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I am Isaac Leung and I wear multiple hats where I am an artist and I am also a curator. I run an art
organization in Hong Kong called Videotage. And then, besides the curatorial projects and running
the art organization I am also a scholar. I do research on different disciplines. Particularly, the most
recent is about the culture industry and the art market in mainland China. And I also did a lot of
research on technology and sexuality and new media before.
So, I guess my role as an artist is quite kind of interlinked with other roles that I have. I don’t consider
myself as really an artist as kind of the only role that I have ‒ which is quite different from other, you
I am not represented by any galleries and if there are any opportunities or other people inviting me
as last year when I did a show, produced a new work at the ParaSite show. I would consider it as
something ‒ how can I say? ‒ I think I am considering more about my self-reflection as an artist
more than my role of being an artist in this society.
Any role, basically, is very much mediated by the whole economy and ecology.
I think there are two levels: One is how you construct yourself and think about yourself as an artist.
And the other thing is how the society or how the ecology construct YOU as an artist.
So, I think that part is … If you ask about „what is an artist?“, I think that is very much constructed by a
lot of institutions and a lot mediated by a lot of different kind of people and institutions, companies,
museums and all these kind of things.
For me, for myself, the role ‒ when I wear the hat ‒ of being an artist, I guess that is not really my
concern any more. Because I really don’t see myself of playing, want to play the game with all these
kinds of institutions as an artist because there is no such a thing, in terms of the career pursuit as this
category, as an artist I really am not interested. I think if I were interested I would have already spent
a lot more time to work out my art career as an artist ‒ which I don’t aim to produce. I don’t have an
agenda to produce the next work and I don’t have the agenda which is bound by a contract with a
gallery and so on and so on.
Because I think I am more focusing on this self-identification that I think ultimately … whether YOU
think you are an artist and how your artwork or your attitude of life is something that constructs
what YOU think the reality of yourself as an artist …
Yeah, I think everything is a game. Everything has a sort of a rule. It’s a playground. You are bounded
by all these kind of rules that are set up by that playground and you always want to subvert all these
rules and make yourself meaningful, make yourself functional, make yourself a place in that
playground. So, it is the idea about the field, in which field you want to be. I think, for me … As an
artist I think what is more important to me is not about the game anymore. I think I was very keen on
playing that game, maybe 15 years ago.
What I am interested in is more … the attitude of life. How I can use my … I think in terms of artistic
practice ‒ or practicing life ‒ I think a lot of things very much from the idea of art. But ultimately I
don’t think I need to produce an object. Or the object could be something else. It could be a
research, it could be … a curatorial project or it could be small things that are not showing in a
* 1978, Leung is a practicing artist, curator and researcher in art and culture. Leung received an Honorary Fellowship of a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the New Media Art Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, the University of the Arts London. The creative practice in artistic and curatorial projects has prompted him to conduct substantial research on art and culture. Leung is currently a doctorate researcher at the School of Creative Media, the City University of Hong Kong, specializing in the contemporary Chinese art market. From 1998-2008, his artworks were exhibited in over 30 venues across the globe. In 2002, Leung was appointed as the Programme Director of the media art organization Videotage. In 2013, Leung was appointed as the Chairman of Videotage.
The interview was conducted November 28, 2014 at the artist’s office at the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Interviewed by: Johannes M. Hedinger
Filmed and recorded by: Banny Ng
Edited by: Wolfram Eggebrecht
Transcript by: Yvonne Mattern
Produced by: Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), Connecting Spaces Documents #5
Special thanks to: The Hong Kong Institute of Education