Guest talk – John Drever

The third colloquium sessions this semester will be on Thursday, the 29th of September. We will meet at 5:00pm on the 6/F in the Future Cinema Studio (M6094). We will have speaker Prof. John Levack Drever presents an emerging agenda of auraldiversity within sound art with the topic “Sound Art – Whose Hearing?”.

Date: 2016-09-29 (Thursday)
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, 6/F, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Title:
Sound Art – Whose Hearing?

Abstract:
For those of us who practice sound art, we have a tendency to extol an incredibly wide range of uniquely positive attributes to listening. It enables us to: connect, communicate, relate, localise, embody, discern, transcend, immerse. Through listening our lives and our relation to our surrounding environments is enriched and intensified. Thus as sound artists our unspoken primary motive is to actively devise and explore opportunities for sonic epiphanies. In the entrancing words of Pauline Oliveros, we “strive for a heightened consciousness of the world of sound and the sound of the world” (Deep Listening 2016). And to help harness and maximise this potential, thanks to Augoyard & Torgue, Chion, Ihde, Kassabian, Norman, Ronell, Schaeffer, Schafer, Smalley Truax, et al. have all given name to an ever more nuanced compartmentalisation of kinds of listening. Shifting the prevailing discourse from listening onto our actual auditory apparatus of our sense of hearing, from the findings of my recent research, in particular my review on the noise impact of high-speed hand dryers (Drever 2013), I am obliged to propose that the contrary is a reality for many. Hearing: perturbs, isolates, excludes, disconnects, disembodies, dislocates. Hearing hurts! This is the chronic predicament for those living with tinnitus, hyperacusis, misophonia and phonophobia, and also for those with particular hearing needs such as the partially sighted, hearing aid users or those with sensitive hearing such as children and ASD. Bringing acoustics and audiology into play, in this talk I will propose a new paradigm for situating hearing in sound art that extends from an idealized, clinical model of hearing, the otologically normal (BS ISO 226:2003), to a socio-cultural concept of the auraltypical. Asking us to question, whose listening we are in fact dealing with? In conclusion, with reference to my own sound art work, including a multi-speaker installation recently presented in a toilet in Aarhus, Denmark, I will present an emerging agenda of auraldiversity within sound art.

 

About the Speaker:
Operating at the intersection of acoustics, sound art, soundscape studies, and experimental music, Drever’s practice represents an ongoing inquiry into the affect, perception, design and practice of everyday environmental sound and human utterance. He has a special interest in soundscape methods, in particular field recording and soundwalking. Drever is Professor of Acoustic Ecology and Sound Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he leads the Unit for Sound Practice Research and is Deputy Dean of the Graduate School.

He is an avid collaborator and has devised work in many different configurations and contexts internationally. Commissions range from the Groupe de Recherches Musicales, Paris (1999), Arts Council England (2002, 2007, 2013), WDR Studio Akustische Kunst (2011).

An elected director of Sonic Arts Network since 2004, Drever became its final chair in 2008. He was a co-founder (1998) and chair of the UK and Ireland Soundscape Community (a regional affiliate of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology) for whom he chaired Sound Practice: the 1st UKISC Conference on sound, culture and environments in 2001 at Dartington and Sound Practice 2006 at Goldsmiths.

He is an Academician of The Academy of Urbanism, a Member of the Institute of Acoustics, a Guest Professor, The Department of Digital Design and Information Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark and a Visiting Research Fellow at Seian University of Art and Design, Japan. In 2007 he was a Visiting Scholar, at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.

To find out more about our speaker, you can check out his page here.

Guest Talk – Gary McLeod

We will have British photographer Gary McLeod in our next colloquium held on 22 Sep 2016 (Thursday) to give a talk with the topic “An Unfolding Journey: Rephotography and the Challenger Expedition”. The talk will be started at 5:30pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: 22 Sep 2016 (Thursday)
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Topic: An Unfolding Journey: Rephotography and the Challenger Expedition

Abstract: 
Considering photographing as an implicitly collaborative act, Gary McLeod is a British photographer who creates opportunities for others to contribute explicitly to a process of knowledge-making. First encountering in 2006 a set of photographs made during the Challenger expedition (a 19th Century British mission to circumnavigate the world and advance scientific knowledge of its oceans), contemporary residents were invited to join in collectively rephotographing sites where the original pictures were taken. That prompted a seven-year journey, which not only opened up his practice to others’ voices/contributions, but also highlighted critical issues of authorship and literacy in contemporary uses of photography. Following an overview of rephotography as a genre and a set of common visual practices, this talk tells of a photographic journey into uncertainty and provides a glimpse of where photography can/cannot go. Holding a PhD in Photography from London College of Communication, Gary currently lives in Tokyo and works everywhere else.

