Cornelia Erdmann

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.

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

since 2006 lives and works in Hong Kong
since 2010 Part-time lecturer for Art & Space, Public Art and Experience Design Studio at Academy of Visual Arts, HKBU
2014–2020 Part-time lecturer for Light Art & Public Art at HK University of Science and Technology
2008 Founder & Creative Art Director of laiyan Projects Limited
2007 Gallery manager at the non-profit gallery 1a space (HK)
2005-2006 Freelance artist with studio Raumkunst
2003-2004 Part-time lecturer for Mediatektur at the chair for CAAD at ETH Zürich (CH)
2003-2005 Freelance artist at Designafairs GmbH, Munich (DE)
2002-2005 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)
1998-1999 Freelancer (part-time) at Ideenwerkstatt (agency for public events) of Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (DE)
1995-1996 Assistant teacher for German and Fine Art at Tormead School, Guildford, Surrey (UK)
Academic Qualifications
2018–2021 Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University (HK)
Fine Art
Supported with a fellowship by the Hong Kong Baptist UniversityTitle of PhD thesis “On Lightscapes: Exploring the Aesthetics and Narrativities of Light and Colour in Contemporary Hong Kong”
2002–2005 Bauhaus-University Weimar (DE)
Fine Art
MFA “Public Art & New Artistic Strategies” (Prädikat “Sehr gut“)Title of Master thesis: “Neue Heimlichkeit vs the Insuficiencies of Urban Space” (Prof. Liz Bachhuber)
1996–2002 Bauhaus-University Weimar (DE)
Dipl.-Ing. (Arch) (Prädikat “Sehr gut“)
Supported with a full scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes e.V. (National German Academic Scholarship Foundation)Title of thesis: “Ein Heim für Homeless in Tokio/A Home for Homeless in Tokyo” (at the chair for Structural Design/ Baukonstruktion by Prof. Mike Loudon)
1999–2000 Waseda University Tokyo (JP)
Architecture Department, Graduate School
Architecture (one-year exchange programme with Prof. Osamu Ishiyama)
Supported by scholarship from the Daimler-Chrysler Foundation