Wanwu Practice Group
We are a group of artists-scholars learning to live on Earth and contribute to its vibrancy. Inspired by wanwu — myriad happenings, we value both knowing and practice. We draw on indigenous wisdom, activist experiences, ecological research, and theoretical reflections. Based at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, we focus on art and ecology in East Asia.
Bo is an artist and associate professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. He lives and works on Lantau Island. Committed to multispecies vibrancy, he investigates the past and imagines the future from the perspectives of marginalized communities and marginalized plants. As an artist, he creates weedy gardens, living slogans, and eco-queer films. He is learning to cultivate ecological wisdom beyond the Massive Anthropo Extinction Event. He taught at China Academy of Art from 2010 to 2013. He recently held solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Lissabon and ICA Shanghai, and participated in Yokohama Triennale 2020, Manifesta 12, and the 11th Taipei Biennial. His website is zhengbo.org.
Currently Bo is leading two research projects to study ecological art practices in Mainland China and Hong Kong. In 2020, as artist-in-residence at the Gropius Bau in Berlin, he will collaborate with scientists to understand, speculate, and imagine how plants practice politics.
Feixuan is an anthropologist and a fourth-year PhD student at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. She holds an MA in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Durham University and a BA in English Literature and Linguistics from Beijing Language and Culture University. From 2016 to 2017 she worked as an editor at Dolphin Books of China International Publishing Group. Since 2013 she has been collaborating with the Education Department of Shanghai Museum as a guest editor.
Feixuan’s current research centers on ethics and care in trans-species relations. Her doctoral project is an anthropological exploration into the human-silkworm relationship in China in areas of contemporary art, sericultural practice, and bioscience study. As a winner of the Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Research Scholar Award, she spent six months from January to July 2020 at New York University’s XE: Experimental Humanities & Social Engagement program, under the guidance of artist-scholar Elaine Gan.
Sarah is a researcher based in Hong Kong. She holds an MA in art history and archaeology from SOAS, University of London, and a BA in art history and sociology from the University of Hong Kong. From 2014 to 2018, Sarah worked on the SEACHINA project, researching socially engaged art in contemporary China. She was responsible for data collection and curation of the online archive. She was also a core member of the development team for a mass open online course (MOOC) based on the archive. She published “From Funan River to East Lake: Reflecting on Environmental Activism and Public Art in China” in Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art in 2016.
Sarah is currently a third-year PhD student at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. Her project examines illustrated botanical books produced in Ming China, focusing in particular on the production and dissemination of knowledge on famine foods, their ecological implications, and connections with contemporary practices.
Michael is an artist/designer, urban farmer, and lecturer. He grew up in London, and moved to Hong Kong in 2009 to complete a Master of Design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His projects range from collective urban agriculture such as The HK FARMers’ Almanac 2014-2015 to Pangkerchief, a collection of objects produced by Pang Jai fabric market in Sham Shui Po. He teaches social practice at Hong Kong Baptist University. His website is studioleung.com.
Michael is currently in the third year of his PhD research at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on Insurrectionary Agricultural Milieux, rhizomatic forms of agriculture as local response to global biopolitics and neoliberalism. He is currently working on publishing his field notes and will do a sharing in Hong Kong this November.
Olga is a researcher, curator, and second-year PhD student at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. Olga graduated from Danube University Krems, Aalborg University, and Lodz University with a joint master’s degree in Media Arts Cultures. She also obtained a master’s degree in Cultural Studies from Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Olga worked at Moscow Museum of Modern Art, V-A-C Foundation, Archive of Digital Art, and ZKM | Center for Art and Media. She assisted the exhibition “Open Codes” at ZKM in Karlsruhe and Chronus Art Center in Shanghai, and co-curated "here and elsewhere" in Lodz and "Seasons of Media Arts" in Karlsruhe.
Olga’s research interests include biotechnological art, posthumanism, new materialism, digital art and biomedia.
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Ji Yun is an artist and researcher. She holds an MFA in Creative Media from School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, and a BA in broadcasting from School of Film, TV & Multimedia, Korea National University of Arts. As a multimedia artist, she works with film, video, installation, photography, and performance. Her works have been exhibited in Seoul, Hong Kong, and Zurich.
Ji Yun is currently in the second-year PhD research at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include plant sociality, more-than-humans, and urban ecology. She is using eco-cinema as a method to investigate multispecies relations of epiphytic plants.
Aki is an artist based in Japan and Hong Kong. Taking chance encounters with human/nonhuman beings, matters, and events in her life as a starting point, she uses multifaceted research, physical action, and storytelling as her main methods and creates work that connects seemingly independently existing matters, reveals undercurrents in society, and presents her personal viewpoint that challenges established norms and larger history.
Aki is currently a first-year PhD student at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. Her research will focus on hybrid communities [trans-species relationships between humans (multi-ethnic groups) and nonhumans] in Hokkaido island. She will investigate animism and indigenous wisdom rooted in the island among other topics.
She received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Meisterschüler from the Städelschule in Frankfurt, and conducted one-year research in London, supported by the Cultural Agency of the Japanese government. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including Tokyo Arts and Space, Galeria Municipal do Porto, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Kunstverein Hannover, and the MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art. Her website is akinagasaka.net.
Mankun is a contemporary art researcher based in Hong Kong. She holds an MPhil in Visual Arts from Hong Kong Baptist University. Her MPhil research investigated how Hong Kong participatory arts generate differential urban spaces to counter neoliberal spatial abstraction. She obtained her BA in Fine Arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she was trained in studio practices and art history. From 2017 to 2018, she worked as an editor and author at LEAP magazine. Her writings are also published in the Art Newspaper China, Wallpaper*, and Kinfolk.
Mankun is currently a first-year PhD student at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. Her PhD project centers on the intersections of art, political ecology, and indigenous cultures in contemporary China. Her research interests include ecologically and socially engaged art in China, regional political ecology, and indigenous eco-visions.
Sipei was a Research Fellow for the EcoArtAsia project at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. Sipei holds a PhD in Museum Studies from University of Leicester, with a dissertation on curatorial practices through, on, and with socially engaged art in Mainland China. Her curatorial and publication projects include collaborations with the Times Museum in Guangzhou, A4 Art Museum in Chengdu, and the Orleans House Gallery and the Migration Project in London. Sipei is also a visiting lecturer at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou.
In the EcoArtAsia project, Sipei investigated how artists in Mainland China contemplate, develop, and expand methods of ecological practice. A website will be launched in 2020.
Hoyin was a Researcher for the EcoArtAsia project at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. Hoyin holds an MPhil in History of Art from Chinese University of Hong Kong. He wrote a thesis on the collective Art in the Camps (1988-1991) who initiated a series of art-making workshops with Vietnamese refugees in detention camps in Hong Kong. In 2018, Hoyin was selected as one of the Emerging Art Professionals by Para Site, Hong Kong's leading contemporary art centre. He is also a guest lecturer at University of Hong Kong and Chinese University of Hong Kong. His articles can be found in The Art Newspaper China, Randian, Paratext, among others.
In the EcoArtAsia project, Hoyin focused on ecological art practices in Hong Kong.