CHEUNG Fai, based in Shanghai (originally from Hong Kong), is a veteran Asian artistic director, curator, critic, producer, executive and consultant in the arts, cultural creative and media industries.
He has more than 30 years of experience in Asia and Europe in the performing arts/art & design/Internet/media, working for leading companies and pioneering, milestone projects.
In recent years he has been focusing on the interaction of arts and technology, from the immersive, the virtual to AI, Metaverse and Futurism.
Currently he is founder of artXmetaverse, an ongoing cross-disciplinary platform; Chief Metaverse Consultant and Academic Committee member of Modern Art Museum Shanghai (MAMSH); Futures Advisor of SOON Future Studies (global think-tank); Curator of Family Reunion, artXtech project presented by Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires (MNBA) and MAMSH; Co-Curator of Body & Lens International ScreenDance Festival (India); Chief Editor, Frontiers of Contemporary Arts (book series) ; Chief Strategist of Beijing Artists Association; Advisor of TechDanceLab (Hong Kong); Industry Mentor of Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University School of Cultural Technology; Columnist of Techvangart (online artXtech media, UK) and MixLab (metaverse community, China).
He is also a guest professor and speaker in various media, universities and events, on art X technology, metaverse and futurist topics.
Previous he was Artistic Advisor & Curator, Helsinki Festival, Finland; Artistic Advisor & China Program Director, Kunsten Festival des Arts, Brussels, Belgium; Co-Founder/Chairman, L’Organisation Internationale des Scénographes, Techniciens et Architectes de Théâtre (OISTAT, under UNESCO)- Hong Kong; Co-Founder/Chairman, Hong Kong Association of Theatre Scenographers & Technicians (HKATTS); Co-Founder/Vice-chairman, International Association of Theatre Critics Hong Kong (IATCHK); Advisory Board, School of Technical Arts, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA); Co-Founder, Hong Kong Independent Video Award (now ifva); Assessor (all arts disciplines), Hong Kong Arts Development Council Previous jobs included: Associate Artistic Director, Franco Dragone Entertainment Group, Belgium/China; CEO, Zendai Himalayas Performing Arts Company; Artistic Director, De Guan Theatre, Shanghai; Web Director/Editor-in-chief, China.com; Editor-in-chief, CrossOver Art Magazine. He was producer of Lin Zhaohua (master theatre director of China), Cui Jian (Godfather of Rock’n Roll of China), Li Tien-lu (puppet master of Taiwan), and many other leading Chinese artists.
He has produced, curated and directed many productions, festivals and events and has been a lighting designer and technical director with more than 50 projects to his credits, including theatre, dance, music, exhibition, fashion shows, pop concerts etc.
As arts & cultural critic/writer he has published 4 books, edited 5 magazines, and written hundreds of articles in Asia, Europe and the USA.
Speculating the future(s), from Chinaverse to Metaverse
Talk Description :
China has been proactive in entering the metaverse…Well, not exactly. Chinaverse, to be exact. But no one really talks about it. Blockchain, NFT, web3…the same terminologies are used but the meanings are localized. Unqiue political, economical and cultural forces have been moulding a different metaverse in China.
What’s the path ahead? Will there be two verses, one Chinese and one rest of the World? Or every road go to Rome so one day the paths would merge and we all reach a common, human, virtual destination? Between idealism and reality, there are possibilities for the future.