Category: EVENTS

     

     

    Date:
    2019.01.13 (Sunday)

    Time:
    11am – 3pm

    Facilitator:
    Jon c. Flint, Aline Martinez Santos; David Erhun (assisting with the facilitation)

    Venue:
    Chronus Art Center

    Language:
    English (with supporting materials in Chinese)

    Admission Fee
    Workshop 200 RMB
    CAC Membership 160 RMB
    Student 100 RMB

    Join CAC Membership today to enjoy 20% discount.

    *Only 10 seats available.

     

     

    Co-organized by Chronus Art Center (CAC), Extrart Base and thecamp, a new innovation campus in the south of France dedicated to exploring emerging technologies and social innovation, the workshop “The Digital Self” is an opportunity to reflect on the idea of self-identity in the digital age. On January 12, thecamp will bring a talk to Extrart Base, going into details of Cached, a project emerged out of the creative residency at thecamp, and exploring some of the issues of "Digital Self" in further depth. ( click here for more info)

    The Digital Self is a term used to talk about digital identity, traces and footprints online. It is an online approximation of who you are as a person and can be better understood by the use of complex algorithms which interpret your data and online activity. Your Digital Self is becoming increasingly important. As we find technology taking over every aspect of our lives, the way that we present ourselves online can have a dramatic impact on our everyday life. It is how we appear to others and how others appear to us on the internet. It has become more and more difficult to separate online and offline.

    The workshop will be divided into two parts. Part one will explore how the ‘digital self’ is built and how it is used. Part two is a hands on workshop where participants will design and prototype ideas tackling data. It is a combination of presentation, hands on activity and discussion which will be delivered in English with supporting materials in Chinese.

    System Requirements and Resources Provided

    Please bring your own laptop.

     

     

    PART I

    Presentation and Introductions (30m)
    Introduction of workshop facilitators and short introduction of all participants.

    Presentation by Aline and Jon about the key topics relevant to the workshop:

    i. What are psychometrics?

    ii. What is the digital self? A quick explanation of this term, and how it is made from social media clicks/posts to sharing information online.

    iii. What personality computing is and how it is being used.

    Writing activity – Text tuned to how you post on social media (30m)

    Participants will answer several timed questions which will be displayed on screen (in English/Chinese). Participants will be required to use a text-editor on their computer to answer these questions.

    Text will be transmitted to Aline and Jon for analysis by IBM Watson algorithm. Results will be received and explained to each participant.

    How the Digital Self is built from this text and your analysis (15m)

    A brief explanation of how the algorithm works, what IBM Watson does to analyse your personality based on text, and some of the key words and language it looks for to determine who you are.

    Editing keywords from this text (15m)
    Demonstration of how editing certain keywords can dramatically change the results of your ‘personality’ analysis by IBM Watson.
    Allow participants to test manipulation of their own ‘personality’ through editing the text they wrote.

     

     

    - Lunch Break -

     

     

    PART II

    Ideation Activity (10m)
    Begin with a summary of Part I. Now that we know we can change our ‘Digital Self’, can we imagine other alternative solutions?
    Using ideation cards provided, participants will define in groups what they design.

    Prototyping Activity (40m)

    Based on the design brief they have received from the ideation cards, participants will prototype their solutions. They will be given a mix of physical 3D objects and 2D equipment to help realise their ideas.

    Presentation of Solutions (20m)

    Each group will present the design brief they had and the solution they prototyped.

    Wrap Up (20m)

    Discussion and feedback around the theme of the workshop.

     

     

    About the Facilitators

     

    Aline Martinez Santos

     

    Aline is an experienced multidisciplinary designer from Brazil with a preference for managing cross-disciplinary teams. She has specialised in the integration of smart digital technology into fashion and explored the notion of ‘interactive costumes’. Aline has most recently completed a collaborative residency programme at thecamp in Aix en Provence where she has worked on two distinct projects: an interactive artistic installation questioning the data made available through social media platforms; and another looking to reunite cultures and communities in the context of the present-day refugee crisis through cleverly designed toolkits and workshops.

     

    Jon c. Flint

     

    Jon is a designer with a hands on approach to thinking and making. His work has been showcased in galleries such as the V&A and Vitra, to the back of pushchairs and bikes on the streets of London. He has given various talks on topics relating to the criticality of making, as part of 2016 MCE conference in Warsaw, to Maker Assembly Sheffield and has conceived and led several hands-on drone making workshops. He was selected to be one of the delegates for the ‘Living research 2018’ programme by The British Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, exploring maker culture in China. Jon is a co-founder of VJFstudio with Vytas Jankauskas the two met working as senior designers at Superflux studio in London. They are undertaking a residency at thecamp, Aix-en-Provence, and are permanent residents at the Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed, Bristol.

