Faiyaz Jafri – Guest Lecture

In this upcoming colloquium session we will have artist and film maker Faiyaz Jafri coming in to showcase some of his films while talking about the development of his visual language, influences & inspirations, the collective unconsciousness and his obsession with the Bambi character. The talk will be on the 6th of October, and will be starting at 5:00pm in the Future Cinema as is usual.

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About the Speaker
Faiyaz Jafri is an artist and film maker, born and raised in rural Holland of Dutch and Pakistani descent. Jafri’s art explores Jungian archetypes in the modern world. In addition he searches for neo-archetypes* in mass media and global popular culture.

Jafri has always been somewhat of a perfectionist. Realizing that a computer could draw a far straighter line than he ever could, he started to use the computer as his sole medium in the late 80ies and can be seen as one of the pioneers of computer arts. He began making his first illustrations on a small Apple computer using basic vector imaging software. Cumbersome and limited as these programs may seem now, they where perfect for Jafri’s already pictographic style.

His work evolved from flat line art into a style he calls hyper-unrealism. Innovations in personal computers certainly contributed to this evolution. Despite the vast possibilities offered by modern computers he stays close to his subject, leaving out unnecessary frills and extra’s until he’s left with an image that is unambiguous and almost obscene in it’s blunt power.

His work has an almost clinically engineered feel to it without becoming cold or soulless. It is this contrast between unnatural perfection and the fact that his work conveys a strong emotion that makes his work at times haunting but always strangely human.

Jafri’s films have been selected worldwide in prestigious festivals as well as in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. More on Faiyaz Jafri and his work can be found on his site faiyazjafri.com.

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Tom Mitchell – Guest Lecture

In this upcoming colloquium session we will be hearing from Tom Mitchell, who is the CEO and Creative Director of animation/post production studio Treacle. The talk will be on the 22nd of September, and will be starting at 5:00pm in the Future Cinema.

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Around the World in 80 frames
Tom will be sharing with us about his experiences from a career in animation that has taken him around the world. By exploring the differences and similarities in the industry across different countries, he hopes to inspire others to embrace animation on a global scale. He will offer tips and insight into how to find work abroad, how to be successful in a culture that is foreign to your own and how to make the most out of life as an international animator.

About the Speaker:
Tom Mitchell is CEO and Creative Director of Treacle, a thriving animation and post­production studio based in Hong Kong. He began his career in London and has since worked across Asia before eventually opening his own studio in 2012. Tom has produced animation for some of the biggest brands around, including Microsoft, Tencent, American Express, Porsche, Jack Daniels and the BBC.

LAM Tung Pang – Guest Lecture

Welcome back to another series of guest lectures and performances! To kick off the semester, we got artist Lam Tung Pang coming in for a lecture. We will be meeting in the Future Cinema (room M6094) at 5pm, which is on the 6th floor of CMC.

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LAM Tung Pang will be sharing with us about his on going project The Curiosity Box, and especially his most recent “phase” of the project called The Hometown Tourist.

During a time of growing awareness of self-identity within Hong Kong, artist Lam Tung-pang has decided to appropriate the role of a “tourist” within his own city. Lam muses that perhaps Hong Kong is undergoing a rebirth, and feels the desire to “re-visit” his hometown anew. To achieve this, the artist will move into a local hotel for 5 weeks, apart from his family, to restage the curiosity that he felt while traveling in the United States. His intention is to create a sense of estrangement with a place he is supposed to be most familiar with “

About the Speaker:
Hong Kong born, and currently lives and works in Hong Kong. Lam studied Fine Art at The Chinese University of Hong Kong before undertaking an MA at Central St Martins College of Art, London in 2004. He has been awarded numerous scholarship and awards, including Arts Scholarship from Hong Kong Arts Development Council (2003) and Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards (2009).

Lam’s work are mostly related to specific situations or social contents and some of them are in monument scale by given a touch of humanity.He has exhibited extensively world-wide and has work in many private and public collections, including Destche Bank, Hong Kong Museum of Art and commission work by Hong Kong Legislative Council. In 2012, he was awarded the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship and outstanding contributions to the development of culture and arts by The Secretary for Home Affairs, Hong Kong. and the Award for Best Artist (Visual Arts) of the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards in 2013.