Guest Talk – Christian Sandor

The last colloquium of this semester will feature Associate Professor at Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) Dr Christian Sandor whose lecture is entitled “Breaking the Barriers to True Augmented Reality”.

Date: 18 May 2018 (Friday)
Time: 2:30 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Topic: Breaking the Barriers to True Augmented Reality

About the Speaker:
Dr Christian Sandor is an Associate Professor at Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), where he is co-directing the Interactive Media Design Lab together with Professor Hirokazu Kato. Since 2000, his foremost research interest is Augmented Reality, as he believes that it will have a profound impact on the future of mankind.

In 2005, he obtained a doctorate in Computer Science from the Munich University of Technology, Germany. He decided to explore the research world in the spirit of Alexander von Humboldt and has worked with leading research groups at institutions including: Columbia University (USA), Canon’s Leading-Edge Technology Research Headquarters (Japan), Graz University of Technology (Austria), University of Stuttgart (Germany), and Tohoku University (Japan).

Before joining NAIST, he directed the Magic Vision Lab. Together with his students, he won awards at the premier Augmented Reality conference, IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR): best demo (2011, 2016) and best poster honorable mention (2012, 2013). He has presented several keynotes and has acquired 2 million USD funding; in 2012, Magic Vision Lab was the first, and still only, Australian lab to be awarded in Samsung’s Global Research Outreach Program. In 2014, he received a Google Faculty Award for creating an Augmented Reality X-Ray system for Google Glass.

He serves as an editorial board member for Computers & Graphics (Elsevier), IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications, and Personal and Ubiquitous Computing (Springer) and as a steering committee member for ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction and IEEE ISMAR. He has been program chair for numerous conferences, including IEEE ISMAR and SIGGRAPH Asia Symposium on Mobile Graphics And Interactive Applications.

To find out more about Dr Christian Sandor, you can check out the speaker’s pages.


Guest Talk – George Kalmpourtzis

This week’s colloquium will feature Game Designer and Founder of Infinitivity Design Labs, George Kalmpourtzis, whose lecture is entitled “An Introduction to Educational Game Design”.

Date: 26 Apr 2018 (Thursday)
Time: 09:30 am
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Topic: An introduction to Educational Game Design

About the Speaker: 
George Kalmpourtzis is an award-winning game designer and educator. Finding himself between the fields of education, game studies and user experience, he has been founder, director and board member of several European design studios. He has designed and produced numerous games for computers, consoles, virtual and augmented reality and he is constantly on a journey to discover new opportunities to play! George has been working as a consultant for corporations and non-government institutions around the world, identifying play as a key aspect of human expression and communication. George also holds bachelor’s degrees both in education and engineering, a master’s degree in information systems and a PhD in design pedagogy.

Guest Talk – Mattia Casalegno

This week’s colloquium will feature independent artist Mattia Casalegno, whose lecture is entitled “An Augmented-Reality Project: The Aerobanquets RMX”.

Date: 17 Apr 2018 (Tuesday)
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Mattia Poster

Topic: An Augmented-Reality Project: The Aerobanquets RMX

Mattia Casalegno presents his last Augmented-Reality project produced by the Chronus Art Center, Shanghai. Mattia Casalegno will discuss his research and production fellowship project recently concluded at the Chronus Art Center in Shanghai. Titled The Aerobanquets RMX, the project culminated in a series of public events consisting of immersive, Augmented-Reality dinners inspired by the 1932’s ‘Futurist Cookbook’, by late Italian artist Filippo Marinetti.

Part manifesto, part artistic joke, the Futurist Cookbook is a collection of recipes, experiments, declamations and allegorical tales: here are recipes for ice cream on the moon; candied atmospheric electricities; nocturnal love feasts; sculpted meats. Casalegno will discuss how the Futurist approach to a total work of art inspired him to take on the experiment of blending culinary experiences with VR/AR technologies. He will also discuss the theoretical context and the technical challenges of the project, which was developed with technologies from Optitrack, LeapMotion, and Unity.

About the Speaker:
Mattia Casalegno is an Italian visual artist and teacher based in New York City. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and institutions including Mutek Festival in Canada, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan, MADRE and MACRO in Italy, Cimatics festival and Nuit Blanche in Belgium, Optronica in UK, Le Cube in France, OFFF in Spain, AVIT in Germany, Wright Gallery, AxS Festival and LACMA in US.

