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SCM ANNUAL 2015 FLUX


Opening | 14.7.2015 7:00pm

Exhibition Period | 14.7.2015 – 02.08.2015

Venue | School of Creative Media
City University of Hong Kong,
Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre
18 Tat Hong Avenue
Kowloon Tong
Hong Kong



Flux

In media art practices, art exists as a form of transport. They carry thoughts, desires, intents, and questions. Throughout the process of creation, an artist resides in the flow of transportation.

Flux is a current of continuous change in transportation. In the state of flux, artists are unsettled, overwhelmed with discovered possibilities and struggles. Confronted with clots, there comes a list of alternatives and instantaneous adaptations. They fail to slow down the gush of thoughts from inside of their minds, the strong urge to evolve, the continuous steps of transcendence.

Only with the force of flux will the dialogues of souls and minds proceed.

Flux 是指一股無間斷地改變的湧流,在這狀態之下,藝術家帶著各種已發掘的可能性與掙扎,一切被未知之數包圍著,未能決定確切的目的地。面對牽掣的凝塊,他們瞬間構思出不計其數的門徑適應調和。他們無法減退湧現的思潮和意念,及那些激盪的衍變和源源的超越。

經過衝擊、融合和去蕪,這股湧流為藝術家探索到逆行、停頓、奔脫、順應的可能性,引發更動盪密集的思緒,在急流中注入另一股嶄新的浪潮,延續下去。

Preface





Prof. SHAW, Jeffrey


Dean and Chair Professor of Media Art
School of Creative Media
City University of Hong Kong


Flux is good. Otherwise stasis. Art loves flux. Art is flux, in flux, fluctuating to the hidden beat of times all-ways changing, anticipating if not reformulating the unexpected turn of events, which releases a flurry of activity, and some controversy, and the vitality of the newly discovered world, a cornucopia again of creative possibilities. Boundaries taken down (as in BAS). Art in flux, being in flux, learning in flux. The thrilling paradox of being able to fix a point in flux time, build an exhibition of works in testament to what is fleeting, so we can savor the moment when the past is leaving through the back door and the present is opening the front door to welcome the future. Or maybe our present is just listening to the knocking, and asking ‘who’s there?”. As we peruse each of the works in this exhibition they are showing us ‘who’s there’: the revelers to come.


Jeffrey Shaw


Dr. Hector Rodriguez


Assoicate Professor
School of Creative Media
City University of Hong Kong


Artistic production today increasingly relies on computational and scientific technologies. They extend our capacities for action and make us feel more powerful and skillful. But their users are also becoming increasingly more stupid. It is easy, for instance, to use photoshop to emboss an image. It only takes one click of the mouse. But how does the software actually execute this operation? Does a photoshop user really know what it means to emboss an image? Many technologies are designed to conceal their internal mechanisms. We artists feel that we know how to use them, but our knowledge is shallow. Enamored of the impressive audiovisual results achievable with those tools, we lose sight of the processes that actually produce those results.


The supposedly competent and creative user in fact becomes a function of the technical apparatus.


A similar situation pervades our contemporary culture. We are everywhere compelled to use or rely on scientific and computational technologies without knowing their internal operation. We are constantly invited to “participate” in social activities, as consumers, game players, film viewers, industrial workers, democratic voters, etc., but there can be no effective participation without genuine understanding. All areas of our lives, including not only art and design but also food, health, policy, and economics, are affected by scientific and technical systems so overwhelmingly complex that most of us simply give up trying to understand them, and accept instead a fixed position in a predetermined social structure.


The supposedly autonomous and rational citizen in fact becomes a function of the social apparatus.


Progress in the arts today requires that we artists actively work to change this situation. Only through an interdisciplinary approach can the artist fulfill the ideal of participation in an advanced technological and scientific culture. This pathway demands the effort to understand science from the inside, exploring its creative possibilities in an experimental and research-oriented spirit. The artist’s encounter with science often generates fruitful and original ideas. Computational and scientific technologies are not only tools ready for artists to use. They are ways of thinking. And they can suggest new ways of thinking—unprecedented artistic concepts, materials, technologies, and methods that exceed anything that we artists would have otherwise imagined.


Moving across distinct academic disciplines is essentially risky, since it takes the artist out of her comfort zone. We have been brainwashed since childhood to believe that the arts have nothing whatsoever to do with any of the sciences, and we often find it intimidating to build bridges across this seemingly impassable divide. The potential rewards, however, are well worth the risk. They include the thrill of actively participating in the construction of an advanced artistic culture that leaves outworn norms behind and embraces collaborative dialogue.


