November 23: Alexey Marfin

For the next colloquium, held on November 23, 2018 (Friday), we are very pleased to welcome filmmaker and creative director Alexey Marfin, who will give a talk on the topic The Neon-Lit Streets of Cinema”.

The talk will start at 4:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: 23 November 2018 (Friday)

Time: 4:00 pm

Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Topic: The Neon-Lit Streets of Cinema


What does ‘the future’ look like?

You could be forgiven for thinking of a dense neon-lit cityscape, a cross-breed of Shibuya and Kowloon Walled City, during a perpetual rainy night. But why do we have these associations? This particular vision of ‘the future’ appeared in 1980s movies because that was the rise of Japan as a superpower, during the personal electronics boom, when we walked around with Sony Walkmans, and neon signs illuminated streets across the world. Today we find ourselves in a very different society, with different hopes and fears – Japan as a rising superpower has given way to India or China, and even neon lights have been mostly replaced with LED ones – but these 1980s science-fiction cities still persist in our collective consciousness; once again confirmed in recent Hollywood blockbusters. The cities of cinema are mirrors of society at the time when they were written, but they also leave a tremendous cultural legacy for decades, shaping how we see our own world.

About the speaker

Alexey is a filmmaker and creative director, interested in life in contemporary cities. Many of his projects explore internet culture, and identity in the digital age. With a professional background in visual effects and an academic background in architecture, he brings a unique and visually rich approach to filmmaking, combining storytelling with world-design. Alexey’s work is linked to his academic research at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, where he co-founded the MA Fiction & Entertainment program in 2015. The work of the program explores speculative fiction and critical design, through filmmaking and new media. The studio works with collaborators from Framestore, the Sundance Institute, Disney Imagineering, Netflix, Digital Domain, and more. Alexey has taught and lectured worldwide, including the Royal College of Art, Princeton University, and UCLA.


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