Guest Talk – Carl Stone

We will have Composer Carl Stone in our next colloquium held on 04 Nov 2016 (Friday) to give a talk with musical performance. The talk will be started at 4:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: 04 Nov 2016 (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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As a musical instruction, “as slow as possible” has appeared in composers’ scores for the past several centuries. In the past such a term had meaning because of the constraints of human abilities and the limits of instrumental mechanics. Furthermore, in classic analog electronic music the limits were finite due to the tyrannical linkage of pitch and time implied by the term “frequency” But in the digital world these constraints no longer exist. Instead the real problem to realize music “as slow as possible” in the digital age is due to Xeno’s Paradox – anything that is slowed down can be slowed down still more. In this lecture I talk about the implications of musical slowness in both the analog and digital ages and I present some music from my own musical history to demonstrate some key points.

About the Speaker:
Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, and has been hailed by the Village Voice as “the king of sampling.” and “one of the best composers living in (the USA) today.” He has used computers in live performance since 1986. Stone was born in Los Angeles and now divides his time between California and Japan. He studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts with Morton Subotnick and James Tenney and has composed electro-acoustic music almost exclusively since 1972. His works have been performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and the Near East. In addition to his schedule of performance, composition and touring, he is on the faculty of the Media Engineering Department, School of Engineering at Chukyo University in Japan.

To find out more about Carl Stone, you can check out his pages.


Guest Talk – Jolanta Woszczenko

We will have Curator and Historian Jolanta Woszczenko in our next colloquium held on 01 Nov 2016 (Tuesday) to give a talk with the topic “Recording of ephemeral: Polish video performance”. The talk will be started at 5:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: 01 Nov 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong



Topic: Recording of ephemeral: Polish video performance

Performance is by definition determined by the artist, place, time and the audience. What would happen if the order was disrupted? What if the artist decided to make a performance without the audience, and just record it with video? Then, should it been seen as a video piece or a performance? What is the relationship between a video and a performance? During the lecture, together we will also analyse how our and artists\’ cultural affiliations influence creating and interpreting an artwork. The screening will include videos of critically acclaimed creators as well as up-and-coming Polish artists, such as Kuba Bielawski, Witosław Czerwonka, Honorata Martin, Marek Rogulski, Piotr Urbaniec, Wojciech Zamiara.

About the Speaker:
Jolanta Woszczenko is a curator and historian. She completed a post-graduate museum and curatorial programme at the Jagiellonian University. She is currently writing a PhD at the University of Gdańsk on experimental film and video. At the Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdańsk in Poland she runs the Parakino cycle of monthly meetings with experimental film, video artists and curators from Poland and abroad. She also co-curate monthly meetings with accademics. She has curated, among others, reviews of Laure Prouvost, Omer Fast and Coco Fusco. She curated the first presentation of Christoph Schlingensif in Poland at the Laznia CCA, Ujazdowski Castle CCA in Warsaw and Signs of the Times CCA in Toruń. She has curated and co-curated exhibitions at the Łaźnia CCA, Ujazdowski CCA and the Gdańsk Shipyard. She is the editor of Kolonia Artystów w Stoczni Gdańskiej 2001–2011 (The Artists’ Colony in the Gdańsk Shipyard 2001–2011). Jolanta Woszczenko is a member of International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.

Guest Talk – Sofía Sienra

We will have Visual Artist Sofía Sienra  in our next colloquium held on 25 Oct 2016 (Tuesday) to give a talk with the topic “Hacking the world. Towards an aesthetic of the invisible”. The talk will be started at 5:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: 25 Oct 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong


Topic: Hacking the world. Towards an aesthetic of the invisible

In a context of hyper-lighting and surveillance society remaining hidden or anonymous has become almost impossible. Invisibility is conceived not only as the strategic way of operation of power but as a tactical space of cultural production. This presentation seeks to explore the realm of the unseen and discuss the invisibilization process in visual arts from three categories: the artist, the subject and the context. Instead of claiming a leading role and producing objects of worship, there are practices that operate outside official channels, creating their own paths, hacking structures in a nomadic attitude that aims to reshape the world.