The situation of the arts today demands interdisciplinarity.


With this demand in mind, the School of Creative has developed a groundbreaking Bachelor’s degree of Art and Science (BAS) in cooperation with other academic units of the City University of Hong Kong, including Biology and Chemistry, Applied Physics, and Mathematics. The first cohort of BAS students is now graduating. We are only beginning this pioneering journey. Its destination is not fixed in advance. We, the faculty and the students, will shape the final goal in the process of moving towards it. In an art school, there can be no greater satisfaction.


Hector Rodriguez


Dr. David Jhave Johnston


Assistant Professor
School of Creative Media
City University of Hong Kong


Water dripping from the fingers
of those who work in rivers
catches light as it falls.


Flux becomes lux:
the Latin word flux or flow
contains lux or light.


Around the 6th century BCE, Laozi (老子) in China and Heraclitus (Ἡράκλειτος) in Greece both thought about flux. Laozi developed the idea of Wu wei (無爲), effortless flow. Heraclitus developed the idea of unity of opposites: changeless change.


Rivers remain the same even as they change. As do those who pass in and out of them, the generations that flow on their surfaces, effortlessly changing yet all the same. Born to breath, fall in love, age and eventually die. The interface is redesigned, even as core principles remain.


3 years ago I arrived in Hong Kong to teach (in my first job as a professor) a set of young students (in their first class at a university) who are now graduating. In this era of turbulent shifting digital media and networks of informational flow, the boundary between teacher and student is in flux. Occasionally, as in this exhibit, it is the students whose energy and curiosity teaches. This exhibit is their message for us; a message that is itself in flux


Jhave

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Screening Timetable




17/07/2015


TIME DIRECTOR TITLE DURATION TYPE
1100-1135 麥潔盈 Live Out Of The Box-lesbian Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong 35mins Documentary
1135-1155 李晚祺 3/4π 圓缺 20mins Narrative
1155-1209 林沛鋒、陳嘉燕、周諾宜、高瑭瑭、麥志豪 Close 35mins Narrative
1209-1315 LUNCH BREAK
1315-1350 黎安恩 21 35mins Narrative
1350-1419 鄒偉權、 莫浩然、 何進軒 Overview Effect 22mins Sci-Fi
1419-1448 黃皓蓉 花海 29mins Narrative
1448-1505 許熙瑜 留住的時間 17mins13s Narrative
1505-1524 郭文杰 人生十年若只如初見 (About Everything) 19mins38s Documentary
1524-1554 孔詠珠 Tête-à-tête 18mins Narrative
1554-1624 陳綺華 緋色 30mins Narrative
1624-1705 TOILET BREAK
1705-1750 黃傲坤 The Vanitas 45mins Narrative
1750-1820 孫嘉琪 SKATEBURDEN 30 mins Documentary
1820-1845 黃詩明 花與果 25mins Narrative
1845-1920 梁樂瑤 There Were Five 35mins Narrative
1920-1932 張洵 婆婆、媽媽 11mins9s Documentary
1932-1946 劉世榮 我們一起離開吧 15mins Narrative

18/07/2015


TIME DIRECTOR TITLE DURATION TYPE
1000-1035 麥潔盈 Live Out Of The Box-lesbian Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong 35mins Documentary
1035-1128 林子宇 離岸 53mins Narrative
1128-1150 鄒偉權、 莫浩然、 何進軒 Overview Effect 22mins Sci-Fi
1150-1250 LUNCH BREAK
1250-1309 郭文杰 人生十年若只如初見 (About Everything) 19mins38s Documentary
1309-1354 黃傲坤 The Vanitas 45mins Narrative
1354-1409 劉世榮 我們一起離開吧 15mins Narrative
1409-1439 孫嘉琪 SKATEBURDEN 30 mins Documentary
1439-1554 TOILET BREAK
1554-1624 陳綺華 緋色 30mins Narrative
1624-1641 許熙瑜 留住的時間 17mins13s Narrative
1641-1716 黎安恩 21 35mins Narrative
1716-1727 張洵 婆婆、媽媽 11mins9s Documentary
1727-1742 TOILET BREAK
1742-1817 梁樂瑤 There Were Five 35mins Narrative
1817-1907 鄧頊蒨 Oedipus 50mins Narrative
1907-1936 黃皓蓉 花海 29mins Narrative

