Isaac Leung is a practicing artist, curator, and scholar in art and culture.
In 2003, Leung received an Honorary Fellowship of a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the New Media Art Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since then, his works have been exhibited in over 30 venues across the globe, including Zolla/Lieberman Gallery (USA), Para Site (Hong Kong), Videotage (Hong Kong), Connecting Space (Hong Kong), MOCA (Shanghai), and Venice Biennale of Architecture (Italy). Leung’s works are centered on critical issues concerning technology and social media, and they have been featured on National Public Radio (USA), and in Agence France-Presse (France), Chicago Tribune (USA), NY Arts Magazine (USA), Chicago Readers (USA) and the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong).
During 2013 and 2020, Leung was appointed as the Chairman of Videotage. During his tenure, he initiated and participated in projects that included exhibitions, workshops, lectures, publications, online projects, and symposia. Some of these include 40 Years of Video Art in Germany and Hong Kong (Hong Kong and Germany), The 12th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition (Italy and Hong Kong), Perpetual Art Machine (USA), Time Test – International Video Art Research Exhibition (China), ISEA Festival (Hong Kong, China), Both Sides Now (Hong Kong, UK, and various countries), Loop Barcelona (Spain), One World Exposition (Hong Kong), China Remixed (USA), Clockenflap (Hong Kong), and Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative (Hong Kong). In recent years, Leung has been active in promoting international exchanges of video and media arts. He is also a staunch supporter of exploring new models for interdisciplinary collaboration and creative entrepreneurship. In addition to his contributions to Videotage, Leung has also served as advisor and assessor for diverse international institutions, previous services include projects presented by Home Affairs Bureau (Hong Kong), Hong Kong Arts Development Council (Hong Kong), and Prix Ars Electronica (Austria).
In the same year of 2013, Leung received his PhD degree, specializing in the contemporary Chinese art market. Leung has given lectures at several prominent conferences, including Transmediale (Germany), International Arts Leadership Roundtable 2016 (Hong Kong), Art Basel Salon (Hong Kong), and ARCO Contemporary Art Fair (Spain). Leung has taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Baptist University, the City University of Hong Kong, the Education University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Board Director of the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival.
Jamie Wyld is Director of videoclub, an artists’ moving image platform, showing and touring film and video nationally and internationally. videoclub works with various partners, including Film London, Videotage (Hong Kong), Seattle International Film Festival, Nottingham Contemporary, FACT (Liverpool) and the Whitechapel Gallery. Showing work by artists such as Jordan Baseman, Naheed Raza, Uriel Orlow, Laure Prouvost and Michael Robinson. videoclub was founded by Jamie Wyld, Ben Rivers and Laura Mousavi in 2005.
He is also a Director of creative collective The Nimbus Group, which works with digital media to create experiences. Their first app, 0-1, an app that believes it is a god, has been swept up internationally. The Nimbus Project, their second project, is a collaboration with Chris Watson, to create a sound art app, to take listeners to impossible places to augment daily life. Jamie set up This is Wyld in 2013 in order to establish an agency that could respond rapidly to needs within the cultural sector, while also being strategic and able to work with clients over the long-term.
Between 2008 and 13 he was Programme Curator at Lighthouse in Brighton, UK. As curator he produced and delivered exhibitions at Lighthouse’s venue and offsite, working with artists such as Laure Prouvost, Malcolm Le Grice, Mariele Neudecker and Lynette Wallworth. He has been a contributing curator to Brighton Digital Festival in 2011, 12 and 13, working with artists, filmmakers and technologists such as Semiconductor, David Blandy, Aral Balkan and Time’s Up!
He programmed Lighthouse’s education and learning programme for four years, establishing long-term projects such as Art at Work (a two-year art and media programme for two academies in Brighton & Hove) and Past Present, the latter resulting in a nomination for innovation award by Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal. He was also involved in fundraising for Lighthouse, including core funding from Arts Council England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Brighton & Hove City Council. Plus programme funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England, plus others.
Prior to joining Lighthouse Jamie worked as Digital Arts Programmer at Showroom Cinema in Sheffield, running the Digital Space programme, working with artists such as Vicki Bennett, Thomson and Craighead, and Boredom Research. He also produced and delivered the Single Shot, Sheffield programme with Film and Video Umbrella, an 18 venue month-long show, including Site Gallery, Showroom and Workstation, University of Sheffield, plus bars, clubs, libraries and BBC Big Screen.
During 2003-07, Jamie worked for Arts Council England, developing and supporting artists and organisations, strategic development, and assessing grant applications. He was responsible for portfolios of organisations which included Gasworks Gallery, ACME Studios, Impressions Gallery, Artquest and Film and Video Umbrella.