Kingsley Ng (b. 1980) lives and works in Hong Kong. He is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on conceptual, site-specific, participatory and process-based projects. He often works with the ephemeral and intangible, such as light, sound, space and time. Light is often used not only as a medium but also as a metaphor for art making—to cast light on the imperceptible, hidden or forgotten.

 

Ng’s work has been featured in international institutions and exhibitions, such as Contemporary Art Centre South Australia (2016), Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (2014), Guangzhou Triennial (2012), Land Art Biennial Mongolia (2012), Echigo Tsumari Triennial Japan (2009), and IRCAM—Centre Pompidou in France (2006). He is the recipient of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council Best Artist Award in Media Arts 2014, Asian Cultural Council Fellowship 2013, and Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Award 2009. Ng received postgraduate training at Le Fresnoy—National Studio of Contemporary Arts in France under the tutelage of Alain Fleischer, Andrea Cera, Atau Tanaka and Gary Hill and graduated les felicitation du jury à l’unanimité. He also holds a MSc in Sustainable Design from the University of Edinburgh, and a BFA New Media Art degree from Ryerson University in Toronto. He is currently assistant professor at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University.

awards and recognitions

2014 Best Artist Award (Media Art), Arts Development Council, Hong Kong, China
2013 Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, New York, US
2010 36 Young Designers of the Year in Asia, Design Net Magazine, South Korea
2009 HK Contemporary Art Biennial Award, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China
2008 Young Design Talent Award, Hong Kong, China
2007 IFVA Single Screen Media Gold Award, Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong, China
2002 Visual Art Award, Interaccess Electronic Arts Centre, Toronto, Canada

large scale projects, solo exhibitions and performances

2016 Record Light, Contemporary Art Centre South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

25 Minutes Older, 5th Large Scale Public Media Art Exhibition, Hong Kong, China

2014 To the Moon, Jordan Valley Park, Hong Kong, China

Luna Park, Oil Street Art Space, Hong Kong, China

Mountains and Above, Goethe Gallery, Hong Kong, China

Horizon, MaD 2014, Kwun Tsing Theatre, Hong Kong

2013 Etudes, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong, China

Conceptual Walk Through, Espace Louis Vuitton, Hong Kong, China

2012 Minamata: A Requiem, Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, Hong Kong, China
2011 In-between, Osage Soho Gallery, Hong Kong, China

group exhibitions

2015 In the Name of Art, Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, Taiwan

Walking in the Dreams, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong, China

Essential matters – moving images from China, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey

Cafam Future, Central Academy of Arts Museum, Beijing, China

2014 RomaEuropa – Digital Life, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Rome, Italy

Zoo as Metaphor, Oil Street Art Space, Hong Kong, China

Moving Image Festival, New York, United States

Art Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

Ai Wei Wei Framed, Duddell, Hong Kong, China

2013 Crossroads – Another Dimension, City Hall, Hong Kong, China

Crossroads – Another Dimension, Kaohsiung Museum of Art, Taiwan

Crossroads – Another Dimension, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

Crossroads – Another Dimension, Macau Museum of Art, Macau, China

Life Archive, Asia Art Archive Open Weekend, Hong Kong, China

Art Basel, HKCEC, Hong Kong, China

I Think It Rains – Quadrilogy 2 – Burger Collection, Cattle Depot, Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong Eye, Artistree, Hong Kong, China

Imminent Domain, Asia Society, Hong Kong, China

2012 International Art & Science Exhibition and Symposium, Beijing, China

Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Art Museum, Guangzhou China

Art gwangju:12, Gwangju, South Korea

2nd Land Art Biennial Mongolia, National Gallery of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

