Guest Talk – Diana Lee

We will have Film Producer Diana Lee in our next colloquium held on 28 Mar 2017 (Tuesday) to give a talk with the topic “How to bring a film idea from concept to reality, and onto the screens”. The talk will start at 5:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: 28 Mar 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Topic: How to bring a film idea from concept to reality, and onto the screens

About the films:
It all starts out with an idea: excavate a family’s hidden secret, explore a social condition, shed light on human rights abuses; to entertain, to inspire, to challenge. Whatever the idea, whatever the intention, how do filmmakers bring that idea to reality, convey the story through visually captivating images, words, and sounds? And once the film is made, how do you get it to be seen, for it to reach millions of viewers? Diana will show excerpts of her previous films and share how she works with filmmakers to get a film made and be seen.

Films will include: THE PRIESTESS WALKS ALONE, STOLEN: LIVES IN EXILE, THE BOSS, 24th STREET, and CODE RED.

About the Speaker:
Diana is an award winning film producer with over 15 years of experience in the industry, including producing, programming, marketing and distribution.

Her recent films include: Small Talk (Panorama, Berlinale 2017, Golden Horse Film Festival 2016), The Priestess Walks Alone (Golden Harvest FF 2017, Queer Screen 2017, &Proud Yangong 2017, NHK Inside Lens), Stolen: Lives in Exile (China/Iran). She’s also worked on entertainment television shows, commercials and PSAs.

Diana’s films have received funding and support from Eurodoc, ITVS, The Paul Robeson Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, Taiwan Cultural Foundation, New Taipei City Film Production Grant, and Busan Asian Cinema Fund.

Prior to becoming a producer, she worked with many leading media arts organizations in the United States including: Center for Asian American Media, Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, Women Make Movies, Arts Engine, NY Asian American International Film Festival.

Diana received her MA in media studies from The New School University, and is currently based in Taipei and NY.

To find out more about Diana Lee, you can check out the speaker’s pages.

Guest Talk – Carolina Fernández-Castrillo

We will have Professor Carolina Fernández-Castrillo in our next colloquium held on 20 Mar 2017 (Monday) to give a talk with the topic “Media Culture Archaeology: From Futurism to Digital Avant-gardes”. The talk will be started at 5:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: 20 Mar 2017 (Monday)
Time: 5:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Topic: Media Culture Archaeology: From Futurism to Digital Avant-gardes

Abstract:
Some of the most original cultural expressions at the beginning of the 21st century can be related to the Futurist desire of provocation and rupture with traditions. Since 1909, the Italian Avant-garde embraced the modern adventure establishing the fundamental prerogative of the interdisciplinary fusion of art, science and technology. Nowadays, new cultural forms in hypermedia, expanded reality, interactive broadcast and screen media are constantly redefining the relationship between the creators of content and their audiences, who increasingly are becoming “producers”. The pioneering projects in Media Culture constitute an inspiring milestone for current aesthetic innovation in Digital Humanities and a starting point to comprehend the evolution of real time interaction, immersive environments and intermediality.

About the Speaker:
Carolina Fernández-Castrillo is Professor of Digital Culture and Transmedia Communication at Madrid Open University (UDIMA) and New York University (NYU-Madrid). She is also Guest Professor in the International Master of Visual Media at IE School of Communication.

She is Ph.D. at Complutense University of Madrid (European Doctorate Mention, Extraordinay Doctoral Award and Best Ph.D. Royal Complutense College at Harvard University) and Ph.D. with distinction at Sapienza University of Rome.

Prof. Fernández-Castrillo was Lecturer at both universities and Visiting Scholar at Yale University and in the Institute of Theater and Media Studies at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. She was also Invited Professor of the Doctoral Program in Media Studies at Bayreuth Universität. She is the author of several publications and invited lectures in international seminars on Visual Studies, Media Archaeology and Intermediality. She combines her theoretical knowledge with her projects as curator of cultural events specialized in Media Arts. Since 2009 she is Associate Researcher and Project Manager at ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.

