Asia Art Archive (AAA) presents a public talk and two educator workshops responding to the growing discussion on the integration of technology in education and the need for educators to adapt to a rapidly changing media landscape. The talk will discuss the development of art in Hong Kong in the context of media development, while two workshops designed for educators will explore debates on using new media in art practice and education. These events are part of the 2024 Teaching Labs series, AAA’s teacher professional development programme focusing on art and evolving technology.

Talk | Retracing the Futures of Technology through Media Art Practice
Sat, 9 Mar 2024, 10:30am–12:30pm HKT

How has media development affected artistic creation in Hong Kong? This conversation brings together artist Ellen Pau and researcher Phoebe Wong to discuss the impact of technology on the development of media art in Hong Kong as it has evolved since the 1980s. Pau shares her perspective as a pioneer of video art in Hong Kong, outlining technological developments in media from the past few decades, while Wong will situate an overview of the evolution of media art in Hong Kong within this historical context. Together, anchored by the Ellen Pau Archive, they will then explore Pau’s use of media in her artistic practice, examining the contextual and technological influences on her work, and shedding light on the interconnected relationship between media, art, and technology. 

The talk is open to the public with registration. 

SPEAKERS
Ellen Pau, Artist
Phoebe Wong, Head of Research, Videotage 

LANGUAGE
Cantonese

Image: <i>The Spectre of the Will</i> i (detail) by Ellen Pau, Metal, paraffin wax, heater, thermal imaging camera, projection, dimension variable, edition of 3 + 1 AP, 2019. Courtesy of the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery.
Image: The Spectre of the Will i (detail) by Ellen Pau, Metal, paraffin wax, heater, thermal imaging camera, projection, dimension variable, edition of 3 + 1 AP, 2019. Courtesy of the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery.

Educators Workshop #1 | Ellen Pau: Critical Thinking on Artistic Concepts and Mediums
Sat, 9 Mar 2024, 2–4pm HKT

What motivates an artist to select a particular medium as a means of self-expression? How can we help our students think about the connection between artistic concepts and the mediums they employ?

In this workshop, artist Ellen Pau facilitates teachers to apply insights shared during the talk “Retracing the Futures of Technology through Media Art Practice.” Through a series of hands-on exercises, participants will delve into the elements of video as a medium and consider the relationship between artistic ideas and the selection of a medium. By exploring differences between moving and still images, and analogue and digital film, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the intricacies involved in constructing an artistic practice centred on its medium. Throughout the workshop, teachers will be enabled with frameworks to approach new media confidently in the classroom—a valuable tool for navigating the rapid development of technology.

The workshop, offered exclusively to teachers, is a continuation of the talk. Attending the talk is compulsory for teachers who wish to participate in the workshop

FACILITATOR
Ellen Pau, Artist 

LANGUAGE
Cantonese 

QUOTA
25

Images: Ellen Pau's portrait (left) and <i>Drained II</i> (Video Still) by Ellen Pau(right). Ellen Pau Archive, Asia Art Archive Collections.
Images: Ellen Pau's portrait (left) and Drained II (Video Still) by Ellen Pau(right). Ellen Pau Archive, Asia Art Archive Collections.

Educators Workshop #2 | Wang Peisheng: Unpacking Technology and Art in Class
Sat, 13 Apr 2024, 2–5pm HKT 

Artist-educator Wang Peisheng shares insights based on his own practice and teaching experience on how the development of contemporary digital art and AI has brought new changes and challenges to education.

Sharing anecdotes from his teaching experience in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Macau, Wang facilitates teachers to explore how art can be used to bridge between other disciplines, and how project-based learning can build interdisciplinary knowledge. In this workshop, teachers complete mini exercises to unpack ways of integrating technological skills with arts and humanities knowledge. Teachers will learn to use various digital resources and applications to encourage students to think about a technologically oriented future, and ultimately to engage in study and creation through digital art.

The workshop is offered exclusively to teachers.  

FACILITATOR
Wang Peisheng, Artist-Educator 

LANGUAGE
Mandarin 

QUOTA
25

Image: <i>Data Silos</i> by Wang Peisheng. Mixed Media, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.
Image: Data Silos by Wang Peisheng. Mixed Media, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE 
Educators Workshop #1: Thu, 7 Mar 2024 
Educators Workshop #2: Thu, 11 Apr 2024

Both workshops are free with registration. If you would like to join, please register here.

School teachers and pre-service teachers from all disciplines are welcome. The Teachers’ Learning Community seeks teachers who are passionate about arts and culture, and are interested in taking part in discussions. A certificate will be given to participants upon request as proof of Continuing Professional Development of Teachers (CPD).

 

Ellen Pau is a self-taught video/media artist and curator. She co-founded Videotage in 1986 and Microwave International New Media Arts Festival in 1996. In 2001, she represented Hong Kong at the 49th Venice Biennale. Pau has collaborated on film productions with directors Evans Chan, Ann Hui, and Barbara Wong. She recently held a solo exhibition, What About Home Affairs?, curated by Freya Chou at Para Site (2019), and was commissioned for the video work The Shape of Light for M+ and Art Basel Hong Kong (2022). She is collected by various public institutions and private collectors worldwide. Pau studied radiography at Hong Kong Polytechnic and holds an MA in Visual Culture.

With a background in design and anthropology, Phoebe Wong is a researcher and critic with a particular interest in contemporary art, design, and visual media. Before going freelance in 2012, she was Head Researcher at Asia Art Archive. Her practice spans writing, archiving, and research. She is currently working on a wide range of topics, including postcolonial discourse, memory and alternate history, museonomics, archiving, data mapping, essay film, and art and technology. She currently works part-time as Head of Research at Videotage, overseeing the depository archive of their media collection.

Wang Peisheng is an emerging artist and Digital Art educator based in Shenzhen and Guangzhou. He was a guest lecturer at the 2021 Bo’ao Children’s Arts & Science Education Forum. Wang joined the Contemporary Art and Science (CAS) Lab in 2017, focusing primarily on the intersection of education through art and technology. Currently, he is researching the theme of the “future,” exploring concepts of reality and virtuality within individual and collective experiences in everyday spaces. His work encompasses various media, including mechanical interactive installation, public installation, and augmented reality (AR). Wang received a master’s degree from the Department of Experimental Art Department of the School of Intermedia Arts at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.

The public talk and Educators Workshop #1 are part of the project Recalling Disappearance: Hong Kong Contemporary Art, financially supported by the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The content of this programme does not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

AAA’s Learning and Participation Programme is supported by the S. H. Ho Foundation Limited.

 

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