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August 10, 2022

Electric Dreams: symposium and exhibition

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

View of Electric Dreams, 2022. Courtesy of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou).

View of Electric Dreams, 2022. Courtesy of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou).

View of Electric Dreams, 2022. Courtesy of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou).

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Electric Dreams, the virtual symposium and exhibition, explores the dystopian ghosts of cyberpunk, juxtaposing technological achievements with societal decay while also discussing the new realities and possibilities that are now emerging from that neural darkness. Electric Dreams calls for an interdisciplinary discourse to open new pathways for exploring cutting-edge technologies, such as artificial intelligence and the metaverse, and their creative potential.

We ask: What are the dreams and dystopias of our time? Where are we now, and what possible futures are open to us, if any?

Electric Dreams is the first symposium and exhibition organised by the Computational Media and Arts Thrust (CMA) at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou). The global pandemic has led to accelerated innovation in international symposia and exhibitions, and under the circumstances it is fitting that Electric Dreams 2022: first CMA international symposium and exhibition on Computational Media and Arts will run entirely online. The symposium will take place on August 25–26, 2022, and the exhibition will remain online until June 25, 2023.

Speakers: Memo Atken, Refik Anadol, ciphrd, Luba Elliott, Sylvain Levy, Yuk Hui, Eva Jäger, Irini Papadimitriou, Dragan Janković, Jo Wei, Masaki Fujihata, Tristan Braud.

Artists: Memo Akten, Entangled Others, Refik Anadol, Katja Novitskova, Andy Lomas, Matthew Plummer-Fernández, Tobias Klein, Timothy Page, David Yip, Jake Zhang, Varvara & Mar, Rui Hu, Theo Papatheodorou & Jesse Wolpert.

Students’ projects: Ze Gao, Anqi Wang, Yuri Kuzmin, Jin Tian, Ziwei Wu, Xiaofu Jin, Yifang Wang, Xian Xu, Xian Xu, Yifang Wang, Yifan Cao, Junxiu Tang.

Electric Dreams team
Chairs:
Varvara Guljajeva, Theodoros Papatheodorou. Symposium curators: Varvara Guljajeva, Theodoros Papatheodorou, Kang Zhang. Exhibition curators: Varvara Guljajeva, Theodoros Papatheodorou. Organising team: Varvara Guljajeva, Theodoros Papatheodorou, Jake Zhang, Rui Hu, Zikai Alex Wen, Iurii Kuzmin. Web design: Victor Hwang. Virtual exhibition design: Varm Studio.

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