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


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 Chinese art, Contemporary art, Art and technology, Curation and exhibition studies, Cultural historiography and ethnography, Arts management, Creative industries and art market, Cultural studies

Courses Taught

Spring Term (2023-24):
CUMT 3005  Design Your Exhibition – Curatorial Planning and Practice
CUMT 3007  Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries

Other Positions Held

External Service

2020-2022 Board Director, Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival
2013-2019 Chairperson, Videotage
2018-2022 Advisory Board Member, Photofair Shanghai
2015-present Assessor, Hong Kong Arts Development Council
2008-2013 Board Director, Videotage
2011 Advisor of Digital Community, Prix Ars Electronica

Research Grants / Projects / Awards

Research and Teaching Grants

2023 Principal Investigator, Digital Disruption—The Emerging Field of Non-Fungible Token in the Art World, General Research Fund 2022/23, Research Grant Council, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. 01/01/2023—present.
2018 -19 Principal Investigator, An Ethnographic Study on Chinese Private Museums in the Context of the China’s Recent Cultural Policies, Early Career Scheme 2017/18, Research Grant Council, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.  01/01/2018—31/12/2019.
2020 – 21 Principal Investigator, Artrepreneur – An Emerging Shape of Cultural Entrepreneurship in Hong Kong, Direct Grant, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. 06/2020 – 06/2021.
2021 – 22 Principal Investigator, Special Funding Scheme for Online Learning (supported by the Teaching Development and Language Enhancement Grant for 2019-22), The Chinese University of Hong Kong. 08/2021 – 06/2022.
2020 – 21 Principal Investigator, Funding Scheme for Virtual Teaching and Learning (for Faculties and the Office of University General Education), The Chinese University of Hong Kong. 04/2020 – 01/2021.


2019 The Faculty of Arts Outstanding Teaching Award 2019, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Selected Publications


Tracing Contemporary Chinese Art: An Ethnographic Journey through a Decade in Shanghai. Palgrave Macmillan (Springer Nature), 2023

Journal Papers

forthcoming “Idol-chasing, Frenzy—public screens, Popular Culture and Urban space.” Journal of Cultural Studies
2023 “Power and Knowledge: The Birth of Museums in China.” Museum Anthropology, Wiley,  46(1): 26–34. (
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 (
2021 “Artificial Landscape: in search of publicness through urban spectacle in Hong Kong.” Architecture_MPS, UCL Press, 20(1): 1-12. 

Books Chapters

2023 “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, pp. 225–232.
2023 “Architecture And Disciplinary knowledge: A Case Study of Hong Kong’s Heritage and Politics.”In Graham Carins (ed.) Architecture, Media, Populism… and Violence: Reification and Representation II: 2. Routledge, 2023, pp. 70–90.
2022 “‘COVID-19 Is Accelerating the Art World’s Adoption of Technology’ — Does More Advanced Technology Lead to Better Art Exhibitions?” In Frank Vigneron and Joanna HY Lee (eds.)  Hong Kong Visual Arts Overview 2020. The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, pp. 47–81.
(Free Access:
2021 “The Resilient City: When Social Activism Meets Media Arts in Hong Kong.”In Eliza Steinbock, Bram Ieven and Marijke de Valck (eds.) Art and Activism in the Age of Systemic Crisis: Aesthetic Resilience. Routledge, pp. 117–129.
2019 “From Personal History to an Avant-Garde Movement: A Brief History of Videotage and Video Art in Hong Kong.” In Hanru Hou and Bei Xi (eds.) The D-Tale: Video Art from the Pearl River Delta. Sternberg Press, Berlin, pp. 252–261.
2019 Leung, Isaac HB, et al. “Digitisation with (in/out) Borders.” In Jeroen de Kloet, Chow Yiu Fai and Lena Scheen (eds.) Boredom, Shanzhai, and Digitisation in the Time of Creative China. Amsterdam University Press, pp. 307–314.
(Free Access:
2017 “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.
2009 “The Representation of Sex Machines.” In Johannes Grenzfurthner (ed.) Do Androids Sleep with Electric Sheep? Re/Search Publications, San Francisco, CA, pp. 16–35.

Conference Papers

2020 “Connections: Exploring Heritage, Architecture, Cities, Art, Media.” Architecture_MPS (UCL Press), Screen Cultures, Artistic Intervention, and Publicness – A Case Study of an Art Project in Public Screen in Hong Kong.
2021 “Online Education: Teaching In a Time of Change.” Architecture_MPS (UCL Press), Using Telepresence And Social Technologies To Create Social Impact.

