Assistant Professor

Prof. LEUNG Hok Bun, Isaac

B.F.A. (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA), M.Phil (LingU), PhD (CityU)
3943 1926
Room 202, Leung Kau Kui Building

Office hour (by appointment) : Every Thursday 1030-1330

Introduction

Prof. Isaac Leung is a practicing artist, curator, and scholar in art and culture.

In 2003, Leung received an Honorary Fellowship of a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the New Media Art Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since then, his works have been exhibited in over 30 venues across the globe, including Zolla/Lieberman Gallery (USA), Para Site (Hong Kong), Videotage (Hong Kong), Connecting Space (Hong Kong), MOCA (Shanghai), and Venice Biennale of Architecture (Italy). Leung’s works are centered on critical issues concerning technology and social media, and they have been featured on National Public Radio (USA), and in Agence France-Presse (France), Chicago Tribune (USA), NY Arts Magazine (USA), Chicago Readers (USA) and the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). 

In 2013, Leung was appointed as the Chairman of Videotage. During his tenure, he initiated and participated in projects that included exhibitions, workshops, lectures, publications, online projects, and symposia. Some of these include 40 Years of Video Art in Germany and Hong Kong (Hong Kong and Germany), The 12th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition (Italy and Hong Kong), Perpetual Art Machine (USA), Time Test – International Video Art Research Exhibition (China), ISEA Festival (Hong Kong, China), Both Sides Now (Hong Kong, UK, and various countries), Loop Barcelona (Spain), One World Exposition (Hong Kong), China Remixed (USA), Clockenflap (Hong Kong), and Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative (Hong Kong). In recent years, Leung has been active in promoting international exchanges of video and media arts. He is also a staunch supporter of exploring new models for interdisciplinary collaboration and creative entrepreneurship. In addition to his contributions to Videotage, Leung has also served as advisor and assessor for diverse international institutions, previous services include projects presented by Home Affairs Bureau (Hong Kong), Hong Kong Arts Development Council (Hong Kong), and Prix Ars Electronica (Austria).

In the same year of 2013, Leung received his PhD degree, specializing in the contemporary Chinese art market. Leung has given lectures at several prominent conferences, including Transmediale (Germany), International Arts Leadership Roundtable 2016 (Hong Kong), Art Basel Salon (Hong Kong), and ARCO Contemporary Art Fair (Spain). Leung has taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Baptist University, the City University of Hong Kong, the Education University and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Research Interests

Contemporary art, Curation, Exhibition Studies, Art and technology, New media, Art history, Cultural historiography, Arts management, Cultural industries, Art market, Queer studies, Critical theories, and Cultural studies

Courses Taught

Fall Term (2022-23):
CUMT 1003  Cultural Policy and Development
CUMT 2007  Curation in Arts and Culture 

Spring Term (2022-23):
CUMT 2009  Introducing to the Art Market
CUMT 3005  Design Your Exhibition – Curatorial Planning and Practice

Other Positions Held

External Service

2015-present HKADC Examiner

Research Grants / Projects / Awards

Competitive Grants

2018 Principal Investigator, An Ethnographic Study on Chinese Private Museums in the Context of the China’s Recent Cultural Policies, Research Grant Council, 01/01/2018—present.
2017 Principal Investigator, Summer Repository Research Fellowship, Institute of Advanced Studies, Indiana University, August, 2017.
2017 Chairman, Videotage, 3-year Grant, Hong Kong Arts Development Council. 01/07/2017—present.

Selected Publications

Books Chapters

forthcoming “Museum Frenzy: Notes from the Field on Studying The True Color Museum.” In Menene Gras, Jonathan Harris and  Bashir Makhoul eds. The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Art in Global Asia. Routledge. 2023.
forthcoming “Architecture And Disciplinary knowledge: A Case Study of Hong Kong’s Heritage and Politics.” Architecture, Media, Populism and Violence. Routledge, 2022
2019 “Ethnography of Contemporary Chinese Art.” In Contemporary Art and Visual Culture in Global Asia. London: IB Tauri.
2018 “Sham Shui Po: Tactical urbanism or a precursor to gentrification?”. In Jurgen Krusche and Siu King Chung eds. Deep Water – Public Spaces in Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong. MCCM: Hong Kong, pp. 21-29.

Articles

forthcoming “Power and Knowledge: The Birth of Museums in China.” Museum Anthropology
forthcoming “Idol-chasing, Frenzy—public screens, Popular Culture and Urban space.” Journal of Cultural Studies
2022 with Poposki, Zoran. “Hong Kong as a global art hub: Art ecology and sustainability of Asia’s art market centre.” Arts, Special Issue “A 10-Year Journey of Arts”. 11(1), 29 (https://doi.org/10.3390/arts11010029)
2021 “Artificial Landscape: in search of publicness through urban spectacle in Hong Kong.” Architecture_MPS, UCL Press, 20(1): 1-12. 
2016 “The Observer’s Paradox?”. Superposition by Ryoji Ikeda. International Association of Theatre Critics Journal. (http://www.iatc.com.hk/doc/90899)
2016 “New Vision and Renewed Optimism.” In New Vision Arts Festival 2016 Critics’ Guide. Hong Kong: International Association of Theatre Critics.
2016 “Productive culture from the bottom up.” In Hong Kong Art. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

2016

“Creating a brave new art world.” Artism. International Association of Theatre Critics, 3. (http://www.iatc.com.hk/doc/79281)
2011 “One World Exposition. In Between Hong Kong and China – mediation as a world-making process.” Art In China The International Art & Culture Foundation of Spain, (5)
2009 “The Representation of Sex Machines.” In Do Androids Sleep with Electric Sheep? San Francisco, CA: RE/Search Publication.

