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Microwave International New Media Arts Festival 2018 – Much Ado About Everything

October 26 – November 11, 2018

With the theme of Cyberia, the 2017 festival presented a series of media art works, performances and programmes to the general public that tried to redefine the notion of “live”. We questioned the concept in the context of people’s reactions to social media and live streaming, asking what’s next when technology has granted everyone the right on broadcast in real time.

With so much enthusiastic participation next year, it posed the question of how to progress further. We know that technology has changed the way we live, behave and believe; we now have Uber, Airbnb, couchsurfing,blockchain, the development of artificial intelligence and other world-changing technologies.

The main exhibition of the 2018 festival at Hong Kong City Hall, Much Ado About Everything, will showcase a series of art works made using technologies including artificial intelligence, data visualisation, immersive media, machine learning, blockchain technology, 3D printing. Another festival highlight will be our non-traditional conference, known as Unconference, at the Run Run Shaw Creative Media Center at the City University of Hong Kong in Kowloon Tong on the afternoon of 27 Oct. It will focus on blockchain technology and how it’s changing the world; the international line-up of artists, technology specialists and filmmakers includes Maurice Benayoun (France), Tobias Klein (Germany), Li Shih-chieh (Taiwan), Patrice Poujol (France), Annie Zhang (Hong Kong), and Jack Cheng and Ho Fung of SingularDTV (Hong Kong). The festival will also include Project Room, an exhibition about VR and extended reality, at openground from 1 to 11 Nov. Other programmes include the grand opening, an artist symposium, a blockchain workshop and screening programmes. For details, please visit www.microwavefest.net.

The grand opening is on 26 October at Hong Kong City Hall, while the main exhibition runs from 27 Oct to 11 Nov, showcasing works by artists from Canada, mainland China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, the UK and the US.

Free Admission. All are welcome.

Festival Grand Opening
26 Oct (Fri)
18:30-21:00

Main Exhibition 
27 Oct (Sat) –4 Nov (Sun) 
12:00-20:00

Artist Symposium 
28 Oct (Sun 日)
14:00-16:15

Exhibition Hall, Low Block, Hong Kong City Hall,
5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong

Unconference
27 Oct (Sat)
14:00-17:30
Future Cinema Studio (M6094), Level 6, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre,
18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong
Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/ydNA7aWaMGOS9BwH3

Image: Preview of Continuum by Olivier Ratsi (France), 2018.

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