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

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:
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

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.

School for Poetic Computation:

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