About the Speaker:
Sofía Sienra is a researcher, professor and visual artist born in Uruguay who lives in Mexico since 2012. She graduated from the Master in Visual Studies with honors for the work entitled “Minimal actions. Towards an aesthetic of the invisible”. Her research interests focus on the intersection between aesthetics, technology and politics. She participated in several collective art exhibitions in Uruguay, England and Mexico. Professionally, she has worked as a cultural journalist, photographer and audiovisual producer. In the academic field, Sofía has published articles and books, shared her research in several meetings, seminars and conferences (Center for Digital Culture, Museum of Fine Arts in Mexico City) and organized two conventions at Mexico University (International Week of Sound and Visual Studies International Forum).

To find out more about Sofía Sienra , you can check out her pages.

Guest Talk – Sune Petersen

We will have Installation Artist Sune Petersen in our next colloquium held on 04 Oct 2016 (Tuesday) to give a talk with the topic “Look: you can hear it! How Chaotic systems can look and sound good”. The talk will be started at 5:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: 04 Oct 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: Look: you can hear it! How Chaotic systems can look and sound good

Through a presentation of works Sune will give a glimpse into his work with vision and sound. The traditional hierarchy of creating visuals for music is reversed and the music is generated from the visuals, whether it being digitally generated real time video, electro-mechanical machines or radio frequency noise it all generate sound in ways that are either not intended as such or even considered noise. For many of his works controlled chaos is used in the form of feedback. Feedback generates an almost organic fluidity that is difficult to create using traditional methods of generating visuals, that even translate into interesting sounds.

About the Speaker:
Sune Petersen\’s work life has three facets. Artistic, commercial and educational. His artistic practice mainly evolve around generative video performance and playful performative installations. He has been active in this field since 1997 and has seen and is constantly exploring the technology for new possibilities. A background in science, having studied both physics and computer engineering, in combination with a creative approach to technology, have opened up for commercial work for instance in museums where he creates interactive installations using complex projections and multiple channels of audio to mediate architecture, the history of europe, pixels and inventions, prison life, Japanese cosplay culture and much more. Having been on the forefront in the creative use of technology, Sune has been teaching in different contexts which includes institutions all across Europe and an extensive period at Aalborg University. He often bases his teaching on insights gathered during his commercial and artistic work in order to draw connections between theory and praxis.

To find out more about Sune Petersen, you can check out his pages.

Guest talk – John Drever

The third colloquium sessions this semester will be on Thursday, the 29th of September. We will meet at 5:00pm on the 6/F in the Future Cinema Studio (M6094). We will have speaker Prof. John Levack Drever presents an emerging agenda of auraldiversity within sound art with the topic “Sound Art – Whose Hearing?”.

Date: 2016-09-29 (Thursday)
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, 6/F, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong


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Sound Art – Whose Hearing?

For those of us who practice sound art, we have a tendency to extol an incredibly wide range of uniquely positive attributes to listening. It enables us to: connect, communicate, relate, localise, embody, discern, transcend, immerse. Through listening our lives and our relation to our surrounding environments is enriched and intensified. Thus as sound artists our unspoken primary motive is to actively devise and explore opportunities for sonic epiphanies. In the entrancing words of Pauline Oliveros, we “strive for a heightened consciousness of the world of sound and the sound of the world” (Deep Listening 2016). And to help harness and maximise this potential, thanks to Augoyard & Torgue, Chion, Ihde, Kassabian, Norman, Ronell, Schaeffer, Schafer, Smalley Truax, et al. have all given name to an ever more nuanced compartmentalisation of kinds of listening. Shifting the prevailing discourse from listening onto our actual auditory apparatus of our sense of hearing, from the findings of my recent research, in particular my review on the noise impact of high-speed hand dryers (Drever 2013), I am obliged to propose that the contrary is a reality for many. Hearing: perturbs, isolates, excludes, disconnects, disembodies, dislocates. Hearing hurts! This is the chronic predicament for those living with tinnitus, hyperacusis, misophonia and phonophobia, and also for those with particular hearing needs such as the partially sighted, hearing aid users or those with sensitive hearing such as children and ASD. Bringing acoustics and audiology into play, in this talk I will propose a new paradigm for situating hearing in sound art that extends from an idealized, clinical model of hearing, the otologically normal (BS ISO 226:2003), to a socio-cultural concept of the auraltypical. Asking us to question, whose listening we are in fact dealing with? In conclusion, with reference to my own sound art work, including a multi-speaker installation recently presented in a toilet in Aarhus, Denmark, I will present an emerging agenda of auraldiversity within sound art.


