Nate Chan – Guest Lecture/Film Screening

12th Guest Lecture in Creative Media Colloquium this semester with:

Nate Chan

Date: Tuesday April 28, 2015
Time: 5-6pm
Venue: 6/F Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre M6094 Future Cinema Studio

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Title: 《傘不走的女聲》Do you hear the women sing?

Synopsis: 「女人出嚟示威就預咗被人非禮?」「暴力清場,女人走先男嘅頂住?」從暴力、性­/別、政治到信仰,十位女撐傘者將心路歷程娓娓道來。民主路上,既是平等相待、竭力奮­進,又何需用性別來設限?
策劃:曹曉彤(香港基督教協進會性別公義促進小組)
導演、攝影師及剪接:陳芊憓
攝影師、後期製作及剪接:馮明心
翻譯:黃嘉穎

Female protesters should be prepared for sexually harassment? Ladies should leave first and let men stay behind when the occupied areas are under brutal attacks? Ten female umbrella protesters will SHARE their experience in terms of violence, sex and gender, politics and religious belief. As long as we treat each other fairly and spare no effort to fight for democracy, does gender still matter?
Producer: Tso Hiu Tung Jessica (Hong Kong Christian Council Gender Justice Group)
Director, cinematographer & editing: Nate Chan
Cinematographer, post production & editing: Fox Fung
Translator: Wong Ka Wing

About the director: 

陳芊憓,影像工作者,作品包括《同話深水埗》、《麗生辦館》。曾任陳耀成導演的副導演,現在游走於社會運動之中拍攝紀錄。由於過於年輕所以不怕被擊敗,不斷從錯誤中學習成為更好的人。

Nate Chan, a photographer and camerawoman, has produced documentary films like “Tales of Sham Shui Po” and “Lai Sun Store”. Once acted as the assistant director of Evans Chan, a famous film director, she is now engaging in the shooting of social movements. Because of her youthfulness, she is not afraid of facing difficulties and frustration, willing to turn her weaknesses into her experiences, abilities and strength.

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Black Zenith – Guest Lecture/Performance

11th Guest Lecture in Creative Media Colloquium this semester with:

Black Zenith – Brian O’Reilly and Darren Moore

Date: Monday April 27, 2015
Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Venue: 1/F Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre M1060 Multimedia Theatre

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Title: “Systems and Structures for Intermedia Improvisation”

Abstract: 

This workshop will address the aesthetic and technical concerns related to the performance techniques of the group Black Zenith. The performance/presentation will place their work within the greater historical and technological context of the intersecting points of video art and abstract electronic music.

Black Zenith is an audio-visual duo comprised of Darren Moore and Brian O’Reilly. Their work investigates the interconnections between electronic music, improvisation and abstract moving images. Integral to their work is the use analog modular synthesizers that generate live visuals through the transformation of audio signals into images. They investigate the symbiotic relationship between sound and image considering each element as of equal importance in the output. Black Zenith draws as much influence from noise music & the electroacoustic music tradition as they do from the foundations of abstract video art.

About the speakers:

Brian O’Reilly works within the fields of electro-acoustic composition, sound installations, moving images and noise music. Also he is a contrabassist focusing on uncovering the inaudible textures and hidden acoustic microsounds of his instrument through the integration of electronic treatments and extended playing techniques.

He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on a scholarship for sculpture during which time he focused on sonic art, kinetic sculpture and analog video synthesis utilizing the Sandin Image Processor. He also at this time was engaged in independent studies in music improvisation and composition with various members of Chicago’s AACM. He relocated to Paris to research the composition methods of the composer and architect Iannis Xenakis. During this time he worked extensively with Xenakis’ electronic music system utilizing graphic sonic synthesis the UPIC. After a time of research at Les Ateliers UPIC, he received an appointment as the studio’s Musical Assistant, during which he also worked as music assistant for Luc Ferrari on his audio & video installation “Cycle Des Souvenirs” and Eliane Radigue on her electroacoustic work “L’Ile Re-sonante”.

He pursued graduate studies in Electronic Music Composition at the University of California Santa Barbara’s Media Arts and Technology program, where his collaborations with Curtis Roads began with the project “Point Line Cloud” which won an Award of Distinction at Ars Electronica in 2002.

