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Renyi Ng

MA work

New Language so iLL

An essay on new language in pop culture featuring: the non-sense of Green Eggs and Ham; the saying 'Cheese'  that triggers a smile across foreign dialects; the absurdity of the Chinese expression 'horse horse tiger tiger' translated as 'so-so'; the stupidity of Homer Simpson's 'D'oh'; the history of gunomatopoeia in rap music; and more on ill new language. This project creates a strange portrait of language drawing on the styles of Beckett, Barthes, Benjamin and Wittgenstein.

Bliss may only come with the absolutely new, for only the new disturbs consciousness.
 Roland Barthes


  • My Nephews Need New Shoes
  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Critical Writing in Art & Design, 2014

  • I am a features writer on architecture for The Glass Magazine; junior architect for HKAS Cambodia; have published interviews with Tomas Koolhaas, Mark Cousins, Alex de Rijke and Richard Wentworth; am the playwright of Salty (2014); a Wittgensteinian linguist, Beckettian natural realist and a rapper by the name of Sigmund Freud aka. Homeless Rolex.

  • Degrees

  • BA Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art, 2012
  • Experience

  • Features writer, The Glass Magazine, London, 2013; Junior architect, Hok Kang Architects, Phnom Penh, 2012
  • Exhibitions

  • My nephew needs new shoes, London, 2014
  • Awards

  • First place, Kindai University Hiroshima Exchange, 2010
  • Publications

  • 'I'm So Money', Ends Meet: Essays on Exchange, Royal College of Art, 2014; 'Avant-garde Composers, An Introduction to Music (1969) by John Tilbury', ARK: Words and Images from the Royal College of Art Magazine 1950–1978, Royal College of Art, 2014; Salty: A Play in One Act, As is The Sea, Royal College of Art, 2014; 'Brac: Introduction and interview with artist Richard Wentworth', House Guests, exhibition catalogue, Kettle's Yard, 2013; 'Path to Seclusion. Review of the Upper House Hotel in Hong Kong', Glass Magazine, Issue 11, Winter 2012