Machine Visions: 19.11.2022 – 04.02.2023.

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Artists: Peter Nelson

Roberto Alonso Trillo

Marek Poliks 

Exhibition

This exhibition explores how machine learning tools are being integrated into artistic practice. The works on show are the result of a two-year exploration of how machine learning can be used to synthesise music and synthesise 3D objects. In the time elapsed since the commencement of this project, online visual culture has reacted to and absorbed a host of new techniques, from image recognition to style transfer, to natural language synthesis and more recently the text-to-image synthesis pipelines offered by tools such as MidJourney and Dall-e. Underneath these rapidly evolving creative toolkits lie a common computational approach of a dataset, a neural network, and a newly synthesised output based on what features the network can understand in the original dataset. As the utility of these tools and the quality of their results improve, various cultural debates have been spawned, such as who ‘owns’ the collective cultural databases on which these systems are trained, and who therefore owns the works that these systems generate? Is there a tipping point where the human creative input relative to automated machine output shifts balance to the degree that we no longer consider the human to be the author of the work? In her overview of modern visual communication, Joanna Drucker notes that representational strategies evolve historically with changes in technological production, from the relationship between 16th-century developments in optics and Renaissance painting to mechanised assembly lines and the industrial geometric abstractions of modernist artists such as Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky. Considered in this broader trajectory, what we are witnessing is human creativity once again adapting to a paradigm shift, namely that of automation and artificial intelligence. It would be difficult to produce a definitive exhibition of how machine learning is changing the creative process, simply because these techniques are being integrated very quickly and across a wide number of applications and tools. Instead, this exhibition presents a bespoke exploration of three techniques – synthesising 3-dimensional shapes, synthesising music, and synthesising human motion. We present various artworks, sound installations, and musical performances made using these tools, alongside educational panels explaining the machine learning approaches behind these works. We hope that this exhibition can make a modest contribution to the rapidly evolving conversation of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and creativity.

 

 

Peter Nelson and Roberto Alonso Trillo, 2022.

Performances

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1. Performance #1 DEBRIS - Music with AI byproducts
Roberto Alonso & Marek Poliks

November 19 @ 17:00

A set of electronic compositions based on materials generated by the Demiurge audio synthesis engine, a music machine-learning platform. Demiurge consists of a tripartite neural network architecture developed by Roberto Alonso, Marek Poliks, and a team of collaborators at the Hong Kong Baptist University. Debris indexes a subset of Demiurge's massive output database as waste material ripe for creative reconsumption.

2. Performance #2 ARCHON
Marek Poliks & Roberto Alonso

November 24 @ 19:00

Archon was developed with the belief that the future of music will replace (and is replacing) instruments and instrumentality with algorithmic verticalities capable of deploying and recombining the literal historical entirety of recorded audio according to affect-based macro-categories. Making music will need to change from a real-time experience to one of prompt-based audio generation, results management, and readymade conformity-driven refinement operations. In response, Archon facilitates a dynamic, behaviorally-adaptive, interpretive relationship between a musician and a data entity - reinjecting intimacy, proximity, and instrumentality into the higher-level data management activities that will constitute the future of music-making.

3. Performance #3 ARCHON
Marek Poliks & Roberto Alonso & Karen Yu & Angus Lee

November 25 @ 19:00

Performance #3, the second performance of the Archon system brings together musicians from Spain, Hong Kong and the USA and will also include a special panel discussion led by Peter Nelson and Roberto Alonso, with artists Marek Poliks, Karen Yu and Angus Lee, in partnership with the Australia Council of the Arts Engaging Influencer Series. Following the Archon performance, artists and curators will talk specifically about the impact of machine learning on musical performance, and speculate more broadly on how machine learning is going to alter the shape of the creative landscape in East Asia. Special guests to be announced soon!

4. Performance #4 PERFORM AUGMENT REMIX
Sudhee Liao & Peter Nelson & Roberto Alonso

December 10 @ 15:00

Performance #4 is a special addition to our program, where artist Peter Nelson, musician Roberto Alonso and dancer Sudhee Liao will share a number of art and technology performances they have been working on for the past two years, mashed up into a special 30 minute composition.

