Guest Talk – Jürgen Hagler

In our second colloquium session on 20 Oct 2017 (Friday), we will have the Professor Jürgen Hagler come in to discuss the topic of “Animating interactive spaces”.

Date: 20 Oct 2017 (Friday)
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Topic: Animating interactive spaces

Abstract:
The presentation will address the subject of expanded animation in the context of gaming and playful activities and will focus on co-located interactive environments in large display settings that allow the interaction between multiple actors. Inhabiting and modifying those spaces is granted via natural mapped interfaces that incorporate technologies such as position trackers and mobile devices. However, several design challenges in regard to animation arise when conceptualizing and creating experiences within the context of co-located and interactive playful environments: the issues under consideration will be the mapping of the actors’ actions, their representation within the virtual environment, as well as new forms of narration via interaction. Based on research projects and various artistic projects for the Deep Space at Ars Electronica Center, Linz novel approaches of animation in interactive spaces will be discussed.

About the Speaker:
Juergen Hagler currently works as a professor for Computer Animation and Animation Studies in the Digital Media department at the Hagenberg Campus of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. He became the programme coordinator for the Digital Arts master’s degree programme in 2009. Since 2014 he is the head of the research group Playful Interactive Environments with a focus on the investigation of new and natural playful forms of interaction and the use of playful mechanisms to encourage specific behavioural patterns. Since 2017 he is the director of the Ars Electronica Animation Festival and initiator and organizer of the symposium Expanded Animation.

To find out more about Jürgen Hagler, you can check out the speaker’s pages.

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Guest Lecture: Olaf Stüber

This week’s colloquium will feature artist Olaf Stüber presenting A brief history of “Video Art”.  Please join us!

Date: 03 Oct 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Topic: A brief history of “video art”

Abstract:
This lecture presents the story of European time-based media, beginning with the first electronic moving images, as outcomes of the Fluxus movement in the 1960s, postulating the fusion of art and life, intimacy and public, self-realization and living. It explores early experiments in video art and its rubbing-up against TV as mass media. It continues to discuss the relation between video, film, and cinema and concludes with artists parsing the Internet.

About the Speaker:
For more than 20 years Olaf Stüber has been working in the art world as art dealer, curator, publisher and lecturer. Galerie Olaf Stüber (2001–2011) emphasized moving image works as from 2003 and was one of the very few galleries focusing on artists’ film and video at the time. In 2008, together with Ivo Wessel – a collector friend – Olaf Stüber founded an international platform for artists’ films and videos in Berlin: Videoart at Midnight. Taking place at the legendary Babylon cinema, this monthly screening series offers an in-depth insight into the current video art production of Berlin’s international art scene. After nearly 10 years and over 70 midnight shows, it has become a central forum for both renowned and upcoming promising artists working with the moving-image. As the result of an intense reflection on the art market’s convention of limitation vs. the artist’s and public’s interest of visibility in a broader range of collections, Olaf Stüber started in 2012 to publish video art in a unique edition format – the Videoart at Midnight Edition. In a series featuring about six artworks per year, with a higher number of copies than commonly acceptable in the art world, Videoart at Midnight Edition is building up a collectable contemporary omnibus of artists’ films and video art installations. It represents today a unique anthology of a medium that is gaining more and more importance within contemporary art. Furthermore, Olaf Stüber holds lectures on video and artists’ films, moderates talks and panels on the current challenges of the art market, curates film and video programs for institutions, fairs and festivals and has been member of numerous juries, all around the world. Olaf Stüber is an active member of IKT International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art. Thanks to his expertise in the field of film and video art, Olaf Stüber is a trusted partner for a growing number of private collectors and institutions.

To find out more about Olaf Stüber, visit his website.

Guest Talk – Kurbanjan Samat

We will have Uyghur documentary filmmaker and independent photographer, Kurbanjan Samat in our last colloquium this semester, held on 25 Apr 2017 (Tuesday), to give a talk with the topic “I’m from Xinjiang”. The talk will start at 3pm in M1052 Screening Theatre.

Date: 25 Apr 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 3:00 pm
Venue: M1052 Screening Theatre

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Topic  : I’m from Xinjiang

Abstract:
A sharing from Mr. Kurbanjan Samat, a very reputational and well-respected Uyghur documentary filmmaker and independent photographer. Samat will use his personal story, photos and interview experiences to present a unique Xinjiang that is different from stereotype, to provide the audiences with better understanding of Xinjiang, the emerging economic and culture hub of China towards Middle Asia and Europe in coming “One Belt, One Road” Strategy.

About the Speaker:
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Mr. Kurbanjan Samat:
Uygur from Xinjiang; documentary filmmaker; independent photographer

Kurbanjan Samat has taken a great many photos depicting Xinjiang’s natural scenery and traditional culture. Samat published books and documentary movies, I’m from Xinjiang, allowing people to see what Xinjiang natives are doing and hopping to provide answers to what causes the tensions in the northwest China region where several deadly terrorist attacks had happened. In it, Samat documented the everyday lives of people from Xinjiang who now live elsewhere in China. Among them are restaurateurs, jade merchants, white-collar workers, nightclub singers and dancers, lawyers working in the United States, and world-renowned artists and designers. They come from a variety of ethnic groups in Xinjiang. Through conversing with them and hearing their stories about reaching for their dreams, he tried to explore a theme: The kind heart of humanity transcends boundaries of ethnicity and religion. Samat hopes sharing stories of hardworking Xinjiang natives can remove labels stuck on people of Xinjiang and promote mutual understanding.

Guest Talk – Zach Lieberman

We will have Artist Zach Lieberman in our next colloquium held on 11 Apr 2017 (Tuesday) to give a talk with the topic “Daily sketching “. The talk will be started at 6:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: 11 Apr 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Topic: Daily sketching

Abstract:
This talk will focus on the daily sketches with code and creative projects that have come out of that sketching. Since Jan 1 2016 I’ve been posting 1 sketch per day and exploring how code can be used to make poetry. In this talk I’ll share some of what I’ve learned. I will also talk about the school for poetic computation, an experimental school I help run in New York City.

About the Speaker:
Zachary Lieberman is an artist, researcher and hacker with a simple goal: he wants you surprised. In his work, he creates performances and installations that take human gesture as input and amplify them in different ways — making drawings come to life, imagining what the voice might look like if we could see it, transforming people’s silhouettes into music.

He’s been listed as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People and his projects have won the Golden Nica from Ars Electronica, Interactive Design of the Year from Design Museum London as well as listed in Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of the Year. He creates artwork through writing software and is a co-creator of openFrameworks, an open source C++ toolkit for creative coding and helped co-found the School for Poetic Computation, a school examining the lyrical possibilities of code.

Links:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zach.lieberman/
openFrameworks: http://openframeworks.cc/
School for Poetic Computation: http://sfpc.io/

To find out more about Zach Lieberman, you can check out the speaker’s pages.

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.