Methods of Art – Archive of Artists Interviews


* 1961, born and raised in Hong Kong, Kung Chi Shing is a composer, performer and music activist. Kung studied classical music and composition in the United States with Allen Trubitt and George Crumb. He is known particularly for his work in the music and performance group ‚The Box‘, which he founded with Peter Stuart in 1987, and since 2009 as founder and curator of the ‚Street Music Series‘ of free public concerts in Hong Kong. In 1994 he was awarded a research grant by the Asian Cultural Council. In his compositions and performances, Kung focuses on experimentation with different formats, including pop, classical and improvisational music, and theatre art. Since 1996 he has created, composed and staged six full-length music theatre pieces. He has collaborated frequently with choreographers, directors and theatre artists, and has performed his music in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Cuba, Tashkent, New York, London, Berlin and Venice.


The interview was conducted on November 28, 2014 at the artist’s studio in Hong Kong.

Interviewed by: Johannes M. Hedinger

Filmed and recorded by: Banny Ng

Edited by: Paul Barsch

Transcript by: Yvonne Mattern

Produced by: Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), Connecting Spaces Documents #5