Summer Institute 2021

Summer Institute 2021 - Unform, Unframe

Summer Institute 2021 - Unform, Unframe

Summer Institute Public Lecture | How live can it be?

Summer Institute Public Lecture | The Habits of Habitat: A Conversation with Artists Pan Lu and Zheng Bo

Date & Time

26 Mar - 4 Apr, 2021


Please refer to Programme Timetable


$250 (Seminar); Free (Public lectures)


Summer Institute is a two-week programme of tertiary student seminars and distinguished public lectures focused on students from Hong Kong and Asia. Apply now for a unique chance to work closely with some of the most important art theorists and thinkers, curators, artists, philosophers in the world.

This year’s Summer Institute Unform, Unframe invites 9 professors to explore different perceptions of time and space, ecology and technology, and action and activation, adopting alternative approaches in teaching and knowledge-making.

Application Deadline: 21 March 2021

Tuition cost: $250 HKD including 8 seminars (online or on site, depending on epidemic prevention measures), 2 public lectures and a certificate of completion. Tuition subsidies are available on a case by case basis.

Instructions for registration:

- All seminars and public lectures will be conducted in English; simultaneous interpretation from English to Cantonese will be provided for public lectures.

- Please register online by filling out the form; successful candidates will be contacted.

- Please make sure that you can physically participate in all seminars and public lectures, including the closing event on the afternoon of 4 April.

- All activities of the Summer Institute may switch to an online or on-site format depending on changes to the government's epidemic prevention measures. Please ensure that you can attend and participate in person in different forms of activities.

If you have any questions, please email to

This project is conceived and organised by Veronica Wang, and coordinated by David Chan and Kobe Ko.

Programme Timetable

Date Time Programme Topic Venue
7:30pm–9pm Public Lecture with Yeewan Koon, Lu Pan and Zheng Bo The Habits of Habitat: A Conversation with Artists Pan Lu and Zheng Bo JC Cube
10am–12nn Seminar with Yeewan Koon Deposits of Time 2/F, Block 09
2pm–6pm Seminar with Zheng Bo Making Kin, with Plants Outdoor
7pm–9pm Seminar with Joanna Mansbridge Sensing Environments: Ecology, Technology and Performance 2/F, Block 09
7pm–9pm Seminar with Yang Yeung Word, Work, World – a reading-with, listening-with, and speaking-with each other seminar 2/F, Block 09
7pm–9pm Seminar with Tom Engels Feeling out of shape 2/F, Block 09
7:30pm–9pm Public Lecture with Raimundas Malašauskas, Xavier Le Roy & Scarlet Yu How live can it be? JC Contemporary
7pm–9pm Seminar with Lu Pan Repertoire of  Youth Activism in the 1970s Hong Kong: The 70s Biweekly and Experimental Cinema 2/F, Block 09
10am–4pm Seminar with Raimundas Malašauskas How to write recipes for cooking and life 2/F, Block 09 and outdoor
10am–12nn Seminar with Scarlet Yu How live can collaboration be? 2/F, Block 09

Professors Bio

Tom Engels
Yeewan Koon
Xavier Le Roy & Scarlet Yu
Raimundas Malašauskas
Joanna Mansbridge
Lu Pan
Yang Yeung
Zheng Bo

Tom Engels works as a curator, editor, writer, and dramaturge at the intersection of performance and the visual arts. Currently, he is Associate Curator for Trust & Confusion (2021) at Tai Kwun Contemporary. Recent curatorial projects include By phone, M HKA, Antwerp (2021), Hana Miletić: RAD/Materials, Haus, Vienna (2020), another name, spoken, Jan Mot, Brussels (2017) and the series Matters of Performance at the School of Arts, Ghent (2017-2019), where he is a Guest Professor since 2013. He collaborated with Alexandra Bachzetsis during documenta 14 and Mette Ingvartsen for Steirischer Herbst, as well with Mette Edvardsen, Bryana Fritz, PRICE/Mathias Ringgenberg and Trajal Harrell. He is the editor of Conversations in Vermont: Steve Paxton (2020) published by Sarma, for which he received a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Archives Research Residency Grant. His writing has appeared in frieze, CURA., Extra Extra Nouveau Magazine Erotique and De Witte Raaf. Engels holds degrees in Art History and Choreography and Performance Studies.

