WONG Chi-yung 王志勇

Based in Hong Kong & Zurich​

BIOGRAPHY

Chi-yung Wong is a cross-disciplinary artist-curator whose work covers experiential installation, light installation, creative education, and cultural exchanges between the arts and sciences. Chi-yung’s specialization in light has led him to create and install exhibitions involving interdisciplinary collaborations across the fields of theatre lighting and architectural lighting.

 

Chi-yung’s interest in cross-cultural partnerships and his desire to expand his leadership skills have led him in pursuit of various goals on his path to become an artist-curator, such as creating and leading projects between Europe and Hong Kong; fostering communication and collaboration between artists and scientists; developing artistic-initiatives for mental health awareness; and helping to implement creative education proposals for underprivileged teenagers. Since 2016, Chi-yung has lived between Hong Kong and Europe in order to create and curate cultural exchange projects with several European art organizations, such as the Theatre of Liege, Belgium, West Kowloon Cultural Authority, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Zurich University of the Arts, ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Artists-in-Labs Program (Zurich) and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

 

He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (majoring in Theatre Lighting Design) and was the first lighting student who graduated with a First Class Honours from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Over the last 10 years, Chi-yung has lived and worked in Paris, Helsinki and Hong Kong. He was the first Asian student to attend The Theatre Academy of Finland, taking part in an exchange program. After his graduation in 2003, he went to Paris to study French Language and Civilization in La Sorbonne Université. He then received the Alexandre Yersin scholarship from the French Consulate in Hong Kong and completed his visual arts degree at the Paris VIII Université, Saint Denis in 2006.

 

Chi-yung’s specialization in light has led him to produce and create projects involving theatre lighting, architecture lighting, exhibitions, photography and illustration. He was the lighting design director for Hirsch Bender Associates Hong Kong and a lighting consultant for Chanel and Louis Vuitton. He was also the concept lighting designer for the recently opened Sky 100 Observation Desk in the International Commercial Centre in Hong Kong. 

 

In 2005, Chi-yung presented his first exhibition <Storytelling, Une Exposition Invisible> in Paris, and in 2010 he exhibited a series of his collective lighting installations in the Slowear Gallery at the Fringe Club, Hong Kong. In 2011, he was invited to create the scenographic lighting for a paper-art exhibition <Paper Tales> in Artistree, Hong Kong. In early 2012, he was invited by the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Architecture Biennale to present his lighting installation <Fish in a Tree>.

 

He has recently created the lighting design for the environmental performance <Zheng’s Walls Have Ears> in, the Mandarin’s House in Macau, a World Heritage site. In May 2012, Chi-yung was one of the awardees of the “40 under 40- Design Stars of Tomorrow”, held by Perspective Magazine.

 

In May 2012 Chi-yung was invited by the French Consulate in Hong Kong to create a lighting art installation for Le French May Arts Festival -  a lighting display which ran the entire  800 meters long Central to Midlevel Escalator in Hong Kong.

 

In June 2012 Chi yung was invited by Agnes B Gallery Hong Kong to present a scenographic lighting installation <LES LUMIÈRES IMAGINAIRES> (The Imaginary Lights).

 

In Jan 2013, he created the scenography including set and lighting design for the play “Blue Danube” in collaboration with Hong Kong Repertory Theatre.

 

In March 2013, Chi-yung was appointed as one of the commissioned artists for the Hong Kong Community Arts Biennale 2013 to tell a story and bring an inspiring installation to the local community. In this Biennale, he created a poetry-like lighting installation on a pond in Tuen Mun Park on which he explored the relationship between light and reflections on the water. He also created a weather vane and lighting installation that symbolized the story and the history of in Pokfulam Village, one of Hong Kong’s oldest villages.

 

In 2014 - 2015, he was commissioned by The Hong Kong Heritage Museum to create a scenographic lighting installation <Half Remembered Dream> He was also commissioned by The Hong Kong Jockey Club to create the installation projects, <Flowing Flowers>, <When the Wind Blows> and <The Flâneur at the Fervent Fire> as well as to hold an educational project <Project Dream School>. 

 

He was invited to be the guest speaker for the Chanel Design Conference, 2013; The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and The International Light Symposium in 2015.