His work is being featured in publications and catalogues such as “A Touch of Code” (Gestalten), “New Media Design” (Sometti), “Deleuze and Audiovisual Art” (Manchester Metropolitan University), and media outlets as Artforum, Art Tribune, Hyperallergic, Creative Applications, We Make Money Not Art, Art F City. Nominated to the New Technological Art Awards in 2014 and artist in residence at Eyebeam in 2015. He received various grants and fellowships from, among others the CCI – Center for Cultural Innovation, GAI – Young Italian Artists Network, NASCA/NYFA and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.

He is currently faculty at the Department of Digital Arts, Pratt Institute, and the Computation, Technology and Culture Department at the Rhode Island School of Design in the US.

To find out more about Mattia Casalegno, you can check out the speaker’s pages.

DigiCon6 Award Master Talk – Shuzo John Shiota

This week’s colloquium will feature the 19th DigiCon6 Award presentation and the Master talk by Shuzo John Shiota, President of Polygon Pictures Inc.

Date: 21 Mar 2018 (Wednesday)
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Venue: M1060 Multimedia Theater, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong


About the Speaker:
Shuzo joined Polygon Pictures (Polygon) in 1999, and spearheaded the company’s transition from a boutique studio to a full-capacity animation service studio. Shuzo was appointed the president and CEO in June 2003. Polygon now houses over 260 staff members, and is renowned worldwide for its animation prowess as well as for its efficient production pipeline. Polygon has created CG animation for films such as “Innocence: Ghost in the Shell,” “Sky Crawlers,” “Hottarake,” and 65 episodes of an Emmy nominated TV series. Polygon also boasts its ability in creating original characters and contents, and has developed projects for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.

Shuzo’s producer credits include award-winning short subjects “Croccotires: traction AAA,” “Polygon Family 2,” the TV series “Mr.Digital Tokoro,” which was nominated for the Annies in 2001, and “Boneheads”, a 7 minute short for Nickelodeon.  He has juried in various animation competitions, including Prix Ars Electronica (2003-2006, 2009), SIGGRAPH CAF (2004 & 2005), TBS Digicon, as well as numerous domestic student competitions.  In 2008, Shuzo was chosen as one of the “25 Toon Titans of Asia” by Animation Magazine. He has given talks around the world, among them the USA, Denmark, Germany, France, Korea, Singapore, China, Thailand, and Taiwan.

Shûzô Shiota is known for his work on Transformers Prime<> (2010), Blame!<> (2017) and Transformers: Robots in Disguise<> (2014).


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21/3 (Wed) 2:00pm – 4:00pm Filmart 數碼娛樂論壇 (業界限定)
21/3 (Wed) 6:00pm – 8:00pm 城大邵逸夫創意媒體中心 香港#Digicon6 Asia – HK頒獎典禮及大師分享會 (免費入場)

塩田周三先生Polygon Pictures Inc.總裁/行政總裁/執行總監塩田周三現時是Polygon Pictures Inc.的總裁兼行政總裁。

塩田周三於1999年加盟Polygon Pictures(寶麗光),帶領公司從精品製作室過度至全面的動畫服務製作室。作為製作室主管,他領導團隊將寶麗光的業務擴展至海外,協助製作室成為電視連續劇的領先發展公司,製作針對外國市場的內容。

他的製作屢屢獲奬,包括短篇作品《Croccotires: traction AAA》、《寶麗光家族2》、於2001年獲提名角逐安妮獎的電視連續劇《Mr.Digital Tokoro》,及為Nickelodeon國際兒童頻道製作的七分鐘節目《Boneheads》。他本人亦獲頒發第39屆「年度日間娛樂創作藝術艾美奬」,表揚他作為《Transformers Prime》的執行總監對電視連續劇的貢獻。

塩田周三曾為多項動畫比賽擔任評判,包括《電子藝術大獎》(2003年至2006年、2009年)、《SIGGRAPH電腦動畫節》(2004年及2005年)、《SIGGRAPH亞洲電腦動畫節》(2012年、2014年至2016年)、《TBS Digicon 6》、《安錫國際動畫影展》(2016年)及多項本地學生比賽。在2008年,塩田周三被《動畫雜誌》選為「亞洲25位動畫巨擘」之一。他曾在世界各地演講,包括美國、丹麥、德國、法國、南韓、新加坡、中國、泰國及台灣,另外亦在「2015年 TEDxKyoto」演講。


Film Festival – Women in Bollywood

This week’s colloquium will feature a two-day film festival named Women in Bollywood, in collaboration with the organization Beyond Bollywood, on 24th and 25th March 2018.

The festival is to showcase Bollywood films that positively address the position of women in society. This is designed both for students and the general public and will be free of charge. We will also have a dance event in the afternoon of both days.