Yeewan Koon is associate professor and Chair of the Department of Art History at the University of Hong Kong. She has published numerous works including Nara Yoshitomo (2020), A Chinese Canton? Painting the Local in Export Art (2018) and A Defiant Brush: Su Renshan and the Politics of Painting in 19th Century Guangdong (2014). She is the recipient of several research awards including a Fulbright Senior Fellowship, American Council of Learned Scholars, and visiting scholarships at Cambridge University and Columbia University. Koon also works in the contemporary art field as a critic and curator. In 2014, she was guest curator of It Begins with Metamorphosis: Xu Bing at the Asia Society, Hong Kong Centre, and was one of the selected curators for the 12th Gwangju Biennale, 2018. She is currently working on an international exhibition, So long, thanks again for the fish, showcasing five Hong Kong artists at the UNESCO site of Suomenlinna, Finland in June 2021.

Scarlet Yu is a Hong Kong-born Berlin-based dance artist. Her work navigates the in-betweenness of the politic and the poetic of listening and storytelling and the paradoxical aspect of Memory, body in autobiography.

Xavier Le Roy holds a doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Montpellier, France, and has worked as an artist since 1991. Since 2018 he is Professor at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Giessen - Germany. His works produce situations that question the relationships between spectators/visitors and performers and are an attempt to transform or reconfigure dichotomies such as object/subject, animal/human, machine/human, nature/culture, public/private, form/unform.

Raimundas Malašauskas has co-written an opera libretto, co-produced a television show, served as an agent for dOCUMENTA (13), curated oO, the Lithuanian and Cyprus pavilions at the 55th Venice Biennale, works with GES-2 in Moscow and keeps occurring under hypnosis. He was born in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Joanna Mansbridge is assistant professor in the Department of English at the City University of Hong Kong. Her research and teaching interests span contemporary drama, performance studies and film. Her current research looks at performance practices that respond to ecological questions by activating the liveliness of space. Her articles appear in Theatre Journal, International Journal of Performance Art and Digital Media, Theatre Topics, Theatre Research International, Modern Drama, and Journal of Popular Culture. She is on the international advisory board for Performance Matters and author of Paula Vogel (University of Michigan Press, 2014), the first book-length study of the playwright.

Lu Pan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Chinese Culture at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She was visiting scholar and visiting fellow at the Technical University of Berlin (2008 and 2009), the Harvard-Yenching Institute (2011-2012), researcher in residence at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum and artist-in-residence at Z/KU Berlin (2016) and visiting scholar at Taipei National University of the Arts (2018). Pan is author of three monographs: In-Visible Palimpsest: Memory, Space and Modernity in Berlin and Shanghai (Bern: Peter Lang, 2016), Aestheticizing Public Space: Street Visual Politics in East Asian Cities (Bristol: Intellect, 2015) and her new book Image, Imagination and Imaginarium: Remapping World War II Monuments in Greater China is published by Palgrave Macmillan in January 2021. 

Yang Yeung is an art writer and an independent curator. She founded the non-profit soundpocket in 2008. She initiated independent artistic research project A Walk with A3 (2015-17) to support the right of art to be in the streets. Yeung is a researcher of the international Institute for Public Art, independent art critics collective Art Appraisal Club (HK), and the International Art Critics Association (HK). She is Co-founder of 1983. She serves on the board of MaD, a regional platform that encourages social innovation. She was Asian Cultural Council Fellow in 2013-14. She teaches classics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Photography: Mike Pickles 

Zheng Bo teaches at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, where he leads the Wanwu Practice Group. Committed to multispecies vibrancy, he investigates the past and imagines the future from the perspectives of marginalized communities and marginalized plants. He creates weedy gardens, living slogans, and eco-queer films to cultivate ecological wisdom beyond the Anthropo-extinction-event. His works are in the collection of Power Station of Art in Shanghai, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Singapore Art Museum, and Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. His projects are included in Liverpool Biennial 2021, Yokohama Triennale 2020, Manifesta 12, the 11th Taipei Biennial, and the 11th Shanghai Biennial. His practice has received support from numerous art spaces in Asia and Europe, most recently ICA Shanghai, @KCUA in Kyoto, Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong, Villa Vassilieff in Paris, and TheCube Project Space in Taipei.