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.

Concert – Ellen Fullman and Theresa Wong

As promised, here are the details for the concert featuring Ellen Fullman and Theresa Wong. The venue will be the Multimedia Theatre on the first floor of CMC, and it’ll start at 7:30pm on Friday, the 16th of May 2014. Ellen will be playing an epic 15 metre long string instrument! So make sure to come and check it out!!



This will be their first time performing together in Hong Kong, and it will be a truly unique experience. Take a look at her compositions on the instrument here!

Ellen Fullman & Theresa Wong – Guest Lecture

The last guest lecture of the semester will be with Ellen Fullman and Theresa Wong on the 15th of May. Ellen is a composer, instrument builder, and performer while Theresa also composes and is a cellist and vocalist. We will be shifting from our usual time and venue to 7:00pm in the Multimedia Theatre on the 1/F. The duo will be performing the next day at SCM as well. Details will be provided in another posting.

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Ellen is known for the 70-foot (21-meter) long string instrument that she built herself. It is an instrument tuned in just intonation and played with rosin-coated fingers.This instrument has been compared to the experience of standing inside an enormous grand piano. She has recorded extensively with this unusual instrument and has collaborated with such luminary figures as composer Pauline Oliveros, choreographer Deborah Hay, the Kronos Quartet, Francis-Marie Uitti and Theresa Wong.

Theresa is known for actively exploring the intersection where music meets with the creative spirit of experimentation, improvisation and the synergy of multiple disciplines. Bridging areas of music, dance, theatre and visual arts, Theresa creates performances by uniting her lifelong love for the medium of music with an inquisitive and creative process that she had found through her training in design.



Yoshihide Otomo – Concert

In addition to being the guest speaker next week for our colloquium, Otomo Yoshihide from Japan will also be part of our very own DJ Sniff’s new curatorial series “30 years of Sound Art.”

This Friday, April 25th at SCM’s Multimedia Theater, local musicians Sin:Ned (Electronics), Fiona Lee (Electronics), Chin King (Guzheng), and dj sniff (turntables) will join Otomo in a unique performance inspired by his installation performances Yuheisha (幽閉者) and Ensembles. The concert is scheduled to begin at 7:30pm.



Yoshihide Otomo – Guest Lecture

We are thrilled to have the super awesome Yoshihide Otomo as our guest speaker in the upcoming colloquium on the 29th of April. Otomo is a prolific composer, multi-instrumentalist, and Japan’s most prominent experimental musician. So shift your schedules around and make sure to definitely come! The venue is as usual, on the 6/F, in the Future Cinema, but we will begin a bit later at 7:00pm.

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Over the years, Otomo’s music has spanned across Free Jazz, Noise, Free Improvisation, Sound Art, popular music, film scores, and compositions for large amateur ensembles. Carrying the lineage of the Japanese Free Jazz movement that developed in the 1960’s, Otomo has exploited the sonic possibilities of both the electric guitar and turntable. He is one of the key figures who defined a now internationally recognized genre of Japanoise. His band Ground Zero, which as active throughout the 1990’s, has become legendary for their extreme stylistic collages and hyper energetic live performances. In the late 1990’s, Otomo lead Tokyo’s Onkyo (音響) movement, which crossed between minimalistic improvisations and Sound Art. Parallel to these, he also lead his jazz big band Otomo New Jazz Quartet (ONJQ) and scored award winning sound tracks for independent films and documentaries. 

Ryo Ikeshiro – Guest Lecture

We are excited to have the UK-based Japanese artist Ryo Ikeshiro as our guest speaker in the upcoming colloquium session on the 15th of April. Ryo will be talking about his approach of “audiovisualisation” in his recent works, and how it relates to research into auditory displays and perception, as well as experimental film traditions. He will also share with us how generative systems are capable of emergent behaviour, and how computational art is very much suited to experimentation and non-anthropomorphic notions of aesthetics rather than emulating humanly created art. The venue is as usual, on the 6/F, in the Future Cinema, and will begin at 5:00pm.

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ARTIST BIO: Dr. Ryo Ikeshiro ( has recently completed his PhD in the Department of Music and the Department of Computing in Goldsmiths, University of London. His output ranges from live audiovisual performances and interactive installations to generative works and scored compositions, and have been published by Sedition. He is featured in the Electronic Music volume of the Cambridge Introductions to Music series. He has presented his works internationally at media art and music festivals, as well as at academic conferences. He was originally trained as a classical musician, but then branched out into electronic music and other genres. The meeting of these two worlds informs his practice.
Ryo is interested in “live audiovisualisation”, where the same data and process produce both the audio and the visuals in real-time, without either one following the other – as seen in most VJ performances and visualisations. Emergent systems are used to create custom-made programs to generate sound and moving image. These could be compared to instruments or machines which are chaotic and unpredictable. In performance, he attempts to understand and control both of these components in what could be described as a duet or duel.
He curates exhibitions, screenings, and a series of events called A-B-A featuring performances, talks, and discussions. He is a visiting tutor, and he has also published articles in journals such as Organised Sound.

