Former Cambodian born refugee Roger Ouk is a disrupter.
Admitted as a solicitor and barrister in Australia and Hong Kong, his projects in fashion, art, technology and law have produced challenging interdisciplinary collaborations.
Notable projects include: ‘Fusion’ a collaboration between hip-hop musicians and Australian judges including at the time High Court of Australia Judge Michael Kirby AC CMG, short film Power & Promise for his eponymous fashion label Thyvane (his birth name) featuring Xue Tan – an artist and art critic – in collaboration with filming by artist Joao Vasco Paiva, drafting the Confidentiality Agreement for ‘A Social Contract’ by A Constructed World, a collaborative project by Australian Paris- based artists Geoff Lowe and Jacqueline Riva which was exhibited at Spring Workshop in Hong Kong in 2013, and directing Act V Scene III of Othello with Adva Weinstein and Patrice Naiambana (former Othello for the Royal Shakespeare Company) presented in 2014.
Roger is a feature writer for Art Asia Pacific addressing issues in art and law. Topics covered include: 'A Contract for Critical Thought' (June 2014); 'Good Title, Good Sense' (October 2014) and 'What if God Exercised Copyright' (April 2016)
He is co-founder of tech start up Shwish, a gift registry for your life. On Shwish people draw on their skills and resources to contribute meaningfully to the lives of friends and family and vice versa.
Synthesizing these passions, Roger founded Ouk + Digital a Multi Disciplinary Law practice to complement Ouk Legal Group. Prior to establishing the practice, he worked at DLA Piper and PwC
Photograph by Jason Capobianco for Mr Porter