To find out more about Gary McLeod, you can check out his pages.

Guest talk – Modestos Stavrakis

The first colloquium sessions this semester will be on Tuesday, the 13th of September. We will meet at 5:00pm as usual on the 6/F in the Future Cinema Studio (M6094). We will have lecturer Dr. Modestos Stavrakis from University of the Aegean presents a talk with topic “Understanding and Designing Interactions”.

Date: 2016-09-13 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, 6/F, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Title:
Understanding and Designing Interactions

To find out more about our speaker, you can check out his Wikipedia page here.

Guest talk – Max Neupert

Here comes out last colloquium in this semester with visual artist Max Neupert to talk from micro-editing to real-time visual sampling. The talk is being held in M6094 Future Cinema Studio on 20 Apr 2016 (Wednesday) at 5:00pm.

Date: 2016-04-20 (Wednesday)
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, 6/F, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Title: The Fractured Timeline – From micro-editing to real-time visual sampling

Introduction:
Let’s look at the moving image from the perspective of sampled sound. A new kind of visual language has emerged through micro-editing and visual sampling. This language is an autonomous form that we can observe in different media and genres: From experimental filmmaking to YouTube phenomena, from video-art to music clips. What’s the nature of this aesthetic? What happens when video becomes a medium of spontaneous expression through interactivity?

About the artist:
Max Neupert is a visual artist, working at the intersections of auditive and visual media, perspective and view, mapping and censorship. His works have been acquired by the collections of the German Ministry for Environment, the International Airport Montreal and the Museum of Civilisation Quebec. From 2008 to 2013 he was teaching at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. His investigation in “Satellite Astrology” has been presented at the ISEA 2010 and was exhibited in Sydney and Madrid. In 2011 he initiated and hosted the 4th international Pure Data convention in Weimar, a week long venue with conference, exhibition, workshops and concerts which attracted 140 people from 26 countries. He designed the Interactive Performance Platform in the Digital Bauhaus Lab and taught a telematic class between Bauhaus-Universität and UCSD. Max currently is a PhD candidate at the Bauhaus-Universität and researches on video imagery as sampling material in a musical context. Since 2013 he is professor at the Yeungnam University in Korea.

 

To find out more about Max Neupert, you can check out his page here.

Guest Talk – Robert Seidel

The second last colloquium being held in this semester will be presented by artist Robert Seidel on 19 Apr 2016 (Tuesday) at usual time 5:00pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio with the topic “On Film between Painting and Sculpture”.

Date: 2016-04-19 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, 6/F, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Topic: On Film between Painting and Sculpture

Abstract:
The Berlin-based artist Robert Seidel dissolves boundaries of genre by extending the clarity of the drawing – through the flow of painting, the spatiality of sculpture and temporal elements – into an abstract-film narrative. Besides the silver screen, conceptual, as well as real visual projection surfaces include architectural and sculptural forms.

The material for these medial interlacings frequently originates in nature and in the abstract gaze of science on nature, for example in the form of MRI images. Through subsequent deconstruction with digital tools, it becomes possible – before the eyes of the recipient – to condense these structures into a rhizomatic memory structure independent from physical space and linear time. The filmic image conserves the whole creation process in abstract-organic tableaux vivants. In the process, temporal sequences or movements become not only imagined – as frequently attempted in the history of drawing and painting – but actually represented.

Examples include the visualization of split seconds of a car crash (_grau, Bauhaus University Weimar, 2004); the painterly reinterpretation of biological processes in a façade-based projection (processes: living paintings, Phyletic Museum Jena, 2008); a virtual sculpture made of city fragments (vellum, Art Center Nabi Seoul, 2009); environmental laser drawings (magnitude, Epicenter Projects, 2015), projection-based sculptures (chiral, MOCA Taipeh, 2011 and grapheme, Museum Wiesbaden 2013) as well as a water-fountain-projections (advection, Lichtsicht-Biennale, 2013) and experimental films (scrape, 2011 and vitreous, 2015).