As Operations Manager of Recombinant Media Labs in San Francisco He worked on many project for the Asphodel record label & recording studio, and has received several international residencies/commissions including invitations to work as a guest artist at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) in Germany, LUFF: Lausanne Underground Film Music Festival in Switzerland, Kuala Lumpur Underground Film Festival, the SH Festival in Shanghai and All Tomorrow Parties festival curated by Autechre in the UK. He has performed with and worked on projects with Eliane Radigue, Luc Ferrari, Curtis Roads, Zbigniew Karkowski, Otomo Yoshihide, Matmos, Maryanne Amacher, Zeitkratzer, Dennis Wong, Christian Marclay, Toshimaru Nakamura, William Basinski, Yong Yandsen, Fe-Mail, Yasunao Tone, Darren Moore, George Chaua, Anla Courtis, Bani Haykal, Francisco López, The Observatory, Dharma, Garth Knox, Steina and Woody Vasulka, amongst others.

He is currently performing solo audio, moving images and modular analog synthesizer with Black Zenith and contrabass & electronics with Game of Patience. He also is a lecturer at LASALLE’s College of the Arts School of Contemporary Music, focusing on electronic music composition, creative music making techniques through the use of improvisation and visual music.

Born in Scotland, raised in Australia and based in Singapore, Darren Moore (b. 1974) is a drummer and electronic musician who is always moving forward. Driven by his passion for artistic expression, Darren is continually challenging himself to explore new territory.

Creative improvisation is central to his practice maintaining a through-line in his approach to varying projects and activities. His current projects include free-improv group Game of Patience, audio-visual duo Black Zenith, Carnatic rhythm based percussion duo of Darren Moore/Suresh Vaidyanathan, Greg Lyons’ Omniform and small groups, free jazz unit the Tim O’Dwyer Trio as well as bio-art project ‘cellF’.

Darren’s musical journey began when he starting playing drums at 14 years old in his hometown of Perth, Australia. His early musical experiences where playing rock music in the underground local music scene before entering the Western Australian Conservatorium where he completed a Certificate in Classical Percussion in 1993 and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Drumming in 1997.

After graduating from university, Darren moved to London which proved to very formative to his development as musician having exposure to the broad range of musical experiences. Darren returned to Australia in 2002 where he lived in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney collaborating with musicians such as Lindsay Vickery, Cat Hope, Tim O’Dwyer, Scott Tinkler, Tom Fryer, Will Guthrie, Clayton Thomas, Dale Gorfinkel, Peter Farrar, Jon Rose and Chris Abrahams to name a few.

In 2006 Darren moved to Singapore to become a Lecture in Music at Lasalle College of the Arts. The move to Singapore saw him expand his activities and network becoming active on the jazz and experimental music scenes in South East Asia and Japan as well as Europe.

In Singapore, Darren is a driving force in the jazz and experimental music scenes performing regularly and organizing events with under the banner of the C.H.O.P.P.A. Experimental Music Series. In 2014 he was the artistic director for the Singapore leg of the Australian sound art festival Liquid Architecture and was also the artistic director for the 2008 and 2010 C.H.O.P.P.A. Experimental Music Festivals.

Regular visits to Japan from 2007 has made the Tokyo underground music scene a second home to Darren where he collaborates with musicians such as Toshimaru Nakamura, Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Takaoka Daisuke, Suga Dairo, Murata Naoya, Umezu Kazutoki, Tanaka Kunikazu, Yumihara Cawkwell, Sakaguchi Mitsuhisa, Yutaka Kaido and Fujiwara Daisuke amongst others.

Darren is also a passionate teacher who believes strongly in nurturing the next generation of musicians. He contributes to the Singapore music scene through his position as lecturer in music at Lasalle College of the Arts where he teaches drum set, popular music studies and creative improvisation. His commitment to education saw Darren complete a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Queensland Conservatorium in 2013 which looked at the adaptation of Carnatic Indian rhythms to the drum set.

Job Koelewijn – Guest Lecture

10th Guest Lecture in Creative Media Colloquium this semester with:

Job Koelewijn

Date: Tuesday April 21, 2015
Time: 5.00pm – 6.30pm
Venue: 6/F Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre M6094 Future Cinema Studio

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Title: Spinoza: Mondial Reading Performance

Abstract: In 2007 Koelewijn was commissioned by the Spinoza foundation and S.K.O.R,  a foundation in the Netherlands for public art to make a Monument  for the  Dutch philosopher Spinoza (1632-1677). Already known for this sort of work, he didn’t want to make a sculpture but instead made the following  proposal ;

To read out loud the important book “The Ethics in Geometrical Order”, by visiting different countries and in each country he would read for 45 minutes so the “monument” for Spinoza would result in an audiobook.

