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Online symposium: August 25–26
Virtual exhibition: August 25, 2022–June 1, 2023
The virtual symposium and exhibition, Electric Dreams, examines the cyberpunk’s ghosts of doom, contrasting technical advancements with societal degradation and talking about the new realities and opportunities that are currently emerging from that neurological darkness. In order to open up new avenues for investigating cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence and the metaverse and their creative potential, Electric Dreams asks for an interdisciplinary dialogue.
What are the utopias and dystopias of our time, we wonder? Where are we right now, and what, if any, options do we have for the future?
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s Computational Media and Arts Thrust (CMA) is hosting its inaugural conference and exhibition, titled Electric Dreams (Guangzhou). International symposiums and exhibits have innovated more quickly as a result of the worldwide pandemic, therefore it is appropriate that Electric Dreams 2022: First CMA International Symposium and Exhibition on Computational Media and Arts will be totally online. The symposium is scheduled for August 25–26, 2022, and the exhibition will be accessible online through 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.