To find out more about Carolina Fernández-Castrillo, you can check out the speaker’s pages.

Guest Talk – Ray Lee

On 07 Mar 2017 (Tuesday), we’ll have Artist Ray Lee in a colloquium session co-organized with Hong Kong Arts Festival. He will talk about the ideas behind his project Chorus and his works in the 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space.

Date: 07 Mar 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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About the Talk:
Ray Lee, the creator of Chorus, will talk about the ideas behind this project and his works in the 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space.

About the Speaker:
Ray Lee is an award-winning sound artist and composer. He creates spinning, whirling, and pendulous sound installations and performances that explore “circles of ether”, the invisible forces that surround us.

His immersive and mesmerizing works such as the world-wide hit Siren, Ethometric Museum and his monumental outdoor work Chorus aim to make contemporary music accessible and engaging for a wide audience. Siren toured the world with significant British Council support. Ethometric Museum won him the 2012 British Composer of the Year for Sonic Art. Force Field was awarded an honorary mention in the 2008 Prix Ars Electronica.

Ray is a Professor of Sound Art at Oxford Brookes University, and an associate artist of OCM (Oxford Contemporary Music).

To find out more about Ray Lee, you can check out the speaker’s pages.

About Chorus:
Chorus, this hypnotic installation by UK sound artist Ray Lee, will illuminate the evening dusk in Kowloon Park during the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Towering above, a series of giant metal tripods support rotating arms. At the end of each arm loudspeakers emit precisely tuned musical pitches creating a pulsating, harmonic drone, singing out a hypnotic siren call to all those present.

Red lights on the arms appear like a whirling swarm of fireflies, or of planets in motion, emitting mesmerizing orbits of colour. These intersecting lights trace rings in the sky, while the combined chorus of the spinning speakers creates a cohesive harmonious whole, “a sticky flux” that is both uplifting and transfixing.

Exhibition Details:
Free Admission
Date/Time:
2-3, 7-10 Mar 2017   6:45pm, 7:30pm, 8:15pm, 9pm, 9:30pm
4-5 Mar 2017  3:00pm, 3:45pm. 4:30pm, 6:45pm. 7:30pm, 8:15pm, 9:00pm, 9:30pm, 10pm
Venue:  Piazza, Kowloon Park
Website: www.hk.artsfestival.org

Guest Talk – Jen Lewin

On 01 Mar 2017 (Wednesday), we’ll have Artist Jen Lewin in a colloquium session co-organized with Hong Kong Arts Festival. The topic is “Please Touch The Art”. The talk will be started at 6:30 pm in M3017 Lecture Theatre.

Date: 01 Mar 2017 (Wednesday)
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: M3017 Lecture Theatre, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Topic: Please Touch The Art

Abstract:
From indoor communal spaces to outdoor parks and plazas, Jen Lewin challenges you to move beyond intention into action with engaging light based works. Her interactive public sculptures use cutting edge LED technology, mesh networks, and IoT to bring lighting and sound to life. She pushes the boundaries of urban spaces with a strong artistic vision, creating installations that create landmarks and gathering points while transforming public space and invigorating community. Come and be inspired by Lewin’s work, process, and vision as she covers the history of her dynamic work and its path into the exciting future.

About the Speaker:
Jen Lewin is an internationally renowned sculptor based in New York, who works with light and interactive media. Over the last 15 years, Lewin has honed her highly technical medium to fabricate large-scale interactive sculptures that combine light, sound and motion to encourage community interaction.

Lewin’s use of technology as a medium challenges popular conceptions of new media works and their limitations. Focusing on pieces made for public use, she thinks beyond the conventional art exhibition to create an experience that brings vibrancy to neighbourhoods and public spaces. At once organic and electronic, Lewin’s playful sculptures leave the viewers enchanted and surprised while encouraging delight through their engagement with the work.

Jen Lewin, her designs, and installations have been recognized with an Architizer A+ Award. Her works have been featured at events in the US and in cities all over the world including Sydney, Singapore, and Gwangju. She has had solo exhibitions in the United States, Portugal and England. Lewin served as Creative Director for the Ceren Project and Ivee Project at The Sundance Laboratory for Advanced Computing in Design, as well as lead designer for ITN (Saber) in Palo Alto.

