Black Box Exercise – Installation Art Education Programme (1995 – 2005)

“Black Box Exercise” began operating in the year 1995, and the concept of “Black Box Exercise” is to have each of the participating students to have a black box of his own, sized 30 x 30 x 30cm; and they are to create something inside the box as their creative expressions. In 1999, “Black Box Exercise” extended from Hong Kong to overseas, and gradually became an important and internationally known education programme. The organisers and members of “Black Box Exercise” were invited to participate in an exchange conference held by the UNESCO for educators in Asia, and “Black Box Exercise” was used as an example showcase for the participants in sharing their experience in education. In 2003, “Black Box Exercise” officially became part of the school curriculum in art education in Denmark.

Over the years, approximately 20 “Black Box Exercise” activities were held in Hong Kong and overseas cities such as Tokyo, Fukuoka, Macau, Berlin, Copenhagen and Mumbai and New Delhi. The number of participating organizations exceeds 200 and the number of participants over 280,000.



Black Box Exercise in India
Invited by India Foundation for the Arts
1 - 2/2005
Place: Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi in India



Black Box Exercise in Fukuoka, Japan
Invited by Haki International Children Theatre Arts Festival organized by Society of Children’s Theatre works & Community Development in Kyushu-Okinawa Region
Place: Fukuoka, Japan



Black Box Exercise in Denmark
Invited by “Images of Asia”, the International Arts and Culture Festival of Copenhagen, organized by the Danish Centre for Culture and Development
8 - 9/2003
Place: Copenhagen & Other 7 cities in Denmark

The Continuation of Black Box Exercise
Invited by the Sustainable Development Unit of the HKSAR

Venue: Piazza of Hong Kong Cultural Centre



Asian Comments  Black Box in “Images of the Asia” Festival
Co-organized by O3V, Danish Centre for Culture and Development
1 - 28/9/2002
Place: Copenhagen, Denmark

Black Box in Taiwan
Invited by Taipei Arts International Association
4 - 6/2002

Venue: Taipei Fine Arts Museum & Kaohsiung City Government House



Festival of Vision – Hong Kong/ Berlin
Co-organized by Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Goethe-Institut Hong Kong, Annie Wong Art Foundation, Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Art

Black Box in Berlin (First half of the Festival)
6 - 9/2000
Venue: Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin
Black Box returned home, Hong Kong (Second half of the Festival)
11 - 12/2000
Venue: Tamar Site, Hong Kong

Images of the World Festival – Black Box in Denmark
Co-Organized by Danish Centre for Culture and Development
8 - 9/2000
Place: 4 cities in Denmark – Copenhagen, Arhus, Odense, Aalborg

Black Box in Macau
Co-Organized by Instituto de Estudos Europeus de Macau (IEEM)
10 - 21/5/2000
Venue: Museum of Macau



Creative Think Tank  The Black Box
Sponsored by Quality Education Fund
9/1999 - 4/2000
Venue: Exhibition Hall, City Hall, Hong Kong

Black Box Crossing Millennium
Co-Organized by LCSD, former Regional Council
10/1999 - 3/2000
Venue: Tuen Mun Town Hall, Hong Kong

Art Camp in University 1999
Organized by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Fringe Club and Zuni Icosahedron
8 - 9/1999
Venue: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Fringe Club

Black Box Setagaya, Tokyo Tour
Venue: Arts Centre, Setagaya Public Theatre, Tokyo, Japan

Retro Black Boxes Exhibition
Venue: Z+, Oil Street Artists Village, Hong Kong

Black Box in Campus
10/1998 - 2/1999
Venue: Exhibition Hall, Tusen Wan Town Hall, Hong Kong & secondary schools in Hong Kong



Art Camp in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Venue: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

School Tour Black Box 98
2 - 5/1998
Venue: Exhibition Hall, Sha Tin Town Hall, Hong Kong & secondary schools in Hong Kong



Interactive Installation Art Exhibition
7 - 11/1997 
Venue: Exhibition Hall, Sheung Wan Civic Centre, primary & secondary school in Hong Kong



Black Box Exercise 96  Collective Theatre
25 - 26/5/1996
Venue: Theatre, Tuen Mun Town Hall, Hong Kong



Black Box Exercise 95 – Installation Art Exhibition
6 - 8/1995
Venue: Sheung Wan Civic Centre, Hong Kong