Samson Young is a composer, sound artist and media artist. He received training in computer music and composition at Princeton University under the supervision of computer music pioneer Paul Lansky. In 2007, he became the first from Hong Kong to receive the Bloomberg Emerging Artist Award for his audio-visual project “The Happiest Hour.” In 2009, CNN’s global portal CNNgo named him one of the top “20 people to watch in Hong Kong”. His brainwave non-performance “I am thinking in a room, different from the one you are hearing in now” received a Jury Selection award at the Japan Media Art Festival, and an honorary mention at the digital music and sound art category of Prix Ars Electronica. He was Hong Kong Sinfonietta‘s artist associate in the 2008/09 season, an organization for whom he had created a number of multimedia music productions.

Samson Young
Samson Young
Hong Kong, 1979
Hong Kong

Current Exhibitions

12 Sep — 19 Jan
Directly referencing the historically charged location of the Gropius Bau, “Walking...

Past Exhibitions

Now is the Time

The North Silk Factory & Rice Barn 31/03/2019 — 30/06/2019

An Opera for Animals

Para Site
23/03/2019 — 09/06/2019

Samson Young: The highway is like a lion’s mouth

Edouard Malingue Shanghai
06/11/2018 — 23/12/2018

Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief World Tour

M+ Pavilion
09/02/2018 — 06/05/2018

Mekong New Mythologies

Hong Kong Arts Centre
04/05/2017 — 19/05/2017

Solo Shows

Solo Exhibition, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong
Songs for Disaster Relief, M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong

Gallerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany
“One of Two Stories, or Both (Field Bagatelles),” Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), Manchester, UK
“Songs for Disaster Relief,” Hong Kong Pavillion, Venice Biennale

“A Dark Theme Keeps Me Here, I’ll Make A Broken Music,” Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany
“The Mastery of Language Affords Remarkable Power,” Experimenter, Kolkata, India
“Orchestrations,” Connecting Space (presented by Para Site), Hong Kong

“Pastoral Music,” Team Gallery, New York City.
“Video Program: Samson Young,” Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
“Avant-garde on speed,” TKG+ gallery, Taipei
“Pastoral Music,” Discovery, Art Basel Hong Kong
“MTVs,” a.m. space, Hong Kong

“I wanted to see everything: the Liquid Borders Project,” a.m. space, Hong Kong

“On the Musically Beautiful,” Goethe-Institute, Hong Kong

Group Shows

Travelers: Stepping into the Unknown, National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan  The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative, Solomom R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen, Germany
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
documenta radio, documenta 14

“Ctrl+Alt: A Culture Lab on Imagined Futures,” Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Centre, New York
“Museum of Rhythm,” Muzeum Sztuki, Poland
“Retrograde,” Logan Centre Gallery, University of Chicago, Chicago
“Projects,” Frieze London, London
“Listen to Hong Kong,” Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
“Canon,” Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel
“No References: A Revisit of Hong Kong Video and Media Art from 1985,” Videotage, Hong Kong


Video Program: Samson Young, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
48HR incident, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney
Change Seed, Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), Seattle
Kiinan Muuttuvat Maisemat, Amos Anderson Museum, Helsinki, Finland


Harmonious Society, Asia Triennial Manchester 14, United Kingdom
China’s Changing Landscape, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Sweden
Journal of a Plague Year, Arko Art Center, Seoul, South Korea
A Time for Dreams – IV Moscow Biennale of Young Art, Museum of Moscow
Distilling Senses: A Journey through Art and Technology in Asian Contemporary Art, Hong Kong Arts Centre


Revolution Per Minute: Sound Art China, Shanghai West Bund Biennale of Architecture and Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
The Wizard’s Chamber, Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland
Crossroads, Another Dimension, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen; Kaohsiung Museum of Art, Taiwan; Macau Museum of Art; City Hall, Hong Kong
Innovationist: the Spectacular Journey of New Media Art, Taipei Contemporary Art Museum, Taipei
Violence and Poetics, am space, Hong Kong


Zero1 Biennial, San Jose, California
No Transnational: Liquid Borders and Empty Promises, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York
Why Do Trees Grow Till the End, Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong


XXX: Next Ten Years of Contemporary Art, Today Art Museum, Beijing
Shanghai Electronic Music Week Sound Art Exhibition, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai
T_XT_RT, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, USA
MONA FOMA, Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery, Australia


Hong Kong Whispers, 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, London
18 Degrees of Acclimation, White Box Gallery, New York
Beyond the Colony of Kitsch, Crossing Art Gallery, New York
Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, West Kowloon Cultural District Waterfront, Hong Kong

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Hong Kong Country of birth: Hong Kong Date of birth: 1979 Lives in: Hong Kong
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