HKACT! Acts 11-13 projects extend from neuro-design, artificial intelligence (AI) to symposiums and art installation, and looks to both the virtual space and physical reality in the fashion show for a greater engagement with the public. In their ambitious turn to the integration and confrontation of all artistic disciplines with technology as both artist and medium, HKACT! Acts 11-13 suggests that a pivotal moment in our own societies and cultural production merits a similarly all-encompassing artistic statement.
HK𝐀𝐂𝐓! 𝐀𝐜𝐭 𝟏𝟏 𝐕𝐨𝐕: 𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐕𝐚𝐥𝐮𝐞𝐬 presents new media artist Maurice Benayoun’s latest development in his pioneering neuro-design blockchain-based art project, Value of Values (VoV). Human Values such as LOVE, POWER, PEACE, KNOWLEDGE, are human abstractions, which live in the mind. If making art is giving shape to ideas, one can shape human values directly from their mind. Controlling the form just by thinking. Brain-Computer Interaction (BCI) makes neuro-design possible. This morphogenesis of values goes beyond the traditional culture-based representations (allegory for LIBERTY, the red pictogram of the heart for LOVE…). Each human value can be considered as a dynamic living form. Its ecosystem is the human mind. Like Nature assessing the evolution of living forms, through EEG (Electro Encephalography) it can assess forms and their relevance in representing abstractions and values. The resulting liquid shape submitted to dynamic forces is like Thought in motion. The generated forms become NFT on the Blockchain, opening the path for new market forces that drive the trade of Human Values. From Sublimation to Reification, artworks penetrate strata of human activities that were out of the artist’s reach. Ethics, Finance, Politics, Philosophy become, thanks to transactional practices, the new playground for artist at the world level. The process of neuro design which can be considered as HUGAN, were the now common AI GAN (Generative Adversarial Network) opposing a computer-based Generator to a carefully taught computer-based Discriminator may shift the status to the artist. In the Brain Factory and VoV this is the human brain that plays the role of the Discriminator. In the curatorial process involved in AI generated Art, the artist steps back from the position of designing concepts, it uses new tools that, in the like of paint-tubes, become concept-tubes or rhetoric-tubes. Curating variations to orient evolution of constantly evolving shapes may have become the new present of the artist’s practice.
𝗢𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗲 & 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲:
29.10.2022 (Sat), 18:00 – 20:00
𝗘𝘅𝗵𝗶𝗯𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗲 & 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲:
30.10.2022 – 30.11.2022
11:00 – 18:00 (Closed on Mondays)
Asia Society Hong Kong Center
School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong
𝐇𝐊𝐀𝐂𝐓! 𝐀𝐜𝐭 𝟏𝟐 𝐕𝐨𝐕: 𝐇𝐊𝐑𝐔𝐍𝐖𝐀𝐘 is a multi-disciplinary fashion show that engages in the experimentation of new media to showcase fashion designs. 20 fashion designers from Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) are invited to give shape to values through the neuro-design process of VoV and create new forms of fashion inspired by the tokens they have created. People are allowed to claim their values in an expressive way. The outfits, captured by Photogrammetry, were then produced into Virtual Reality (VR) designed by Alexey Marfin. VR and dance will be incorporated to present the Value Collection, allowing audience to traverse between the reality and the virtual space.
Performance 𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗲 & 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲:
29.10.2022 (Sat), 20:00 – 20:30
Joseph Lau & Josephine Lau Roof Garden, Asia Society Hong Kong Center
Chan Chun Yu
Cheung Cheuk Nam
Chui Ming Yi
Chung Sze Ki
Fok Kei Wing
Jessica Fung Hoi Yan
Fung Ka Man
Ho King Lai
Lee Long Man Michelle
Luo Cheuk Nga
Ng Sze Ting
Siu Ka Ho Hugo
Sun Yuet Ting Elaine
Tsum Ka Yee
Yau Ho Yan
Yu Yuen Ying
Nina Habulan Gelladuga
Proceso Seguismar Gelladuga II
Asia Society Hong Kong Center
Hong Kong Design Institute
Southern California Institute of Architecture
𝐇𝐊𝐀𝐂𝐓! 𝐀𝐜𝐭 𝟏𝟑 𝐒𝐲𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐮𝐦 is a full-day symposium which focus on philosophy and technology, as well as art and technology. Nine speakers are invited, including scholars and artists, from Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Globalisation has meant, historically, a process of neutralization through economic and technological means by conquering land, sea and air. The invention and proliferation of digital technologies in the second half of the 20th century has accelerated this process, as demonstrated by the Sino-American relation. At the same time, digital technology has become the most pervasive and ubiquitous medium now indispensable to everyday life. Both the state and capitalism demand and produce techno-social subjects – who are consumers, but not citizens. It is recognized that technology is not neutral. It is a new regime of discipline and containment based on computation, which has brought us convenience as well as platform capitalism, enforced surveillance and mass data extraction.
As a way to counter this homogenization, it is crucial to imagine a new form of globalisation, to imagine a techno-diversity or multiple cosmo-technics, by resolving the antinomy of the universality of technology.
To include people in different localities to participate in the production and sharing of knowledge, and allowing them to actively appropriate technology instead of being reduced to mere consumers. This is essential to maintaining a local heterogeneity as well as politicizing the innovation and employment of technology, which allows us to resist against a homogenization assumed by capitalist logic and the technocratic.
To bring forward a new phase of globalization means going beyond the previous unilateral process of globalization and the technological dystopia accompanied with it. It requires rediscovering and inventing new configurations between cultures and technologies, tradition and modernism, east and west. It is a call that not only addresses politologists but scholars in art and humanities, as well as those in engineering and sciences. It demands a re-evaluation of the limits and potential of the current algorithmic culture and its algorithmic governmentality from new perspectives.
This symposium invites scholars and artists to conceive such possibilities by reflecting on the conceptual and practical contributions from both the East and the West. It seeks to contribute in overcoming the universalist and homogeneous idea of technology, which impoverishes our capacity to think and act.
Prof. Maurice BENAYOUN
Dr. Primavera DE FILIPPI
Prof. Hidetaka ISHIDA
Prof. Yuk HUI
Prof. Scott LASH
Prof. Ronaldo LEMOS
Dr. Lev MANOVICH
Dr. Charles MEREWETHER
Prof. Jeffrey SHAW
𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗲 & 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲:
28.11.2022 (Mon), 9:30 – 19:30
Miller Theater, Asia Society Hong Kong Center
Asia Society Hong Kong Center
U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau
Osage Art Foundation
Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme, HKSAR Government
For more information please visit:www.hkact.hk
Details of the registration for exhibition artist’s tours, and symposium will be announced soon.
“HKACT! Acts 11-13” is financially supported by the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
The content of these programmes does not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region