About the Speaker:
Operating at the intersection of acoustics, sound art, soundscape studies, and experimental music, Drever’s practice represents an ongoing inquiry into the affect, perception, design and practice of everyday environmental sound and human utterance. He has a special interest in soundscape methods, in particular field recording and soundwalking. Drever is Professor of Acoustic Ecology and Sound Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he leads the Unit for Sound Practice Research and is Deputy Dean of the Graduate School.

He is an avid collaborator and has devised work in many different configurations and contexts internationally. Commissions range from the Groupe de Recherches Musicales, Paris (1999), Arts Council England (2002, 2007, 2013), WDR Studio Akustische Kunst (2011).

An elected director of Sonic Arts Network since 2004, Drever became its final chair in 2008. He was a co-founder (1998) and chair of the UK and Ireland Soundscape Community (a regional affiliate of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology) for whom he chaired Sound Practice: the 1st UKISC Conference on sound, culture and environments in 2001 at Dartington and Sound Practice 2006 at Goldsmiths.

He is an Academician of The Academy of Urbanism, a Member of the Institute of Acoustics, a Guest Professor, The Department of Digital Design and Information Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark and a Visiting Research Fellow at Seian University of Art and Design, Japan. In 2007 he was a Visiting Scholar, at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.

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

Guest Talk – Gary McLeod

We will have British photographer Gary McLeod in our next colloquium held on 22 Sep 2016 (Thursday) to give a talk with the topic “An Unfolding Journey: Rephotography and the Challenger Expedition”. The talk will be started at 5:30pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: 22 Sep 2016 (Thursday)
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong


Topic: An Unfolding Journey: Rephotography and the Challenger Expedition

Considering photographing as an implicitly collaborative act, Gary McLeod is a British photographer who creates opportunities for others to contribute explicitly to a process of knowledge-making. First encountering in 2006 a set of photographs made during the Challenger expedition (a 19th Century British mission to circumnavigate the world and advance scientific knowledge of its oceans), contemporary residents were invited to join in collectively rephotographing sites where the original pictures were taken. That prompted a seven-year journey, which not only opened up his practice to others’ voices/contributions, but also highlighted critical issues of authorship and literacy in contemporary uses of photography. Following an overview of rephotography as a genre and a set of common visual practices, this talk tells of a photographic journey into uncertainty and provides a glimpse of where photography can/cannot go. Holding a PhD in Photography from London College of Communication, Gary currently lives in Tokyo and works everywhere else.

To find out more about Gary McLeod, you can check out his pages.

Guest talk – Modestos Stavrakis

The first colloquium sessions this semester will be on Tuesday, the 13th of September. We will meet at 5:00pm as usual on the 6/F in the Future Cinema Studio (M6094). We will have lecturer Dr. Modestos Stavrakis from University of the Aegean presents a talk with topic “Understanding and Designing Interactions”.

Date: 2016-09-13 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, 6/F, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Understanding and Designing Interactions

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

Guest talk – Max Neupert

Here comes out last colloquium in this semester with visual artist Max Neupert to talk from micro-editing to real-time visual sampling. The talk is being held in M6094 Future Cinema Studio on 20 Apr 2016 (Wednesday) at 5:00pm.

Date: 2016-04-20 (Wednesday)
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, 6/F, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Title: The Fractured Timeline – From micro-editing to real-time visual sampling

Let’s look at the moving image from the perspective of sampled sound. A new kind of visual language has emerged through micro-editing and visual sampling. This language is an autonomous form that we can observe in different media and genres: From experimental filmmaking to YouTube phenomena, from video-art to music clips. What’s the nature of this aesthetic? What happens when video becomes a medium of spontaneous expression through interactivity?

About the artist:
Max Neupert is a visual artist, working at the intersections of auditive and visual media, perspective and view, mapping and censorship. His works have been acquired by the collections of the German Ministry for Environment, the International Airport Montreal and the Museum of Civilisation Quebec. From 2008 to 2013 he was teaching at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. His investigation in “Satellite Astrology” has been presented at the ISEA 2010 and was exhibited in Sydney and Madrid. In 2011 he initiated and hosted the 4th international Pure Data convention in Weimar, a week long venue with conference, exhibition, workshops and concerts which attracted 140 people from 26 countries. He designed the Interactive Performance Platform in the Digital Bauhaus Lab and taught a telematic class between Bauhaus-Universität and UCSD. Max currently is a PhD candidate at the Bauhaus-Universität and researches on video imagery as sampling material in a musical context. Since 2013 he is professor at the Yeungnam University in Korea.


