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In The Studio – BA Fine Art – John Hui

John Hui
John Hui
John Hui
Written by
Gavin Freeborn
Published date
17 June 2016

We speak to John Hui from Hong Kong, who is a third year BA Fine Art student as part of our In The Studio series. You can see John’s work in our summer show until Saturday 25 June.

Describe you experience at Chelsea in 3 words.  

Rewarding, fulfilling, self-initiative.

John Hui

Please tell us about what you are working on for your final show.

An interactive video installation that involves film and video games. The film shows seven interviews. Each depicts a subject’s recollection of a dream they remember, and these accounts inform how the scenes in the video game are developed.

These two media will be merged together by software and will both be displayed on one projection. One audience is allowed at a time to play the game/interact with the work through a game controller.

John Hui

What has been your greatest challenge so far in working towards the degree show?   

I think time management is a crucial factor in the processes of conceptualising, planning, making and executing. As my work is very ambitious, in terms of its scale and technological requirements, it requires a great deal of discipline and devotion to keep up with the schedule.

What do you see yourself doing after you graduate, what are your career ambitions?  

Graduating would mean that I will have to start becoming fully responsible for all aspects of my life and also to keep a balance between making a living and making art. I plan to continue developing my practice and exhibiting my work on as many occasions as I can possibly achieve to in the coming years.

John Hui

What have you enjoyed most about studying at Chelsea?  

Theories have gradually and unexpectedly taken a remarkable place in my practice. I never anticipated how much I would enjoy learning about different discourses around art. The tutors and lecturers in Chelsea helped me find materials to fulfill this interest of mine.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about doing your course? Any advice?  


Read more about BA Fine Art and Chelsea’s undergraduate summer show.

See more work on John Hui’s website.