Community 16 September 2019
Technology as an Engine in Evolving Culture and Creativity in Sustainable Design and Art
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Chandran Gallery

459 Geary Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

Event is over
11:00 am
Check-in and Exhibit Viewing
11:30 am
Panel Discussion Begins
12:30 pm
Panel Discusion Ends

Co-Creating Hong Kong Panel Discussion: Technology as an Engine in Evolving Culture and Creativity in Sustainable Design and Art

"Design is a co-creative methodology to create experiences and mechanisms for forging new dialogues across disciplines, between craft and technology, history and the future, local and global as well as to connect pockets of Hong Kong’s diverse community.”

Invention and the creative use of technology is the common denominator in all of these artistic and design creations. This panel will explore the role of technology, collaboration, culture, and the goals of sustainability in the creative process of the participating artists and designers.

Moderated by JD Beltran, Artist, Designer, Writer, Filmmaker


Henry Chu

Henry Chu is a designer, programmer and a new media artist who founded pill & pillow in 2004. His studio has won more than 150 local and international awards. His iPad music app Squiggle was exhibited in MOMA New York.

Victor Wong

Victor Wong is an award-winning artist and a veteran in computer-generated animation. His work has been reported by global media.

Mui Kinoshita

Mui Kinosita is vice-chairwoman of the Hong Kong Designers Association. Her company ASA Innovation & Technology has won numerous startup awards in Hong Kong.

Clement Tien

Clement Tien is the co-founder of Arical, a startup focused on optimizing design processes with artificial intelligence. He has a background in architecture.

Karr Yip

Karr Yip is a multi-disciplinary designer who has won over 30 local and international awards.

Fiona Lau

Fiona Lau is a co-founder of FFIXXED Studios, a collaborative men and women wear brand. Its vision is to create a self-upcycling and zero-system system.

Mazing Lee

Mazing Lee is the CEO & Co-founder of Lify, the world’s first smart wellness-tech platform with the vision to provide a personalized wellness tea experience with AI wellness engine and a smart herbal brewer, providing insights and drink recommendations to urban dwellers looking for natural remedies, reinventing traditional herbal wisdom.

Co-Creating Hong Kong Exhibit Public Hours are:

Sunday, September 15 – Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10 AM- 5 PM

This is a free exhibit during gallery hours and is open to the public

Featuring 14 unique projects by Hong Kong’s leading and emerging creative talent, “Co-creating Hong Kong” illustrates how design can foster innovation and bring new perspectives on technology, sustainability, and community. The exhibition experience starts with interactive technology-oriented projects, leading into sustainability and community’s works. All of the works are supplemented with captions and behind-the-scene materials supplied by participating designers to offer a multi-layered experience.

Co-creation refers to the design process, and their collaborative synergies in carving out Hong Kong’s unique character. It also reinforces Hong Kong’s continual creative collaboration with a dynamic range of cities and countries. Through an array of design projects and its behind-the-scene stories, design is illustrated as a co-creative methodology to create experiences for forging new dialogues across disciplines, craft and technology, history and the future and diverse communities.

The exhibition is co-hosted by Hong Kong Design Centre with the support of AIGA San Francisco, the professional association for design in the Bay Area.

JD Beltran, Director, Center for IMPACT at CCA Associate Faculty

JD Beltran is a conceptual artist, designer, filmmaker, writer, and educator. Her award-winning work, which blends the narrative and abstract in investigating how materials tell stories, has been screened and exhibited internationally, including at the Walker Art Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The M.H. de Young Museum, The Getty Center, The Kitchen in New York, the MIT Media Lab, Cité des Ondes Vidéo et Art Électronique in Montreal, ProArte in St. Petersburg, Russia, The Fei Contemporary Art Center in Shanghai, China, the Kyrgyzstan National Museum, YBCA, the Singapore Digital MediaFest, Cite Des Ondes Video Et Art Electronique in Montreal, Canada, Sesto Senso in Bologna, Italy, Festival VIDEOFORMES in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Ping Pong Gallery in Guanzhou, China, the Ingenuity Festival in Cleveland, Ohio, the Biennale for Electronic Arts in Perth, Australia, and in the 2006, 2008, and 2012 ZeroOne New Media Biennials.

The Cinema Snowglobe, her collaboration with Scott Minneman, achieved the international New Technological Art Award in 2014 with an exhibition in Ghent, Belgium in November 2014. She's been commissioned for public art projects in San Francisco, San Jose, Cleveland, Ohio, and St. Petersburg, Russia. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe, NPR, Wired Magazine, Art in America, ArtNews, the New Art Examiner, Art Practical, Art Papers, ID Magazine, 7x7, and Dwell.