On May 22nd, current and former fellows — Enoch Cheng in New York and Vivian Ting in Hong Kong — engaged in conversation to reflect on their experiences in cultural exchange, and the current pandemic. As art and cultural practitioners, they shared their approach in responding to the sentiments echoed by us all: how are we to prepare for the “new normal”? What are the important values and elements we need to preserve for the future?

Enoch Cheng (2019 Fellow) is an independent artist and curator. He received his MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, London and a BA in English Literature and Art History at the University of Hong Kong. Concerned with the everyday subtleties in modern lives, his multidisciplinary practice—involving installation, dance, performance, curation, fashion, and the moving image—explores recurrent themes of place, travel, fiction, migration, human and natural history. His works include The Garden at K11 Foundation (2017), HOMESICK at The Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany (2018), Shuffle at Dance Centre, City Contemporary Dance Company, Hong Kong (2018), Bon Voyage at Hong Kong Art Centre (2018), Influenzer and Morphing at Tai Kwun, Hong Kong (2019) and Ask the Ark at Taipei Arts Festival (2019) to name a few. Enoch is a recipient of the Award for Young Artist (Media Arts), presented by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2016. He was a fellow at The Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart (2017-2018), and artist-in-residence at The Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (2018).

Currently in New York as an ACC Altius Fellow, Enoch is an artist-in-residence at the American Museum of Natural History researching into natural sciences and history. Following which, Enoch will extend his research for a further six months with the generous support from Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York.

Vivian Ting (2017 Fellow) is a researcher, curator, and art critic based in Hong Kong. Vivian received a PhD and an MA in Museum Studies at University of Leicester, and an MPhil at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Currently, she teaches Museum Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Leicester. She was the curator of Envisioning Hong Kong and Back to Thy Root for Sheer Happiness which evoke topics on local histories in multiple narratives. Vivian is also a founding member of Art Appraisal Club, a reflective platform for arts criticism in Hong Kong.

Vivian is invested in her research on museum curatorial practices and how contemporary museological thinking is implemented around the world. ACC’s fellowship enabled her to further her research on interpretation and public engagement in museums. Vivian received an ACC fellowship in 2017, and spent six months in the US conducting research on museum-public interactions.

Vivian is an ACC Altius Fellow.