ART HK12, HKCEC, Hong Kong, China

2011 White Walls Have Ears, City University – School of Creative Media, Hong Kong, China

Beijing Design Week – Li Ning Art Exhibition, 798, Beijing, China

ART HK11, HKCEC, Hong Kong, China

Art vs. Art, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China

See the Light, Espace Louis Vuitton, Hong Kong, China

2010 Art vs. Art, Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Arts, Shanghai, China

Creators Project, 798, Beijing, China

Better July, Hong Kong Design Centre Pavilion, Shanghai, China

Futurotextiles, Expo 2010 Shanghai – Pavilion Lille Europe, Shanghai, China

Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Award, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China

New Vision New Colours, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong

Accelerated Photon, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China

This is Hong Kong, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

The Narrators, Inheritance, Shenzhen, China

2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Hong Kong, China

(last) Intervention, Osage Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, China

Silk Road, Ocean Terminal, Hong Kong, China

Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial, Niigata, Japan

This is Hong Kong, Loop Media Centre, Seoul, Korea

Loop Video Art, Casa Asia, Barcelona, Spain

HK Sound Station, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong, China

Charming Experience, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China

2008 Site:Seeing, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong, China

HKAC 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Art Centre, Hong Kong, China

Crosscurrent: Ambient Art, Osage Singapore, Old School, Singapore

Digitalogue, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China

Crosscurrent: Ambient Art, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong, China

2007 Crosscurrent: Ambient Art, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong, China

Territories de l’image, Musé de Beaux-Arts, Tourcoing, France

Les Nuits Electroniques de L’Ososphère, La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France

10×10, TaiKoo Shing, Hong Kong, China

12th IFVA Festival, Art Centre, Hong Kong, China

2006 City Sonics, Les Abattoirs, Mons, Belgium

NIME 06, Ircam – Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

My Secret Life, Tri-postal, Lille, France

Site-Specific Installation, Fabrica Research Centre, Treviso, Italy

2005 Casting Stories, Le Fresnoy – National Studio, Tourcoing, France
2004 Public Artworks (12 billboards), SNCF, Roubaix, Tourcoing, France

Jamais vu, Le Fresnoy – National Studio, Tourcoing, France

Community Art Project, (5 bakeries), Centre Social Boilly, Tourcoing, France

2003 (e)merge/(dis)separate, Interaccess Electronic Arts Centre, Toronto, Canada

Maximum Exposure, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

2001 Up To Code, Ryerson Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1999 East York Provincial Film Festival, Bloor Cinema, Toronto, Canada
1998 Passion, Gallery 44, Toronto, Canada

fundings, research grants, and residencies

2014 Home Affairs Bureau – Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme, for ‘to the Moon’ Exhibition, Hong Kong, China
2014 APO Production Grant, for ‘Luna Park’ Exhibition, Hong Kong, China
2013 Arts Development Council Project Grant, for ‘Etudes’ Exhibition, Hong Kong, China

Asian Cultural Council Grant, for 6 months research in Arts and Social Innovation in the US and in Asia, New York, United States

Asia Society Production Grant, for ‘Galaxy Express’, Hong Kong, China

2010 Artist in Residence, Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France
2008 Young Design Talent Award, for 6 months research in Experience Design and Sustainable Design in Europe, Hong Kong Design Centre, Hong Kong, China
2007 Osage Art Foundation Grant, for ‘Musical Wheel’, Hong Kong, China
2006 Exhibition Travel Grant, Canada Council of the Arts, Toronto, Canada

Artist in Residence, Fabrica Research Centre, Treviso, Italy

My artistic process is a mediation between the viewers and the surroundings. Just like movements of meadow fields testifying forces of wind, art reveals the seemingly invisible – making the forgotten or intangible a perceptible reality. Art is also the proof of human existence in its time and space; it shall be socially relevant, employing contemporary language and media to render the issues of our time.

 

I regard art today as a departure from the Greenbergian tradition of the 20th century. Art, rather than an imposition of a single utopian, is a series of discursive construct. Like Nicolas Bourriaud, I believe art shall advocate interactivity, sociability and conviviality. In traditional Chinese culture, different schools of thought often manifest complementation rather than opposition. It is also my faith that dichotomy shall co-exist in artistic interventions.