an alternative and innovative way of appreciating contemporary Chinese art and design.

Achievements Overseas

In recognition of his international achievements in digital-media design and art research and practices, prominent institutions in the field have presented him with highly prestigious awards: most notably, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Scholarship (Germany) at the Centre for Art and Media (ZKM), Karlsruhe, Germany (2001-02) and the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) Desiree and Hans Michael Jebsen Fellowship (Hong Kong ) at the University of California, Berkeley, Chicago University, University of Pittsburgh, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, etc (2005-6). These tributes to HUNG’s efforts have enabled him to conduct his research (e.g., interviews, presentations, forum participation) in Europe, the United States and China. After his return from his scholar academic activities in ZKM, Germany, he founded his first research lab ‘imhk lab’ in 2004, focusing on new media art and design research in relation to Chinese philosophy and interactivity. His recent works focus on the discussion of the possibility of incorporating concepts of philosophy, Calligraphy writing, Chinese ink art, time and space into digital moving images and interactive art.

The above mentioned achievements reflect the ability of Dr. HUNG’s outstanding creation of knowledge, innovation, and knowledge transfer as witnessed by success in securing research funding & commission. He also shows his scholastic and professional recognitions, social and economic impact through producing and presenting creative practice, or other forms of creative activities, such as international exhibition, conference attending and paper presentation.

Learning and Teaching

In views of learning and teaching, Dr. HUNG has been teaching ( part time / full time) for almost 19 years in various universities and institutes in locally and internationally, namely School of Design in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong, ([MFA] Critique of Contemporary Arts), Academy of Film in Hong Kong Baptist University, ([BA & MA] Interaction Design), The Department of Interactive Media in Designskolen Kolding [Kolding School of Design (DSKD)], Denmark, etc. He has given academic and executive talks at various universities and institutions including the Media Faculty in the Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany; Department of Art & Media, Hochschule for Art & Design Halle, Germany; Department of Interactive Media, Designskolen Kolding, Denmark; Goethe Institue; World Wide Video Festival, the Netherlands, Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, US; the University of Oregon, Portland, US; the University of California, Berkeley; University of Pittsburgh, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Department of Fine Art in Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan; The Art school in Hong Kong Art Centre, School of Creative Arts in The Hong Kong Institute of Education and the Department of Fine Art in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, etc. Such international exposure proves that HUNG possesses a diverse and all-rounded learning and teaching expertise in both areas of art and design.

Recently, he has been developing a new subject – ‘Time 1’ and ‘Time 2’, workshop ‘ flip & clips’ and exhibition-oriented learning experience which introduces a new experience of Chinese character-writing and moving images, which offers an opportunity for participants to take part personally with the artist in creating and exploring their own animated Chinese characters / typographies, shifting their role from a passive audience to an active participant of creativity. This on-going project has been touring from UK to Hong Kong on many occasions, with hug demand and positive feedback from the public. Moreover, his overall ‘Student Feedback Questionnaire’ (SFQ) score for these subjects is 4.4 and some of the subjects reached 4.7, which is regarded as the higher score in the school. This result reflects his teaching activities and style significantly received a lot positive and encouraging response in the class.

Service to the University, professional bodies and the community:

Regarding the level of his contribution to the society, invited commission, and consultancy duties, Dr. HUNG was widely invited and commissioned by numerous institutions and international brands. For example, He was invited to contribute creative works to Hong Kong’s Hotel ICON, the teaching and research hotel built for the School of Hotel and Tourism Management by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. It is one of the most significant and refined world-class lodgings in the region. Other requests for his digital-media projects (interactive exhibitions and moving images) have come from international brands and widely recognized titles such as CHANEL, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)’s Style Hong Kong Show, HKTDC’s HK Young Designer Alumni Club Fashion Awards Show, HKTDC’s Pan-Pearl River Delta Exhibition, HKTDC’s Style Hong Kong in Moscow, Hong Kong Fashion Week’s Interactive Fashion Show and Médecins Sans Frontières-Hong Kong 10th Anniversary.

Apart from dedicating his effort to creative industries as mentioned above, Dr. HUNG has also been also involved in higher-level consultancy, service and contribution to the public and art & cultural policy sectors. He was officially appointed by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong (HKSAR) to two influential and important positions with Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD): Consultation Panel Member and Committee Member of Information and Communication Technologies Subcommittee. These are regarded significant contributions to future Hong Kong art & cultural developments, on behalf of the school from HKpolyU. He is also a member of Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC), and served dual positions of Committee Member and Vice-Chairman in the HKADC Film & Media Arts Group, and holds the longer-term position of Arts Advisor in the aforementioned HKADC Film & Media Arts Group, etc. Meanwhile, by Chief Executive of Hong Kong’s invitation and appointment, he serves as the Advisory Committee of the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS), and he is currently a Committee Member of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Culture Promotion Committee, and was appointed as Curator for the university’s major event ‘Artist in Residency’ (AIR) for master Wucius Wong’s solo show in the Innovation Tower at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2016.