Conferences and Lectures

2021 Moderator, “Arts Go Digital,” Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Hong Kong Jockey Club Charity Trust, Hong Kong, China. 
2021 Speaker, “Cultural Leadership Summit 2020—Leveraging Technology and Growth,” Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association, Hong Kong, China. 
2021 Conference speaker, “The Media Architecture Biennale,” Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Utrecht University, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 
2021 Conference speaker, “Online Education- Teaching in a Time of Change,” University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K.
2021 Speaker, “Cultural resilience in times of change—UBS Digital Insights program from Art Basel in Hong Kong,” UBS, Hong Kong, China. 
2021 Speaker, “What is Possible for Queer Art?” Hong Kong International Photo Festival, Hong Kong, China. 
2020 Panel speaker, “Student Master Class,” Hong Kong Art Gallery Association, Asia Society, Hong Kong, China. 
2020 Panel speaker, “Hong Kong as a Global Art Hub,” The Christie’s Education 2020 Conference The Chinese Art Market, Hong Kong, China. 
2020 Publicness, Screen Culture and Artistic Intervention (ISSN 2398-9467) in Connections: Exploring Heritage, Architecture, Cities, Art, Media organized by University of Kent, United Kingdom. 
2020 Speaker, “Art Keen 2020,” K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong, China. 
2020 Speaker, “Civil Society and Art,” Goethe Institut, Hong Kong, China.
2019 Moderator, “Artificial Landscape Artist Talk,” Sogo, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China.
2019 Speaker, “Panel Discussion: “What About Home Affairs?,” Parasite Art Space, Hong Kong, China.
2019 Speaker, “Panel Discussion: Diversity Arts Festival,” Gay Games 2022, Duddell’s, Hong Kong, China.
2019 Speaker, “Youth to Sustainability Summit 2019,” AIESEC, Hong Kong, China. 
2019 Panel Speaker, “Digital Emotions | The Hybridisation of Art and Technology,” Art Basel 2019, Hong Kong, China. 
2019 Panel Speaker, “Seclusion’ Zhang Yanzhi Solo Exhibition – Artist Talk ,“ Ora-Ora Gallery, Hong Kong, China. 
2019 Speaker, “Premiere Artist Talk | Ellen Pau in conversation with Isaac Leung,” Art Basel 2019, Hong Kong, China. 
2018 Conference Presentation, “Visible Evidence Conference,” Indiana University, Indiana, USA. 
2018 Speaker, “Graduate Seminar,” School of Creative Media, The City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. 
2018 Speaker ” 2018 艺管大会,” 中国美术学院, Hangzhou, China. 
2018 Speaker, “Moments in Time | Photography, Film and Video,” Photofairs Shanghai, Shanghai, China. 
2018 Moderator, “Connective Videos,” Goethe Institut Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. 
2017 Speaker, “Art & Activism: Resilience Techniques in Times of Crisis,” Museum Volkenkunde (National Museum of Ethnology), Leiden, Netherlands.
2017 Panel Chair, “International Arts Leadership Roundtable 2017,” Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong.
2017 Speaker, “When art meets technology: innovation and collaboration ,” “2017 Cultural Leadership Summit – Building Our Future Audience,” Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong.
2017 Speaker, “Archiving: local history in an international context,” Indiana University Library Screening Room, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, United States.
2017  Speaker, “What role can art play in creating social change in the age of information technology,” “SGC International Conference,” Delta and Loews Hotel, Atanta, United States.
2017 Speaker, ” 當下 · 影像文化,” “Kulture Salon11 – Images X Art X Culture,” K11 Art Mall, Hong Kong, China.
2017 Speaker, “China Remixed – Curatorial Talk,” Global and International Studies Building Auditorium, Indiana University, Indiana, United States.
2016 Speaker, “Power of Collaboration,” “Janus Cinematheque,” IAA & Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong, China.
2016 Speaker, “A Curators Cut: The Innovation Generation and the Platforms it supports,” “Art World Forum 2017 – South Island Art Day,” Art World Forum, Hotel Ovolo Southside, Hong Kong.
2016 Speaker, “Symposium,” “Time Test International Video Art Research Exhibition,” China, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China.
2016 Moderator, “Arts Management Seminar Series: Cultural Heritage at Your Fingertips in The Mobile-first World,” Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association, Google Hong Kong Office, Hong Kong.
2016 Speaker, “Salon Talk Panel Discussion,” Art Basel Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hong Kong.
2016 Respondent, “International Arts Leadership Roundtable 2016,” Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Hong Kong.
2016 Speaker, “You Must Create – Boredom, Shanzhai, Digitalization in the Time of ‘Creative China’,” Department of Humanities and Creative Writing of Baptist University of Hong Kong and University of Amsterdam, West Kowloon Art District, Hong Kong, China.
2015 Speaker, “From Culture to Business, and Vice Versa,” The First Global Creative Industries Conference, The Global Creative Industries Programme, School of Modern Languages and Culture of The University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
2015 Speaker, “Panel Discussion: Survival Strategies of Independent Art Spaces,” The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China.
2015 Speaker, “Panel Discussion: Asian Maps Programme,” ARCO Contemporary Art Fair, Feria de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.

