Arts Tech, a rapidly developing new form and tool, has completely changed the mode of communication and operation in society. To comprehend how Arts Tech can be used to give an impetus to arts creation, management, promotion and education is essential to all artists. Science and technology determine the way arts can influence society. The invention of brush pen and paper embarked a civilization, and the discovery of electricity gives new definition to time and space. In an era of Arts Tech, how can we make good use of this tool to create an impact on arts and its relationship with society? How should the government promote arts development through Arts Tech? How should artists respond to the development of Arts Tech?
We have invited Mathias Woo, the Co-Artistic Director cum Executive Director of Zuni Icosahedron to be the speaker, Isaac Leung to be the moderator, and 3 respondents from arts creation, arts promotion and arts education to share their thoughts with us.
*Conducted in Cantonese via Arts Go Digital & The Culturist’s Facebook Pages
Co-Artistic Director cum Executive Director of Zuni Icosahedron
Chairman of Arts Promotion Committee, Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Founder and Director of Fine Art Asia and Ink Asia, Hong Kong
Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural and Creative Arts, The Education University of Hong Kong
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Board Director of the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival
Date: 30 Mar 2021
Type: Live Stream
About the Speaker
Mathias Woo, the Co-Artistic Director cum Executive Director of Zuni Icosahedron. Woo is a pioneer in cross-boundary and multi-media theatre who studied architecture; he is a scriptwriter, director, designer, producer, art educationist, cultural policy critic as well as curator with a portfolio of more than seventy original theatre works, which have been invited to over twenty cities around the globe and major cities China. His productions include Hua-Yen Sutra, 1587, A Year of No Significance, Eighteen Springs, The Architecture of The City, East Wing West Wing Series etc. In 2009, Woo initiated and curated Architecture is Art Festival, the first of its kind themed on architecture in Hong Kong. Through theatrical performances, exhibitions, talks, conference and other art forms, the festival showed levels of knowledge, aesthetics and brought about critical thinking and discussions. Since 2017, Woo curated and designed the Z Innovation Lab that focused on integrating the latest stage technology and innovative ideas.
His latest work The Architecture of The City has received DFA Design for Asia Awards 2018 – Silver Award and Silver A’ Design Award in Performing Arts, Style and Scenery Design Category in 2019. In 2020, Z Innovation Lab 2019 garnered the Red Dot Award under Brand & Communication Design Section.
About the Respondents
Ying Kwok is an independent curator based in Hong Kong. She works with a diverse range of art and cultural institutions locally and internationally, from artist’s initiatives, art festivals, to public museums and the commercial sector. She always synthesizes different art forms in contemporary visual art, from site specific commissions, performances, to film and video. Kwok is the festival director of Peer to Peer: UK/HK online festival, curator for Contagious Cities: Far Away, Too Close for Tai Kwun Contemporary and Wellcome Trust , the lead curator of LOOK International Photography Festival 2017, and guest curator at M+ Museum for Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief as Hong Kong presentation at the 57th Venice Biennale. Before embarking on her independent career, Kwok was the curator at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester UK, between 2006 and 2012.
Apart from curating, Kwok also founded Art Appraisal Club with a group of local art professionals in 2014, in order to encourage critical thinking and initiating effective art discussions in Hong Kong and founded their own bilingual journal, Art Review Hong Kong. In 2014, Kwok was awarded the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship. She is an international fellow in the Clore Leadership Programme 2018/19.
Andy Hei is a Hong Kong-based professional dealer with 30 years’ experience in the appraisal and conservation of classical Chinese furniture. He is the second generation of the prominent H.L. Hei family, which has dealt in Chinese furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties for over 70 years. In 1999, he established his own gallery, Andy Hei Ltd. In 2006, he established Hong Kong’s first annual fine art fair, Fine Art Asia, now recognised by the international art world as the most distinguished and influential fair of its kind in Asia. In 2015, Andy founded Ink Asia, the world’s first art fair dedicated to ink art. Between 2012 and 2014, Mr Hei served on the Exhibition Centre Sub-Committee of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. In October 2015, he was appointed Inaugural Chairman of the new Hong Kong Antique and Art Galleries Association. In 2019, he was appointed a Trustee of Friends of Hong Kong Museum of Art. From 2020, he was appointed as a Member of the Advisory Committee on Admission of Quality Migrants and Professionals, and a Board Member of the Board of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.
Dr. Lee Cheng is currently working as Assistant Professor of the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts at The Education University of Hong Kong, he is an interdisciplinary artist-teacher and researcher. His research and artistic interest interdisciplinarise music, technology, education, immersive and interactive media, digital and sonic arts, law and policy. He received his Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Law, Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Hong Kong and The Education University of Hong Kong. He also attained the LTCL for flute (Distinction) and LMusTCL at London Trinity College, and DipABRSM (Principles of Instrumental Teaching) at Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music., He is currently serving as Convenor of the Music Technology Special Interest Group at International Society for Music Education ) and Theory Examiner of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
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.