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.

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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.

Guest Talk – Aurelio Porfiri

We will have Composer Aurelio Porfiri in our last colloquium this semester held on 29 Nov 2016 (Tuesday) to give a talk with the topic “THE ART OF IMPROVISATION: Improvisation for music, business and life”. The talk will be started at 5:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: 29 Nov 2016 (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 ART OF IMPROVISATION: Improvisation for music, business and life

Abstract:
In this talk the author intends to present some concepts from music improvisation that may be applied in other fields of activity, from business to art, from design to marketing and so on. These concepts will be shortly presented and explained, taking inspiration from the experience of the speaker as piano and organ improviser. This conference will summarize the content of a coming book of the author that will be called “The art of improvisation”.

About the Speaker:
Aurelio Porfiri is a composer, conductor, organist, writer and educator from Rome (Italy). He was living and working from 2008 to 2015 in Macau (China). He has published 19 books in Italian, English and Portuguese and around 450 articles in magazines, journals and blogs. His music is published in italy, France, Germany, China and USA. He is the founder of an ebook publishing company (Chorabooks), a music publishing company (Choralife) and a magazine on liturgy and sacred music (Altare Dei). His name is included in the Cambridge Companion to Choral Music for his contribution to Choral art.

To find out more about Aurelio Porfiri, you can check out his pages.

Guest Talk – Riar Rizaldi

We will have Artist Riar Rizaldi in our next colloquium held on 24 Nov 2016 (Thursday) to give a talk with the topic “Designing Performance Ecosystem – from body intervention to looping system”. The talk will be started at 5:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: 24 Nov 2016 (Thursday)
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: Designing Performance Ecosystem – from body intervention to looping system

Abstract:
In an attempt to set out possibilities for the exploration of material interaction, spatial relationship, temporality, body intervention, looping system, and media archeology, Rizaldi builds a performance ecosystem and installation settings that often enhanced public engagement and interaction. As he examines novel interaction and new knowledge, the process of designing the physical surrounding is essential in assembling the performance ecosystem on his work, in which visually rudimentary. Through a presentation of his current project and previous works, Rizaldi will investigate the necessities of designing his performance ecosystem and installation setting to communicate his ideas, as well explore the notion of why the design-led methods (Research Through Design) matters as a foundational process of his works.

About the Speaker:
Riar Rizaldi is an artist from Indonesia. His works mainly focus on the relationship between motion images, lights, spatial presentation, sound structure, primitive technology, and their intervention with the performance ecosystem and installation settings. Through his works, he questions the notion of a/temporality, im/materiality, media archeology, design-led methods, and technology ad/disadvantages in human life. His works has been presented in a festival such as Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film Video and Music Festival, Art in The City Festival Shanghai, All Ears Festival Oslo, Festival B:OM Seoul, Asian Meeting Festival Tokyo, and Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival. In addition, he has performed his performance piece internationally in Bandung, Jogjakarta, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, London, Sheffield, and Berlin. Rizaldi is also a co-founder of an art collective Salon, in which a platform focusing on exploration and experimentation in the field of experimental music and improvisation in Bandung, Indonesia.

To find out more about Riar Rizaldi, you can check out his pages.

Guest Talk – Peter Lenaerts

We will have Sound Artist Peter Lenaerts in our next colloquium held on 22 Nov 2016 (Tuesday). The talk will be started at 5:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: 22 Nov 2016 (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 Music Before Music Becomes Music: The Sound Of An Empty Room

Abstract:
“She was telling me how every room has a note. You just have to find it.” (Richard Flanagan)

We are surrounded by sound all the time. Some of it we hear, some of it we choose to ignore. Most of it passes us by unnoticed.

No building or room is ever silent. From its structure to its surroundings, buildings hum and drone, shriek and hiss. Every space resonates.

Sound always orginates somewhere. But no matter where it comes from, it’s always inside our ears as well. We don’t simply perceive it, we mold it, shape it, interpret and absorb it.

Peter Lenaerts has been obsessed with the sound of empty rooms ever since he spent the night in an underground motel room in the South Australian desert. He has since collected sound recordings in theatres, concert venues, a new city in China, and the Sydney Opera House. These recordings shape and make up his work. In this public talk, he will share some of these sounds and stories, and the concepts and the ideas that guide them.

About the Speaker:
Peter Lenaerts is a Belgian sound artist active in the fields of performance, contemporary dance, & film. Lenaerts is fascinated by empty spaces and invisible or acousmatic sound. Sound that doesn’t scream for attention but sneaks into the listener’s ear unnoticed. Sound without ego, pure sound, with a focus on the medium rather than the maker.

Recent work includes Phantom Opera (2016) & MicroSleepDub (2015). Phantom Opera is a radio piece that explores the room tones and acousmatic or phantom sounds of the Sydney Opera House. MicroSleepDub is a durational sleep performance built around a sound composition of room tone and field recordings from a new city in China and the Sydney Opera House.

Apart from his own work, he has created soundtracks and composed music for choreographers and performance artists like Mette Ingvarsten, Andros Zinsbrowne, Salva Sanchis, ao. He strongly believes that in a culture dominated by visuals, nothing is as powerful, intense, and rewarding as simply listening.

He lives and works in Sydney and Brussels.

To find out more about Peter Lenaerts, you can check out his pages.

 

Performance

Besides, Peter has a performance in Hong Kong (not counted as colloquium), please refer to the introduction and link below:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1730795580580189/
http://www.wingplatform.org/peter-lenaerts/

MICROSLEEPDUB | 《微睡眠混音》演出
Performance: Free entrance / RSVP Required

19 November 2016, 20:30 @ WING
11月19日 晚上8時30分 永天台
免費入場,敬請預約

Description:

MicroSleepDub, The First Hour

WING is delighted to invite sound artist Peter Lenaerts for a residency from 17 to 27 November.

For his performance in WING, the artist will perform the first hour of MicroSleepDub, a sleep performance that usually goes for 8 hours.

The sleep performance MicroSleepDub is about micro sound, architecture and urbanism. It’s a durational performance built around a sound composition for dub plates. In MicroSleepDub, Peter Lenaerts listens and looks for sounds that are too quiet, too vague, or too low. By using the microphone as a microscope, he zooms in and amplifies these neglected, underexposed and discarded sounds. MicroSleepDub is an all night performance, where listening and sleeping are both encouraged.

In preparation for MicroSleepDub, Lenaerts spent a week recording in Nansha, a so-called State Level New Area in China. 15 years ago it was rural farmland, now it’s a rapidly developing city with high-rise apartments, office buildings, shopping malls, hotels, and a dilapidated entertainment park. It’s a city built for one million, but the current population is around 300,000. Nansha is not a ghost town, because no one left, but not many people have arrived yet, giving the city an eerie and empty feeling. Nansha is caught between a rural past and high-tech future, the present that lies in between is out of sync with reality, and already slowly but surely falling apart. Lenaerts also collected sounds during two nights alone at the iconic Sydney Opera House where he recorded its empty theater spaces, rehearsal and dressing rooms, and concert hall. With these recordings, Lenaerts creates a live soundtrack for four dub plates – LPs without a protective layer causing the groove to wear itself out and making the sound disintegrate over the playing time.

In addition to his research in Nansha, Lenaerts will explore the city of Hong Kong to challenge the way people experience the urban environment and discover how architects and urban planners take sound into account. By focusing on sounds usually ignored or filtered by what we see, the artist questions our perception, which nowadays is largely dominated by vision.