The convergence of arts and technology has become an emerging trend in arts development. In the recent year, Arts Go Digital Platform Scheme has supported a total of 68 artists and arts groups to explore Arts Tech in a variety of creation, bringing novel viewing experiences to art lovers.
In Jabin Law’s Serenity Cruising, seven teams of musicians take audience on a virtual Hong Kong tour with immersive music performances of different genres. The 360-degree panoramic virtual performance crosses the boundary between reality and virtuality, allowing audience to be conscious of the hidden corners of the city. GayBird’s Building Hyperlink simulates a virtual building complex which houses different artists, transforming each unit into a makeshift stage performing together. With the online platform designed and developed together with the designer Henry Chu, audience can create a unique ensemble by selecting their own choices of units. Two groups of artists showcase the uniqueness and interactivity of the new-era performance with the use of different cross-media technology.
Is going digital the future of arts development? Or is it going to be a parallel development of arts creation physically and virtually? This talk invites artists from the Scheme to share their creative ideas and process of the projects while envisioning the future of arts and technology.
*Conducted in Cantonese via Arts Go Digital & The Culturist’s Facebook Pages
Music Director / Singer-song Writer
Composer / Multidisciplinary Artist / Music Director
Designer / Programmer / New Media Artist
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Board Director of the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival
Date: 16 Jun 2021
Type: Live Stream
About the Speaker
Jabin Law is a Hong Kong-based singer-songwriter. His music bears the weight of urbanism. Jabin was the Music Producer for Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s projects, Wild is the Grass and Swim Walking, and was invited to perform in different music festivals, including OzAsia Festival in Adelaide and Wake Up Festival Taiwan.
Jabin’s album A Bite Of Hell (2019) was selected as the “Best 10 Albums 2019” by HKMC² and “Best Hong Kong Albums” by Music Magazine Overflow. Jabin has also been a guest speaker sharing his music inspirations and techniques at events of The Education University of Hong Kong and City University of Hong Kong.
Leung Kei-cheuk aka GayBird is a multidisciplinary artist, composer and electronic musician active in Hong Kong. In recent years, Leung has shown a significant interest in revolutionising new multimedia works, blending elements of spatiality, installation, visual arts into live performances. His creations have been featured in international exhibitions such as Ars Electronica Festival (Linz), OzAsia Festival (Adelaide), Digital Art Festival (Athens), EXIT Festival (Paris), Technology Art Festival (Taipei), IFVA Everywhere (HK) and Detour (HK). In 2018, his innovative installation work Fidgety won the 3D/Interactive Award in the renowned Lumen Prize for Art and Technology in the UK.
Born in Hong Kong in 1970s, Henry graduated from the Electrical and Computer Engineering programme at the University of Auckland, and founded “pill & pillow” in 2004. The independent studio has won more than 150 local and international awards including Cannes Lions, Webby and One Show. Many of his works are about interaction between body movement, visual and music. His iPad music apps Squiggle were exhibited in MoMA New York. Reflection is an interactive projection where the audience can play with their own shadow. Shadow Harp turns the audience’s body into a musical instrument. The Sound of Market generate music from the stock charts.
Henry was also a speaker at Business of Design Week, TED x Kowloon and TED x Taipei. He recently created a commissioned work Canto Cocktail for M+ Museum. It is Cantopop generator that you can play on a website.
About the Moderator
Dr. Isaac Leung is a practicing artist, curator, and scholar in art and culture. In 2003, Leung received an Honorary Fellowship of a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the New Media Art Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During 2013 and 2020, Leung was appointed as the Chairman of Videotage. During his tenure, he initiated and participated in projects that included exhibitions, workshops, lectures, publications, online projects, and symposia. Some of these include 40 Years of Video Art in Germany and Hong Kong (Hong Kong and Germany), The 12th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition (Italy and Hong Kong), Perpetual Art Machine (USA), Time Test – International Video Art Research Exhibition (China), ISEA Festival (Hong Kong, China), Both Sides Now (Hong Kong, UK, and various countries), Loop Barcelona (Spain), One World Exposition (Hong Kong), China Remixed (USA), Clockenflap (Hong Kong), and Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative (Hong Kong). Leung has taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Baptist University, the City University of Hong Kong, the Education University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Board Director of the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival.