Presenter: Matthew Turner

Collaborators: Beatrix Pang / Samson Young / Chen Dao

As the inaugural Thinker-in-residence, Matthew Turner says farewell to Hong Kong, his home for more than a decade, in a public lecture/performance/intervention focusing on two related questions, namely, “what is social innovation?” and “what has social innovation been and could be for Hong Kong?” As one of the few design history professors in the field, having taught at the Hong Kong Polytechnic’s School of Design, Turner has had a long career here that has allowed him to witness the city’s transformation; he is undoubtedly an interesting and knowledgeable figure to envision Hong Kong’s future.

About Matthew Turner:

Matthew Turner is Professor Emeritus of Edinburgh Napier University, where he served as Head of Design and Professor in the School of Arts and Creative Industries. For over thirty years he has maintained close connections with Hong Kong, including appointments at Hong Kong Polytechnic’s School of Design (1981-1994), Hong Kong Art School (2005-06) and Hong Kong Baptist University’s Academy of Visual Arts (2009-10). In the spring of 2013 he returned to PolyU as the first Thinker-in-Residence at the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation (J.C.DISI).  Turner first studied Fine Art and Art History, a background that shaped his views on design, reflected in a Ph.D. dissertation on “Ersatz Design” at the Royal College of Art. He has since published widely on the history of design in Hong Kong, and acted as curator for a number of local exhibitions including “Made in Hong Kong” (1998), “Designing Identity” (1994), and “Multi-Stories” (2000).

Saturday, 28 September, 10:30am-12:30pm

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Sep 28(Sat)
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