Donshi Art by Donald Shek

Augmented Chinatown

“The territory no longer precedes the map, nor does it survive it.”

Simulacra and Simulation, Jean Baudrillard.


Video of the Augmented Reality Tour as part of Chinese Arts Now Festival 2019.

Commissioned by Chinese Arts Now

Filmed and Edited by Rory Gullan - Studio ROGUE

CFCCA Residency - All maps under heaven

I am currently on an Artist Residency at CFCCA in Manchester testing new ideas in the context of the city.  The project is a continuiation of my current interest in map making as a form of creating space that sits both in the physical and the digital space.  How may we utilise the surplus from capatlism to produce the basic requirements for human living.


Open Studio @ CFCCA

Open 9th/10th and 11th July 2019

10am - 5pm


Market Buildings

Thomas Street

Northern Quarter


M4 1EU.

Augmented Chinatown V2.0

Delve deeper into the history of Chinatown in this interactive work combining Augmented Reality technology, music and storytelling. Explore Donald Shek’s immersive augmented reality world on your phone as you walk the streets of modern-day Chinatown listening to the dramatic stories of some of the area’s many and varied former inhabitants. This ambitious, mesmerising piece lets you create your own audio drama journey through an area of London that is both constantly evolving yet steeped in fascinating layers of history.

App developer and AR artist Donald Shek

Playwright Joel Tan

Director and composer An-Ting Chang

The app for Augmented Chinatown 2.0 launches on 13th February. You’ll be able to buy the app, download it, and take the tour at a time convenient to you.