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.