Transient Creatures: Microwave International New Media Arts Festival 2008, 異生界: 微波國際新媒體藝術節 2008
Based in Hong Kong, the annual 'Microwave International New Media Arts Festival' is a pioneering festival of its kind, both in Asia and internationally. Each year the festival strives to bring the latest marriages of art and technology to Hong Kong that would inspire both artists and public. 'As computer becomes ubiquitous and technology becomes wearable, our body is constantly crossing between a mixed reality of virtual and tangible worlds. Artists working in a new media see bioform and bioliving as part of a larger movement in life science, creating projects in tissue culture, engineering and wetware that break up the interface between the data of these two worlds. To provide a hiatus in the emphasis on industry, on hardware in new media art, Microwave Festival 2008 aims to offer a fresh look at artists working on a biological level, touching on the cognitive, physiology and sensory of being, living.' - extracted from the introduction. The present catalogue includes artist statements, artist biographies and technical statements. Also included is information about the screening programmes, workshops and conference.
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