Amy Chan (陳一云)

Light artist, theatre practitioner, artistic director of Drama COLLABoratory and pathologist. Interest in expanding the notion of light in postdramatic theatre through the exploration of musicality, performativity and theatricality of light in performance and installation, and the in-betweens of light-music, performance-installation and arts-medicine. Lightscape (light and space) is the co-performer, protagonist and antagonist in her works. 

Her major works include the interdisciplinary museum theatre performance and installation project The Hong Kong Plague of 1894 (2014) , site-specific light installation-performance Morbid Anatomy (2016), solo light installation Memento Mori: Sonata for Light (2017), installation performances Things That Talk (2020) and Inter-Face (2021). Her online lecture performance Remembrance of Amnesia  (2020), reflecting on pandemic and memory in Hong Kong, was presented in My Documents | Share your screen! ,  the online performance series created and curated by Argentinian theatre maker Lola Arias, and streamed on the digital platforms of Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main, Kampnagel Hamburg and Münchner Kammerspiele of Germany, and Kaserne Basel of Switzerland. 

Amy crosses the borders between different media, disciplines and communities. She collaborates with artists of different disciplines, with focus in light-music collaborations. She works with acclaimed visual artists, composers and musicians including Ellen Pau, Rachel Cheung, Ken Ueno, Kathryn Smith, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and The Up:Strike Project, in the productions co-presented by M+ and Art Basel, New Vision Arts Festival, Tai Kwun Prison Yard Festival, West Kowloon Freespace Jazz Fest and Sound Forms, among others, covering live video-light-sound performance, museum performance, contemporary music, classical music, electronic music and free improvisation. She is also the long-term artistic collaborator and tutor of St James Creation, the workshop and gallery under St James' Settlement for artists of different abilities for more than 10 years.

For over two decades, she designed light for many theatre works, gallery and installations, including A Tree to be Found, the installation artwork in Para/Site in 2003, the award-winner of Hong Kong Arts Biennial 2003 and the collection of Hong Kong Museum of Art. As a performer, Amy collaborated with internationally renowned choreographers Xavier LeRoy and Scarlet Yu in their performative proposition Still in Hong Kong (2021), commissioned by Tai Kwun Contemporary. Her original autobiographical theatre performance Two girls from Ngau Tau Kok (as co-creator, co-director, performer and lighting designer) has re-run in various venues for 5 times throughout 9 years. The play was adapted into a graphic novel of the same title and an English radio play broadcasted in the Worldplay series 2003 of BBC world channel. The original Chinese script and the translated English script were published respectively.

A Master of Fine Arts (with distinction) graduate of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, major in lighting design with core research on light in postdramatic theatre, her master thesis was examined by prestigious theatre scholar and the author of Postdramatic Theatre, late Prof Dr Hans-Thies Lehmann.  Amy's artistic research was presented in various international conferences such as The Congress of the Society for Theatre Studies of Germany and Performance Studies International annual conferences, and published in peer-reviewed journals including Performance Research and Critical Stages. She was invited to contribute writings on light, scenography and theatre for Dance Journal/HK, IATC (HK) ARTiSM and Hong Kong Repertory Theatre Repazine. In 2019, she was the representative of Hong Kong as a panel speaker in Postdramatic Theatre Worldwide Symposium in Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany, discussing the resonance and perspectives of postdramatic theatre in Hong Kong and on her own light-theatre works 20 years after the first publication of Prof Dr Lehmann's groundbreaking book. She is also an invited speaker in the Prague Quadrennial 2023 presenting her experimental lighting works among a panel of international lighting designers.

Light Installation (Solo and Group)

2021 - Inter-Face, CCCD, Hong Kong (Face x Science x Art Dialogue and Installation Performance Series, in collaboration with forensic face artist Kathryn Smith)

2020 - Things That Talk, ACO Art Space, Hong Kong (solo light installation-performance)

2017 - Memento Mori: Sonata for Light, Lumenvisum, Hong Kong (solo installation)

2016 - Cabinet of Curiosities in Pseudo Collection - What Do Artists Collect, 1a Space, Hong Kong (group exhibition)

2014 - The Hong Kong Plague of 1894 - (Ab)Normal, The Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage (CACHe) , Hong Kong (curation and group exhibition)

Light-Performance (Selected)

2021 - RE-turn (light-sound installation-performance) in Sound Forms 2021 Present_Present Tai Kwun Edition, featuring Natalie Cheung @ Drama Collaboratory.

2020 - Remembrance of Amnesia (online lecture performance) in My Documents | Share your screen! The Open Call Editioncreated and curated by Lola Arias, production by Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main with Lola Arias, co-produced by Kampnagel Hamburg, Kaserne Basel and Münchner Kammerspiele.

2019 - The Fable of Ungrateful Wolf  (light x Cantonese Opera, as light installation/performing light artist/Cantonese opera singer), PSi25 Calgary, Canada

2017 - HYPER-PLASIA (light installation-lecture performance), Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany

2016 - Morbid Anatomy, Pathology Teaching Laboratory, Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong

2014 - The Hong Kong Plague of 1894, Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, Hong Kong

2001-2009 - Two Girls from Ngau Tau Kok, various venues, Hong Kong

Light Collaboration in Performance, Music, Installation and Video (Selected)

2023 - Hack the Moment, a short film by Etienne Leung, commissioned by M+, Hong Kong.