19/07/2015


TIME DIRECTOR TITLE DURATION TYPE
1000-1030 陳綺華 緋色 30mins Narrative
1030-1048 許熙瑜 留住的時間 17mins13s Narrative
1048-1100 張洵 婆婆、媽媽 11mins9s Documentary
1100-1145 黃傲坤 The Vanitas 45mins Narrative
1145-1200 劉世榮 我們一起離開吧 15mins Narrative
1200-1218 孔詠珠 Tête-à-tête 18mins Narrative
1218-1330 LUNCH BREAK
1330-1347 林之盈 廟眾樂樂 Tempo in Temple 16mins7s Documentary
1347-1407 李晚祺 3/4π 圓缺 20mins Narrative
1407-1421 林沛鋒、陳嘉燕、周諾宜、高瑭瑭、麥志豪 Close 35mins Narrative
1421-1446 黃詩明 花與果 25mins Narrative
1446-1505 TOILET BREAK
1505-1540 梁樂瑤 There Were Five 35mins Narrative
1540-1630 鄧頊蒨 Oedipus 50mins Narrative
1630-1659 黃皓蓉 花海 29mins Narrative
1659-1715 TOILET BREAK
1715-1750 黎安恩 21 35mins Narrative
1750-1812 鄒偉權、 莫浩然、 何進軒 Overview Effect 22mins Sci-Fi
1812-1905 林子宇 離岸 53mins Narrative

01/08/2015


TIME DIRECTOR TITLE DURATION TYPE
1000-1015 張洵 婆婆、媽媽 11mins9s Documentary
1015-1035 鄒偉權、 莫浩然、 何進軒 Overview Effect 22mins Sci-Fi
1035-1135 林子宇 離岸 53mins Narrative
1135-1210 黎安恩 21 35mins Narrative
1210-1245 梁樂瑤 There Were Five 35mins Narrative
1245-1340 LUNCH BREAK
1340-1405 劉世榮 我們一起離開吧 15mins Narrative
1405-1420 林之盈 廟眾樂樂 Tempo in Temple 16mins7s Documentary
1420-1510 鄧頊蒨 Oedipus 50mins Narrative
1510-1620 黃皓蓉 花海 29mins Narrative
1620-1635 TOILET BREAK
1635-1700 李晚祺 3/4π 圓缺 20mins Narrative
1700-1735 麥潔盈 Live Out Of The Box-lesbian Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong 35mins Documentary
1735-1749 林沛鋒、陳嘉燕、周諾宜、高瑭瑭、麥志豪 Close 35mins Narrative
1749-1839 黃傲坤 The Vanitas 45mins Narrative
1839-1904 黃詩明 花與果 25mins Narrative

02/08/2015


TIME DIRECTOR TITLE DURATION TYPE
1000-1020 林之盈 廟眾樂樂 Tempo in Temple 16mins7s Documentary
1020-1045 黃詩明 花與果 25mins Narrative
1045-1100 許熙瑜 留住的時間 17mins13s Narrative
1100-1120 孔詠珠 Tête-à-tête 18mins Narrative
1120-1150 陳綺華 緋色 30mins Narrative
1150-1235 黃傲坤 The Vanitas 45mins Narrative
1235-1335 LUNCH BREAK
1335-1410 麥潔盈 Live Out Of The Box-lesbian Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong 35mins Documentary
1410-1510 林子宇 離岸 53mins Narrative
1510-1545 黎安恩 21 35mins Narrative
1545-1620 梁樂瑤 There Were Five 35mins Narrative
1620-1630 TOILET BREAK
1630-1650 郭文杰 人生十年若只如初見 (About Everything) 19mins38s Documentary
1650-1705 劉世榮 我們一起離開吧 15mins Narrative
1705-1730 鄒偉權、 莫浩然、 何進軒 Overview Effect 22mins Sci-Fi
1730-1800 黃皓蓉 花海 29mins Narrative
1800-1830 孫嘉琪 SKATEBURDEN 30 mins Documentary
1830-1850 李晚祺 3/4π 圓缺 20mins Narrative
1850-1904 林沛鋒、陳嘉燕、周諾宜、高瑭瑭、麥志豪 Close 35mins Narrative
1904-1954 鄧頊蒨 Oedipus 50mins Narrative



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