New Media Art: Reinterpretation of Cultural Expression
Date: 3 October Sunday
Venue: DAFA Seminar Area, 1F Asia Standard Tower
Format: Seminar/ Webinar
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm HKT
Speakers: Yang Yongliang, Victor Wong, MC Yan, Jenny Guo
Moderator: Heiman Ng
Language: Cantonese/ Mandarin
Digital technology and new media have fostered new forms of engagement with culture and heritage, offering an alternative perspective on traditional history and everyday life. In discussion with artists Yang Yongliang, Victor Wong and MC Yan, the dialogue examines the interaction between cultural expressions and digital art, and how it alters artistic production and representations of Hong Kong culture and society.
Born in 1980 in Old Town Jiading, Shanghai, Yang Yongliang studied Chinese painting since childhood. In the early 2000s, he graduated from Shanghai Institute of Design of China Academy of Art and started his experiments in multidisciplinary art. Yang currently lives and works in New York and Shanghai. Yang’s digital Chinese landscapes have redefined traditional landscape paintings, featuring a massive amount of urban images reconstructed, and recomposed. Poetic and quaint as it appears to be when seen from a distance, it unfolds a fable of modern civilization if one takes a closer look. His works have been exhibited internationally and collected by public institutions worldwide, including Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the British Museum in London, Paris Museum of Modern Art and National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.
New Media Artist
Syan is best known as MC Yan, one of the first Chinese rappers. He became known as one of the rappers of the first Hong Kong Nu-Rock and Hip-Hop band called LMF, aka Lazy Mutha Fuckaz.
DJ Tommy and he started a music movement ‘Chopstick Hip-Hop’. They produced a record named ‘Respect 4 da Chopstick Hip-Hop’, in which they collaborated with musicians representing various Asian countries, such as Japan, Mainland China, South Korea and Taiwan.
Besides Hip-Hop, Syan has continued to solely experiment with sounds. He practices singing bowls along with polyphonic chanting for over a decade and visits different Archaeo-Acoustic sites around the world for his acoustic music experiments.
Award winning cross media creator Victor Wong is renowned for his visionary treatment of unparalleled beauty to new media art and visual effects for movies.
Blending new technology with Chinese philosophy and nature, his work stretches across paintings, sculptures, digital art, animation, film, AR, VR and artificial intelligence.
After graduating from the University of Washington in 1989 with a degree in the Bachelor of Science of Electrical Engineering, Victor has been pioneering the digital creative media industry in Hong Kong for almost 30 years. In the early 90’s, he created Hong Kong’s first full computer-generated TV commercial and promoted the computer graphic industry to the advertising world and participated in one of world’s best selling game “FINAL FANTASY” Episode 9, 10 & 11.
Qin Ya Jenny Guo is an award-winning creative producer, XR arts patron, and tech entrepreneur. She has been named on Forbes 30 under 30 in 2018 and AACYF 30 under 30 in 2020, and was also recognized as the top 10 Asian Americans Entrepreneurs in 2021.
Backed by HTC ViveX and TechStars, her company Highstreet is building a commerce centered metaverse. The VR projects she had worked on have also won multiple awards in both
M Asia and the U.S. She has produced and distributed multiple VR art installations, including renowned artist Rachel Maclean’s I’m Terribly Sorry with KWM Art Center, Wang Xin’s Maybe it’s Time to Refresh the Art World a Little Bit at K11 art mall in Hong Kong, and Tian Zhuo Chen's Trance. Her producing work Living Distance with artist Xin Liu has been selected into multiple renowned film festivals, including Sundance, SXSW, Beijing Film Festival, and it’s the first Chinese immersive project that Sundance New Frontier Lab has taken on. Her latest VR artwork Devil's Ivy with artist Liu Wa was shown at Busan Biennale and Sandbox Immersive Festival. This film has won the young creative award from International Emmys.
Guo has also spoken at multiple conferences including Harvard Graduate School of Design, SXSW, Wharton School of Business, J.P Morgan, TEDxBohaibay, and Christie’s.
Co-director, Digital Art Fair Asia
Heiman Ng is a seasoned art specialist with more than 10 years of experience in art consulting, curating and training in Greater China. Prior to setting up Art on Purpose, a local art education consultancy based in Hong Kong, he was the Co-Founder and Director of Collect Art, a multifaceted platform which provides professional art consultancy services such as art advisory, curating, corporate training, branding and communications strategy, etc. Over the years, he has worked with some of the most important art collectors, galleries, institutions and luxury brands in the world, such as Uli Sigg, M K Lau Collection, Art Basel, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Zhi Art Museum (Chengdu, China), Suning Art Museum (Shanghai, China), Chaumet and Hermès, etc. He had also held various senior management positions in leading international auction houses such as the Course Leader @ Christie’s Education, Asia (2017-2018) and Head of Press @ Bonhams (2014-2016). He is currently teaching as a part-time Lecturer in Global Creative Industries in The University of Hong Kong.