Choi Sin-yi (Emilie) is a Hong Kong-based researcher, writer, and curator. She is pursuing PhD degree in the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong currently; and she has obtained an MPhil degree from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, researching the socio-political history of Hong Kong experimental practices of moving image art in the late 1960s as the alternative media and cultural production of Cold War in the regional context. Emilie’s research interests lie in the capacity of moving image studies in the Asian and Hong Kong context, particularly documentary, alternative, and independent cinema. She examines media, visual and cinematic practices in relation to contemporary critical theory, institutions and creative industry, digitality, media archaeology, and community-making. She has presented at academic conferences, including Association for Asian Studies 2022 Annual Conference.
Emilie started her career as a cultural journalist; her writing has been published extensively on media platforms across Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China. A firm believer in the creation of publics and knowledge-mapping via public discourse and engagement, she has participated in a wide range of roles, including as a board member of Videotage, a leading Hong Kong-based institution promoting and archiving video and new media art; member of the Floating Projects Collective, an independent experimental site of collaborative-individuated art practices; editor of Cinezen, a pan-Chinese film criticism online platform.
She has also curated various art and film programmes as creative outputs of her research, such as a guest curator of Jumping Frames - Hong Kong International Movement-image Festival , independent curator of Hong Kong Retrospective Documentary Film Festival: From 80s to 1997 , and Docuthon. Her curatorial practices specialize in moving images and performative dimensions in black box, white cube, community, and various spatial or virtual possibilities along the history and the contemporary. She is now working on various archival and research projects corresponding to her ongoing study with deliverables of academic output, public writing, and curatorial engagement.