Guest Talk – Guy Pessach

This week’s colloquium will feature Law Professor Guy Pessach whose lecture is entitled: “Decoding Copyright”.

Date: 14 Nov 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Guy Pessach

Topic: Decoding Copyright

Abstract:
Copyright law, by its very basic nature, imposes a paradox. A tool for incentivizing creative activity, which at the very same time, constrains further creative endeavors of all people, other than the copyright owner. The talk will exemplify this tension through a series of visual works that build upon copyrighted materials; thus, while examining the impact of digital technologies on copyright’s paradox. Digital technologies, so goes the argument, induce the incorporation of flexible “user friendly” standards into copyright law. Yet, concurrently, digital technologies also tend to commodify culture in forms that are similar to copyright’s commodification effect.

About the Speaker:
Guy Pessach is a law professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Law. His main areas of research are Copyright Law, Comparative and International Aspects of the Creative Industries, Law & Technology and Art & Law. In addition to his position at the Hebrew University, Guy is also an affiliate fellow at the Information Society Project, Yale Law School. Guy held visiting positions at Columbia Law School, New York School of Law; Georgetown University Law School, the Center for Transnational Legal Studies, London, City University of Hong Kong, University of British Columbia and the Center for Law, Society and Pop Culture, University of Westminster. Guy has published in leading law journals in the USA, Canada, Germany, Israel and elsewhere, including: University of Southern California Law Review, Osgoode Hall Law Review, The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, the IIC – International Review of Industrial Property and Copyright Law (Max-Planck Institute Publications), Cardozo Law Review; Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal and IDEA – The Intellectual Property Law Review.

To find out more about Guy Pessach, you can check out the speaker’s pages.

 

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Guest Talk – Nicola FAN

This week’s colloquium will feature Director Nicola FAN whose lecture is entitled: “Design & Film: My Creative Pursuit”.

Date: 07 Nov 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Abstract:
Pursuing the path of a creative in Hong Kong? Feeling that the odds are often against you? Indeed they are, but it doesn’t mean the path isn’t worthwhile. Combining graphic design and film in her visual storytelling, Nicola will share her creative process and approach to her projects; her experience starting out on zero-budget shorts to earning the opportunity to direct her first feature length documentary She Objects, which explores traditional and new media’s influence on young girls and women in Hong Kong. Nicola will also share the lessons she has learnt from paving her career path as a Graphic Designer and Filmmaker, as well as tips to creating your own space and niche.

About the Speaker:
Nicola Fan is a Hong Kong based graphic designer and award-winning filmmaker. Her first feature length documentary She Objects, commissioned by The Women’s Foundation, was official selection for 2016 Sundance Film Festival Hong Kong. It was awarded Best Scientific & Educational Documentary at 2017 Nice International Film Festival. Recommended by Hong Kong International Film Festival, her music video The Eve was sponsored by CreateHK to be sent to film festivals worldwide from 2014—2015. She works as a Director for commercials, music videos, documentaries and short films; and a Creative/Art Director for marketing and advertising design. Her clients included Red Bull, Sunkist, Dior, Samsung, New Balance, J. P. Morgan, Time Warner.

To find out more about Nicola FAN, you can check out the speaker’s pages.

Guest Talk – Lisette Titre-Montgomery

This week’s colloquium will feature video game Art Director and Manager Lisette Titre-Montgomery who will speak on “Video Games: Development and Diversity”.

Date: 03 Nov 2017 (Friday)
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Topic: Video Games: Development and Diversity

Abstract:
Lisette will speak on game design and development, the international game industry, and on the importance of diversity in art, science and engineering.

About the Speaker:
Lisette Titre-Montgomery is an Art Director/Manager with over 17 years of industry experience. Her artistic skills include special effects, character modeling, and texture painting. In addition, she has also managed global art teams in Japan, China, Australia, India, and the Philippines. Lisette has contributed to some of the industry’s highest profile games, including Tiger Woods Golf, The Simpsons, Dante’s Inferno, Dance Central 3, SIMS 4, Transformers Age Of Extinction. Her most recent project is with Double Fine leading the art development for Psychonauts 2. Ms. Titre-Montgomery’s passion is being a diversity advocate for the game industry. She speaks publicly about how game based curriculums are the key to engaging today’s youth in S.T.E.A.M education and careers. Lisette has been a keynote speaker at N.A.S.A., Intel, Black Girls Code, Girls Who Code, and Soledad O’Brien’s Starfish Foundation. She has also been named One of the Most Powerful Women in Tech by Business Insider. She was most recently honored to be invited to The White House to work on initiatives to improve diversity in tech hiring and inclusion.