Non-Refereed Publications

2017 “Our Exhibition Embraced Selfies, Snapchat, and Shopping Malls-and Went Viral.” Zócalo Public Square (Arizona State University Media Enterprise). 3 Oct 2017.
2016 “The Observer’s Paradox?”. International Association of Theatre Critics Journal. 15 Dec 2016.


“Creating a brave new art world.” International Association of Theatre Critics Journal. 1 Mar 2016.
2012 “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), 2012, pp. 6-15.

Selected Curated Exhibitions

Curator, “Beyond Singularity,” (an exhibition features works from multiple artists who utilise AI technologies), Hong Kong Arts Development Council Headquarters (Hong Kong). 03/2024.
2023 Curator, “Both Sides Now 8: Queer,” multiple locations and collaborators: The Hose Hospital (London), Fabrica Gallery (Brighton), Eaton Hotel (Hong Kong), ESEA Contemporary (Manchester). 05/2023 – 06-2023.
2022 Curator, “Both Sides Now 7: DeNatured,” multiple locations and collaborators: Fabrica Gallery (Brighton), Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre (Leicester), Hart (Hong Kong). 05/2022 – 06-2022.
2021 Curator, “Bit Street,” (a screening program both online and at physical location), the New Art Fest, Lisbon, Portugal. 08/2021.
2020 Curator, “Both Sides Now 6: Viral Futures,” (a screening program both online and at physical location), multiple locations and collaborators: Duddell’s, Hong Kong, China. 11/2020 – 02/2021.
2020 Curator, “Content Lab,” content (online exhibition), Videotage, Hong Kong, China. 06/2020.
2020 Curator, “Hong Kong – Tales of the City,” (an exhibition features works of multiple artists), Denny Dimin Gallery, New York City, US. 03/2020 – 05/2020.
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). 04/2019 – 06/2019.
2019 Curator, “Centripetal,” Screening Program in Art Basel 2019, Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China. 03/2019.
2019 Curator, “Artificial Landscape,” (a large-scale immersive exhibition at the biggest public screen in Asia), SOGO Hong Kong Co Ltd, Hong Kong, China. 03/2019.
2018 Curator, “Connective Videos,” (a series of screening programs), Goethe Institut Hong Kong. 01/2018 – 11/2018.
2018 Curator, “Art Basel 2018: The Future Is in the Past: Video Art Collections of Videotage and Nam June Paik Art Center” (a screening program), Art Basel, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. 03/2018.
2018 Curator, “One World Exposition 2.2,” “#you #me 3ourSELFIES,” (an exhibition features works of multiple artists), Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Visual Art Center, Hong Kong. 01/2018.
2017 Curator, “2017 Hangzhou Liangzhu Moving Image Exhibition: Urban Nomad,” (the Hong Kong section of the exhibition features works from multiple artists), Liangzhu Village Cultural Art Center, Hangzhou, China. 12/2017.
2017 Curator, “The spirit of our time,” (a large-scale screening program) Clockenflap, Central Harbor Front, Hong Kong. 11/2017.
2017 Curator, “31 June 1997 – A solo exhibition by David Clarke,” Videotage, Cattle Depot Artist Village, Hong Kong. 06/2017
2017 Curator, “One World Exposition: #like4like,” (an exhibition features works of multiple artists), K11 Art Foundation, K11 Art Mall, Hong Kong. 03/2017 – 05/2017
2017 Curator, “GREATER China,” (a screening program across various locations), Casa Asia, Cinema Girona and Soho House Hotel, Barcelona, Spain. 05/2017.
2017 Curator, “China Remixed,” (a large-scale public screen project at various locations), Indiana University, various locations in Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, United States. 01/2017 – 04/2017. 
2016 Curator, “South Phenomena (a screening program)”, Shenzhen New Media Art Festival 2016, OCAT, Shenzhen, China. 12/2016
