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Kai Chun Yip
Born in 1984, Yip Kai Chun is an artist and curator, living and working in Hong Kong. He was trained in Critical Inter-Media at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, and studied Cultural Studies at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. He was awarded the Emerging Artist Grant from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council twice, in 2011 and 2013. He has been part of the curatorial team of the Microwave International New Media Arts Festival since 2011.
Yip Kai Chun’s interests encompass local culture, history, urban environment, society and politics, linking these themes to his personal experience. His curatorial practice is experimental and process-oriented, and draws on theories and methodologies from diverse disciplines, aiming at unravelling the taken-for-granted and neglected, and re-imagining alternatives and possibilities. As an artist, he employs media that ‘extract reality’ – sound, video and photography.
Together with Chow Yik, Yip Kai Chun recently formed ‘case-open-close’, a curatorial initiative gathering emerging artists from Europe and Asia. Their first event ‘Level Note #one #two’ (June 2015) features a movable exhibition, performances and screenings on various rooftops.
About his curatorial approach, Yip Kai Chun says: ‘I am interested in mixing: between different art forms, between art-making and curation, between art and other domains and disciplines, between old and new, between established and emerging, between different spaces and times… I strongly believe in inter-disciplinarity in practice. I think blurring the conventional boundaries fosters dialogues and possibilities inside and outside art. While engaging in media art and public & community art for years, I have a personal interest in tradition – be it culture and art forms. I believe that the so-called tradition and the new are not exclusive; rather, they are always in negotiation and can yield unexpected result together.’
I Am The Central Academy Of Fine Art Model by Zhao Gang
Yip Kai Chun