To find out more about Lisette Titre-Montgomery, please check the speaker’s pages.

Guest Talk – Gregory Girard

We will have Photographer Gregory Girard in our next colloquium held on 24 Oct 2017 (Tuesday) to give a talk on the topic “HK:PM. Photographing the City One Night at a Time”.

Date: 24 Oct 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Gregory Girard

Topic: HK:PM. Photographing the City One Night at a Time

Abstract:
Greg Girard will be talking about his latest book of photographs, “HK:PM. Hong Kong Night Life 1974-1989”, made on early visits to Hong Kong in the 1970s and later during the 1980s when he moved to the city and eventually called it home for 15 years. HK:PM is a record of a young photographer’s nocturnal wanderings through the city, including the bars, tattoo parlours, hotels and nightclubs, and the people who inhabit them. Other scenes depict the pre-dawn emptiness of the city’s streets and alleys bathed in the artificial colours of neon rendered on film. Although the pictures were made in and of the moment, after thirty years or more they serve a new role as an unintended document of Hong Kong’s unique streetscapes, signage and built environment. They also explore many of the themes that Girard would later develop in book-length projects such as “City of Darkness” (1993) and “City of Darkness Revisited” (2014), about the Kowloon Walled City, and “Phantom Shanghai” (2007), looking at China’s largest city as it raced to make itself modern again. Girard is visiting Hong Kong for the launch of “HK:PM” and an exhibition of his photographs at PMQ in Central, Oct 27-Nov 12, sponsored by Blue Lotus Gallery.

About the Speaker:
Greg Girard is a Canadian photographer whose work has examined the social and physical transformations in Asia’s largest cities for more than three decades. Based in Shanghai between 1998 and 2011, Girard’s photographic monograph, “Phantom Shanghai” (Magenta, Toronto, 2007), with a foreword by novelist William Gibson, looks at the rapid and at times violent transition of Shanghai as the city raced to make itself modern again at the beginning of the 21st Century. “City of Darkness Revisited”, released in 2014, revives an early collaboration with co-author Ian Lambot, and updates their original book, “City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City” (Watermark, 1993). His latest books, published in 2017, are “Under Vancouver: 1972-1982”, by The Magenta Foundation; and “Hotel Okinawa” which examines the social and physical landscape of US military bases and their host communities in Okinawa, published by The Velvet Cell. Other titles include Hanoi Calling (Magenta, Toronto, 2010); and In the Near Distance (Kominek, Berlin, 2010), a book of early photographs made in Asia and North America between 1973 and 1986. His work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery and other public and private collections. He is represented by Monte Clark Gallery, Canada. In addition to book projects and gallery work Girard is a contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine

To find out more about Gregory Girard, you can check out the speaker’s pages.

Guest Talk – Jürgen Hagler

In our second colloquium session on 20 Oct 2017 (Friday), we will have the Professor Jürgen Hagler come in to discuss the topic of “Animating interactive spaces”.

Date: 20 Oct 2017 (Friday)
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Topic: Animating interactive spaces

Abstract:
The presentation will address the subject of expanded animation in the context of gaming and playful activities and will focus on co-located interactive environments in large display settings that allow the interaction between multiple actors. Inhabiting and modifying those spaces is granted via natural mapped interfaces that incorporate technologies such as position trackers and mobile devices. However, several design challenges in regard to animation arise when conceptualizing and creating experiences within the context of co-located and interactive playful environments: the issues under consideration will be the mapping of the actors’ actions, their representation within the virtual environment, as well as new forms of narration via interaction. Based on research projects and various artistic projects for the Deep Space at Ars Electronica Center, Linz novel approaches of animation in interactive spaces will be discussed.

About the Speaker:
Juergen Hagler currently works as a professor for Computer Animation and Animation Studies in the Digital Media department at the Hagenberg Campus of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. He became the programme coordinator for the Digital Arts master’s degree programme in 2009. Since 2014 he is the head of the research group Playful Interactive Environments with a focus on the investigation of new and natural playful forms of interaction and the use of playful mechanisms to encourage specific behavioural patterns. Since 2017 he is the director of the Ars Electronica Animation Festival and initiator and organizer of the symposium Expanded Animation.

To find out more about Jürgen Hagler, you can check out the speaker’s pages.

Guest Lecture: Olaf Stüber

This week’s colloquium will feature artist Olaf Stüber presenting A brief history of “Video Art”.  Please join us!