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This talk is part of Papay Gyro Nights Art Festival 2014 – Hong Kong, co-organized by Papay Gyro Nights Art Festival (Scotland) and Videotage, and supported by Creative Scotland and HKADC. To learn more about the festival and their upcoming  events, please visit: 


(HKEX) Asian Experimental Video Festival in Hong Kong

Ladies, and gentlemen, we are including the events from HKEX in this semester’s colloquium program. The Asian Experimental Video Festival is organized by the School of Creative Media and aims to introduce Asian experimental videos to the Hong Kong Audience.


Festival Schedule

Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, 6/F Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong

1 Apr, 2014 (Tue.)
7:30 pm – 10 pm
Opening Forum:  Experimental Media and Society

2 Apr, 2014 (Wed.)
4 pm – 6 pm
South Korea Screening + Post-screening discussion: Spacial Trace
7 pm – 9 pm
Japan Screening + Post-screening discussion: “3.11” Program Note — We Will Remember

3 Apr, 2014 (Thu.)
4 pm – 6 pm
Malaysia Screening + Post-screening discussion: Sun Shower
7 pm – 9 pm
Hong Kong Screening + Post-screening discussion: Exodus of nowhere. Episode one

4 Apr, 2014 (Fri.)
4 pm – 6 pm
Macau Screening + Post-screening discussion: Macau Experimental Video Works
7 pm – 9 pm
Mainland China Screening + Post-screening discussion: The Spectacles of Chinese Society in the Era of Mutation

To find out more about HKEX, visit their website @

Dr. David Kung – Guest Speaker

We have the pleasure of having professor of mathematics, Dr. David Kung as our guest speaker in the upcoming colloquium session on the 25th of March. Dr. Kung will be talking about the relationship of mathematics and music. The venue is as usual, on the 6/F, in the Future Cinema, and will begin at 5:00pm.

  “Harmonious Equations: A Mathematical Exploration of Music”

Mathematics and music seem to come from different spheres (arts and sciences), yet they share an amazing array of commonalities. We will explore these connections by examining the musical experience from a mathematical perspective. The mathematical study of a single vibrating string unlocks a world of musical overtones and harmonics. Understanding those vibrations allows you to fool people with mind-bending auditory illusions – including one you hear half the time you pick up a phone. Finally every violin note resonates within the wooden violin, similar to how wine glasses and bridges respond to certain vibrations. Throughout the talk, mathematical concepts will come to life with demonstrations and musical examples played by the speaker, an amateur violinist.

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BIO: Dr. David Kung is Professor of Mathematics at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He earned his B.A. in Mathematics and Physics and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Professor Kung’s musical education began at an early age with violin lessons. As he progressed, he studied with one of the pioneers of the Suzuki method and attended the prestigious Interlochen music camp. While completing his undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics, he performed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

Professor Kung’s academic work focuses on mathematics education. Deeply concerned with providing equal opportunities for all math students, he has led efforts to establish Emerging Scholars Programs at institutions across the country. His numerous teaching awards include the Homer L. Dodge Award for Excellence in Teaching by Junior Faculty, given by St. Mary’s College, and the John M. Smith Teaching Award, given by the Maryland-District of Columbia-Virginia Section of the Mathematical Association of America.

Professor Kung’s innovative classes, including Mathematics for Social Justice and Math, Music, and the Mind, have helped establish St. Mary’s as one of the preeminent liberal arts programs in mathematics. In addition to his academic pursuits, Professor Kung continues to be an active musician, playing chamber music with students and serving as the concertmaster of his community orchestra.

Laibach – Guest Lecture

The upcoming CityU 30th Anniversary Cultural Festival includes a lecture with the Slovenian industrial, neo-classical band Laibach. The lecture will double as a Creative Media Colloquium session for that week. Take note that unlike previous colloquium sessions, we will be meeting on the 21st of March, which is a Friday. The venue will be at the Multimedia Theatre on the 1st floor, and will start at 7pm. Do try to make it, as it is a rare occasion to hear members of the band talk about their history, politics, music, and artwork.

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Laibach will be playing a concert at the Vine Centre in Wan Chai the following day. For more information, check out their website!