Artist’s official website: http://jenlewinstudio.com/

For more details on the program, please refer to http://www.superpoolhkaf.org/

Guest Talk – Mauritius Seeger

We will have Video Artist Mauritius Seeger in our next colloquium held on 28 Feb 2017 (Tuesday) to give a talk with the topic “Creative coding and Interactivity “. The talk will be started at 5:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: 28 Feb 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Topic: Creative coding and Interactivity

Abstract:
This talk will outline my artistic and commercial work in the field of creative coding, interactive media installations, computer vision and live video performances. Specifically this talk will focus on how combining these different disciplines can lead to powerful new ways of presenting and experiencing art.

About the Speaker:
Mauritius Seeger is a video artist and programmer who has a strong interest in lens-based media: music videos, short films and photography. Much of his current work focuses on interactive aspect of video installations that draw on his experience in computer vision, combining his passion and experience in video with the power of software to create engaging audience responsive installations.

To find out more about the speaker, you can check out the his personal webpage and studio webpage.

Guest Talk – Shawn Frayne

We will have the CEO and co-founder of Looking Glass Shawn Frayne in our next colloquium held on 21 Feb 2017 (Tuesday) to give a talk with the topic “The Future History of Volumetric Display: A Retrospective circa 2046”. The talk will be started at 5:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: 21 Feb 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Topic: The Future History of Volumetric Display: A Retrospective circa 2046

About the Speaker:
Shawn is the CEO and co-founder of Looking Glass, a Brooklyn and Hong Kong-based startup that is advancing the world’s first lightfolding volumetric displays. Prior to Looking Glass, over the past decade Shawn invented or co-invented new technologies in the fields of green packaging, solar water disinfection, small-scale solar power, non-turbine wind power generation, and volumetric printing. For this work, he has been awarded the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, noted as one of the ‘20 Best Brains Under 40’ by Discover Magazine, and listed on Inc Magazine’s ’30 Under 30’ rising business leaders list. Shawn has his B.S. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

To find out more about Shawn Frayne, you can check out the speaker’s pages.

Guest Talk – Jihoon Kim

We will have Professor Jihoon Kim in our first colloquium in this semester held on 17 Jan 2017 (Tuesday) to give a talk with the topic “Hybrid Moving Images in the Post-media Age”. The talk will be started at 5:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: 17 Jan 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Topic: Hybrid Moving Images in the Post-media Age

Abstract:
The ongoing proliferation of digital technologies in the terrain of art practice since the 1990s has unsettled the status of the moving image. Numerous art practitioners across different fields have responded to the volatility of image by creating new works of art that could obscure established distinctions between different media arts. This talk provides the concept of hybrid moving images as an array of impure images shaped by the encounters and negotiations between the material, technical, and aesthetic components of existing moving image media, namely film, video, and the digital. Grounding its study in interdisciplinary framework of film studies, media studies, and contemporary art criticism, this talk offers a fresh insight on the post-media conditions of film and video under the pervasive influences of digital technologies, as well as on the crucial roles of media hybridity in the creative processes of giving birth to the emerging forms of the moving image. Charting and demonstrating five types of hybrid moving images, this talk paves the way for understanding how digital technologies simultaneously depend on and differ from previous time-based media, and how this juncture of similarities and differences signals a new regime of the art of the moving image.

About the Speaker:
Jihoon Kim is an assistant professor of cinema and media studies at Chung-ang University, South Korea. He is the author of Between Film, Video, and the Digital: Hybrid Moving Images in the Post-media Age (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016), and his essays have appeared in Screen, Film Quarterly, Camera Obscura, and Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, among others, and are forthcoming in Cinema Journal and Journal of Film and Video. Currently he is working on a new book manuscript entitled Documentary’s Expanded Fields: New Media, New Platforms, and the Documentary.

To find out more about Jihoon Kim, you can check out the speaker’s pages.