5. Performance #5 DEBRIS - Music with AI byproducts
Roberto Alonso & Marek Poliks

January 14 @ 15:00

A performance in two parts, Debris project is a series of commissions of new music for fixed electronic means that exclusively explore, through the application of any sound transformation techniques (DSPs, fluid corpus manipulation/granular synthesis, physical modeling synthesis, etc.), the materials found in the Demiurge’s Debris database. The project has been shaped by an interdisciplinary committee [Marek Poliks (Berklee) / Roberto Alonso (HKBU) / Pablo Coello (Vertixe) / Ramón Souto (Vertixe) / Ángel Faraldo (Phonos) / Jaime Reís (DME)]

 

   

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.

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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).

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)

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𝐇𝐊𝐀𝐂𝐓! 𝐀𝐜𝐭 𝟏𝟐 𝐕𝐨𝐕: 𝐇𝐊𝐑𝐔𝐍𝐖𝐀𝐘 is a multi-disciplinary fashion show that engages in the experimentation of new media to showcase fashion designs.

𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗲 & 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲:

29.10.2022 (Sat), 20:00 – 20:30

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.

𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗲 & 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲:

28.11.2022 (Mon), 9:30 – 19:30

“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

 

   

Osage:
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AR Exhibition – Jockey Club Augmented Reality in Arts Education Project

24.07– 25.09.2022 

@大館 Tai Kwun

主辦機構 Organised by

奧沙藝術基金Osage Art Foundation

捐助機構 Funded by

香港賽馬會慈善信託基金The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

合作院校 Collaborating Institutions

香港大學建築系 Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong
香港浸會大學視覺藝術學院 Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University
香港演藝學院舞臺及製作藝術學院 School of Theatre and Entertainment Arts, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
香港知專設計學院數碼媒體學系 Department of Digital Media, Hong Kong Design Institute

展覽場地支持機構 Exhibition Venue Supported by 

大館 Tai Kwun  

參與中學 Participating Secondary Schools

香港中國婦女會中學Hong Kong Chinese Women’s Club College
賽馬會體藝中學Jockey Club Ti-I College
聖公會林裘謀中學SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School
聖士提反女子中學St. Stephen’s Girls College
基督教香港信義會元朗信義中學The ELCHK Yuen Long Lutheran Secondary School
仁濟醫院第二中學Yan Chai Hospital No.2 Secondary School
仁濟醫院林百欣中學YCH Lim Por Yen Secondary School

「賽馬會AR藝術教育計劃」由香港賽馬會慈善信託基金捐助,奧沙藝術基金主辦,並與四間大專院校合作。此教育計劃為中學生及教師提供融合藝術、文化、科技和歷史四大支柱的跨學科學習體驗。100多名中學生通過工作坊及講座,學習製作AR 公共藝術項目的過程,從學校周邊地區的文化和歷史研究、策展概念發展、場景設計、攝影測量拍攝,到最終的展覽實現。這次在大館舉辦的公共藝術展覽便是本計劃第一年的成果。

通過《賽馬會AR藝術教育計劃》應用程式,我們邀請您探索由中學生創建的26 個擴增實境(AR) 立體模型,並與這些將分佈於大館各個空間的模型進行互動。您可以進入虛擬空間,與這些關於過去與未來的AR模型互動,撰寫並重新創造和敘述自己的新故事。

*建議參觀者在參觀前預先安裝《賽馬會AR藝術教育計劃》應用程式。 *於新冠肺炎疫情期間,在場人士均需嚴格遵從當時實行之防疫措施。 詳情: www.jcaraep.org

Jockey Club Augmented Reality in Arts Education Project is funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and organised by Osage Art Foundation, in collaboration with four higher education institutions. The Education Project offers students and teachers in Hong Kong a unique interdisciplinary experience that integrates the four pillars of art, culture, technology, and history. Over 100 secondary students experienced the process of producing the AR art project through research, concept development, scenographic design, photogrammetry, and the realization of an exhibition. This public art exhibition at Tai Kwun is the outcome of Year 1 of this Education Project.

You are invited to explore and interact with the 26 augmented reality (AR) 3D models, created by the secondary school students and placed around Tai Kwun, by installing the “JC AR Education Project” app. You will be able to enter the virtual world and interact in the present with AR models drawn from the stories of past and future, compose and recreate your own new narratives.

