Summer Institute – Future Commons

Summer Institute – Future Commons

Summer Institute Public Lecture: Martha Rosler and Rirkrit Tiravanija – In Conversation

Summer Institute Yuk Hui Public Lecture – Commons or Fragments

Summer Institute Alice Jim Public Lecture – Living Futurities: Alien Commons in Contemporary Art

Summer Institute Ramon Amaro Public Lecture – Machine Diagnosis: Problems in Race and Perception

Date & Time

5 - 16 Aug, 2019 (05-09.08.2019 / 12-16.08.2019) 10:15am-12pm


A Hall Studio




Summer Institute is a two-week program of tertiary student seminars and distinguished lectures focused on students from Hong Kong and Asia. Apply now for a unique chance to work closely with some of the most important artists, philosophers, art theorists and thinkers in the world.

Derived from the belief that common resources such as air, water, a habitable earth, and current resources such as technology and medicine belong to everyone, Future Commons is the speculative exploration of how communities are able to determine customs of life within sustainable means.

Application Deadline: 26 July. Please send your CV and a 500-word writing sample to

Tuition cost: $1000 HKD including 10 seminars, 4 lectures, a unique souvenir and a certificate of completion. Tuition subsidies are available on a case by case basis.

This project is conceived and organised by Melissa Karmen Lee.

Date Time Programme Venue

05-09 & 12-16.08.2019


Future Commons seminars

A Hall Studios & JC Cube
06.08.2019 7pm-8:30pm

Future Commons Public Lecture with Ramon Amaro

JC Cube
09.08.2019 7pm-8:30pm

Future Commons Public Lecture with Alice Jim

JC Cube
13.08.2019 7pm-8:30pm

Future Commons Public Lecture with Yuk Hui 

JC Cube
16.08.2019 7pm-8:30pm

Future Commons Public Lecture with Martha Rosler + Rirkrit Tiravanija

JC Cube

Future Commons Participating Professors:

Alice Jim
Alice Ming Wai Jim is Professor of Contemporary Art and University Research Chair in Ethnocultural Art Histories at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. As an art historian, curator and cultural organizer, her research interests include contemporary ethnocultural and global art histories, media arts, international art exhibitions, and critical curatorial studies. In 2018, she co-edited the fall special issue of RACAR, “What is Critical Curating?” Recipient of the 2015 Centre de documentation d'Artexte Award for Research in Contemporary Art, Jim co-convened the 2019 Global Asia/Pacific Exchange (GAX), Asian Indigenous Relationalities in Contemporary Art, in Montreal. Her current research projects include the history of Asian Canadian art and Afro-Asian Indigenous futurist aesthetics

Martha Rosler
Martha Rosler is an eminent artist, theorist and educator as well as a leading contemporary critical voice within feminist discourses. Rosler’s work encompasses photography, video, installation, photomontage and performance. She has also published over fifteen books of her works and essays exploring the role of photography and art, public space, transportation, as well as public housing and homelessness. Rosler studied at Brooklyn College in New York and subsequently at the University of California, San Diego, obtaining her MFA there in 1974. Her widely seen video work Semiotics of the Kitchen 1975, reflecting her longstanding interest in the position of the female subject within patriarchy, uses humour in this parody of cooking shows to address the implications of traditional female roles.

Ramon Amaro
Ramon Amaro is Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. While studies in race and technology have examined the implications of cultural bias in machine learning and artificial intelligence research, Ramon's work emerges from within the logics of engineering and the philosophy of mathematics. He was previously a Research Fellow in Digital Culture at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam and quality design engineer for General Motors; and programmes manager for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Rirkrit Tiravanija
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Rirkrit Tiravanija is widely recognized as one of the most influential artists of his generation. His work defies media-based description, as his practice combines traditional object making, public and private performances, teaching, and other forms of public service and social action. Winner of the 2004 Hugo Boss Prize awarded by the Guggenheim Museum, his exhibition there consisted of a pirate radio (with instructions on how to make one for yourself). Tiravanija was also awarded the Benesse by the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum in Japan and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lucelia Artist Award. He currently teaches at Columbia University

Yuk Hui
Yuk HUI is a philosopher, currently a Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Creative Media of the City University of Hong Kong. Since 2012, Hui has been teaching philosophy at the Institute for Philosophy at the Leuphana University in Germany and at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. He is also a researcher of the Centre international des études Simondonienne in Paris, visiting faculty of the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow. He has published on philosophy of technology and media in periodicals such as Research in Phenomenology, Metaphilosophy, Theory Culture and Society, Parrhesia, Angelaki, Cahiers Simondon, Deleuze Studies, Intellectica, Krisis, Implications Philosophiques, Jahrbuch Technikphilosophie, Techné, among others. He is contributing editor of 30 Years after Les Immatériaux: Art, Science and Theory (2015), and author of On the Existence of Digital Objects (prefaced by Bernard Stiegler, University of Minnesota Press, March 2016), The Question Concerning Technology in China. An Essay in Cosmotechnics (Urbanomic, December 2016), Recursivity and Contingency (prefaced by Howard Caygill, Rowman and Littlefield International, March 2019).