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Street Culture: Art + Design + Activism
Fringe Theatre
23 January 2010

Join a debate on Saturday with Henry Steiner (Designer), Benny Chia (Arts administrator), Law Man-lok (Artist), Mirana May Szeto (Literature), Tony Lam (Architect) and Oscar Ho (Curator). Hong Kong's street culture will never be the same. More information on the speakers below the poster. Call 2521 7251 to reserve your free seat.

Henry Steiner is an internationally acclaimed graphic designer and head of Steiner&Co., one of the world's leading brand identity design consultancies. He is a Doctor, honoris causa: Hong Kong Baptist University; Honorary professor: University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A resident of Hong Kong since 1961, Henry holds a Master's degree from the Yale School of Art, and is co-author of ‘Cross-Cultural Design: Communicating in the Global Marketplace’ (1995, Thames and Hudson).

Benny Chia is the founder of the Fringe Club Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Festival Fringe, and the City Festival. He has written and produced numerous dance, theatre and site-specific multi-media productions, and has curated many art exhibitions. Benny is currently a committee member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.

Law Man-lok is a conceptual artist. He was the anchor for the RTHK TV programme entitled Cultural Magazine. His works emphasize the synergy between imagination and what he likes to think of as 'criticality'. Law's pieces usually find a starting point in his surroundings, and he has expressed his concerns about the rampant commercialization that characterizes Hong Kong’s development as a city.

Mirana May Szeto is Research Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature, HKU. Her books-in-process are entitled 'The Radical Itch: Cultural Politics and Its Discontents and Decolonizing Neoliberalism: Urban Cultural Politics in Post 1997 Hong Kong'. She also writes on the conditions of the film industry, the cultural clusters and culture-led urban redevelopment in Hong Kong and China.

Tony Lam is an architect and heritage conservation expert and director of AGC Design Ltd., an architectural firm involved in urban planning, heritage conservation and many other projects. He is the author of "From British Colonization to Japanese Invasion - The 100 years architects in HK 1848-1941".

Oscar Ho is an artist, curator, art critic & art educator. He was formerly the Exhibition Director of Hong Kong Arts Centre and founding Director of the MOCA Shanghai, founding member of the Board of HULU, Architecture Centre and Asia Art Archive, and has been the Director of the M.A. Programme in cultural management at the Chinese University since 2006.

Paul Zimmerman is an urban activist and founding member of Designing Hong Kong Limited, a not-for-profit organization promoting sustainable planning in Hong Kong.
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