About the speaker: Job Koelewijn, who once said that he found painting to be too detached from real life, creates conceptual art that invites the use of hearing and smell to heighten optical experiences. He famously covered a wall in the Palazzo Ca’ Zenobio with perfumed baby powder for the Venice Biennale in 2001, and made a device called the Internal Communication Amplifier (1997) that connects a user’s mouth to his or her own ears. Koelewijn is also deeply influenced by text, poetry and philosophy, particularly Peter Sloterdijk, Spinoza and Dante, and literary references make material appearances in his installations as pages or book covers.

Dennis Wong – Guest Lecture

9th Guest Lecture in Creative Media Colloquium this semester with:

Dennis Wong

Date: Tuesday April 14, 2015
Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Venue: 6/F Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre M6094 Future Cinema Studio

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Title: Anti-Instrumentalism: The Road Not To Be Travelled

Abstract: Anti-instrumentalism has a double meaning: The pursuit of aimlessness and uselessness in art, and the redefinition of “instrumental standard” by doing what is supposed to be amiss. This is about a personal journey of discovering strength in one’s weakness.

About the speaker: Sin:Ned, aka Dennis WONG/ WONG Chung Fai, is an improviser, experimentalist and noise addict from Hong Kong. He regards himself asmedium and his works, only manifestation of our hidden sonic aspects. His practice on noise and sound signifies an implicit form of mysticism in search of direct and pure physical sonic experience through chaos, errors and the extremes. As an instrumentalist, he struggles to defy all existing rational and orthodox structures by pursuing a seemingly “meaningless, aimless and purpose-less” sonic existence. His works involved instrument and materials ranges widely from Chapman Stick, guitar, laptop, hardware synths, circuit bent instruments, field recordings to various unusual non-musical objects and devices. He is the co-founder of Re-Records (www.re-records.com), Twenty Alpha and advisor of soundpocket (www.soundpocket.org.hk); also founding member of experimental outfits No One Pulse, After Doom and adeo. He is the ritualist behind home brew events suchas Kill The Silence Festival, Keep The Silence Festival, Subliminal Lounge, ACO Sound-on-Site, and live performance series NOISE to SIGNAL for improvised noise and experimental music

Being a veteran writer of the legendary Hong Kong alternative music magazine MCB(Music Colony Bi-Weekly), his writings had influenced a wide spectrum of experimental musicians and listeners in Hong Kong and China. As a sound improviser, he has offered performance and creative work for concert, sound installation, workshop, audio-visual and theatrical performance such as Get It Louder (2007), Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (2007, 2009), Architecture is Art Festival (2009), Notch Festival 2009 Guangzhou Station (2009), Against 2012: Fukuoka Extreme Music Festival (2012), New Vision Arts Festival (2012), Miji Festival (2013), Kill The Silence Festival (2013& 2014), Freespace Festival (2013), Lacking Sound Festival (2014)…etc.

He has worked with artists such as Zbigniew Karkowski, Otomo Yoshihide, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Alfred 23 Harth, Yan Jun, Torturing Nurse, dj sniff, and Dickson Dee…etc. His works have been featured in the infamous Belgium imprint Sub Rosa’s “An Anthology of Chinese Electronic Music” and “An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music Vol. 7”.

Cesar Harada – Guest Lecture

8th Guest Lecture in Creative Media Colloquium this semester with:

Cesar Harada

Date: Tuesday March 31, 2015
Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Venue: 6/F Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre M6094 Future Cinema Studio

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Title: Creating a Purposeful Community in Hong Kong

Abstract:

How can we create innovative communities in Hong Kong? How can we get people from different backgrounds to work together on meaningful technologies for Social and Environmental impact? How can we get citizens to contribute to art and science on-line and offline in a community space? In this lecture, Cesar Harada will present recent Open Hardware robotics work, environmental sensor research and the latest developments of MakerBay, Hong Kong largest makerspace that will open soon in Yau Tong.

About the speaker:

Cesar Harada is a French-Japanese Inventor, Environmentalist and Entrepreneur, currently developing the Protei – a revolutionary shape shifting sailing robot. He is a TED Senior Fellow, Unreasonable at Sea Entrepreneur, Figures of Progress (by GOOD and IBM), and passionate about “Open Hardware for the Environment” with a strong focus on ocean communities and technologies.

Cesar is a graduate from the Royal College of Arts London, Design Interactions Department, and worked at MIT Boston USA as Project Leader, Construction Manager of the iHub in Nairobi Kenya, and recently at Goldsmiths University, London. Cesar won the Hong Kong StartMeUp Grand Award, led the Open-H2O (former Open-Sailing) to win the ARS Electronica Golden Nica [Next Idea] (Austria) and the VIDA awards of Fundacion Telefonica (Spain).

