Michael Wolf – Guest Lecture

We’re psyched to have photographer Michael Wolf coming in on January 12th to talk about his work of capturing and documenting life in mega cities. The lecture will begin at the usual time of 5:00pm, and it will be on the 3rd floor in room M3017 Lecture Theatre.

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About the Artist:
Wolf grew up in Canada, Europe and the United States, studying at UC Berkeley and at the Folkwang School with Otto Steinert in Essen, Germany. He moved to Hong Kong in 1994 where he worked for 8 years as contract photographer for Stern magazine. He then withdrew from editorial photography in order to pursue his own projects.

Wolf’s work has been exhibited in numerous locations, including the Venice Bienniale for Architecture, Aperture Gallery, New York; Museum Centre Vapriikki, Tampere; Museum for Work, Hamburg, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. His work is held in permanent collections across the USA and Germany, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, California; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Museum Folkwang, Essen and the German Museum for Architecture, Frankfurt.

He has won first prize in the World Press Photo Award Competition on two occasions (2005 & 2010) and an honorable mention (2011.)   In 2010, Wolf was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet photography prize. He has also published more than 20 photo books to date including Hong Kong Corner Houses (Hong Kong University Press, 2011) Tokyo Compression Revisited (Peperoni Press/Asia One 2011,) Real Fake Art (Peperoni Press/Asia One 2011,) A Series Of Unfortunate Events (Peperoni Books, 2010) Tokyo Compression (Peperoni Press/Asia One 2010,) Hongkong Inside Outside (Asia One/Peperoni Press 2009,) The Transparent City (Aperture 2008) and Sitting in China (Steidl 2002).

To find out more about our speaker, you can check out his Wikipedia page here.

Faiyaz Jafri – Guest Lecture

In this upcoming colloquium session we will have artist and film maker Faiyaz Jafri coming in to showcase some of his films while talking about the development of his visual language, influences & inspirations, the collective unconsciousness and his obsession with the Bambi character. The talk will be on the 6th of October, and will be starting at 5:00pm in the Future Cinema as is usual.

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About the Speaker
Faiyaz Jafri is an artist and film maker, born and raised in rural Holland of Dutch and Pakistani descent. Jafri’s art explores Jungian archetypes in the modern world. In addition he searches for neo-archetypes* in mass media and global popular culture.

Jafri has always been somewhat of a perfectionist. Realizing that a computer could draw a far straighter line than he ever could, he started to use the computer as his sole medium in the late 80ies and can be seen as one of the pioneers of computer arts. He began making his first illustrations on a small Apple computer using basic vector imaging software. Cumbersome and limited as these programs may seem now, they where perfect for Jafri’s already pictographic style.

His work evolved from flat line art into a style he calls hyper-unrealism. Innovations in personal computers certainly contributed to this evolution. Despite the vast possibilities offered by modern computers he stays close to his subject, leaving out unnecessary frills and extra’s until he’s left with an image that is unambiguous and almost obscene in it’s blunt power.

His work has an almost clinically engineered feel to it without becoming cold or soulless. It is this contrast between unnatural perfection and the fact that his work conveys a strong emotion that makes his work at times haunting but always strangely human.

Jafri’s films have been selected worldwide in prestigious festivals as well as in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. More on Faiyaz Jafri and his work can be found on his site faiyazjafri.com.

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.

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?

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: 


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.

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”


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


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


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.