Marisa Yiu | Chief Curator
Hong Kong, New York
Marisa Yiu is co-founder of eskyiu, a design collaborative integrating culture, community and technology in New York and Hong Kong. Since 2000 she has been researching issues of production and consumption relating to the cultural landscape of HK. Her essay ‘Image Construction: Hong Kong since 1967-8’ recently published in LOG Journal examined Hong Kong’s relationship to the Pearl River Delta and global networks. In her design practice she examines the ways in which the built environment and constructs of labour shape social relationships by forming connections between civic engagement and sustainable design. Community driven projects include ‘Brandspider’ for Whitney Museum ISP; ‘Place Markers’ with placeMatters, New York; and ‘The Global Assembly’. Along with her partner Eric Schuldenfrei of ESKYIU installations include: ‘Chinatown WORK 2006′ an interactive public arts project commissioned by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC and 3form material solutions; ‘SINO’ an installation shown at the Brooklyn Museum; ‘Nutritious: an aeroponic facade’ exhibited at Architectural Association in London, and projects for various international biennales. She has lectured at the China NEXT symposium, UNESCO forum on ‘Historic Urban Landscapes’ Vietnam, and the AsiaGSD ‘Specific Weights of Architecture: Asian Probes’ conference at Harvard University. She has published in A/D, Log journal, DomusChina, Architectural Record, Metropolis and Journal for Architectural Education.
Marisa has taught at the Architectural Association in London; Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Parsons School of Design; and led workshops at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum with the Center for Urban Pedagogy. Currently she is teaching at the University of Hong Kong. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Columbia University and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. Yiu is a licensed architect in the state of New York, AIA architect member, an associate member of the HKIA and currently a Board Member of the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design.
Alan Lo | Curator for Arts, City Integration, and Events
Alan Lo is co-founder and director of Hong Kong-based Press Room Group and the owner and operator of food and beverage outlets including The Press Room, Classified, and The Pawn. He has many years of hospitality project experience, having worked for project management and development teams at a number of international hotel groups including the Mandarin Oriental and Shangri-La. He is active in promoting design, creativity, and tourism in Hong Kong, serving as a Board Chairman of Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design, advisory group member of ART HK (Hong Kong International Art Fair), and member of the Tourism Strategy Group. He holds an AB in architecture from Princeton University.
Eric Schuldenfrei | Curator for Exhibition, Education, Film, and Media
Hong Kong, New York
Eric Schuldenfrei is a designer who focuses on the evolving relationship between architecture, animation, and art. Recent projects include an art installation commissioned by Agnes Gund, President Emerita of MoMA; multi-media projects for Ferragamo; and computer animations for Diller + Scofidio and The Builders Association’s Obie Award winning multi-media theatre work Jet Lag. Architectural projects completed in collaboration with Marisa Yiu have been featured in many international biennales: Urban Pastoral, an architectural installation created for the 2008 Venice Biennale; Human Motor: Narratives from the Assembly Line, in Ljubljana; and Mediated Labour for the 2007 Hong Kong- Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale. A video installation The Measure of All Things, a collaboration with artist Haluk Akakce, was exhibited at Casino Luxembourg; Kunst Werke, Berlin; The Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt; and the Centre d’art Contemporain, Geneva. Schuldenfrei received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, where he is currently completing his PhD. He has taught at Princeton, Columbia, and the Architectural Association and has recently presented at the Harvard University AsiaGSD lecture series, the V&A museum in London, and the University of Cambridge
Frank Yu | Curator for Architecture, Urbanism, and Landscape
Frank Yu is Design Principal of Gravity Partnership Limited. He studied architecture at Pratt Institute, New York, where he received a Bachelor of Architecture. After graduating in 1986, he joined Ellerbe Beckett New York as a Design Architect in Studio Peter Pran, where he worked on numerous award winning and renowned projects and international design competitions. In 2000, he returned to Hong Kong and later founded Gravity Partnership Limited with Claude Wong in 2003. The work of Gravity Partnership has been featured in many exhibitions including the 2004 and 2008 Venice Biennale, and the 2007 Hong Kong–Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale; and won numerous awards including 1st prize in the North Point Harbour Conceptual Design Competition, and 2nd prize in the Concept Design Competition for the Hong Kong Pavilion for Expo 2010. Frank is very involved in community-focused work both through Gravity’s development of Intermediate Relief Housing for those affected by the Sichuan earthquake and through his personal involvement with local charities including serving as Board of director of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals in 2008/2009, and currently a member of the Court of Lingnan University.
Hong Kong Biennale Curatorial Team
Architectural/Planning team: Claude Wong, Solomon Fong, Wang Ho (Gravity Partnership Ltd.)
Project Manager: Amber Young
Curatorial Coordinator: Chow Kayan, Sze Pui Ki, Janice Ho
Exhibition / Design Media / Fabrication team: Nick Gu, Jiaxin Chum (ESKYIU Ltd.)
Project Officer: Sam Yu
Site Coordination Support
Woo Sir, Albert Poon, Eva Tiedemann
Quantity Surveyors: Mr. Yam Kwan Sum, Dr. Yeung, Kam Lan Daisy
Registered Structural Engineer: Mr. Ting Tai Chun, Michael
BYOBiennale Press Conference (9 September 2009)
Backdrop Fabrication/ Media/ Renderings: Nick Gu, Jiaxin Chum, Jeff Wong
Biennale Promo Trailer: Vanir Chan, Kyna So, KinCheong Chan, Janus Li
Biennale Promo Trailer Original Music by Jonny Falls Over
Venue and F&B sponsored by Watermark
Backdrop Output sponsored by Standard (Chan’s) Corp. Ltd. Furniture sponsored by The Pawn
MC: Ms. Irene Li