*Visitors are recommended to install the “JC AR Education Project” app prior to the visit. *The exhibition and tours will be conducted in strict compliance with the Government's health regulations for the public prevention of COVID-19. More information: www.jcaraep.org

免費導賞團 Free Docent Tours 

星期二、四 Tue & Thu: 15:00-16:00
星期六、日 Sat & Sun: 10:30-11:30 / 14:00-15:00 / 16:00 -17:00
請通過此鏈接登記 Please register at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfa0YNO2Rb7LUDFAO7545t83W8m-fnYH80rFAdyjEUc9UDz9g/viewform 

免費公開分享講座 Free Public Sharing Talk 

14.08.2022 (星期日 Sun) 15:00-18:00 賽馬會立方 JC Cube / 線上直播 Online Live Streaming 

請通過此鏈接登記 Please register at: 

https://www.eventbrite.hk/e/ar-jcaraep-public-talk-tickets-386149342077?aff=ebdsoporgprofile


查詢 Enquiry 

蘇小姐 Zoe So zoeso@oaf.cc / (852) 2172 1697 

 

 

   

Osage:
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No Secret Between Us Anymore
– Jiang Zhi Solo Exhibition: 27.05.2022 – 31.08.2022 

Curated by Jiafan Weng

Presented by Osage Gallery

“No secret between us anymore”, the seeming intimacy reveals another layer of relationship — the exposures of privacy, and invasion of spaces. Living in a generation that every piece of us is being collected and calculated, are the secrets we used to keep still secured? Are we aware of the moment when we are exposed? Do we care about it?

Presented at Osage Gallery, this exhibition includes works in different art mediums by Beijing based artist Jiang Zhi, offering a multi-layered experience that explores the consciousness in response to the title “No Secret Between Us Anymore”. Through bodies and objects being transformed into semiotics, the viewers are put into a shrinking liminal space between being exposed and being protected.

Exhibition Period
27.05.22 – 31.08.22 

Mon-Fri 10:30am – 6:00pm
Sat 10:30am – 1:00pm
Closed on Sundays and public holidays 

Venue: Osage Gallery 4/F, 20 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong
Register required:
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Osage:
:: Spring Garden – Li Xinping Solo Exhibition: 10.05.2022 – 31.08.2022 

Curated by Belle Leung

Presented by Osage Gallery

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest... People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” ― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast (1964)

The pandemic in various places across the globe is still fluctuating, limiting social gatherings. Like a false spring, we are in a loop of hope and disappointment, relief and anxiety. Reading Hemingway’s thoughts inspires us to enjoy spring more when being alone and to find the mental space to contemplate, feel, and appreciate what is around us or find solace in art.

The exhibition Spring Garden will present 16 oil paintings, painted by Li Xinping between 2004-2015, They depict the enjoyment of Spring through scenes of leisure, music, and dance. The figures in Li’s paintings appear to be frolicking and immersed in the natural environment. It is as if whilst in the middle of the false spring, one can still almost feel the breeze, smell the fragrance of the flowers or hear the sound of swings in the wind. Li Xinping’s brushstrokes, colours, and imagination awaken our senses and prepare us for the true spring which symbolizes "a new beginning." His art provides a safe haven, a mental space "where there are no problems and where we can be the happiest."

Exhibition Period
10.5.22 - 31.08.22 

Mon-Fri 10:30am – 6:00pm
Sat 10:30am – 1:00pm
Closed on Sundays and public holidays 

Venue: Osage Gallery 4/F, 20 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong
Register required:
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Listening Room 10 – Beyond | Schism

Venue: Osage, 4F, 20 Hing Yip St, Kwun Tong

*Due to public health situation, this event is POSTPONED until further notice. Please monitor the latest disease prevention measures and Osage's Facebook, Instagram, website for any rearrangements.

Beyond | Schism is a collection of pieces co-curated by HKNME flautist Angus Lee and clarinettist Linus Fung, exploring static and volatile states of beings, from the contemplative yet unsettling Let me die before I wake (Salvatore Sciarrino), the stoic yet evocative Kuroda-Bushi (Toshio Hosokawa), the lyrical yet perturbed Monologue (Isang Yun), to works that pushes the limits of both instruments to their physical limits (beyond by Matthias Pintscher, BUG by Bruno Mantovani, Flight by George Benjamin).

FOR FURTHER DETAILS & RSVP
https://www.hongkongnewmusic.org/listeningroom10

Co-organized by
Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Osage Gallery, Sigma Projects

 

 

   

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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.