Date: 03 Oct 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Topic: A brief history of “video art”

Abstract:
This lecture presents the story of European time-based media, beginning with the first electronic moving images, as outcomes of the Fluxus movement in the 1960s, postulating the fusion of art and life, intimacy and public, self-realization and living. It explores early experiments in video art and its rubbing-up against TV as mass media. It continues to discuss the relation between video, film, and cinema and concludes with artists parsing the Internet.

About the Speaker:
For more than 20 years Olaf Stüber has been working in the art world as art dealer, curator, publisher and lecturer. Galerie Olaf Stüber (2001–2011) emphasized moving image works as from 2003 and was one of the very few galleries focusing on artists’ film and video at the time. In 2008, together with Ivo Wessel – a collector friend – Olaf Stüber founded an international platform for artists’ films and videos in Berlin: Videoart at Midnight. Taking place at the legendary Babylon cinema, this monthly screening series offers an in-depth insight into the current video art production of Berlin’s international art scene. After nearly 10 years and over 70 midnight shows, it has become a central forum for both renowned and upcoming promising artists working with the moving-image. As the result of an intense reflection on the art market’s convention of limitation vs. the artist’s and public’s interest of visibility in a broader range of collections, Olaf Stüber started in 2012 to publish video art in a unique edition format – the Videoart at Midnight Edition. In a series featuring about six artworks per year, with a higher number of copies than commonly acceptable in the art world, Videoart at Midnight Edition is building up a collectable contemporary omnibus of artists’ films and video art installations. It represents today a unique anthology of a medium that is gaining more and more importance within contemporary art. Furthermore, Olaf Stüber holds lectures on video and artists’ films, moderates talks and panels on the current challenges of the art market, curates film and video programs for institutions, fairs and festivals and has been member of numerous juries, all around the world. Olaf Stüber is an active member of IKT International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art. Thanks to his expertise in the field of film and video art, Olaf Stüber is a trusted partner for a growing number of private collectors and institutions.

To find out more about Olaf Stüber, visit his website.

Guest Talk – Kurbanjan Samat

We will have Uyghur documentary filmmaker and independent photographer, Kurbanjan Samat in our last colloquium this semester, held on 25 Apr 2017 (Tuesday), to give a talk with the topic “I’m from Xinjiang”. The talk will start at 3pm in M1052 Screening Theatre.

Date: 25 Apr 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 3:00 pm
Venue: M1052 Screening Theatre

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Topic  : I’m from Xinjiang

Abstract:
A sharing from Mr. Kurbanjan Samat, a very reputational and well-respected Uyghur documentary filmmaker and independent photographer. Samat will use his personal story, photos and interview experiences to present a unique Xinjiang that is different from stereotype, to provide the audiences with better understanding of Xinjiang, the emerging economic and culture hub of China towards Middle Asia and Europe in coming “One Belt, One Road” Strategy.

About the Speaker:
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Mr. Kurbanjan Samat:
Uygur from Xinjiang; documentary filmmaker; independent photographer

Kurbanjan Samat has taken a great many photos depicting Xinjiang’s natural scenery and traditional culture. Samat published books and documentary movies, I’m from Xinjiang, allowing people to see what Xinjiang natives are doing and hopping to provide answers to what causes the tensions in the northwest China region where several deadly terrorist attacks had happened. In it, Samat documented the everyday lives of people from Xinjiang who now live elsewhere in China. Among them are restaurateurs, jade merchants, white-collar workers, nightclub singers and dancers, lawyers working in the United States, and world-renowned artists and designers. They come from a variety of ethnic groups in Xinjiang. Through conversing with them and hearing their stories about reaching for their dreams, he tried to explore a theme: The kind heart of humanity transcends boundaries of ethnicity and religion. Samat hopes sharing stories of hardworking Xinjiang natives can remove labels stuck on people of Xinjiang and promote mutual understanding.

Guest Talk – Zach Lieberman

We will have Artist Zach Lieberman in our next colloquium held on 11 Apr 2017 (Tuesday) to give a talk with the topic “Daily sketching “. The talk will be started at 6:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: 11 Apr 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Topic: Daily sketching

Abstract:
This talk will focus on the daily sketches with code and creative projects that have come out of that sketching. Since Jan 1 2016 I’ve been posting 1 sketch per day and exploring how code can be used to make poetry. In this talk I’ll share some of what I’ve learned. I will also talk about the school for poetic computation, an experimental school I help run in New York City.

About the Speaker:
Zachary Lieberman is an artist, researcher and hacker with a simple goal: he wants you surprised. In his work, he creates performances and installations that take human gesture as input and amplify them in different ways — making drawings come to life, imagining what the voice might look like if we could see it, transforming people’s silhouettes into music.

