[-empyre-] *TickTack* I hear the water running
Shu Lea Cheang
shulea at earthlink.net
Sun Sep 1 21:47:50 AEST 2019
thanks so much, Geert. a quiet sunday in amsterdam, a swarm of Parisians
back from August hoilday!
meanwhile - through facebook, calls for support are coming from my
HK/Asia friends transmitting bloody urgency.
here we kick off!
Following Geert's quote of Audre "The Master's Tools Will Never
Dismantle the Master's House", Let me start another thread here for week
1 STAY UNFINISHED....The two threads on network/social network and HK
revolution should somehow merge through this week's dialogue, i hope.
*TickTack* I hear the water running
on HK resistance, its tactical approach, technology and infrastructure.
Last few days' headlines from HK
*Tear gas in Kwun Tong after Hong Kong protesters surround police
station, dismantle ‘surveillance’ lampposts[Hong Kong Free Press
*Hong Kong tech firm pulls out of smart lamppost programme after
surveillance accusations and staff threats [Hong Kong Free Press 26-08-2019]
*Chinese troop movement into Hong Kong prompts unease [the
Ellen Pau from Hong Kong posted-
What's happened in the past 30 hours
Jimmy Sham, convenor of CHRF, attacked;
Andy Chan, convenor of National Party, arrested;
KP Chung, applicant of Yuen Long march, attacked;
Planned march organized by CHRF on Aug 31, banned;
Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow arrested.
*Hong Kong police water cannon truck fires blue-colored water as
protesters besiege gov’t HQ
[Hong Kong Free Press 31-08-2019]
*Hong Kong protests: subway to airport shut down as activists out in
force. [the Guardian 1-9-2019]
Many thanks to Ellen Pau, the one strong woman pushing forward HK media art.
and to Winnie Soon, who's leading STWST48x5 UNFINISHED CODE on September
6(21:30-23:00) at STWST, Linz
This week we bring together HK born artists, cultural workers, activists
Working simultaneously in installation, interactive media, photography
and video, Chloë focuses on the “structure of feelings” between people
and the society through exploring emotional connections with objects and
mechanical devices. Through the reconstructions of ready-made objects by
metaphor in a spiritual and reduced aesthetic vocabulary reminiscent of
both Minimalism and conceptual art to address themes such as love and
loss, freedom and suppression, happiness and detachment. Chloë Cheuk
graduated from the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong
Kong in 2012, and finished her MFA in sculpture major at Concordia
University in 2019 where she currently works as an artist in residence
in Topological Media Lab.
Daniel C. Howe - an artist and critical technologist whose work focuses
on the relationships between networks, language, and politics. His
hybrid practice explores the impact of networked, computational
technologies on human values such as diversity, privacy and freedom. He
has been an open-source advocate and contributor to dozens of
socially-engaged software projects over the past two decades. His
outputs include software interventions, art installations,
algorithmically-generated text and sound, and tools for artists.
Keith Lam -Hong Kong based New Media Artist, Co-founder and Artistic
Director of New Media Creative Studio Dimension Plus. Founder of
composite design space openground . He works with installation,
performance, light, kinetics, interactive fabrication, information
visualization. Recent works include Soundscape of Body (2018), Embodied
Dimension (2017), Heliocentric (2017), Cycling Wheel: The Orchestra
(2017), Landscape of a cloud (2015). http://keithlyk.net/
Ellen Pau - an artist, curator and a medical radiographer based in Hong
Kong. She co-founded Hong Kong’s media art collective, Videotage in
1986, and is currently the founding director and curator of the
Microwave International Media Arts Festival.
self-taught artist, she gained a Master Degree in Visual Culture
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visual_Culture>at Chinese University of
As an artist, she makes films, installations which are distributed by
Video Bureau <http://videobureau.org/artist/ellen-pau?lang=en>. In 2001,
she represented Hong Kong at the 49^th Venice Biennale. She has been
keeping an HK protests’ diary which documents major disruptions and
actions taking place in the streets of Hong Kong. http://videotage.org.hk/
Winnie Soon - an artist-researcher, born in Hong Kong and is currently
based in Denmark, examining the cultural implications of technologies
in which computational processes and infrastructure underwrite our
experiences, which are ever more programmed. Her works explore
themes/concepts around computational culture, specifically concerning
automated censorship, data circulation, real-time processing/liveness,
invisible infrastructure and the culture of code practice. Her current
research focuses on computational art practice and critical machine
learning, working on two books titled “Aesthetic Programming: A Handbook
of Software Studies” (with Geoff Cox) and “Fix My Code” (with Cornelia
Sollfrank). She is Assistant Professor at Aarhus University.
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