Alice Wong is a Story Designer based in Eindhoven and teaches at Design Academy Eindhoven in the department of MA Information Design as a Specialist Tutor.
She translates research findings into a multi-perspective story. Her research question rooted in understanding how reality is shaped. Her principal topic of interest is the intersection of biographical documentary, media and social phenomena.
Together with Aryan Javaherian, they aim to increase awareness of truths and be critical with the presented information, by enabling the audience to comprehend complex research easily.
'US & THEM' (2019)
To see how our 'imagined reality' gives shape to a cultural identity, by sampling the stereotypical depictions of 'Asian' in American mainstream media.
Exhibited at Area 51 during Dutch Design Week 2019. First edition was called 'The Imagination of Human', collaborated with Kobi Vogman at 'The East' curated by Tal Erez and Anat Safran at Hansen House during Jerusalem Design Week 2019.Sound designed by Yuval Reuven, Photo by Francois Quillacq & Kamil Parzychowski.
Full Version of 'US & THEM' (2019) Duration 6:32
'MARRIAGE MATTERS' (2019)
To understand how the family and love lives of a stereotypical ‘Leftover Woman’ is like, by examining and recomposing one of the most popular Chinese TV dramas ‘Da Nu Dang Jia’ (2010) (Literally translated: A girl of age should be married).
Exhibited from 13 September to 8 December 2019 at 'Family Fictions' Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp, curated by Laura Herman & Charlotte van Buylaere and during Dutch Design Week 2019 at TAC.Content edition assisted by Li Man Ni, Minni Kong, Technical supported by Jonas Esland, Photo by Kamil Parzychowski.
Full Version of 'MARRIAGE MATTERS' (2019) Duration 5:12
'DOUBLE 11' (2018)
Single's Day in China is called 'Doube 11'.
To explore how trust is positioned within a society, by looking at how Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, transforms his ideals to a multi-billion company and how Alibaba commercialises Single's Day to the largest shopping holiday.
This is a 2-month investigative design project which was selected to be exhibited together with 8 other selected Design Academy Eindhoven alumni at Geo-Design, Alibaba: From here to your home, curated by Joseph Grima and Martina Muzi, took place at van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven from 13 October to 11 November 2018 and during Salone del Mobile 2019.
Sound designed by Yuval Reuven. Photo by Nicole Marnati.
Full version of 'DOUBLE 11' (2018) - Duration 6:45
'WEAVING STORIES' (2016-2018) x thonik x Alexandre Humbert
This documentary introduces the lives of Qiao Yun & Xiao Fang, the two experienced traditional Chinese brocade weavers.
With over 20 years of weaving experience, they wanted to weave a wedding gown for their own daughters whom are married earlier in the year, but their idea dropped, as they lack money and graphic design skills. thonik was invited by UNESCO to Nanjing to undertake an artistic residency, with the supports of Stimuleringfonds & Nanjing local government, the dutch designers decided to collaborate with Qiao Yun & Xiao Fang, which enable them to create a wedding gown for her daughter.
Exhibited on 14 June 2019 at 'It's A Women's World' Kaserne Basel, from 30 March to 2 June 2019 at 'Why We Design' - thonik's Solo Show at Power Station of Art in Shanghai, from 16 April to 24 May 2019 at 'Cultural Threads' TextielMuseum in Tilburg, from 14 October 2018 to 3 February 2019 at 'BLOOT' Kranenburgh Museum in Bergen and 'Dutch Design Week 2018' at Veemgebouw in Eindhoven.
Graphic designed by thonik, Fashion design by Fang, Story designed by Alice Wong, Film designed by Alexandre Humbert.
Trailer of 'WEAVING STORIES' (2018) - Duration 1:36
Full version of 'WEAVING STORIES' (2018) - Duration 15:00
'DESIGN DATE 2.0'
Alice Wong was role playing a Contemporary Jewelry Artist and a Digital Jewelry Artist at this on-stage matchmaking challenge, 'Design Date 2.0', through 2 rounds, hosted by Matylda Krzykowski to the discussion to questioning what value, personal and uniqueness mean within the two contexts, but also what the implications as these two contexts blend together. The physicality of precious metals is confronted by the facility of the touch screen, all the while ideas like sentimentality and desire remain as virtual as our profiles.
Design Date is a format that combines the exchange of knowledge with a bit of humour. seduction and awkwardness. In short: Entertainment. Inspired by the British TV programme, 'Blind Date', the anonymity of personalities is used to highlight the merits of personal design opinions and convictions.
Took place on 11 November 2017 at 'Joy of Collecting' hosted by Current Obsession at Tolhuis, Amsterdam.
‘RECONSTRUCTING REALITY’ (2015)
Based on Alice Wong's personal story to demonstrate how storytellings shape our minds and our perceptions of reality.
This is a MA Information Design graduation project, after exhibited at Dutch Design Week 2015 and awarded Dioraphte Award by Nederlands Filme Festival in 2016, she was then scouted by film festival agency aug&ohr median (www.augohr.de/catalogue/reconstructing-reality), in the following years, 'Reconstructing Reality' has won Best Experimental Film Award from Crossroad Film Festival in 2018, Best Experimental Film Award from Unishorts 2017, Special Mention from One-Reeler Short Film Competition Los Angeles 2017, Best Film Editing Award from Bangalore Film Festival 2017 and Best Film Editing Award from I.V. Filmmerfest Hamburg 2017. In 2017, she was nominated for the Keep An Eye Grant & granted Talent development Grant by Stimuleringfonds.
Excerpt of 'RECONSTRUCTING REALITY' (2015) - Duration 1:00
Full verion of 'RECONSTRUCTING REALITY' (2015) - Duration 11:20
To find out the truth behind the indication of the Happiness Index and to reveal the current societal issues that they were facing in Hong Kong, by interviewing the ‘Post-80’s’ 10 open questions regarding happiness.
In 2020, this group of interviewees will be interviewed again with the same sets of question, to compare and contrast the changes in the last decade.
According to the Happiness Index in 2010, Hong Kong people who were born after 1980 are getting harder to be happy in their own way, their general happiness index is 4.14, which is below the average as shown in a scientific research, 40% of Hong Kong people among this age group are feeling anxious. The label ‘Post-80’s’ does not represent anything good at all. The term ‘Post-80’s’ originated from the mainland China and was used to describe immature kids, now young adults, who were raised under the one-child policy and overly protected by their parents. They are generally known to be selfish and ignorant of current affairs.
'Happiness' is her graduation project when she studied Graphic Design at Caritas Bianchi College of Careers in Hong Kong. In 2010, she won Gold Award in Graphic Design at school and awarded Design Student of The Year 2010 by Hong Kong Designers Association.
Exhibited at Hong Kong Museum of History, The One and Central Oasis in 2011.