or clar

<aside> ☺️ Hi there, I am clar (pronounced claire), a cultural worker based in Hong Kong *via Kuala Lumpur & Penang* working in the interstices between visual culture, art and architecture.

I produce, curate and navigate the internet to manage art and cultural projects.


PhD Process

I am currently a PhD Candidate in Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong supervised by Dr. Cecilia Chu and Prof. Inge Goudsmit. I am funded by the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme and the CUHK Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship.

I am also a Research Assistant at the Urban Politics Studio, exploring the impact of Art and Cultural Institutions with Prof. Inge Goudsmit.

I am also 2022-2023 Emerging Curator at the Canadian Centre of Architecture, working on Making Mamak, a project mapping the urban influence of arts collectives.

Upcoming workshop at Papanhaus on the APR 28

clar by Jason Li

clar by Jason Li

obsessed with the cutest birdy right here, shima enaga

obsessed with the cutest birdy right here, shima enaga

past endeavors

I previously project coordinated at the Public Arts team at the Hong Kong Arts Centre.

I previously was the inaugural China Residencies (now Yao Collaborative) Researcher-in-Residence, reporting from front lines of the art and cultural scene of Hong Kong.

I was also one half of Inven_tory projects. We recently completed ‘A Good(s) Log’ funded by Design Trust . I am a partner of BAO (*Beyond Architecture Outlet)* and DoubleHolz.

I previously taught the first cohort of Design+ and History and Theory II at the Department of Architecture, HKU.

I previously was a scholar from the Hubs for Good program and a lecturer of Interior Architecture at Malaysia Institute of Art.

writing & editing

A conversation with Yap Sau Bin on the CCA platform titled ‘Connecting Collectivity’

I published an article in Shifting the Angle of Shine, the 10 year anniversary book for Yao Collaborative

I published a chapter of the recent PAM 100-year anniversary tome, Arch-volution

I usually am a freelance arts writer for BASKL.

I also finished editing the a volume by Suburbia Projects.

I edited for the exhibition catalog for May We, curated by Rebecca Yeoh

I also published on Lanaizine, a Malaysian based architecture publication

Sometimes I am thinking about the ecology, hypnotherapy and relaxation on Lensa Seni, 2020

or else I am also presenting a Hong Kong Studies Symposium titled ‘Hong Kong and Elsewhere’ on A Good(s) Log 2020

or declaring that Twenty-Three By-Laws and Multicoloured banners for Paprika!, 2020

also always asking Where has the common world gone? BLANK II, Crisis 2020

Deconstructing the discourse of Buying in Hong Kong: A case study of Home as Space & Hung Kee Goods, Non-Architecture, 2019

Re- BLANK, 2018

curatorial work

My newest curatorial project with the CCA has a website now! Making Mamak

Producer of Kombucha-cha, Seoul Architecture and Urbanism Biennale, Seoul, South Korea, 2021 with Kevin Xi Lin & Timothy Ng

Co-curator of Constructing Worlds, online exhibition, 2021, with Rebecca Yeoh

Designer of The Impossible Order: Europe, Power and the Search for a New Migration Regime, Berlin, Germany, 2017 (exhibited at BOX Freiraum)

Designer of Living on the Water & Youth Square, 2017, Living on the Water & Very Aberdeen, 2016, and Living on the Water Stanley Community Centre, 2016

featured on

Doctalks x MoMA - Stage 1: The search for shared materials ecologies to build Arts Collectives in Malaysia

Arts of the Working Class article on Making Mamak

Dusts Institute 2nd Year Anniversary Sharing

R+ talked to me about Creative Hubs, Gary Yeow interviewed me with Edwin Seng on xyzpodcast. I was also on a Happy Accidents! by Howay Hose.

I also was a podcast host for Cultural Masseur Talking Heads Podcast Series (in Cantonese!!)


I designed with BAO the visual identity for ...Or Silence and the exhibition spaces.

I was also an architectural assistant designing the TheBookshop at the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

art practice

I am currently streaming my rural living on twitch to encourage all to drink tea together.

to pair with the tea is my cooking with leftovers and what we grow in the garden

current obsessions

say hello!

📧 clarissa.kl.lim [at] gmail.com

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