2023 - Womanhood (Dance theatre Choreographer: Xie Yin). Hong Kong Dance Company.

2023 - Small Small World Carnival. Exhibition design by Kingsley Ng. Make a difference Institute.

2022 - Goldberg Illuminations (in collaboration with Rachel Cheung) in Prison Yard Festival: Music from Within, presented by Tai Kwun.

2022 - Sound Forms 2022 : Bounding in Void (new work in collaboration with Kin Lam, and lighting for other performances). Presented by Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong. Tai Kwun F Hall Studio.

2022 - CONTAIN (Hong Kong Premiere), multimedia performance co-presented by West Kowloon Freespace and Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. (light installation, set design and theatrical movement design in collaboration with Natalie Cheung @ Drama Collaboratory)

2022 - The Shape of Light: A Live Performance by Ellen Pau (Co-presented by M+ and Art Basel). M+, Hong Kong

2021 -  HKACT! Act 10 Daedalus Drones (New Vision Arts Festival 2021). Installation-Performance by Ken Ueno. Outdoor Roof Garden and Miller Gallery of Asia Society Hong Kong.

2021 - West Kowloon Freespace Jazz Fest - Experimental Lab (Free improvisation and experimentations with sound and light). Freespace, West Kowloon.

2021 - Sound Forms 2021 Present_Present Tai Kwun Edition (Light installation for Festival and lighting design for all performances). Presented by Comtemporary Musiking Hong Kong. Tai Kwun F Hall Studio.

2021 - Water, the First Body (World Premiere) Composer and Performer: Ken Ueno, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong

2021 -《Still in Hong Kong》by Scarlet Yu 余美華 and Xavier Le Roy (as performer) in 「信任&迷惑」"trust & confusion" | 大館 Tai Kwun

2021 - Let Me Tell You Something|multimedia experiential music performance (World Premiere),  Creative Director & Performer: Angela Hui Wai Nok.  Cattle Depot Artist Village On and On Theatre, Hong Kong

2021 - Infinito Nero, an ecstasy in one act by Salvatore Sciarrino (light installation x music x video), Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. Osage Gallery, Hong Kong

2021 - EVERGREEN (percussion chamber concert), The Up:Strike Project.  Kwai Tsing Theatre Black Box Theatre, Hong Kong

2020 - Strange and Sacred Noise by John Luther Adams (light installation x percussion), The Up:Strike Project. Y-Studio, Hong Kong [*Hong Kong Premiere]

2017-19 - Our Stories - Memories in Clay (ceramics joint exhibition and community art project, funded by Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme), St James' Creation, various venues, Hong Kong

2019 - Academy Multimedia Composition Concert (light-music project), School of Music, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Academy Recital Hall, Hong Kong. [*World Premiere of Lux by Yoyo Chan Pui-ting, Postmodern Surgery by Tony Chan Chi-Long, and The State at 0400 by Kathleen Fung Yee-Shing]

2019 - Beaming Shadows (light-music project), Exordium Collective. Fringe Upstairs, Hong Kong [*World Premiere of Flight Paths for Alto Saxophone with Slow Sweep Pure Wave Oscillators by American composer Alvin Lucier for saxophonist Charles Ng]

2018 - Project: CHROME (light-music project), the TimeCrafters. Parsons Music Piano Center and Fringe Dairy of The Fringe Club, Hong Kong

2018 - Sounding Architecture in Concert (light-music project), Loke Yew Hall, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong [*World Premiere of The Ghost Chase for Mezzo-soprano, Piccolo, Percussion and Gamelan Gong Kebyar by Hong Kong composer Chan Sze-rok]

2013 - Encountering: Xavier le Roy (multimedia installation in collaboration with choreographer Scarlet Yu). Dance Studio, HKAPA, Hong Kong

2012 - The Scholar and the Executioner (drama). Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Drama Theatre, Hong Kong

2012 - Clayfunland by St James' Creation Ceramics Gallery (ceramic installation). Gallery by the Harbour, Hong Kong

2010 - New Vision Festival 2010 : Sand/Moon (music theatre), Kwai Tsing Theatre, Hong Kong

2008 - Le French May 2008 : Les Bonnes (physical theatre), Fringe Club, Hong Kong

2003 - Hong Kong Arts Biennial 2003 : A Tree to be Found (Installation / Performance), Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong

2003 - A Tree to be Found (Installation / Performance), Para/Site, Hong Kong

2000 - 16th International Festival of Deaf Pantomime : The End? (physical theatre), Brno, Czech Republic

1998 - Talking Short, Talking Long (drama), various venues, Hong Kong and Macau

Awards and Scholarships

2014 - Martin Professional (HK) Limited Scholarship 2013/14 

2003 - Light installation for Hong Kong Arts Biennial 2003 Award installation A Tree to be Found 

1997 - Nominations for Outstanding Director, Best Performance and Outstanding Visual Effects, Hong Kong Urban Council Drama Festival 

1991 - Outstanding Performer Award, Hong Kong Urban Council Drama Festival 


2017 - Master of Fine Arts (with distinction), major in lighting design, School of Theatre and Entertainments Arts, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. 

2003 - Special Effect Assistant (Stream B) License, Entertainment Special Effect Ordinance (Cap. 560), HKSAR Government

2001 - Postgraduate Diploma in East/West Theatre Studies, School of Professional and Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong

1997 - Certificate in Theatre Studies, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong 

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