2016 Curator, “Both Sides Now 3: Final Frontiers,” (a screening program across various locations), 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). 10/2016 – 12/2016.
2016 Curator, “Cyborg Manifesto,” (a large-scale screening program), Clockenflap, Central Harbour Front, Hong Kong. 11/2016.
2016 Curator, “Time Test International Video Art Research Exhibition,” (the Hong Kong section of the exhibition features works from multiple artists), China Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing) and Redtory Art Museum (Guangzhou). 9/2016.
2016 Curator, “Art Basel Crowdfunding,” (a large-scale pavilion, accompanied by the first crowdfunding project endorsed by Art Basel in Hong Kong), Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong. 03/2016.
2015 Curator, “Victoria’s Secret,” (a large-scale screening program) Clockenflap, West Kowloon Art District, Hong Kong. 11/2015.
2015 Curator, “Jimei X Arles: East West Encounters,” (the Hong Kong section of the international photo exhibition features works from multiple artists) Jimei Citizen Square Exhibition Hall, Xiamen, China. 11/2015.
2016 Artist, “Curating Each Other,” Zurich University of the Arts Connecting Spaces, Hong Kong. 03/2016.
2015 Curator, “Both Sides Now 2: It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times?” (a multi-location exhibition and screening program), Electric Palace Cinema (Hastings), Fabrica (Brighton), Aspex (Portsmouth), Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), HOME (Manchester), British Council (Hong Kong), Chronus Art Center (Shanghai). 06/2015 – 12/2015.
2015 Curator, “Made in Hong Kong, Our City, Our Stories,” (the “Hong Kong Talents” section of the exhibition), HSBC, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Hong Kong. 03/2015 – 09/2015.
2015 Curator, “Loop Casa Asia,” (a screening program), Loop Festival, Barcelona, Spain. 05/2015 – 06/2015.
2014 Curator, “Asian Arts Space Network,” (the Hong Kong section of the exhibition), Ministry of Culture: Sports and Tourism, City of Asian Culture, Daegu, South Korea. 08/2014 – 09/2014.
2014 Curator, “Both Sides Now,” (a multi-location exhibition and screening program), Whitechapel Gallery (London), FACT (Liverpool), Duke’s at Komedia Cinema (Brighton), Chinese Arts Centre (Manchester), Osage Gallery (Hong Kong) and Broadway (Nottingham). 06/2014 – 07/2014.
2014 Artist, “Ten Million Rooms of Yearning. Sex in Hong Kong,” Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong. 05/2014.
2012 Curator, “One World Exposition,” (a large-scale exhibition consists of multiple locations and artists: Xu Wenkai, Cao Fei, Henry Chu, Feng Mengbo, Linda Lai, Teddy Lo, Ou Ning, Ellen Pau, Qiu Zhijie, Jeffrey Shaw, Eric Siu, Johnnie To, Wang Jianwei, Wang Zhenfei & Wang Luming, Yang Fudong, Danny Yung, Zhang Peili), Osage Foundation, Hanart TZ Gallery, Spring Workshop, Kee Club and City University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong). 08/2012.
2008 Curator, “97+10 Hand Baggage,” (a section of the exhibition Reversing Horizons), Shanghai MoCA, Shanghai, China. 07/2008 – 08/2008.
2006 Curator, “40 Years of Video Art in Germany and Hong Kong,” (an exhibition features works of multiple artists), Goethe Institute of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. 12/2006.
2005 Curator, “Home Movies,” (a screening program features works of multiple artists), Incubator for Film and Visual Media in Asia, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong. 03/2005.
2005 Curator, “Stalkshow,” (an interactive public performance produced by Karen Lancel and Hermen Maat), Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong. 03/2005.