There will be sharing and discussions after each screening. We are delighted that the star of Anaarkali of Aarah, Swara Bhaskar, has agreed come to Hong Kong for this event. Ms. Bhaskar is specialized in affirmative female roles. For detailed programme please refer to the posters.

On March 24th

1st screening – PIKU

2nd screening – Dum Laga Ke Haisha

On March 25th

1st screening – Nil Battey Sannata

2nd screening – Anaarkali of Aarah

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These 4 screenings + sharing session will be included as the SM2703 Creative Media Colloquium. Here’s how the attendance will be counted:

Date Name of Screening and Sharing Session Attendance Count
March 24th PIKU + Sharing and Discussion with Lamia Sreya and Devi Novianti Count as 1 attempt. Attendance will be taken after the sharing session.
Dum Laga Ke Haisha + Sharing and Discussion with Jeffrey Andrews Count as 1 attempt. Attendance will be taken after the sharing session.
March 25th Nil Battey Sannata + Sharing & Discussion with Swara + Swara Bhasker in conversation with Richard Allen Count as 1 attempt. Attendance will be taken after the “Swara Bhasker in conversation with Richard Allen” session.
Anaarkali of Aarah + Sharing & Discussion with Swara Bhasker and Dr. Priyanka Jain Count as 1 attempt. Attendance will be taken after the sharing session.

To find out more about this event, you can check out the organization’s page 

Major Elective Talks

In March, Creative Media Colloquium [SM2703] will feature Major Elective Talks to facilitate UG Year 2 & Year 3 students in making informed Major Elective choices. Details are shown below:

Major Elective Talks

Date: 13 March 2018 (Tue)

Time: 16:00-19:00

Venue: M6094 (Future Cinema Studio), 6/F of CMC


Introduction to Cluster Group Time

(Q&A included)

Leader(s) of Cluster Group
Introduction to Group 9 – Sonic & Audio Arts 16:00 – 16:15 Mr Charles Chan
Introduction to Group 8 – Photography & Digital Imaging 16:15 – 16:30 Mr Warren Leung
Introduction to Group 10 – Theory, History & Philosophy of Media Art 16:30 – 16:45 Dr Damien Charrieras
Introduction to Group 11 – Integration & Professionalism 16:45 – 17:00 Dr Phoebe Man /

Dr Harald Kraemer

Introduction to Group 7 – Intermedia Art Practices 17:00 – 17:15 Mr Scott Hessels
Introduction to Group 6 – Computational Art, Visualization & Simulation 17:15 – 17:30 Dr Fu Hongbo
Introduction to Group 5 – Cinematic Arts 17:30 – 17:45 To be confirmed
Introduction to Group 4 – Animation 17:45  – 18:00 Prof Tamas Waliczky

Mr Eddie Leung

Introduction to Group 3 – Art, Society & Culture 18:00  – 18:15 Dr Kimburley Choi
Introduction to Group 2 – Art of Game & Play 18:15 – 18:30 Mr Yim Chun Pang
Introduction to Group 1 –
Arts & the Sciences
18:30 – 18:45 Dr Lam Miu Ling

All year 2 and year 3 SCM students are required to attend the above mentioned sessions in order to prepare for your major-elective selection. Interested students who have already completed the minimum credits for Major Electives but want to pursue further before reaching the maximum credit requirement are also welcome. The same attendance policy of SM2703 Creative Media Colloquium will be in place.

Guest Talk – Mike Stubbs

This week’s colloquium will feature Director of FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) Mike Stubbs whose lecture is entitled “Art + Politics”.

Date: 12 Mar 2018 (Monday)
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Mike's Poster

Topic: Art + Politics

Professor Mike Stubbs, Director of FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) will talk about the vision of the organisation, and how FACT encourages artists to provoke and disrupt mainstream thinking in all strains of programming; Exhibitions, Public Programme, Learning, and finally Research and Innovation. Presenting case studies of artworks which bridge socially engaged practice, poetics and politics, Mike will specifically reference FACT’s exhibitions programme and artists who have previously been commissioned or shown work at the gallery:

How much of this is fiction? (2017) explored the radical shift in the boundary between fiction and reality in a world increasingly governed by ‘post-truth’ politics.

He Will Not Divide Us, LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner (2017) was an artwork created to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration in the United States, shown outside the Museum of Moving Image, New York, and at FACT.

One Year Performance 1980-81, Hseih Tehching (1980-81), shown as part of Liverpool Biennial 2010 brings together the artist’s daily punch cards, photographic documents and a time-lapsed, stop-action film as evidence of his ‘doing time’ at work, made especially poignant given his uncertain status as an illegal immigrant when the work was made.

