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Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you. (Aldous Huxley)

Welcome to the homepage of the Experience Design-concentration of the Master of Visual Arts (MVA)-programme of the Academy of Visual Arts. This is our home on the web, and here you can find all the recent news and activities in connection with our programme. Please take a look, and make sure to come back.

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Guest Speakers

Tobias Berger, born in 1969 in Wiesbaden, is currently curator at M+ Museum for Visual Culture of the West Kowloon Cultural in Hong Kong.

After graduating in art history and economic science from the Ruhr-University Bochum (1991-1998), Berger completed the DeAppel Curatorial Training Programme in Amsterdam in 1998/1999. He then worked as a curator at the Museum Fridericianum in Kassel until the end of 2001, where he was responsible for a number of exhibitions including “Change is Good” (1999/2000), “Flexibilitätsversuche” (2000) and “German Leitkultur” (2001).

In 2002, Berger was artistic director of the 8th Baltic Triennial of International Art in Vilnius, Lithuania, which presented more than 50 East European and international artists in an exhibition entitled “Center of Attraction.” Between 2003 and March 2005, he was director of ARTSPACE/NZ in Auckland, New Zealand. From April 2005 to December 2008, he was the managing director and curator of the Para/Site Art Space in Hong Kong, and from January 2009 to August 2010 chief curator at the Nam June Paik Art Center in Seoul, South Korea.

In 2004, he was responsible for developing the concept for the New Zealand contribution to the Sao Paulo Biennial and in the same year in New Zealand, he curated sections of the Auckland Triennial and “Work It!” for the Art & Industry Biennial in Christchurch. Other international Biennial projects which included exhibitions organized by Berger include Guangzhou, China (2005) and Busan, South Korea (2006).

Berger’s curatorial work is regularly accompanied by lectures and publications.

See homepage of M+ for more information.


John Batten comments, broadcasts and writes on art, culture, heritage and policy issues for Hong Kong newspapers and overseas magazines, and regularly contributes art reviews for the South China Morning Post. He ran his own gallery between 1997-2009; organises the yearly charity art event, the ‘Hong Kong ArtWalk'; and, curates exhibitions in Hong Kong and overseas. A strong advocate for better urban planning and heritage conservation in Hong Kong, he is co-convenor of the Central & Western Concern Group. John also is currently the President of the International Association of Art Critics-Hong Kong (AICAHK), Advisor to 1aspace, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Broadsheet magazine (Australia).

See homepage of John Batten Gallery for more information.


Kate Cary Evans is Founder and Executive Editor of Art Radar, an online art newspaper which has been covering Asian contemporary art since 2008.

Kate has studied art appraisal techniques with the Appraisers Association of America in conjunction with New York University. She has studied contemporary Asian art at Sotheby’s Institute in London, curatorship at Hong Kong Art School in association with the Guggenheim.

She helped to organise the Hong Kong editions of Asia Art Forum, a event which brought together curators, scholars and collectors from around the region, has run courses in Hong Kong on Chinese contemporary art and collecting, and has written for the South China Morning Post and Hong Kong Tatler, among other Asian publications.

See homepage of Art Radar for more information.


Magdalen Wong received her BFA at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2003, and her MFA with a Trustee Merit Scholarship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. She was awarded the 2005 Hayward Prize to attend the Salzburg Summer Academy. Wong was at the Vermont Studio Center Residency for two months in 2010 with the Freeman Foundation Asian Artists’ Fellowship. And in 2011, she was awarded the Asia Pacific Artist Fellowship from the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, and stayed at Goyang Art Studio in Seoul for half a year. Wong was a full-time lecturer at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University from 2006–2010. She returned this year as part-time teacher at the Academy of Visual Arts and the Hong Kong Art School.

See homepage of Magdalen Wong for more information.


Sarah Greene was the founder of Blue Lotus Gallery in 2007, the first gallery with an active exhibition programme run from the artist studio area in Fotan. Today Sarah operates Blue Lotus as an Art Consultancy specialising in commissioned visual art projects for Hong Kong. Sarah Greene holds a degree in Oriental Cultures and Languages from the university of Ghent, Belgium.

See homepage of Blue Lotus Gallery for more information.