Selected Conferences

2023 Conference organiser, (forthcoming) “Local Cultures – Global Spaces: Communities, People, and Place” is co-organised by Rochester Institute of Technology, New York; the University of Melbourne, Australia; Architecture Media Politics Society; and UCL Press.
2023 Speaker, “Cultural resilience in times of change—UBS Digital Insights Program from Art Basel in Hong Kong,” UBS, Hong Kong, China. 12/2023.
2021 Speaker, “Way Forward: Unlimited Possibilities in NFT Art? ,” 2021 Cultural Leadership Summit, Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association, Hong Kong, China. 11/2021.
2021 Speaker, “Publicness, Screen Cultures and Artistic Intervention,” The Media Architecture Biennale, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Utrecht University, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 06/2021.
2021 Speaker, “What is Possible for Queer Art?” Hong Kong International Photo Festival, Hong Kong, China. 01/2021.
2020 Speaker, “Hong Kong as a Global Art Hub,” The Christie’s Education 2020 Conference The Chinese Art Market, Hong Kong, China. 11/2020.
2020 Speaker, “Student Master Class,” Hong Kong Art Gallery Association, Asia Society, Hong Kong, China. 09/2020.
2020 Speaker, “Publicness, Screen Culture and Artistic Intervention,” Connections: Exploring Heritage, Architecture, Cities, Art, Media, University of Kent, United Kingdom. 06/2020.
2020 Speaker, “Using Telepresence and Social Technologies to Create Social Impact,” Online Education- Teaching in a Time of Change, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom. 04/2020
2019 Speaker, “Diversity Arts Festival,” Gay Games Hong Kong, Duddell’s, Hong Kong. 06/2019
2019 Speaker, “Digital Emotions: The Hybridisation of Art and Technology,” Art Basel 2019, Hong Kong, China. 03/2019.
2019 Speaker, “Premiere Artist Talk: Ellen Pau in conversation with Isaac Leung,” Art Basel 2019, Hong Kong, China. 03/2019.
2018 Speaker, “The Possibility of Art Management in the Age of Intelligence,” The Thirteenth Annual Conference of China Art Management Education Society, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China. 12/2018.
2018 Speaker, “Moments in Time: Photography, Film and Video,” Photofairs Shanghai, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai, China. 09/2018.
2017 Speaker, “Curating new media art,” “K11 Art Keen,” K11 Art Mall, Hong Kong, China. 11/2017.
2017 Speaker, “A Curators Cut: The Innovation Generation and the Platforms it supports,” Art World Forum 2017,” Art World Forum, Hotel Ovolo, Hong Kong, China. 10/2017.
2017 Speaker, “When art meets technology: innovation and collaboration,” 2017 Cultural Leadership Summit, Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong, China. 09/2017.
2017 Speaker, “Archiving: local history in an international context,” Indiana University, Library Screening Room, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, United States. 02/2017.
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. 04/2016.
2016 Speaker, “Art and Mental Health,” Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences 20th Anniversary Community Fun Fair, Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, Hong Kong, China. 04/2016.
2016 Panel speaker, “Collaborative network: Curating in the 21st Century,” Art Basel 2016, Art Basel, The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hong Kong, China. 03/2016.
2015 Speaker, “Survival Strategies of Independent Art Spaces,” The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China. 12/2015.
2015 Speaker, “Asian Maps Programme,” ARCO Contemporary Art Fair, Feria de Madrid, Madrid, Spain. 03/2015.
2014 Speaker, “Cross Over Collaboration: Art & Tech,” K11 Foundation, Chi Art Space, Hong Kong, China. 03/2014.
2014 Speaker, “AFT Global Forum of New Media Video,” The 5th China International New Media Short Film Festival, Jia Pingwa Cultural Museum of Art, X’an, China. 03/2014.
2014 Speaker, “The Film and Video of Andy Warhol, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region: Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China. 03/2014.

Visiting and Guest Professorship

2017 Repository Research Fellowship of the Institute for Advanced Study, Indiana University Bloomington (During this fellowship, I was tasked with researching the Moving Image Archive of Indiana University Bloomington and delivered presentations related to my research in affiliation with The Media School.) 08/2017.

Selected Knowledge Transfer Activities


2023 Workshop trainer, 08/2023, Offering domain-specific expert advice and training to the education sector, I have specially designed a workshop for various teaching staff at the invitation of the Vocational Training Council. This workshop aims to provide training in art and technology.
2022 Cultural Advisor, 02/2022 – 07/2022, Offering industry-specific advice to the NFT sector, The Screens Guru is an art and technology startup involved in businesses related to machine learning, social conversion, and tech implementation. Their mission is to redefine the creation, curation, and collection of art.
2018 Consultant, 07/2018, Offering domain-specific expert advice to the Han Nefkens Foundation (Barcelona) concerning Asian media art.

Selected Media Interviews and Works Being Cited


2022 By Faculty of Arts, CUHK. “Cultural Management Programme Launches Its First Interactive Online Exhibition.”, 08/2022.
2021 By Ives, Mike. “The Latest Artist Selling NFTs? It’s a Robot.” New York Times, 25 Mar. 2021,

Works Being Cited

2021 (Artwork) In Lehner, Ace. Self-Representation in an Expanded Field: From Self-Portraiture to Selfie, Contemporary Art in the Social Media Age. MDPI, 2021.
2020 (Exhibition) In Pollack, Barbara. “‘Hong Kong – Tales of the City’ in the Cobo Social.” CoBo Social, 2 Apr. 2020,
2019 (Exhibition) In Lee, Christie. “Artificial Landscape: Hong Kong’s Largest Video Billboard Is Taken over by Art.” Zolima City Magazine, 14 Mar. 2019,
2019 (Artwork) In Waugh, Thomas, and Brandon Arroyo. I Confess!. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019.
2019 (Talks) In Giles, Oliver. “5 Talks You Can’t Miss at Art Basel Hong Kong 2019.” Tatler Asia, 25 Mar. 2019,
2018 (Exhibition) In Karacs, Sarah. “The (Video) Art of Disruption: Exploring New Frontiers at Art Basel Hong Kong.” Zolima City Magazine, 15 Mar. 2018,
2017 (Exhibition) In Karacs, Sarah. “In a Smartphone-Saturated World, Can Video Art Still Push Boundaries?” Zolima City Magazine, 7 Sept. 2017,
2011 (Artwork) In K., Cheung Esther M, et al. Hong Kong Screenscapes from the New Wave to the Digital Frontier. Hong Kong University Press, 2011.