New Work-in-progress (2020)

Join choreographer and multidisciplinary artist Hiroaki Umeda and digital media scholar and course leader of Virtual Reality (VR) at London College of Communication, Dr Annie Wan in an online sharing session about creating for the virtual stage. Moderated by West Kowloon’s Head of Dance Karen Cheung, the talk will use excerpts of Umeda’s online work as a starting point for discussion. Umeda is a visionary artist who has been staging digital media performances for over a decade, and more recently has expanded into performances for the virtual stage. Dr Wan will discuss how new VR technologies are creating lived-in experiences for artists and audiences. Their conversation will touch upon challenges and concerns faced by artists working in the medium and cast a light towards our digital media consumption in the future. With endless possibilities for performance on the horizon, how can new technologies widen artists’ imagination?

Language:
English with simultaneous interpretation in Cantonese

Date:
24 March 2021 (Wednesday)

Time:
8:00pm–9:00pm

Venue:
Live streaming
The talk will be live streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

Speakers:
Hiroaki Umeda
Dr Annie Wan

Moderator:
Karen Cheung, Head of Dance, Performing Arts, West Kowloon Cultural District

Enquiries:
Please contact Ms Ho at (852) 2200 0385 during office hours or email learning@wkcda.hk.

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, it will be rescheduled or cancelled.

About the Speakers:

Hiroaki Umeda

Hiroaki UmedaPhoto by: Shin Yamagata

Choreographer and multidisciplinary artist Hiroaki Umeda is recognised as one of the leading figures of the Japanese avant-garde art scene. Since the launch of his company S20, Umeda has toured internationally to audience and critic acclaim and is acknowledged for his strong digital background, holistic artistic methodology, and for incorporating physical, optical, sensorial and spatiotemporal components. His interest in choreographing time and space has also led to work as a composer, lighting designer, scenographer and visual artist.

Solo works such as Adapting for Distortion (2008), Haptic (2008), Holistic Strata (2011) and split flow (2013) combine digital imagery, minimal soundscape and potent corporeality, and have transfixed audiences at major festivals and theatres worldwide. In the choreographic project “Superkinesis” (2009–2019) Umeda worked with dancers of distinct physical backgrounds to explore kinetic languages and the environment. Since 2010, Umeda has created installations exploring optical illusion and physical immersion. A series of works combining visual and physical sensation earned him the Prix Ars Electronica, Honorary Mention, in 2010. In 2014, Umeda launched the “Somatic Field Project” to nurture young dancers and develop his movement method “Kinetic Force Method”.

Dr Annie Wan

Dr Annie WanDr Annie Wan (PhD, University of Washington) is an international scholar in digital media and Course Leader for BA (Hons) Virtual Reality / Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor equivalent) at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Annie has 9 years of teaching experience across digital media, media technology and creative coding, along with 13 years of research experience across digital media and technology projects. Her primary research interests involve digital preservation and the adoption of extended reality technologies for social good.

Annie is also a media artist and exhibition curator who has received commissions from various organisations. Her work has been exhibited in festivals across Europe, Asia and North America, including: Art + Communication Festival (Latvia), Multimedia ArtAsiaPacific Conference (Singapore), ZeroOne / ISEA 2006 (United States), French Pavilion at the 10th Venice Architecture Biennale (Italy), Ogaki Biennale (Japan). Her past collaborators include the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she worked on creative technologies for digital preservation and wellbeing.

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