About the Speaker:
Mike Stubbs has been Director of FACT since May 2007. Previously he was Head of Exhibitions at the Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI), Senior Research Resident at Dundee University’s School of Television Imaging and was the Founding Director at Hull Time Based Arts (HTBA). During his career, Mike has commissioned over 250 interactive, site-specific, performative, sonic and moving image-based artworks. Originally educated at the Royal College of Art and Cardiff College of Art, Mike is a film-maker and artist in his own right. His own internationally commissioned artwork encompasses broadcast films, video art, large-scale public projections and new media installation. Recent initiatives include championing the new cross regional AND (Abandon Normal Devices) Festival of New Cinema and Digital Culture, commissioning KMA as part of Shanghai Expo 2010 and launching, an online arts channel.

To find out more about Mike Stubbs, you can check out the organization’s pages.

Guest Talk – Daisy Tam

This week’s colloquium will feature Daisy Tam, Assistant Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University, whose lecture is entitled “Securing Our Food System – A Case of Hong Kong”.

Date: 16 Jan 2018 (Tuesday)
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Daisy Tam's Poster

Topic: Securing Our Food System – A Case of Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s food system exemplifies that of many urban cities, as the global population move towards 9 billion and the majority of the population in SE Asia are expected to move to urban areas, re-thinking our urban food system is urgent. In this lecture, I will be taking a peek behind the scenes of Asia’s gourmet capital. Despite its vibrant food scene, Hong Kong’s food system is in fact not secure. I will be presenting the case study of food rescue and discuss alternative systems and approaches to food security.

About the Speaker:
Daisy is Assistant Professor at the Hong Kong Baptist University where she teaches and does research on urban food systems with a particular focus on food security. Her critical engagement with food began in London where she did her PhD in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths. Since her return to Hong Kong 5 years ago, she has been focusing her work on food waste, working closely with Food Rescue NGOs to help recover surplus food and distribute it to the needy. She advocates for a food secure city, where good food can be available and accessible to all and drives to build a more ethical and sustainable food system. She believes academic research should benefit society and strives to bring her work to a wider audience, her recent TedX talk reached a live audience of 1200 people and she continues to do public lectures and workshops with the community.

To find out more about Daisy Tam, you can check out the speaker’s pages.


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Guest Talk – Winnie Soon

The first colloquium of this semester will feature Winnie Soon, Assistant Professor at Aarhus University whose lecture is entitled “Humanistic and Computational Thinking Through Practice”.

Date: 12 Jan 2018 (Friday)
Time: 11:30 am
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

SOON's poster

Topic: Humanistic and Computational Thinking Through Practice

In this talk, I will present some of my artistic works that span the areas of net art, software-based art, and electronic literature. My works examine the materiality of computational processes that underwrite our experiences and realities in digital culture that touch on cultural-social-political topics, such as Internet censorship, the economy of likes, spam and literary culture, politics of APIs, cultural machines and feminist software.

I consider computational practice as a mode of humanistic inquiry to understand the digital culture – a condition that we are highly engaged with, and surrounded by, software and networked systems. I ask how might we understand cultural systems through computational practice? This talk will unfold the importance of computational practice in my thinking and research, examining the infrastructure and implications of cultural systems.

About the Speaker:
Winnie Soon is an artist-researcher who resides in Hong Kong and Denmark. Informed by the cultural, social and political context of technology, Winnie’s work approach spans the fields of artistic practice and software studies, examining the materiality of computational processes that underwrite our experiences and realities in digital culture. Her projects and lectures have been presented internationally at museums, art festivals, universities and conferences, including but not limited to ZKM, Transmediale2015/2017 (Berlin), ISEA2015/2016 (Vancouver, Hong Kong), V&A Museum (London), ARoS Aarhus Art Museum (Aarhus, Denmark), Si Shang Art Museum (Beijing), Pulse Art + Technology Festival (Savannah, USA), FutureEverything Art Exhibition (Manchester), The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale, Hong Kong Microwave International Media Arts Festival, Taipei National University of Arts, Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design and The University of Hong Kong.

Winnie’s current research focuses on Computational Thinking and Empowerment, working on a book project with Geoff Cox titled “Aesthetic Programming: A Handbook of Software Studies, or Software Studies for Dummies”. Currently, she is Assistant Professor at the Department of Digital Design and Information Studies in Aarhus University.

To find out more about Winnie Soon, you can check out the speaker’s pages.