EXPERTISE 

 

> Immersive Installation | Light Installation 

> Theatre Lighting Design | Architectural Lighting Design

> Cross-Cultural Collaboration 

> Creative Workshop  

> Cross-Disciplinary Project Initiative

> Design Strategy | Project Management

EDUCATION


2016 - 2019    

Master of Arts in Transdisciplinary Studies in the Arts, 

Zurich University of the Arts 

 

2004 – 2005    

Bachelors Degree  in Visual Arts, 

Paris VIII Saint-Denis University

 

2003 – 2004    

French Civilization & Language (Superior Level), 

University Paris I - Pantheon-Sorbonne University

 

1998 – 2003      

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Technical Arts with First Class Honors,

Hong Kong Academy for Performing Art (HKAPA)

 

2002        

Exchange Program to Theatre Academy of Finland

(Pilot Program Initiated by Chi-yung WONG / First Asian Student in History)

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE OVERVIEW

2007 - Current     

Artist-Curator For Cultural, Arts & Educational Projects


2007 - Current     

Installation Artist & Creative Workshop Tutor 
 

2000 - Current     

Theatre Lighting Design 
 

2010 - 2011    

Architectural Lighting Design Director | Hirsch Bedner Associates Hong Kong 
 

2007 - 2008    

Lighting Design Consultant | Ferrier Chan & Partners – Consulting Engineers
Exclusive for Chanel & Louis Vuitton Projects

 

 

 

​AWARDS  • FELLOWSHIP • SCHOLARSHIPS  •  ARTIST RESIDENCY 

 

2021    Visiting Artist | School of Dance, Hong Kong Academy For Performing Arts 
2021    Grantee | HK Arts Development Council | Project : Heaven in a Wild Flower 
2020   Awardee | Yale Arts Fellowship 
2018    Grantee | HK Arts Development Council | Project : To See A World in a Grain of Sand 
2018    Selected Lead Artist | IMPACT Festival by Theatre of Liege, Belgium  
2017    Selected Artist | artists-in-labs (Artist Residency in Scientific Lab in ETH), Zurich, Switzerland 
2017    Grantee | HK Arts Development Council | Project : Participation in artists-in-labs program
2012    Awardee | “40 under 40- Design Stars of Tomorrow”, by Perspective Magazine. 
2005   Awardee | Alexandre Yersin Scholarship of excellence from the French Consulate in HK 
2002   Awardee | Electrical Theatre Control Company Scholarship
2002   Awardee | Society of HKAPA Scholarship
2001   Awardee | Hong Kong Jockey Club Funding for Culture Exchange to London
2001   Awardee | The HSBC Foundation HK- Mainland Exchange Scholarship
2001   Awardee | The Society of HKAPA Scholarship
2001   Awardee | Bloomberg Scholarship

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EXHIBITION


Jun 21    Lead Artist / Programme Curator/ Producer | Exploring Arts and Minds - Feature Articles / VR Project/ Seminars 

Jun 21    Lead Artist | To See a World in a Grain of Sand - VR Mobile App Edition  

Apr 21    Curator & Producer | Horizon - Joseph Chan Solo Exhibition 2021
Feb 21    Lead Artist / Curator/ Producer | To See a World in a Grain of Sand - Experiential Installation

Nov 18   Lead Artist / Co-Curator/ Co-Producer | IMPACT Festival 2018 (Liege, Belgium), To See a World in a Grain of Sand - Experiential Installation 
Oct 16    Commissioned Artist | Lumière Hong Kong Festival 2016. Memories From The Tower Of Light
Feb 17    Commissioned Artist | Harbour Arts Hong Kong 2017, Memories From The Tower Of Light
Jul  15    Commissioned Artist | Hong Kong Community Arts Biennale 2015, The Flâneur and The Fervent Fire - Immersive Light Installation 
Jun 15    Commissioned Artist | Hong Hong Heritage Museum. A Half Remembered Dream – Audio-Visual Light Installation  
May 15   Commissioned Artist  | Hong Kong Community Arts Biennale 2015, The Flâneur and The Fervent Fire - Lighting Sculpture 
Mar 13    Commissioned Artist | Hong Kong Community Arts Biennale 2015, Project Dream School – (Educational Creative Workshop/ Exhibition)
Mar 13    Commissioned Artist | Hong Kong Community Arts Biennale 2013,  When The Wind Blow – Outdoor Lighting Sculpture 
Jun 12    Commissioned Artist | agnès b.’s LIBRAIRIE GALERIE Hong Kong, Les Lumières Imaginaires |  A Scenographic Lighting Installation 
May 12   Commissioned Artist | Consulate General of France in Hong Kong, The Partitions In-between Blue, White & Red,  HK Central to Mid-level Escalator
Feb 12    Commissioned Artist | Hong Kong Architecture Biennale 2012, Fish in a Tree | Kowloon Park, Hong Kong
Dec 11     Lighting Designer | Paper Tale | Island East, Swire Island East 

