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Cornelia Erdmann

PhD, Academy of Visual Arts, HKBU, Hong Kong
MFA (Public Art & New Artistic Strategies), Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany
Dipl.-Ing. (Arch), Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany

Cornelia Erdmann is a German visual artist based in Hong Kong since 2006. With her background in fine art as well as in architecture she likes to blur the boundaries between creative disciplines and subjects specialising in public art and commissions.

She uses light as an integral medium in her pieces. The intangible light and the physical space have reciprocal qualities and depend on each other which in combination with other materials and/or technologies she employs to create playful site-specific installations that interact and surprise the audience on various levels. She enjoys to collaborate with communities to co-create public artworks that help to build and generate collective memories.

In recent years she had works commissioned – mostly for hospitality (i.e The Peninsula Hotel (HK), InterContinental Suzhou (CN), Deacon Hotel Wuxi (CN), Studio City Macau), commercial spaces and offices (i.e. South China Morning Post Headquarters (HK), The HK Jockey Club, The Olympic (HK), Lee Flagship Store (HK), CITIC Bank (HK)), but as well as private homes – in Hong Kong, greater China, Singapore, and the UK. She has exhibited in many museums, galleries around the globe and in art festivals in Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and the UK.

Possibly her best known work is the light sculpture “The People” for the main lobby in the new Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong.

Cornelia Erdmann
since 2006 Lives and works in Hong Kong (HK)
since 2005 Freelance artist
2005 MFA Public Art and New Artistic Strategies at Bauhaus-University Weimar (DE)
2002 Dipl.-Ing. (Arch) Bauhaus-University Weimar (DE)
since 2014 Part-time lecturer for Light Art & Public Art at HK University of Science and Technology
2011–2017 Part-time lecturer for Art & Space, Public Art at Academy of Visual Arts, HKBU
since 2008 Directpr & Founder of laiyan Projects
— the company to make things beautiful!
2007 Gallery manager at the non-profit gallery 1a space (HK)
2005 Freelance artist with own studio Raumkunst
2003–2004 Part-time lecturer for Mediatektur at the chair for CAAD at ETH Zürich (CH)
2003–2004 Freelance artist at Designafairs GmbH, Munich (DE)
2002-2004 Part-time lecturer for various courses in the MFA course Public Art at Bauhaus-University Weimar (DE)
2000 Intern at Koike Kazuko design, Tokyo (JP)
1999–2000 Intern at Ishiyama Osamu Underground Laboratory, Tokyo (JP)
1999-2000 Exchange year at Waseda University Tokyo (JP)
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