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Microwave Festival integrates media art and technology

"Microwave International Media Art Festival 2003", an annual event that integrates media art and technology, is being held at various venues from now until November 30.

The festival's exhibitions, video screenings, workshops and seminars are an opportunity for overseas and local media artists and enthusiasts to share their experiences and learn from each other.

"Microwave International Media Art Festival 2003" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and organised by the Microwave Co. Ltd. and Videotage.

This year's theme is "FOCI", intended to show the diversity of the festival and the basic foundation of new media art-modularity and variability.

Art and technology both stem from creativity, which stimulates unlimited artistic ideas and propels the fast-revolving wheels of technological invention. Through technology, art comes in different manifestations.

The "Installation Exhibition", being held at the Exhibition Hall (Low Block) of the Hong Kong City Hall from now until November 15, showcases works of four well-known artists under the theme of "Living Space" and the difference between "old and new media".

From Switzerland, Knowbotic Research's "IO_dencies" explores the cityscape by presenting data and urban structure through the computer interface. From France, Mathieu Briand's "SYS*017.ReR*06/PiG~Eqn\5*8" is enjoyed in much the same manner as one enjoys a game, with other viewers' perspectives becoming one's own, contradicting the saying that "seeing is believing".

Works by Jeffrey Shaw from Australia and Jim Campbell from the United States show the evolutionary process from old to new media. Shaw's "Place-Ruhr" allows viewers standing on a revolving stage to approach 11 coliseum-shaped worlds displayed on the surrounding screen. Campell's "Motion and Rest Studies" features a man walking into a set of six LED frames that employ discrete representations of the sampling of time and space.

Vegetables and sound, alphabets and machines, art and technology, maths and software...creative works on the power and various aspects of the Internet and art are showcased in the "Kon-structure" exhibition curated by Francis Lam, held at the Videotage from now until November 21.

Sound artist Mark Fell, who is also active in performance and installation and whose recent works have explored modes of interaction with computer systems in a multi-user context, is the subject of this year's "Artist-in-Residence" Exhibition. With the theme "Dirty Protest - Intention as Material", his new work features protean interaction. The exhibition will be held from November 17 to 30 at the Exhibition Hall of the Hong Kong Film Archive.

In addition, Fell will hold a workshop from November 17 to 19 to introduce participants to sound language programmes through projects and experiments. The workshop will be conducted in English and the course fee is $200.

Co-presented with sd gallery, School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, talented design students will display their creative works on digital space, web, icon and typography in the "HIGHBAND" exhibition from now until November 21 at the university. A student forum will also be held on November 21. Admission to all exhibitions and seminars is free.

Not to be missed is the "International Video Screenings" from November 7 to 9 at the Lecture Hall of the Hong Kong Space Museum. Over 50 new, exciting and creative works from the United States, Austria, France, Brazil, Canada and Hong Kong will be featured in the programmes: "Selection of VideoBrasil", "Mirroring Desires", "AudioVision", "Eyes of the beholder" and "Interzone".

One of the videos "Untitled_01" in "Mirroring Desires" was classified as Category III after the programme booklets were printed. Ticket holders under the age of 18 can obtain refunds from November 7 to 22 at the Box Offices of the Hong Kong Space Museum or watch other videos in "Mirroring Desires" after the screening of "Untitled_01".

Tickets priced at $30 per screening are available at all URBTIX outlets. Reservations can be made by phone at 2734 9009.

Another highlight is the closing night of the Festival, "Bits & Beat Midnight Party", at the Fringe Club on November 29. In addition to guest performers, the three winners of the video and audio jockeys open recruitment held in September and October will perform their winning works.

For details, refer to programme booklets obtainable at all LCSD performing venues or call 2734 2900 (LCSD), 2573 1869 (Videotage) or visit , .

Ends/Wednesday, November 5, 2003
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