Janice Li is a London-based curator and researcher of design, fashion and material culture, with particular interests in the crossing over of art/design and science, as well as their relations with inclusivity and sustainability. She also engages in projects concerning identity (gender, body and ethnic) and decolonisation. An alumna of the Royal College of Art, she has curated the touring Designing Craft Crafting Design, Food Symphony (MoMA Biodesign), the 24th edition of the RCA Secret, and was part of Victoria & Albert Museum's Fashioned from Nature. She is currently curating a design exhibition for Venice Biennale and advising on exhibition interpretation as a consultant for the Science Museum (London).
Janice's passion lies within the city — the space, the people, and the ‘things’ they wear and use — particularly in a crossmodal and transcultural context. She is curious about how sensory experiences in a designed environment and immersive art forms contribute to the understanding of intangible data and knowledge.
With a rare combination of background in museums, history and life sciences, she endeavours to push discourse forward through an interdisciplinary approach: to explore multisensory experience design within exhibitions as a public-facing expression of critical research.
Independent Curator and Researcher — 2016 – Present
Cataloguer and Researcher at Photographs, Victoria & Albert Museum; London, United Kingdom — 2017 – Present
Exhibition Research Assistant for Fashioned From Nature, Victoria & Albert Museum; London, United Kingdom — 2017 – 2018
Freelance Research Assistant, Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute; Massachusetts, United States — 2017
Exhibitions Officer (Acting Assistant Curator), Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden; Vancouver, Canada — 2016
Gallery Coordinator, Art Works Gallery; Vancouver, Canada — 2016
Curatorial Assistant, Richmond Museum & Heritage Services; Richmond, Canada — 2015–2016
Research Assistant to Canada Research Chair, Prof Carla Nappi; Vancouver, Canada — 2014–2015
Collections Assistant, Museum of Vancouver; Vancouver, Canada — 2013—2014
Royal College of Art and Victoria & Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom — M.A. History of Design, 2018
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada — B.A. History, 2015
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada — Nutritional Science, 2013
Curator, Provoke, Unlearn, Change: Designing Perspectives at Palazzo Michele, Venice Design, Venice Biennale, Venice, May - November 2019
Curator, Keepsakes at Galleria Maroncelli 12, Milan Design Week, Milan, April 2019
Curator, RCA Secret 2018 at Royal College of Art, London, November 2018
Curator, Designing Craft Crafting Design at Werkraum Bregenzerwald, Andelsbuch, October 2018
Exhibition Research Assistant, Fashioned from Nature at Victoria & Albert Museum, London, April 2018 - January 2019
Curator, Designing Craft Crafting Design at Arts & Crafts Fair / Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg, November 2017
Installation Food Symphony at Hello Tomorrow Summit at CentQuatre, Paris, October 2017
Curator, Designing Craft Crafting Design at Vienna Design Week, Vienna, September-October 2017
Installation Food Symphony at ff Food Futures - BioDesign Challenge, London, June 2017
Installation Race in Space at A Toolkit for Provocative Practice, Hockney Gallery, London, February 2017
Assistant Curator, Small is Beautiful at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver, September - Novumber 2016
Assistant Curator, Eastern Echoes at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver, July - August 2016
Curator, Where in the World is Richmond? at Richmond Cultural Centre, Richmond, August 2015 - February 2016
"Cultural Cross-Dressing and the City: Fashion and Photographs of Elite Chinese Women in London 1917-1935.” Fashion, Costume and Visual Culture Annual Conference, Zagreb University, July 2017.
"From Great Exhibition to Department Stores: A Victorian Spectacle of Commodified Social Lives.” British Association of Victorian Studies’ Annual Conference, Cardiff University, September 2016.
"Weapons Aestheticized and Commodified: Display in the Great Exhibition.” International Sports and Leisure History Colloquium, Manchester Metropolitan University, February 2016.
"The Victorian Spectacle and the Metropolitan Mind – Commodified and Panoptic.” British Society of Sports History South Winter 2015 Workshop, University of Chichester, December 2015.
"From Great Exhibition to Department Stores: A Victorian Spectacle of Commodities and Social Lives.” AUS Humanities and Social Sciences Conference, University of British Columbia, January 2015.