CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS, curator at the International Center of Photography, will speak about artists around the world who are no longer concentrating their efforts on self-contained disciplines such as painting, sculpture, drawing, video, or photography.  Instead, their art practice more and more frequently involves working simultaneously multiple mediums.  Phillips will examine the work of contemporary artists whose creations take shape in a surprising array of mediums.


Design Engineering: a third culture?

HANIF KARA, celebrated designer, entrepreneur, structural engineer, and a current professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design will speak at the inaugural GALLERY WEEKEND KUALA LUMPUR Luminary Pulse Program.  Kara  will speak on the value of informed multidisciplinary practices and the impact of these practices for sustainable place-making and design-based development.



Christopher Phillips is a guest speaker in our Luminary Pulse Series at the Gallery Weekend KL.

Phillips has been a curator at New York’s International Center of Photography since 2000. He has organized manifold thought-provoking exhibitions such as Delmaet and Durandelle: The Construction of the Paris Opera (2001), Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China (2004), and Wang Qingsong: When Worlds Collide (2011) among dozens of others of which the recapitulation might be arduous to transcribe here.

Educated at Rochester and George Eastman House, he first thrived as an editor of Art in America, but later chose to stretch his potentialities by accepting ICP’s invitation to work for them.

Seeing no excuse to take refuge in complacency, Christopher Phillips is also a prolific writer. His books include Photography in the Modern Era: European Documents and Critical Writings, 1913-1940 (1989), The New Vision: Photographs from the Ford Motor Company Collection (with Maria Morris Hambourg, 1989), and Shanghai Kaleidoscope (2008). Regarding teaching, Phillips serves as an adjunct faculty member at New York University and Barnard College, where he grippingly lectures student on the history and criticism of photography.


We are delighted to announce Hanif Kara as a speaker in our Luminary Pulse Series, a program of talks and panel discussions featuring leading international, multidisciplinary talents throughout the Gallery Weekend.

Kara is a celebrated  design director and co-founder of London-based structural engineering practice Adams Kara Taylor (AKT II), as well as a Professor currently teaching at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). He is credited with pioneering a design-led approach which incorporates prefabrication, sustainable construction, and complex analysis methods; and for raising the wider profile of Design Engineers in the architectural community. Between 1996 and 2012, AKT II won over 220 design awards, many for projects helmed by Kara. Hanif was the first structural engineer to be selected for the Master Jury for the 2004 cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and since 2014 is a member of the Award’s Steering Committee.

He is a fellow member of the Institute of Civil Engineers, Institute of Structural Engineers, Royal Society of Arts, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 2009 he was curator for the first ever solo exhibition of the work of AKT at the Architectural Association in London.

His work, which also falls into the realm of research and education, takes an interdisciplinary approach focused on sustainability, design, and innovation.

Kara will present at the Gallery Weekend KL,  providing insights on the value of informed multidisciplinary practices, and the impact of art practice for sustainable placemaking and design based development.