Dennis Wong – Guest Lecture

9th Guest Lecture in Creative Media Colloquium this semester with:

Dennis Wong

Date: Tuesday April 14, 2015
Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Venue: 6/F Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre M6094 Future Cinema Studio

Dennis poster

Title: Anti-Instrumentalism: The Road Not To Be Travelled

Abstract: Anti-instrumentalism has a double meaning: The pursuit of aimlessness and uselessness in art, and the redefinition of “instrumental standard” by doing what is supposed to be amiss. This is about a personal journey of discovering strength in one’s weakness.

About the speaker: Sin:Ned, aka Dennis WONG/ WONG Chung Fai, is an improviser, experimentalist and noise addict from Hong Kong. He regards himself asmedium and his works, only manifestation of our hidden sonic aspects. His practice on noise and sound signifies an implicit form of mysticism in search of direct and pure physical sonic experience through chaos, errors and the extremes. As an instrumentalist, he struggles to defy all existing rational and orthodox structures by pursuing a seemingly “meaningless, aimless and purpose-less” sonic existence. His works involved instrument and materials ranges widely from Chapman Stick, guitar, laptop, hardware synths, circuit bent instruments, field recordings to various unusual non-musical objects and devices. He is the co-founder of Re-Records (www.re-records.com), Twenty Alpha and advisor of soundpocket (www.soundpocket.org.hk); also founding member of experimental outfits No One Pulse, After Doom and adeo. He is the ritualist behind home brew events suchas Kill The Silence Festival, Keep The Silence Festival, Subliminal Lounge, ACO Sound-on-Site, and live performance series NOISE to SIGNAL for improvised noise and experimental music

Being a veteran writer of the legendary Hong Kong alternative music magazine MCB(Music Colony Bi-Weekly), his writings had influenced a wide spectrum of experimental musicians and listeners in Hong Kong and China. As a sound improviser, he has offered performance and creative work for concert, sound installation, workshop, audio-visual and theatrical performance such as Get It Louder (2007), Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (2007, 2009), Architecture is Art Festival (2009), Notch Festival 2009 Guangzhou Station (2009), Against 2012: Fukuoka Extreme Music Festival (2012), New Vision Arts Festival (2012), Miji Festival (2013), Kill The Silence Festival (2013& 2014), Freespace Festival (2013), Lacking Sound Festival (2014)…etc.

He has worked with artists such as Zbigniew Karkowski, Otomo Yoshihide, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Alfred 23 Harth, Yan Jun, Torturing Nurse, dj sniff, and Dickson Dee…etc. His works have been featured in the infamous Belgium imprint Sub Rosa’s “An Anthology of Chinese Electronic Music” and “An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music Vol. 7”.

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