M+ Rover 2020–21 | ‘Yes but Why?' by Wong Tin Yan (Highlights)
Wong Tin Yan is known for his sculptural work made from discarded wooden pallets. He has been an art educator for almost twenty years and also considers his writing for print and online publications and his participation in television as integral parts of his practice. He is a host of the RTHK television programme Artspiration, and the founder of the self-funded art space Form Society. Across his activities, Wong looks beyond conventional materials and situations to find inspiration to create.
Wong graduated from the Department of Fine Arts of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2000. His work is held in the collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, and public and private collections in Hong Kong and overseas. Exhibitions, public art projects, and educational programmes in which he has participated include Charming Tastes and Fragrance: Literature and Visual Arts (House of Hong Kong Literature, 2019), Harbour Arts Sculpture Park (Hong Kong Art Centre, 2018), the Arts Ambassadors-in-school Scheme (Hong Kong Arts Development Council, 2016), The Very Fun Park Contemporary Art Exhibition (Fubonart, Taipei, 2015), and Kwai Tsing Amusement Park and Xinhua Animal Hunt: Sculptures by Wong Tin-yan (Art Promotion Office, 2006). He was recognised at the 40 Under 40 Awards by Perspective magazine in 2010, and received an Entry Prize for commercial interior design at the GDC Awards in 2011.
During the pandemic, artist Wong Tin Yan expanded his work ‘Yes but Why?’ for M+ Rover by creating a series of activities on both online platforms and in physical spaces. These activities have included online workshops and chats, creative videos, in-class activities, and interactive exhibitions. In this video, join Wong Tin Yan as he goes through his M+ Rover highlights and shares behind-the-scenes stories.
Since 2016, M+ Rover, a travelling creative studio and exhibition space, has taken its thematic exhibitions—put together by different collaborators from various fields—around Hong Kong to local schools and community spaces. The free programme provides a platform for teachers, students, and cultural practitioners to engage in creative dialogue as they inspire and learn from one another. This year, the programme has been designed for both primary schools and the public. In response to current health-protection measures, M+ invited Wong Tin Yan to develop a unique set of artist-led activities as well as a series of online educational resources based on his commissioned work ‘Yes but Why?’.
From now until the opening of M+, M+ Rover will be stationed at the Harbourside Deck in the West Kowloon Cultural District on weekends and public holidays. Come on board and join Wong Tin Yan in questioning norms and conventions and exploring alternative perspectives on life. There will be more M+ Rover sessions leading up to the opening of the museum. Visit our website for updates: http://mplus.org/en_publicsessions
‘Yes but Why?’
by Wong Tin Yan