Selected Curatorial Projects/Non-traditional Outputs

2022 Curator, “Both Sides Now 7: DeNatured,” multiple locations and collaborators: Fabrica Gallery (Brighton), Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre (Leicester), Hart (Hong Kong). 
2021 Curator, “Both Sides Now 6: Viral Futures,” multiple locations and collaborators: Duddell’s, Hong Kong, China. 
2020 Curator, “Bit Street,” the New Art Fest, Lisbon, Portugal.
2020 Curator, “Content Lab,” content lab.hk, Videotage, Hong Kong, China.
2020 Curator, “Hong Kong – Tales of the City,” Denny Dimin Gallery, New York City, US. 
2019 Curator, “Centripetal,” Screening Program in Art Basel 2019, Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China. 
2019 Curator, “Artificial Landscape,” SOGO Hong Kong Co Ltd, Hong Kong, China.
2019 Curator, “Both Sides Now 5: Queer,” multiple locations and collaborators: Eaton Hotel Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Fabrica Gallery (Brighton), Royal College of Art (London), Vivid Projects (Birmingham), Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre (Leicester), John Hansard Gallery (Southampton), Taipei Contemporary Art Center (Taipei), AFIAS Spain Moving Images Festi- val (Madrid), Videodrome2 (Marseille). 
2018 Curator, “Art Basel Film Program – Screening Program,” (Nam June Paik, Danny Yung, May Fung, etc), Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
2018 Curator, “Connective Videos,” “Connective Videos,” Goethe Institut Hong Kong.
2018 Curator, “One World Exposition 2.2,” “#you #me 3ourSELFIES,” Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Visual Art Center, Hong Kong.
2017 Curator, “都市游牧”2017杭州良渚动态影像展,” Liangzhu Village Cultural Art Center, Hangzhou, China.
2017 Curator, “The spirit of our time,” Clockenflap, Central Harbor Front, Hong Kong.
2017 Curator, “31 June 1997 – A solo exhibition by David Clarke,” Videotage, Cattle Depot Artist Village, Hong Kong.
2017 Curator, “One World Exposition: #like4like,” K11 Art Foundation and Videotage, K11 Art Mall, Hong Kong.
2017 Curator, “China Remixed: a large-scale public screen project,” Indiana University, various locations in Indiana University, Indiana, United States.
2017 Curator, “GREATER China,” Casa Asia, Cinema Girona, Barcelona, Spain.
2016 Curator, “Film Program,” Clockenflap, Central Harbour Front, Hong Kong.
2016 Curator, “Time Test International Video Art Research Exhibition,” (Hong Kong section) Redtory Art Museum, Guangzhou, China.
2016 Curator, “Shenzhen New Media Art Festival 2016,” (screening program) various locations, Shenzhen, China.
2016  Curator, “Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennial,” (screening program) OCAT, Shenzhen, China.
2016 Curator, “Final Frontiers,” Videotage and Videoclub, Taiwan Power Company (Taipei), in89 Pier-2 Cinema (Kaohsiung), SongEun ArtSpace (Seoul), British Council (Hong Kong), Boom Art Gallery Bar (Hong Kong), Ray Art Centre (Shanghai), Minsheng Art Museum (Beijing), Woolloomooloo (Taipei), Fabrica (Brighton), Exeter (Phoenix), ICA (London) and Phoenix (Leicester).
2016 Curator, “Time Test International Video Art Research Exhibition,” (Hong Kong section) China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China.
2016 Curator, “Both Sides Now,” (screening program, Hong Kong section) Loop Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
2015-16  Curator, “Art Basel Crowdfunding,” Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong.
2015 Curator, “Victoria’s Secret,’ (screening program) Clockenflap, West Kowloon Art District, Hong Kong.
2015 Curator, “Jimei X Arles: East West Encounters International Photo Festival,’ exhibition, Hong Kong section) Xiamen, China.
2015 Curator, “Loop Festival,” (screening program) Loop Festival, Barcelona, Spain.

Peer Reviewer

2018 Conference paper reviewer, Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts 2018, Durban, South Africa.
2016  Conference paper reviewer, Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts 2016, Hong Kong.