Dr. HUNG shows higher contributions to the effective functioning of the University, effectiveness of his cooperation with colleagues and different faculties, and demonstrated his stronger and professional links with the community or government, and contributions to professional communities.

The abovementioned activities and achievements demonstrate that HUNG has achieved international recognition and that the world now appreciates Hong Kong people’s innovativeness and exploratory courage. He has also provided a new platform that promoted cultural exchanges and teaching and learning activities. As a visionary young educator, Dr. HUNG is determined to contribute his talents, abilities, expertise, experience, and passion to educating and stimulating our next generation to explore without limits and fully develop their potentials.

As for his future activities and career path, Dr. HUNG envisages his growing involvement in the ever-evolving design of digital and new media. HUNG is a rare all-rounded talent who excels in painting, creating, designing, digital media technology, teaching as well as research work. He possesses true international perspectives and has established positive connections with various important institutions. After attaining academic qualifications in HK, UK, Germany and Switzerland, HUNG spared no efforts and continued to release highly acclaimed articles, papers and creative design research projects and artworks. Subjects taught and planned by HUNG are very popular and he has taken up guidance works for undergraduate and post-graduate students in different universities. He has made tremendous contributions towards the academic and creative fields and has received praise locally and around the world.

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Brief Introduction version (500 words)

Dr. HUNG Keung is an internationally renowned new & digital media artist, researcher, scholar and designer, who has been involved in the creative and research aspects of film, video and digital new media art around the world since 1995. HUNG graduated from the Swire School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (92); Chinese University of Hong Kong (95) and Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London, the United Kingdom (98) with an MA in Film and Video, and finished his Ph.D. from the Planetary Collegium [1], Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich, Switzerland and University of Plymouth, the United Kingdom (14) respectively in the areas of experiential and theoretical research to explore the digital media, design and interactive art at the turn of the century, and proceeded to develop the technological and conceptual aspects of his series of creative practices, as well as creativity education for design and artistic disciplines.

HUNG’s earlier creative research projects focus on exploring human limitations. Through interactive and moving digital images, the artist ventures into extending these limitations with the use of digital media technology. In his latest creative research projects, he further re-appropriates and enquires on the intricate relationships among Chinese philosophy of Dao, the concept of ‘Yellow Box’, viewers and digital moving images. On the academic front, he has always been interested in applying innovative concepts on learning & teaching as well as academic researches.

In the area of scholarly and innovative activities, HUNG’s PhD research focuses on re-appropriating Chinese art in the context of digital media through theoretical development and creative practice. He has published and exhibited a number of significant academic research papers, posters and creative and experimental research projects in various significant international refereed journals, exhibitions, biennial and international conferences for the aforesaid knowledge domains.

Dr. HUNG is regarded as the first Chinese artist and director to win these two international awards and four of his video works were selected to take part in the BBC Short Film Festival at the same year. Last but not least, HUNG Keung was the ‘Second-Prize Winner’ at Computer Graphics International 2001, and the first Chinese artist to receive the ‘Special Mention Interactive CD-ROM Award’, presented by the International New Media Arts Festival in Greece (01) and ‘Special Award for New Media’ in Croatia (02). In Hong Kong, regarding his earlier experimental film and video works, the Hong Kong Independent Short Film & Video Awards between 1998 and 1999 presented him with the ‘Gold Award’, the ‘Special Award’ (in the category of video), and the ‘Distinguished Award’, among others. In addition, in recognition of his outstanding creative achievements in new media art, Hong Kong Art Development Council (HKADC) presented HUNG with the 2010 Award for Best Artist (Media Arts), HKADC presented him with the 2008 Award for Outstanding Young Artist (Media Arts), the Hong Kong Museum of Art presented him with the 2009 Achievement Award (2009), and the Hong Kong Museum of Art’s 2001 Hong Kong Art Biennial presented HUNG with the Prize of Excellence.

[1] The Collegium was awarded The World Universities Forum Award for Best Practice in Higher Education 2011. Within a transcultural, transdisciplinary perspective, the Planetary Collegium is concerned with the advancement of emergent forms of art and architecture, in the context of telematic, interactive and technoetic media, and their integration with science, technology, and consciousness research. The Collegium’s hub (CAiiA-Hub) is located in the School of Art and Media, with nodes in Kefalonia, Lucerne, Trento, and Zurich. Founded by Professor Roy Ascott.
[2] Please refer to the enclosed list for details on the international and local awards he received.

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