Samson Young (born July 6, 1979) is a Hong-Kong artist, working primarily in the medium of sound performance.
Early life and education
Samson Young was born in Hong-Kong. He received both his BA degree in Music, Philosophy and Gender Studies from and his M.Phil in Music Composition from The University of Hong Kong, and his PhD in music composition from Princeton University.
He was an assistant professor in sonic art and physical computing at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. Young is also the principle investigator at the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Musical Expression (L.U.M.E), and artistic director of the experimental sound advocacy organization Contemporary Musiking
While Young's background is in music composition, his work as an artist spans a broad range of media, including performance, sound, video, drawing, and wall transfers. Young's work is frequently political in nature, addressing military history and the British occupation of Hong-Kong as subjects.
Nocturnal Music, the artist's 2015 exhibition at Team Gallery, centered on a performance, in which the artist sat at a desk for six hours every day, watching muted video footage of night-time airstrikes by the United States on the Middle East and re-creating the audio via foley effects, which he broadcast locally via a pirate FM radio channel.
Career and recognition
In 2015, Young was the inaugural recipient of the BMW Art Journey Award. Major exhibitions include A Dark Theme Keeps Me Here, I'll Play a Broken Music, at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf in 2017, and the Hong-Kong pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. Young is represented by Team Gallery in New York and Galerie Gisela Capitain in Cologne.
2017 - Furniture Music, Gallerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany
2016 - The Mastery of Language Affords Remarkable Power, Experimenter Gallery, Kolkata, India
2015 - Video Program: Samson Young, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
2015 - MTVs, a.m. space, Hong Kong
2014 - I wanted to see everything: the Liquid Borders Project, a.m. space, Hong Kong
2013 - On the Musically Beautiful, Goethe-Institute, Hong Kong
2011- Machines for Making Nothing, Cogut Center for Humanities, Brown University, USA
2019 - Prix Ars Electronica (Sound Art and Digital Music Category), Award of Distinction
2018 - Honorary Fellowship, Hong Kong Art Centre
2015 - BMW Art Journey Award
2013 - Artist of the Year (Media Art Category), Hong Kong Arts Development Council
2012 - Prix Ars Electronica (Sound Art and Digital Music Category), Honorary Mention
2012 - Japan Media Art Festival (Interactive Art Category), Jury Selection Award
2009 - New York Society for New Music, Brian M. Israel Prize
2007 - Bloomberg Emerging Artist Award
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