May 11    Commissioned Artist / Instructor  | Hong Kong Jockey Club, A Light Break (Educational Creative Workshop/ Exhibition)  Ferry Pier 8, Star Ferry HK
Apr 11     Curator/ Instructor |  Project Dream School (Educational Creative Workshop/         Exhibition) | KSY Secondary School, Hong Kong
Aug 10    Lead Artist (Solo) | A View of Light,  Slowear Gallery, Fringe Club Hong Kong
Jun 06    Lighting Design Consultant | Ultra Peau : Voyage Sensoriel, Palais de Tokyo, Paris 
Jun 05    Curator, Exhibition Scenographer | Storytelling : an invisible exhibition, Gallery Saint Denis, Paris VIII University, Paris
Feb 01    Lighting Designer/ Co-Curator | Yunnan (Chinese) Minority Arts Exhibition, Painter’s Corner, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Feb 00   Exhibition Designer | A Maze of Image (Hong Kong Arts Festival Photo Exhibition), Cultural Centre, Hong Kong

 

DANCE 
 

Mar 17    Lighting Designer | 70 Trillion A Lecture Dance Performance By Lou Strum, Brühe A, Gessnerallee, Zurich University of the Arts
Nov 13    Lighting Designer| Dance One (1 Ballet & 3 Contemporary), Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong 
Dec 11    Lighting Designer | B.O.B, Studio Theatre, Culture Center, Hong Kong
Sept 11    Lighting Designer | Dan’s Exhibitionist 2011, Drama Theatre, HKAPA, Hong Kong
Dec 10    Lighting Designer| Macao Tale: The Living Room, Small Auditorium, Macao Culture Center
May 03    Lighting Designer | Partition in Black, Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong 
April 01    Lighting Designer | Partition in Black, Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong 
Aug 00    Co-Lighting Designer | Japan World Dance Festival 2000 Tokyo, Theatre Tram, Setagaya-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

 

CONCERT / MULTIMEDIA PERFORMANCE

Sept 13    Lighting Designer | Sing Sang Sung (Acapella Performance), City Hall Theatre, Hong Kong
May 12    Lighting Designer | Zheng’s Walls have Ears, Mandarin House, Macau
Feb 12    Lighting Designer | Digital Hug - A New Media Music Experiment, Small Auditorium, Macao Culture Center
Feb 12    Lighting Designer | La Valse Remembered - Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Concert Hall, City Hall, Hong Kong
Jun 11    Lighting Designer | Chon Ho Fung - East Wing West Wing Concert, Y Theatre, Y Square Hong Kong
Mar 11    Lighting Designer | Flow - Audiovisual Performance,  Multi-Media Theatre, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, HK 
May 11    Lighting Designer | Digital Hug - a new media music experiment,  Multi-Media Theatre, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, HK
Jul 06     Lighting Designer | Yvon Chateigner Concert,  Café de la Dance Paris 
Jul 02    Lighting Designer | Zuni Multimedia Experimental Arts Youth Festival 2002, Tsuen Wan Town Hall, Hong Kong 
Jul 01    Lighting Designer| Zuni Multimedia Experimental Arts Youth Festival 2001, Tsuen Wan Town Hall, Hong Kong 

DRAMA 
 

Jan 13    Lighting Designer/ Scenographer | Blue Danube, Black Box Theatre, HK Repertory Theatre Hong Kong
Aug 10    Lighting Designer | Dr. Tim Ding’s Factory, Black Box Theatre, HK Repertory Theatre Hong Kong
Dec 09    Lighting Designer | Fox Egg (Puppet Theatre),  Cultural Activities Hall, Tsuen Wan Town Hall, Hong Kong
Dec 09    Lighting Designer | Hell Walker, Theatre, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre, Hong Kong
Sept 09     Lighting Designer | Tears of Barren Hill,  BankArt NYK Studio, Yokohama, Japan
Apr 09    Lighting Designer | Brer Rabbit in the Land of the Monkey King, (Puppet Theatre) | Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre, Hong Kong
Aug 02    Lighting Designer | Cantonese Opera, Drama Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong 
May 02    Assistant Lighting Designer for Mr. John A. Williams, Henry VI (Part I and Part II) – Shakespeare Festival 02, Stratford, Canada,  Tom Patterson Theatre, Stratford, Canada
Dec 01    Lighting Designer | Macbeth, Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong 

