Protagonists (Artists / Curator presenting):
Joseph Chan (HK)
Marco Donnarumma (DE)
David Rodriguez Gimeno (ES)
Vvzela Kook (HK)
Ray LC (US/HK)
Lin Pey-Chwen (TW)
Tamas Waliczsky (HU/HK)
The development of media art and the online art space are both tightly enmeshed with the technological innovations of their times. Art in the Cloud is curatorial research that explores how the sudden growth of online art spaces contributes to the transformation of the presentation of media artworks. Specifically, we question how inherent characteristics such as interactivity and immersion shift in online exhibitions. How does today’s online space contribute to, or limit, artistic creativity? What are some of the unexpected challenges that artists have encountered? What are some of the new potentials that emerge from the technological impediments we come across?
To facilitate the interfacing of alterities in search of unexpected synergies, we have invited artists and curators born or based in Hong Kong and asked them to recommend one other artist or curator, based on the differences in terms of artistic medium, cultural, or philosophical lineage.
This Panel Discussion is the third session of the series, featuring Joseph Chan (HK), Marco Donnarumma (DE), David Rodriguez Gimeno (ES), Vvzela Kook (HK), Ray LC (US/HK), and Lin Pey-Chwen (TW), and moderated by Tamas Pal Waliczsky (HU/HK).
The 24 artworks will be viewable on our website throughout the festival, and an official screening and sharing of the work will take place on Zoom between September 8th and 11th . Please join us to reflect on how art could be in line with the online.
Tamas Waliczsky (HU/HK): Tamas Pal Waliczsky was born in 1959. He started out by creating animations at the age of nine. He started out by creating animations at the age of nine. He began working with computers in 1983. He worked at the ZKM Institute for Visual Media between 1992-1998. Since 2010 he is a professor at the City University of Hong Kong. His works won numerous international awards, including the Golden Nica of Prix Ars Electronica, was shown in several exhibitions worldwide, including the ICC Gallery Tokyo or the Multimediale Karlsruhe, and are in different public collections, like the Centre Georges Pompidou. He has been selected to represent Hungary at the Venice Biennale, 2019. waliczky.net
Chan, Ka Chun Joseph (HK): Being a kinetic art artist is an uncommon practice in Hong Kong. Joseph Chan’s works often focuses on three core elements: form, motion, and engineering ingenuity. Subjects of his creations include flying bird automata, orrery, time machines, marble machines, transforming machines, and walking machines. His machines subtly reflect the influences of being lived in one of the most multicultural cities in the world, at a revolutionary time when science, art, and technology are full of discovery, invention, and wonder. JCArt.hk
Marco Donnarumma (IT/GR): Marco Donnarumma is an artist, performer, stage director and scholar weaving together contemporary performance, new media art and interactive computer music since the early 2000s. He manipulates bodies, creates choreographies, engineers machines and composes sounds, combining disciplines, media and emerging technologies into an oneiric, sensual, uncompromising aesthetic. He is internationally acknowledged for his solo performances, stage productions and installations that defy genre, in which the body becomes a morphing language to speak critically of ritual, power and technology. marcodonnarumma.com
David Rodriguez Gimeno (ES): David Rodríguez Gimeno was born in Huesca, Spain in 1975. He holds an MA in Fine Arts from Valencia and a Master’s degree in Digital Techniques and Processes. Through video photography and robotic installations, he has developed work from mobile sculpture to expanded cinema.. He has held exhibitions in museums such as Tainan Art Museum, Taiwan; Alcala 31, CDAN, Spain; Pavilion O2, Venice, Italy; KF Gallery, Seoul, Korea. He has received awards and residencies at Antarctica, Cinedans Holland, Madatac Spain, Osmosis Taiwan, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. www.davidrg-art.com
Vvzela Kook (HK): Vvzela Kook is a new media artist who mainly works in audiovisual mediums, including performance, theatre, computer graphics and drawing. Kook’s video works combine technology with her artistic practice to reproduce and convert urban cityscapes into an integrated virtual experience, guiding the audience on a cybernetic journey. The condensed textures in her works connect with multiple sensual levels in our perception and reintroduce the unexplored potential of video as a medium. The narrative plays an important role in her work, the transmedia storytelling is part of the artistic concept. The mixing of delicate drawings, 3D printing and video game optics in her videos show the wide range of media and materials the artist uses to visually translate her research-based projects. vvzela.co
Ray LC (US/HK): Ray LC’s practice creates interactions and environments for building bonds between human beings and between humans and machines by using the nonverbal communication media of movement, sounds, and cinematic storytelling. He studied computer vision at UC Berkeley and neuroscience at UCLA, applying such technologies to performance, media art, and fashion at Tokyo. He held an MFA from Parsons School of Design and a PHD from UCLA before becoming Assistant Professor at City University HK SCM. raylc.org
Lin Pey-Chwen (TW): Pey-Chwen LIN was born in Taiwan in 1959. She received her Doctorate in Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong in Australia in 1995. She served as the professor and former head of the Graduate School of Multimedia and Animation Arts in National Taiwan University of Arts. She is one of the pioneers of digital arts in Taiwan and has received many art awards, including The First Prize of New Media Art in 2019, at the XII Florence Biennial. Her achievements have been documented in many art journals, history books and art archives internationally. linpeychwen.com
Sophie Zhang Yujia (HK): Sophie Zhang Yujia is a PhD candidate in School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. Her current research interests focus on building public self within the art world, and she is also involved with social media studies, image analysis, facial expression detections and emotion studies. Contributing to her research, Zhang does art practices on relative topics, and her artworks have been exhibited in Hong Kong for several times.
Charlie Yip (HK): Charlie Yip obtained her Master Degree in Creative Media from the City University of Hong Kong after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art. Currently a member of the Neuro-Design Lab. Alongside the team members, she has been organizing various curatorial projects and creating interactive artworks. Her research focuses mainly on Curating Art and Media.
Curator: Ann Mak
Chair: Maurice Benayoun
Panel Coordinator: Sophie Zhang Yujia
Panel Assistant: Charlie Yip