Photo collage of a cityscape. Rows of buildings and streets appear to fold into each other, creating a kaleidoscopic pattern that resembles a computer motherboard.

Personal Museums and Creative Community

Against the backdrop of the global pandemic, we held the M+ Online Hackathon—City of Objects over two weeks in August 2020. M+ Hackathons are design thinking workshops during which participants develop creative projects within a time limit. This edition focused on ‘personal museums’, encouraging participants to explore the concept of objects through the lenses of everyday life, personal and cultural identities, and virtuality.

In this second of a two-part series documenting the Hackathon’s roundtable discussion, organiser Kate Gu, facilitators Christian Marc Schmidt and Chun-wo Pat, and judge Ikko Yokoyama unpack how participants developed their ‘personal museums’, and how the event created community within a pandemic.

Contributors:

  • Kate Gu, Producer, Digital Special Projects, M+
  • Christian Marc Schmidt, Principal and Founder, Schema
  • Chun-wo Pat, Founder and Owner, Whitespace Integrated Design
  • Ikko Yokoyama, Lead Curator, Design and Architecture, M+

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Photograph of a cityscape showing many tall buildings. The buildings are slightly out of focus and overlaid with coloured effects in blue, yellow, and green.

Physical Objects and Pandemic Anxiety

Against the backdrop of the global pandemic, we held the M+ Online Hackathon—City of Objects over two weeks in August 2020. M+ Hackathons are design thinking workshops during which participants develop creative projects within a time limit. This edition focused on ‘personal museums’, encouraging participants to explore the concept of objects through the lenses of everyday life, personal and cultural identities, and virtuality.

In this first of a two-part series documenting the Hackathon’s roundtable discussion, organiser Kate Gu, facilitators Christian Marc Schmidt and Chun-wo Pat, and judge Ikko Yokoyama unpack ideas around objects, the physical versus the virtual, and pandemic anxiety.

Contributors:

  • Kate Gu, Producer, Digital Special Projects, M+
  • Christian Marc Schmidt, Principal and Founder, Schema
  • Chun-wo Pat, Founder and Owner, Whitespace Integrated Design
  • Ikko Yokoyama, Lead Curator, Design and Architecture, M+

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Visual artist Peng Wei, and curator, Lesley Ma, discuss Peng’s reflections on contemporary and traditional painting, and the way her works encounter the concepts of the private and the public.

In Conversation: Peng Wei

The In Conversation series pairs M+ curators with contemporary artists, designers, and makers to chat about their current practice and works in the M+ Collections. Explore how artists and makers are consuming the visual world as they share an image or object that has particular resonance for them right now.

In this conversation, Peng Wei—a visual artist based in Beijing—chats to Lesley Ma, Curator, Ink Art, M+. They discuss Peng’s reflections on contemporary and traditional painting, and the way her works encounter the concepts of the private and the public.

Learn more about Peng Wei’s works in the M+ Collections.

An English and Cantonese transcript, as well as a set of closed captions for this video, will be made available shortly.


Artwork credits:

Peng Wei. Stone Garden No. 1, 2009. Ink on paper. M+, Hong Kong. © Peng Wei
Peng Wei. Between Clouds And Water, 2013. Ink and colour on paper. M+, Hong Kong. © Peng Wei

A video depicting how light falls across various sections of a museum building’s construction site. Scenes include light shining into near-complete galleries, atrium areas, and outdoor spaces, as well as time-lapse scenes of the building’s view over Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong.

Light Pockets

In this video we take a moment to capture how light interacts with our disappearing construction site. These ‘light pockets’ help make the building feel more porous and connect it with the adjacent harbour view.

You can see the designs of the M+ building facade, the staircase-shaped top of the Learning Hub, and the Harbour View Pergola in the roof garden—and how they each have different ways of letting the outdoor environment enter the museum.

We look forward to welcoming you to the completed M+ building soon!

Learn more about the M+ building.