 


ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING


Dec 11    Lighting Designer | Façade Lighting Design for Le French May 2012, Opening Ceremony in French Consulate Residence, Hong Kong
10 – 11    Lighting Design Director | HBA Design Consultant, Hong Kong
09    Concept Lighting Designer | Sky 100 Observation Desk, International Commercial Centre, Hong Kong. 
07-08     Lighting Design Consultant | Ferrier Chan and Partners – Consulting Engineers
Dec 07     Assistant Lighting Designer | Atelier Jean Nouvel (Paris)
05    Assistant Lighting Designer (Apr-Jun) | Matteo Messervy (Artist, Paris) 

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE FOR CREATIVE WORKSHOP
 

Jan 21    Visiting Artist | Concept on the Move - Workshop for Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts - Dance School 
Jan 20    Visiting Artist | Exploring Our Own Artistic Practices - Workshop for Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts - Technical & Entertainment Arts
Oct 15    Guest Tutor | History of Theatre Lighting & The Role of Theatre Lighting Designer, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Oct 14 - Feb 15   Workshop Tutor | My Ideal School – A Creative Workshop for Teenagers, Hong Kong Community Art Biennale 2015 by HK Jockey Club 
Oct 14 - Feb 15   Workshop Tutor | My Project Dream School – A Creative Workshop, Performing Art Marathon by HK Academy for Performing Arts & Bloomberg 
Oct 14    Guest Tutor | Introduction on Architectural Lighting Design, Insight School of Interior Design Hong Kong
Sept - Oct 13    Guest Tutor | Introduction of Theatre Lighting Practice and Process, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Feb 11    Workshop Tutor | My Project Dream School – A Creative Workshop for Teenagers, Kowloon Sam Yuk Secondary School Hong Kong 
Mar - Apr 12    Workshop Tutor | Fundamental of Light Art and Creative Process, Point to Point Community Art Program 2012 by Hong Kong Jockey Club 
Sept -  Oct 09    Guest Tutor | Introduction of Theatre Lighting Practice and Process,  Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Sept- Oct 08   Guest Tutor | Fundamental of Theatre Lighting, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts 

 

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Jun 20    Exploring Arts & Brain  | Webinar - Exploring Arts and Minds Programme 
Jun 20    Exploring Arts & Mindfulness  | Webinar - Exploring Arts and Minds Programme
Nov 20   Exploring Experiential Installation & Mindfulness | Museum Of Human E-Motions (Mohe) 2020 - West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
Aug 20   Exploring & Curating Arts-Sciences Collaboration | The Cultural Leadership Summit 2020, Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association
Jun 20    Exploring The Arts-Sciences Collaboration | Yale Arts Fellowship Program & International Festival Of Arts & Ideas 2020, New Haven, USA 
Jun 20    Exploring The Arts-Sciences Collaboration - Experiential Installation & Mindfulness | Yale Arts Fellowship Program - Yale University, USA. 
Nov 18    Experiential Installation & Its Artistic Research | Hong Kong Meets Impact, Theatre of Liege, Belgium 
Oct 17    Exploring Artistic Research with Neuroscientists | Zurich Meets Hong Kong 2017, Artists-in-labs: Exploring the Unknown - The Making of Art-Science Collaborations, HKU SPACE – Admiralty Learning Centre, Hong Kong 
Nov 17     Transformation and Transgression: Transcoding and Transdisciplinary Practices, deTour Creative Festival, Hong Kong  | PMQ Hong Kong
Feb 17     Works of Chi-yung Wong | Light Campus 2017, HAWK, School of Applied Science and Art, Hildesheim, Germany
Oct 15     Light Art Installation | International Lighting Symposium 2015, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts  
Jun 13     Architectural Lighting & Lighting Arts | Chanel Internal Design Conference 2013, Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong


*A full list of works can be supplied upon request