About the speaker:
Robert Seidel (*1977) began his studies in biology before transferring to the Bauhaus University Weimar to complete his degree in media design. His projections, installations and experimental films have been shown in numerous international festivals, as well as at galleries and museums such as the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, ZKM Karlsruhe, Art Center Nabi Seoul, Museum of Image and Sound São Paulo and MOCA Taipei. His works have been honoured with various prizes, including the KunstFilmBiennale Cologne Honorary Award and Prize for Best Experimental Film at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. In his work Seidel is interested in pushing the boundaries of abstracted beauty through cinematographic approaches, as well as ones drawn from science. By the organic interplay of various structural, spatial and temporal concepts, he creates a continuously evolving complexity. Out of this multifaceted perspective emerges a narrative skeleton, through which viewers connects to the artwork on an evolutionary-derived and phylogenetic-fixated symbolic level. Seidel lives and works in Berlin and Jena as artist, filmmaker and curator.

 

To find out more about Robert Seidel, you can check out his page here.

Guest lecture – Lilian Fu

In the upcoming Tuesday, we have invited Animation Director Lilian Fu from London to share her story about directing in animation, experience sharing and useful career advice about animation. The talk is being held on 12 Apr 2016 in the same venue M6094 Future Cinema Studio at usual time 5:00pm.

Date: 12 Apr 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 17:00
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, 6/F, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong
Speaker: Lilian Fu

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Abstract:
Suppose you know After Effects, Maya, Frame by frame hand drawn, or you are really good at stop-motion, you may still find it hard to make advance of your animated film. ‘This talk will give you an overall insight from a personal perspective of story-telling and directing in animation by Lilian Fu, who has been working as animation director in London for several years. You will find this talk useful with some career advice and some interesting experience sharing.’

About the Speaker:
Since graduating from the School of Creative Media in City University of Hong Kong in 2008, Lilian Fu has been an active animator with 10 years animating experience behind her. She has won several awards in competitions and international film festivals including IFVA. Her latest documentary animation was selected for various festivals including LIDF, BIG SKY Documentary Film Festival 2013 and It’s All True –International Documentary Film Festival 2012. She has had two short films commissioned for television broadcast by RTHK.

After graduates from the animation directing MA at the National Film and Television School, she is keen to build on her experience through working on feature, television and commercial animation.

 

To find out more about Lilian Fu, you can check out her page here.

Guest talk – Nadim Abbas

We will have Hong Kong Installation Artist Nadim Abbas in our next colloquium held on 5 Apr 2016 (Tuesday) to talk about some thoughts on a work produced for the 2015 New Museum Triennial in New York. The talk will be started at our usual time 5:00pm in M6094 Future Cinema.

Date: 5 Apr 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 17:00
Venue: M6094, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Topic: Domesticity at War

About the artist:

Nadim Abbas (born 1980, Hong Kong) is a Hong Kong installation artist. Abbas received his BFA from London’s Chelsea College of Art & Design and MPhil from the University of Hong Kong Department of Comparative Literature. He teaches at the City University Hong Kong School of Creative Media and the Hong Kong Art School/ RMIT University.
Abbas’s practice includes heavily-researched installation and sculptural works that play on the psychological patterns of everyday objects and kitsch. His work draws thematic inspiration from literature, science and psychology. His first solo solo was the “Cataract” at Experimenta, on 2010. Other works included are “Marine Lover” at ART HK 11, and a collaboration with Saamlung Gallery on a project for the 2012 Hong Kong International Art Fair. For Art Basel Hong Kong in 2014, Abbas was invited by Absolut to collaborate on an “art bar”, an art installation doubling as a pop up bar during Art Basel fairs around the world. Abbas’ concept called “Apocalypse Postponed” drew inspiration from Science Fiction films, 20th century military architecture and defensive plans such as The Atlantic Wall and the Swiss National Redoubt, creating a bunker-like environment, constructed from sand bags, with blacked-out windows within a 7000 square foot space.
To find out more about Nadim Abbas, you can check out his pages.

Guest Performance – Alejandro Rodriguez & Manuel Palenque

Another colloquium held in next week would be a audio visual performance by architect Alejandro Rodriguez & A/V Artist Manuel Palenque. The show will be started at 7:00 pm in M1060 Multimedia Theatre on 21st March 2016 (Monday).

You can find out their previous performance via:
https://vimeo.com/99571736 (Alejandro)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL37nZ5RVEk (Manuel)

 

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About the artists:
Alejandro Rodriguez is a Architect, Stage Design and art director Virtual Reality expert, Video Games content and technology developer.