Alessandro Carboni – Guest Lecture

7th Guest Lecture in Creative Media Colloquium this semester with:

Alessandro Carboni

Date: Tuesday March 24, 2015
Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Venue: 6/F Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre M6094 Future Cinema Studio

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Title: My Body Is A Map: Rethinking cartography process as performance practice

Abstract:

The presentation will introduce Em:toolkit, a system I have developed to help me to answer many of the questions I ask my self as an artist/performer and researcher about cartography as performance practice and how it affects perception, representation and the embodiment of space. The toolkit proposes a set of instructions to capture, extract and embody spatial data. The toolkit describes a cartographic process that applies a new methodological approach to urban mapping based on a reflexive practice invoking the body through a series of steps comprising observation, analysis, extraction and the embodiment of data. The result is a body-action that functions as a map. The presentation aim to open a discussion about the wide-ranging debates about cartography, urban mapping, performance and visual practice.

About the speaker:

Alessandro Carboni, interdisciplinary artist, focuses it practices on the body and its relationship with space. His works are interdisciplinary mappings that represent places that he reshapes and weaves according to the different stages stimulated by specific urban contingencies. At the moment he lives and works as independent artist between Sardinia and Hong Kong in which is developing a PhD at the School of Creative Media, City University, Hong Kong.
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Travis Parsons – Guest Lecture

6th Guest Lecture in Creative Media Colloquium this semester with:

Travis Parsons

Date: Monday March 23, 2015
Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Venue: 1/F Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre M1052 Screening Theatre

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Title: Creative coding, the openFrameworks movement, and Parsons Design+Technology programs

Abstract:

Creative coding is the use of computer programming in making art and design projects. You may not think you are a creative coder, but you should become one! This skill will open many artistic and job opportunities and you will become rich and famous! openFrameworks is a creative coding toolkit (http://openframeworks.cc) that was developed within Parsons Design+Technology programs about ten years ago. OpenFrameworks has grown to have a huge worldwide following, and has spread across many countries (USA, Europe, Japan). It is now developing quickly in China. OpenFrameworks is one of the leading creative coding toolkits. It plays an important role in cutting edge fields like new media art, interaction design, the “internet of things”, and robotics.

This lecture will provide an overview of the importance of creative coding to today’s art and design scene, and will review many examples of interactive artwork that has been produced with the openFrameworks creative coding toolkit. A brief introduction to openFrameworks will be included, as well as a primer on how to “get coding” with this fantastic tool. Also discussed will be the ongoing openFrameworks worldwide competition “oFOpen” (yes, you can get involved). Finally, an introduction to Parsons MFA Design+Technology program (New York, Paris) will be provided, including the ways that creative coding is being integrated into Parsons DT research environment.

About the speaker:

Sven Travis is a teacher, a researcher, a creative technologist, and a skier. He has taught and administered at Parsons School of Design in New York for more than a quarter century. He founded Parsons BFA and MFA degree programs in Design+Technology, within which he teaches. He is former (founding) Dean of Parsons School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons. He has served as faculty in Parsons Product Design Department (Textile Design and Computer Graphics), as Parsons Director of Advanced Computing, as Chair of Parsons Digital Design Department (which he founded), as Director of Parsons Center for New Design (which he co-founded), and as New School Associate Provost for Technology R&D. Travis was raised in Wisconsin and is a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers. He was educated at the Rhode Island School of Design and New York Polytechnic University. He is married with two children, and is a proud resident of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Travis is founding partner of The Fred Group (digitally generated textile printing and design, now defunct), principal of Crazy Baldhead (neural network and fuzzy logic programming applied to interactive media– still rumored to exist– whereabouts unknown), founder of the Beijing Yacht Club (immersive digital installations), and lead researcher within the Mighty Spicy Collective (open source educational technology). His research ranges between art, design, education, and technology. Three of his current projects are “Code, Compose, Collaborate”—a MacArthur DML/Hastac funded project underway in New York, New Delhi, Manila, and Beijing, “openFrameworks Open”, a creative coding project/competition taking place in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and New York, and the “Urban Assembly Maker Academy”, a public high school in downtown Manhattan.

Louis Mallozzi – Guest Lecture

5th Guest Lecture in Creative Media Colloquium this semester with:

Louis Mallozzi

Date: Tuesday March 17, 2015
Time: 4.00-5.00
Venue: 6/F Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre M6094 Future Cinema Studio

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Title: Three Hats in Chicago: Working as an artist, administrator and educator

Abstract:

Like many artists in the US, my working life involves three mutually enriching and occasionally mutually frustrating practices: artist, arts administrator, and educator.  This situation often comes about in the US, in part because art is very badly funded, so artists are constantly trying to invent their own economies.  Therefore one’s involvement and survival often depend on flexibility, adaptability, and a collaborative and lateral approach to work and culture, or work in culture.  I’ll share examples of my work in all three areas – my art-making practice, the programs of Experimental Sound Studio, and the curriculum of the Sound Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago — and articulate some of the crossover among them in the context of experimental and exploratory approaches to culture in Chicago.

