Dr. Rob La Frenais – Guest Lecture

We have the pleasure of having contemporary art curator Dr. Rob La Frenais as our guest speaker in the upcoming colloquium session which will be on the 5th of November. Rob will be introducing some of the projects that he has worked on, and talk about the nitty gritty production side of things. The venue is as usual, on the 6/F, in the Future Cinema, and will begin at 5:00pm.

Rob La Frenais Poster


Dr Rob La Frenais has been a contemporary art curator for 26 years, working internationally and creatively with artists entirely on original commissions. He believes in being directly engaged with the artist’s working process as far as possible, while actively widening the context within which the artist can work.

He has worked closely with artists such as James Turrell, Marina Abramovic, Isaac Julien, Cornelia Parker, Mona Hatoum, Stelarc, Steve Kurtz, Aleksandra Mir, Ashok Sukumaran, Marko Pelijhan and Tomas Saraceno as well as many other established and emerging artists, working for European Cities of Culture in Glasgow and Madrid, directing the Belluard-Bollwerk Festival in Switzerland and curating a major programme ‘The Incident’, featuring James Turrell and others, for the ICA in London in 1996.

For the last 16 years he has been based at The Arts Catalyst, a UK Arts Council National Portfolio organisation in London, where, along with director Nicola Triscott he has developed an ambitious artistic programme and built up an unparalleled creative team which has been responsible for some of the most innovative exhibitions and events, based on interactions between art and science, in the world. He has recently given keynote lectures and chaired panels at the Museum of Image and Sound, Sao Paulo, Tate Britain, Centre Pompidou, Metz, The Exploratorium, San Francisco, Sabanci University Istanbul, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Laboratoria Al Almeda Mexico City, Edinburgh University, Nottingham Contemporary, ISEA 20111 and 2012. As well as producing site-based works, The Arts Catalyst collaborates with institutions such as the European Space Agency, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, Tate Britain and the Roundhouse. His most recent exhibition with the Arts Catalyst, Republic of the Moon opened this year in Liverpool and is now touring internationally. He was given an honorary Doctorate by Dartington College of Art in 2005 and in 2006 completed a practice- based Phd at Brunel University on issues around curating.

Before become a curator in 1987 he founded and edited the influential contemporary cultural journal Performance Magazine in 1979, editing and writing criticism internationally during the eighties. He spent most of the seventies as an artist carrying a Sony portapak, editing with early video technology and working in community contexts with the group Action Space. As well as showing his work in The Video Show at the Serpentine he also showed at De Appel in Amsterdam and the Akademie De Kunste in Berlin. He shot the first use of police riot shields in the UK during the eviction of Huntley Street, later used in early pop videos by the group Crass.

He was also the first curator ever to experience zero gravity, with a group of artists, at Star City in Moscow in 1999 and went on, with the Arts Catalyst to enable around 50 artists (and scientists) to work in an environment previously only experienced by astronauts and space scientists.



So yes! Come! And if you would like to learn more about Rob or The Arts Catalyst, check out his page on their webspace here!


Lyota Yagi + Takehiro Iikawa – Performance & Artist Talk

The exhibition Once was Now, Now is Over, Yet will come.. – Time-based art works themed around Time featuring work from artists Lyota Yagi and Takehiro Iikawa will be showing at Platform China starting on the 31st of October. The exhibition is curated by Hitomi Hasegawa. In addition to the exhibition, the two artist will be giving a lecture as well as a performance on the 29th of October, at the School of Creative Media. The performance and talk will be relevant to their exhibition and will be on the 6th floor, in the Future Cinema, at 5pm.