     

     

    David Erhun

     

    With an eclectic mix of experiences behind him, David is an International Project Manager and global talent scout for thecamp, a new campus dedicated to supporting social innovation and emerging technology in the South of France. Fascinated by art, science, technology and design, he joined thecamp through its HIVE creative collaborative residency in 2017 and was among the first to experience life on thecamp’s experimental campus. He’s now on a global hunt for the world’s most promising young talent, and helping to build the international profile of thecamp through international partnerships with global institutions. With thecamp positioning itself as a hub for Innovation, he’s on the lookout for innovative ventures utilizing technology for positive impact.

     

     

    About <CAC_Atelier>

     

    CAC Atelier will be a monthly series of workshops to introduce the basics of media creation technology to participants of all ages with no prior experience. It will cover programming, web design, music production, video-game development, and even gadget exploration. CAC Atelier will not only offer cutting edge technological knowledge to curious participants, but it will also offer a hands-on and innovative experience.

     

     

    About Hive by thecamp

     

    thecamp is a place where talents from all over the world can get training, inspire each other and work on projects to develop solutions for an exciting and optimistic future. thecamp's challenge is to f­ind new approaches to universal issues, and to aggregate people and projects driven by the same will and excitement for the future we’re all responsible for!

    Organized by thecamp, Hive is a 6-month residency program hosting 20 artists and creators from all over the world. This team of young creatives form a collaborative expedition to explore and hack the future, developing concrete solutions applied to universal issues. Energy, oceans, mobility, education, quality of life… are the kind of challenges.

    https://thecamp.fr/

     

     

     

     

    Date:
    2018.12.01 (Saturday)

    Time:
    11am – 5pm

    Workshop Leader:
    HAN Han (GOOOOOSE)

    Venue:
    Chronus Art Center (No.18, No.50 Mo Gan Shan Rd, Shanghai)

    Admission Fee
    Workshop 200 RMB
    CAC Membership 120 RMB
    Student 100 RMB

    Join CAC Membership today to enjoy 40% discount.

    *Only 30 seats available, please R.S.V.P.

     

     

     

    Max/MSP is a visual programing language for creative audio and media practices. Its connectivity and adaptability allow the software to be widely applied to creative recording, media performance and art installation. The versatile and agile program allows users to connect several building-blocks that will act as a unified program and provides a development environment for creative experiments.

    Since its creation in the 1990s, Max/MSP has evolved into a sophisticated development environment for multimedia creation, in which Max processes logic and algorithms while MSP controls the audio signal frequency. Another sub-environment named Jitter focuses on video production. In the workshop, HAN Han will introduce these three programs and share his experience using Max/MSP/Jitter for audio-visual performance since 2010. The workshop offers attendees an entrée to the world of personalized audio-visual programming.

     

    11.00 – 12.40

    Introduction of the visualized programming environment, Max, and the video production sub-environment

    Jitter programming basics

     

    12.40 – 13.30

    Break

     

    13.30 – 15.00

    Basics of audio-visual interactions:
    The three basic elements of sound
    Midi, tempo and rhythm
    Is real-time audio-visual interaction possible?
    Latency

     

    15.00 – 16.30

    Practical design of a simple audio-visual system through Max/MSP/Jitter with the instructor's guidance

     

    16.30 – 17.00

    Introduction of "Sequencer Electronics"

    Q&A session

     

    System Requirements and Resources Provided

    This workshop is devised for the participants with no prior knowledge of Max/MSP.

    Please bring your own laptop (with MacOS in recommended) and with Max or Max free trial version (https://cycling74.com/) installed before the workshop.

    Attendees who require assistance with software installation should arrive 20 minutes early.

    Participants will be provided with a bottle of free coffee from SAY COFFEE COLD BREW.

     

     

    About Workshop Leader

     

    GOOOOOSE is the side project of Han Han, frontman of one of China's most well-known experimental-rock/electronica band "Duck Fight Goose" and also ownerof the experimental record label Miniless Recordings. His multi-instrumental approach of making music usually leads the audience into a place where ambient soundscape, heavily synthesized texture and syncopated rhythms find their harmony, yet still fighting with each other sometimes. Apart from making music, HAN Han is also a visual artist and software developer. GOOOOOSE is more like a spiritual cave of Han Han, he currently lives in Shanghai. There are 5 Os.

    Since 2012, Han Han started to perform in various venues in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Estonia, France and United States, including Haus der Kulturen der Welt and CTM festival in Berlin, Cite De La Musique in Paris and SXSW festival in Austin. As a music producer/composer/Audio-Visual artist, he also participated several art projects since 2017, such as a full audiovisual live performance for Zhang Ding's work Vortex, composing music pieces for Andrey Boleslavsky's VR works at CAC art center, Designer Zhang Da (Boundless), Wang Hao Min (Zuczug, WHM)'s 2018 spring fashion show(original music for full show). He also produced indie band Late Trouble's first album. In the same year, he released debut full-length album They and received positive reviews from several places including Japanese media Music Magazine.