About the speaker:

Louis Mallozzi is an artist based in Chicago. Sound and/or language are often a focus or a launching point for his work. His artistic practice typically subjects ideas, materials, structures, and contexts to impediments, collusion and collision, resulting in installations, performances, media art works, collaborations, and improvised music that take place as gallery exhibitions, performances, or public interventions. Though varying in medium, format, complexity, and presentational context, these pieces as a whole focus on efforts to dismantle and reconstitute sound, image, language, gesture, and signification in order to expose and explore the unstable relationships among perception, mediation, ideology, and image. Mallozzi is on the faculty of the Sound Department of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is co-founder and director of Experimental Sound Studio, a sonic arts center in Chicago.

Baptist Coelho – Guest Lecture

4th Guest Lecture in Creative Media Colloquium this semester with:

Baptist Coelho

Date: Monday March 16, 2015
Time: 17.00-18.00
Venue: 1/F Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre M1052 Screening Theatre

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Title: “You can’t afford to have emotions out there…”

Speaker: Baptist Coelho

AbstractSince April 13, 1984, the endless conflict between India and Pakistan over the ownership of the Siachen Glacier has been fought at an altitude of around 18,000 feet, which is the highest battlefield on earth. Bitter cold temperatures reaching to -60° Celsius make living conditions unbearable for the soldiers. “You can’t afford to have emotions out there…”. The project focuses on the life of the soldier; not as a machine of war but as a man coping with the day to day complexities of conflict; a soldier with emotions and vulnerabilities like any other human being.

About the speaker: Baptist Coelho’s projects frequently merge personal research with collaborations from various cultures, geographies and histories. He incorporates various media such as installation, video, audio, photography, performance and found objects.

Coelho received his Masters of Arts from the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, BIAD, UK (2006). He was awarded the ‘Façade Video Award’ (2011) by Art Today Association, Bulgaria; ‘Promising Artist Award’ (2007) by Art India & India Habitat Centre, Delhi and ‘Johnson Prize Fund’ (2006) by BIAD, UK. Solo Exhibitions include Pump House Gallery, London (2012); Grand Palais, Bern, (2009); Project 88, Mumbai (2009); Visual Arts Gallery, Delhi (2009) and BIAD, UK (2006). Coelho has exhibited worldwide in museums, galleries and film screenings. He has also participated in various artist residencies; conducted workshops, artist talks and panel discussions in Asia, Europe and South Africa.In May 2015, he will have a solo exhibition at the Ladakh Arts and Media Organization in Leh, Inida. Baptist is the 2015-16 Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. The artist lives and works in Mumbai, India.

Hongbin Zha – Guest Lecture

3rd Guest Lecture in Creative Media Colloquium this semester with:

Professor Hongbin Zha

Date: Tuesday March 10, 2015
Time: 19.00-20.00
Venue: 6/F Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre M6094 Future Cinema Studio

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Title: 3D Digital Technology and its Applications in Cultural Heritage

Speaker: Professor Hongbin Zha

Abstract:

3D digital technologies for object and scene modeling have significant potential for a variety of applications including industrial design, virtual reality, intelligent human-computer interaction, and digital heritage. Recently, great achievements in laser scanning technology have made it possible to create high-quality 3D models of complex objects by using dense point clouds and high-resolution texture images. In the talk, I will give an introduction to some of our efforts in applying the 3D digital technologies in archaeology and digital heritage. I will focus on a number of pilot projects we have undertaken for grottos in China, including Longmen, Maijishan, and Xiangtangshan. The main purposes of the projects ranged from 3D model assisted sketch generation for archaeologists, virtual reconstruction of historic sites and relics in grottos, to applications in digital museum.

About the speaker:

Hongbin Zha received PhD degree in electrical engineering from Kyushu University, Japan, in 1990. After working as a research associate at Kyushu Institute of Technology, he joined Kyushu University in 1991 as an associate professor. He was also a visiting professor in the Centre for Vision, Speech, and Signal Processing, Surrey University, Unite Kingdom, in 1999. Since 2000, he has been a professor at the Key Lab on Machine Perception (MOE), Peking University, China. His research interests include computer vision, digital geometry processing, and robotics. He has published more than 300 technical publications in journals, books, and international conference proceedings. He received the Franklin V. Taylor Award from the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society in 1999, and Best Paper Awards in Euromed 2010.