Both artists work extensively with video, sound and photography, and they will be sharing with us about their artistic practices.  This will be their first lecture and performance in Hong Kong.
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Artist Info:

Lyota Yagi

Born in 1980 and lives in Kyoto. Yagi produces artwork between the notions of “the invisible” and “the distinct existence of what we are unaware of in our day-to-day life.” By reconstructing the functionalities of immaterial sound, object and words, his work provides the audience new aspects and brings them to the state of reconsideration of our sensitivities towards time and space.
Selected major solo exhibitions include emergencies #8: Lyota Yagi “Kai-Ten” (NTT Inter Communication Center, Tokyo, 2008) and Time Parallax (MUJIN-TO Production, Tokyo, 2013). Selected major group exhibitions include4th Yokohama Triennale 2011 (2011) and Media/Art Kitchen – Reality Distortion Field (Galeri Nasional Indonesia, 2013, traveling to Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Bangkok).

Takehiro Iikawa

Born in 1981, lives and works in Kobe, Japan. Iikawa’s video works always themed the notion of physical time, in The clock for practice of time series (2006-) he questions calendar time itself and visually shows 24 hours moving images. In Half Time Project series (2008-), Iikawa challenges the human perception of time within the football game or the boxing match. Recent photograph series such as Decorator Crab (2012) or Fade out, Fade Up (2012), Iikawa examines the more intimate situation within everyday life, private memories or the events that trivial but important for an individual.

Iikawa did some solo exhibitions include “Happening Upon”, The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan, “Outdoor” Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo, both in this year and “fade out, fade up”, Kodama Gallery, Tokyo in 2012. He participated several international group exhibitions such as “rendezvous 09”, Institut d’art contemporain, Lyon, The Yokohama Triennial 2005 and others. Iikawa is also a member of two artists unit,  “Hajime-Ten” and “COUMA,” collaborates with other artists such as Teppei Kaneuji or Yuki Kimura. As the groups, he is exploring the possibility of a project-based art.

Once was Now, Now is Over, Yet will come – Time-based art works themed around Time

Artists: Takehiro Iikawa, Lyota Yagi
Curator: Hitomi Hasegawa
Opening reception: Thu, October 31, 2013. 6.30 – 8.30pm
Venue: Platform China (HK), Unit 601, 6/F, Chai Wan Industrial Building Phase 1, 60 Wing Tai Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm | Phone: +852 9768 8093
Check out Platform China’s website for more information!

Satoru Higa + Suzueri

We are very happy to be having Satoru Higa and Suzueri over at the School of Creative Media’s Multimedia Theater for a performance on the 11th of October. The concert is the latest installment in the Extended Eclectics: New Sonic Adventures series, and is also part of the Creative Media Colloquium seminar.

Satoru Higa & Suzueri Poster

//Suzueri: Since her debut album on Nobukazu Takemura’s label Chidisc in 1998, Suzueri (Elico Suzuki) has worked on numerous music projects including sound tracks for films and commercials. In 2007, she finished her Master’s degree in Digital Arts at IAMAS (Institute of Media Art and Science) which set her on an unique path exploring the intersection between performance, installation, and sound art. Her latest performance/installation work uses a piano to trigger a variety of sound events relayed onto multiple toy pianos.

//Satoru Higa: Satoru Higa represents a new generation of talented Japanese digital artists that cross between artistic work and commercial applications. At Daito Manabe’s prolific company Rhizomatiks, Higa has worked on the interactive stage design for Japanese idol group Perfume and numerous other projection-mapping installations. As an artist he has shown his digital sound environments at ICC Tokyo, Transonic Taipei, and was invited by YCAM Yamaguchi to take part in their RAM (Reactor for Awareness in Motion) – New Environment for the Dance of the Future project. He was also recently featured at Ars Electronica 2013 for his performance with Manabe, Your-Cosmos.

On stage, Satoru Higa & Suzueri create a wonderfully imaginative audio visual experience. Each of Higa’s software instruments open a distinct mode of interaction between Suzueri’s piano, sometimes directly reacting to notes being played and other times autonomously running on internal algorithms. In return, Suzueri playfully responds, pauses, and plays again.

Don’t miss the Hong Kong premier of these two extraordinary artists!

To learn more about the events happening at The School of Creative Media, check out their webpage here!