He’s been listed as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People and his projects have won the Golden Nica from Ars Electronica, Interactive Design of the Year from Design Museum London as well as listed in Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of the Year. He creates artwork through writing software and is a co-creator of openFrameworks, an open source C++ toolkit for creative coding and helped co-found the School for Poetic Computation, a school examining the lyrical possibilities of code.

Links:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zach.lieberman/
openFrameworks: http://openframeworks.cc/
School for Poetic Computation: http://sfpc.io/

To find out more about Zach Lieberman, you can check out the speaker’s pages.

Guest Talk – Diana Lee

We will have Film Producer Diana Lee in our next colloquium held on 28 Mar 2017 (Tuesday) to give a talk with the topic “How to bring a film idea from concept to reality, and onto the screens”. The talk will start at 5:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: 28 Mar 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Topic: How to bring a film idea from concept to reality, and onto the screens

About the films:
It all starts out with an idea: excavate a family’s hidden secret, explore a social condition, shed light on human rights abuses; to entertain, to inspire, to challenge. Whatever the idea, whatever the intention, how do filmmakers bring that idea to reality, convey the story through visually captivating images, words, and sounds? And once the film is made, how do you get it to be seen, for it to reach millions of viewers? Diana will show excerpts of her previous films and share how she works with filmmakers to get a film made and be seen.

Films will include: THE PRIESTESS WALKS ALONE, STOLEN: LIVES IN EXILE, THE BOSS, 24th STREET, and CODE RED.

About the Speaker:
Diana is an award winning film producer with over 15 years of experience in the industry, including producing, programming, marketing and distribution.

Her recent films include: Small Talk (Panorama, Berlinale 2017, Golden Horse Film Festival 2016), The Priestess Walks Alone (Golden Harvest FF 2017, Queer Screen 2017, &Proud Yangong 2017, NHK Inside Lens), Stolen: Lives in Exile (China/Iran). She’s also worked on entertainment television shows, commercials and PSAs.

Diana’s films have received funding and support from Eurodoc, ITVS, The Paul Robeson Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, Taiwan Cultural Foundation, New Taipei City Film Production Grant, and Busan Asian Cinema Fund.

Prior to becoming a producer, she worked with many leading media arts organizations in the United States including: Center for Asian American Media, Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, Women Make Movies, Arts Engine, NY Asian American International Film Festival.

Diana received her MA in media studies from The New School University, and is currently based in Taipei and NY.

To find out more about Diana Lee, you can check out the speaker’s pages.

Guest Talk – Carolina Fernández-Castrillo

We will have Professor Carolina Fernández-Castrillo in our next colloquium held on 20 Mar 2017 (Monday) to give a talk with the topic “Media Culture Archaeology: From Futurism to Digital Avant-gardes”. The talk will be started at 5:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: 20 Mar 2017 (Monday)
Time: 5:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Topic: Media Culture Archaeology: From Futurism to Digital Avant-gardes

Abstract:
Some of the most original cultural expressions at the beginning of the 21st century can be related to the Futurist desire of provocation and rupture with traditions. Since 1909, the Italian Avant-garde embraced the modern adventure establishing the fundamental prerogative of the interdisciplinary fusion of art, science and technology. Nowadays, new cultural forms in hypermedia, expanded reality, interactive broadcast and screen media are constantly redefining the relationship between the creators of content and their audiences, who increasingly are becoming “producers”. The pioneering projects in Media Culture constitute an inspiring milestone for current aesthetic innovation in Digital Humanities and a starting point to comprehend the evolution of real time interaction, immersive environments and intermediality.

About the Speaker:
Carolina Fernández-Castrillo is Professor of Digital Culture and Transmedia Communication at Madrid Open University (UDIMA) and New York University (NYU-Madrid). She is also Guest Professor in the International Master of Visual Media at IE School of Communication.

She is Ph.D. at Complutense University of Madrid (European Doctorate Mention, Extraordinay Doctoral Award and Best Ph.D. Royal Complutense College at Harvard University) and Ph.D. with distinction at Sapienza University of Rome.

Prof. Fernández-Castrillo was Lecturer at both universities and Visiting Scholar at Yale University and in the Institute of Theater and Media Studies at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. She was also Invited Professor of the Doctoral Program in Media Studies at Bayreuth Universität. She is the author of several publications and invited lectures in international seminars on Visual Studies, Media Archaeology and Intermediality. She combines her theoretical knowledge with her projects as curator of cultural events specialized in Media Arts. Since 2009 she is Associate Researcher and Project Manager at ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.

To find out more about Carolina Fernández-Castrillo, you can check out the speaker’s pages.