To find out more about Max Neupert, you can check out his page here.

Guest Talk – Robert Seidel

The second last colloquium being held in this semester will be presented by artist Robert Seidel on 19 Apr 2016 (Tuesday) at usual time 5:00pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio with the topic “On Film between Painting and Sculpture”.

Date: 2016-04-19 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, 6/F, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

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Topic: On Film between Painting and Sculpture

The Berlin-based artist Robert Seidel dissolves boundaries of genre by extending the clarity of the drawing – through the flow of painting, the spatiality of sculpture and temporal elements – into an abstract-film narrative. Besides the silver screen, conceptual, as well as real visual projection surfaces include architectural and sculptural forms.

The material for these medial interlacings frequently originates in nature and in the abstract gaze of science on nature, for example in the form of MRI images. Through subsequent deconstruction with digital tools, it becomes possible – before the eyes of the recipient – to condense these structures into a rhizomatic memory structure independent from physical space and linear time. The filmic image conserves the whole creation process in abstract-organic tableaux vivants. In the process, temporal sequences or movements become not only imagined – as frequently attempted in the history of drawing and painting – but actually represented.

Examples include the visualization of split seconds of a car crash (_grau, Bauhaus University Weimar, 2004); the painterly reinterpretation of biological processes in a façade-based projection (processes: living paintings, Phyletic Museum Jena, 2008); a virtual sculpture made of city fragments (vellum, Art Center Nabi Seoul, 2009); environmental laser drawings (magnitude, Epicenter Projects, 2015), projection-based sculptures (chiral, MOCA Taipeh, 2011 and grapheme, Museum Wiesbaden 2013) as well as a water-fountain-projections (advection, Lichtsicht-Biennale, 2013) and experimental films (scrape, 2011 and vitreous, 2015).

About the speaker:
Robert Seidel (*1977) began his studies in biology before transferring to the Bauhaus University Weimar to complete his degree in media design. His projections, installations and experimental films have been shown in numerous international festivals, as well as at galleries and museums such as the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, ZKM Karlsruhe, Art Center Nabi Seoul, Museum of Image and Sound São Paulo and MOCA Taipei. His works have been honoured with various prizes, including the KunstFilmBiennale Cologne Honorary Award and Prize for Best Experimental Film at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. In his work Seidel is interested in pushing the boundaries of abstracted beauty through cinematographic approaches, as well as ones drawn from science. By the organic interplay of various structural, spatial and temporal concepts, he creates a continuously evolving complexity. Out of this multifaceted perspective emerges a narrative skeleton, through which viewers connects to the artwork on an evolutionary-derived and phylogenetic-fixated symbolic level. Seidel lives and works in Berlin and Jena as artist, filmmaker and curator.


To find out more about Robert Seidel, you can check out his page here.

Guest lecture – Lilian Fu

In the upcoming Tuesday, we have invited Animation Director Lilian Fu from London to share her story about directing in animation, experience sharing and useful career advice about animation. The talk is being held on 12 Apr 2016 in the same venue M6094 Future Cinema Studio at usual time 5:00pm.

Date: 12 Apr 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 17:00
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, 6/F, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong
Speaker: Lilian Fu

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Suppose you know After Effects, Maya, Frame by frame hand drawn, or you are really good at stop-motion, you may still find it hard to make advance of your animated film. ‘This talk will give you an overall insight from a personal perspective of story-telling and directing in animation by Lilian Fu, who has been working as animation director in London for several years. You will find this talk useful with some career advice and some interesting experience sharing.’

About the Speaker:
Since graduating from the School of Creative Media in City University of Hong Kong in 2008, Lilian Fu has been an active animator with 10 years animating experience behind her. She has won several awards in competitions and international film festivals including IFVA. Her latest documentary animation was selected for various festivals including LIDF, BIG SKY Documentary Film Festival 2013 and It’s All True –International Documentary Film Festival 2012. She has had two short films commissioned for television broadcast by RTHK.

After graduates from the animation directing MA at the National Film and Television School, she is keen to build on her experience through working on feature, television and commercial animation.


To find out more about Lilian Fu, you can check out her page here.