He has been involved in several important public events from Argentina, including the festivities in the “Casa Rosada” presidential building of Argentina, where he designed the stage for several national festivities and co directed the technical system operations with his partner Martin Borini.

Mega show designer He has directed some of the biggest shows in Argentina including the Fiesta Nacional de La Vendimia in Mendoza, Argentina with some 1000 actors and musicians playing live in a 70 minutes show where Alejandro was the technical and art director and designed the scenario.

Manuel Palenque Buenos Aires, 1986, develops sound and visual performances, working in realtime mixing both worlds.

Studied a degree in electronic Arts (UNTREF). Is involved as an interactive designer and programmer in Expos, theatre, live shows and media installations for different artists. As a Music Producer composes electronic music for live performances and sound design for video games and film

Has given workshops and talks about these fields in different festivals and cities:Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata, Mendoza, Rosario, Ibiza, Barcelona, Bogotá.

 

To find out more about Alejandro Rodriguez and Manuel Palenque, you can check out their pages.

Guest talk – Taihei Shii 施井泰平

The next colloquium will be on next Tuesday, the 22nd of March. We will meet at 5:00pm on the 6/F in the Future Cinema (M6094). We will have contemporary art artist Taihei Shii (施井泰平) presents some of his previous art works and his latest activity “startbahn”.

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Abstract:
Two main subjects will be introduced in this lecture: one is about some previous art works of TAIHEI, an artist of contemporary art who has been seeking the “Art of the Internet Age,” and the other is about his latest activity “startbahn,” which is an SNS exclusive for art. “Startbahn” is a platform of art, designed specially for the Internet age. In addition to its communication system unique to an SNS, “startbahn” has a system to add artistic value to an artist’s work through buying, selling, and reviewing of it. Currently, “startbahn” system performs only in Japanese; however, we intend to start the service in English taking the occasion of this lecture. Therefore, this lecture will be the first opportunity for “startbahn” to be introduced to the world, where we will expand its service in the near future.

About the Artist:
Taihei Shii works on contemporary art by the name of TAIHEI. 1977: Born in Tokyo. Lived in the United States at the ages of 4~10, 17~18, and 25. From around 2003: After graduating from Tama Art University, Faculty of Art and Design, Department of Painting, Oil Painting Corse, TAIHEI started to present his art works featuring the “Art of the Internet Age.” Then, working in parallel with the virtual Internet­based project, TAIHEI has been introducing his art works in the real art spaces such as galleries and art museums.

To find out more about our speaker, you can check out his Linkedin page here.

Guest Talk – Michael Leung

In our upcoming colloquium session on March 1st, we will have the founder and creative director of HK Farm Michael Leung come in to present HK Farm’s one-residency at Spring Workshop and the HK FARMers’ Almanac with us. We’ll go to 6rd floor, in the Future Cinema (M6094), and we’ll start at our usual time of 5:00pm.

Date: 1 Mar 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 17:00
Venue: M6094, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Abstract:
In September 2014, HK Farm conducted a green takeover of Spring Workshop’s main terrace to kick off a year-long residency. Their extended program included multiple public access points to experimental, community-based urban farming, such as an Autumn Harvest Workshop, planter-building lessons, seed-bombing with student groups, documentation of both the farm and HK’s farming protagonists, a Talk to Your Plant and selfie booth, a winter discussion and finally The HK FARMers’ Almanac (2014 – 2015) created during an intensive three-day embodied knowledge book sprint.

The talk will present HK Farm’s one-residency at Spring Workshop and the HK FARMers’ Almanac, a limited-edition volume-in-a-planter, that is shared among fellow agriculturists and other nurturing souls.

 

About the speaker:
Michael Leung is the founder and creative director of HK Farm. He also runs HK Honey and co-founded a community-focused art and design platform called Shanghai Street Studios in Yau Ma Tei.

Michael’s interest in agriculture started when he was living in London. Visiting food markets on the weekends and cooking Sunday roasts, he slowly developed his interest in food ethics and food origin.

In the Summer of 2011, Michael moved to New York for three months to work at the world’s largest rooftop farm, Brooklyn Grange. His experience in New York inspired him to do urban agriculture in a community-based way in Hong Kong’s concrete landscape.

 

HK Farm is an organization of Hong Kong Farmers. Artists & designers founded in March 2012. They communicate the value of rooftop farming & the benefits of locally produced food. They work on our rooftop farm & collaborate with organizations in Hong Kong. We grow local food, curate exhibitions & design products & services relating to urban agriculture.

 

To find out more about the speakers, you can check out their page here.