Danny Yung

30 Nov 2016


Danny Yung. Photo by Yvonne Chan.

Since the late 1970s, Danny Yung has established a reputation as one of Hong Kong's most influential and pioneering artists. He has engaged in multiple art forms over the years, including experimental film, cartoons, conceptual art, installation, video and performing arts. In 1982, he became one of the founding members of the avant-garde arts group Zuni Icosahedron and has served as artistic director since 1985. Zuni Icosahedron produces alternative theatre and multimedia productions as well as experimental projects using video, sound and art installations. Over the years, the company has been invited to more than 60 cities worldwide for exchange performances, and it is active in arts education and arts policy research. Yung himself is well-known for his comic figure Tian Tian, a boy pointing up to the sky, and he is a passionate advocate of experimental arts and new art forms. He currently serves as chair of the Hong Kong Institute for Contemporary Culture. Born in China and raised in Hong Kong, Yung earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and a master's in urban design at Columbia.

In September 2008, Yung visited The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage for a live interview with dance scholar Suzanne Carbonneau. The interview was subsequently published on the Center website.