Cesar Harada – Guest Lecture

Inventor, environmentalist and entrepreneur, Cesar Harada will be at our colloquium session on the 4th of March, sharing with us about himself and his latest project – Protei – a revolutionary shape shifting sailing robot! Part of the talk will involve pen, paper and some introspection, so be sure to come and bring the necessary tools along! And as usual the talk will take place on the 6/F M6094 Future Cinema and will start at 5:00pm.cesar poster

BIO: Cesar Harada is an French-Japanese Inventor, Environmentalist and Entrepreneur. Currently developing the Protei – a revolutionary shape shifting sailing robot. TED Senior Fellow, Unreasonable at sea Entrepreneur, Figure of progress (by GOOD and IBM), passionate about ”Open Hardware for the Environment” with a strong focus on ocean communities & technologies. Cesar used to teach Masters of “Design and Environment” at Goldsmiths University and can be booked for teaching workshops, public speaking and panels through his exclusive speakers bureau, The Lavin Agency. Visit his speaker’s page.

Cesar is a graduate from the Royal College of Arts London, Design Interactions Department, and worked  as MIT Boston USA Project Leader as well as construction manager of the *IHub_ in Nairobi Kenya. Cesar led the Open-H2O (former Open-Sailing) to win the ARS Electronica Golden Nica [NEXT IDEA] (Austria) and the VIDA awards Fundacion Telefonica (Spain).

To learn more about Cesar’s work, go ahead and check out his website!

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Professor Jiri Prihoda – Guest Lecture

Hello all! We will be having Professor Jiri Prihoda from the Academy of Fine Arts Prague come speak to us this coming colloquium session on the 25th of February. Jiri will be introducing us to his installation, design and architectural work, in addition to talking about the Prague art scene in general. We will be meeting at 5:00pm as usual in the Future Cinema on the 6th floor of CMC.

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To read up more on Jiri’s work, check out his websites, here and here!

Ming Wong – Guest Lecture

This next week on the 11th of February, we’ll be having Berlin and Singapore based artist Ming Wong speaking in our colloquium. The lecture will start at 5:00pm in the Future Cinema on the 6/F. Ming Wong will introduce his projects and practice that engage with the history of world cinema and popular forms of entertainment.  His performance and video installations work through the visual styles and tropes of such iconic film directors as Fassbinder, Wong Kar-wai, Visconti, Pasolini, Douglas Sirk, Ingmar Bergman, etc.  His latest project Making Chinatown (shown at RedCat in LA and Liverpool Biennial last year) draws upon Polanski’s iconic film ‘Chinatown’ for its use of Los Angeles as a versatile and malleable character, and demonstrates the means through which subjectivity and geographic location are constructed by motion pictures.

Shot on location in the Gallery at REDCAT, Wong’s reinterpretation, Making Chinatown, transforms the exhibition space into a studio backlot and examines the original film’s constructions of language, performance and identity. With the artist cast in the roles originally played by Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston, key scenes are reenacted in front of printed backdrops that are digitally rendered from film stills and kept intact within the video installation. The wall flats adhere to the conventions of theatrical and filmic staging while taking on qualities of large-scale painting and sculpture.

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Artist Bio:

Born 1971 in Singapore, Ming Wong lives and works in Berlin (Germany). He participated in the 53rd Venice Biennale 2009 and was awarded a Special Mention for his solo presentation ‘Life of Imitation’ at the Singapore Pavilion, inspired by the cinematic heritage of his home country. recent exhibitions include the Liverpool Biennial (UK), the ‘Future Projections’ at Toronto International Film Festival (Canada) and ‘Making Chinatown’ at REDCAT (Los Angeles, USA). He has also shown at Performa 11, New York, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan; Hara Museum, Tokyo, Japan; House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany; Museum de Moderne, Salzburg, Austria; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, USA; Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada and Singapore Biennale 2011; Sydney Biennale 2010; Gwangju Biennale 2010. In 2013, Ming Wong will present solo exhibitions at the University of Oregon (USA), and the Shiseido Gallery in Tokyo (Japan).

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Ming Wong is currently in Hong Kong until the end of February for a residency at the Spring Workshop. Spring will be hosting a lecture/performance by Ming at 6pm on February 15th. So totally check that out if you can. Here is a link to more info about Spring Workshop, Ming Wong and the event.  To see more of what Ming’s been up to, go and check out his website!