    At the beginning of 2018, Han Han was invited to CTM festival in Berlin to perform. He will release several new EPs under D-force Beijing, NLS records from London/Hongkong and Ante-Rasa from Belgium. His artwork THEY 2.0 will also be exhibited in Goethe-Institut in Beijing 798 from September 1st to October 14th in 2018.

     

    活动全程将提供冷萃咖啡点亮智慧与能量

    感谢“SAY COFFEE 冷萃咖啡”的慷慨支持

    Free cold brew will be provided during the event to spark intelligence and energy.
    Special thanks to SAY COFFEE COLD BREW for its generosity.

     

     

    Speaker:
    Marcella Lista

    Date:
    04.11.2018 (Sunday)

    Time:
    15:00 – 17:00

    Language:
    English (with consecutive Chinese translation)

    Venue:
    EXTRART Base ( B2-003 Sunny Walk, No. 230 Ruiping Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai)

    Co-organized by Chronus Art Center, CAFA Center for Art and Technology, CAFA Art Museum

    In collaboration with Leonardo / ISAST

     

     

    About the Lecture

    This lecture will examine recent productions in contemporary art which employ various new media in order to reshape the sense of time and a sedimentation of history which no longer creates material remains but rather unfolds in an extended virtual space. While realizing what was at stake in the development of the internet in his essay from 1995, Archival Fever, Jacques Derrida raised the thoughtful question: “Where does the outside begin? That is the only question of the archive.” From seminal artists of Media Art, such as Chris Marker, to those who address today the interlacing of media and memory, we see experimental gestures go beyond the documentary use of the archive to question the cognitive experience of a multilayered past and the possibility to anticipate the future.

     

     

    About the Speaker

    Marcella Lista is an art historian and, since 2016, Chief Curator for the New Media Collection at the National Museum of Modern Art – Centre Pompidou, Paris. She has taught at the universities of Limoges, Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris X Nanterre. Her academic work has notably addressed the history of the visual culture of sound, leading to various exhibitions: “Sons et Lumières: une histoire du son dans l’art du XXe siècle” (with Sophie Duplaix, Centre Pompidou, 2004), “Pierre Boulez. Œuvre: Fragment” (Musée du Louvre, Paris, 2008), “Paul Klee: Polyphonies” (Musée de la Musique, Paris, 2011), “Esma / Listen” (Beirut Art Center, Beirut, 2016). More broadly, her research and curatorial work deals with artistic practices involving film, video, installation, dance and performance. Among her most recent projects: A Different Way to Move: Minimalismes, New York, 1960-1980 (Carré d’Art, Nîmes, 2017); Anarchéologie (Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2017); Eric Baudelaire. Après (Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2017). She is currently working on projects with Ryoji Ikeda and Hito Steyerl.

     

     

     

     

    Speaker:
    Margit Rosen

    Date:
    28.10.2018 (Sunday)

    Time:
    15:00 – 17:00

    Language:
    English (with consecutive Chinese translation)

    Venue:
    EXTRARTBase ( B2-003 Sunny Walk, No. 230 Ruiping Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai)

    Co-organized by Chronus Art Center, CAFA Center for Art and Technology, CAFA Art Museum

    In collaboration with Leonardo / ISAST

    *Free Admission

     

     

    About the Lecture

     

    In 1948, with his publication Cybernetics: Or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine, Norbert Wiener announced the dawn of a new technological era, the age of communicating machines. Those machines would continuously observe their environment and thus also the humans around them in order to be able to adapt their behavior according to the defined goals. The general goals were clear: human beings should be relieved of physical and intellectual labor and enabled to make decisions quickly enough within a global system of networked machines operating at high speed. But how should those machines behave when talking to humans, so that humans could fulfill their tasks and even may find the conversation pleasant? Today robots, virtual assistants and adaptive architecture are a matter of course. The lecture reflects the beginnings of these developments in science, art and architecture in the 1950s and 1960s and shows historical alternatives to today's widespread concept of machine conversation.

     

    Gordon Pask, Colloquy of Mobiles, 1968. Installation view showing part of Gordon Pask’s Colloquy of Mobiles in the exhibition Cybernetic Serendipity, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. Courtesy of Jasia Reichardt.

     

     

    About the Speaker

     

    Margit Rosen studied art history, political science, philosophy and media arts at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG), and the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne). She has been research associate and curator at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe since 1999. In 2016 she was appointed Head of Collections, Archives & Research at ZKM.

    Margit Rosen taught at the HfG | Karlsruhe and is a faculty member of the Master's program Media Art Histories at the Danube University Krems. In 2011 and 2013, she was a visiting professor at the Art Academy Münster. She publishes on 20th- and 21st-century art, art and politics and the history of the electronic arts. Among others, she published Der Algorithmus des Manfred Mohr: Texte 1963–1979 (Spector, 2014) and A Little-Known Story About a Movement, a Magazine, and the Computer's Arrival in Art: New Tendencies and Bit International,1961-1973 (The MIT Press, 2011).

     

     

     

    Speaker
    Jacob Tonski

    Date
    21.10.2018 Sunday

    Time
    15:00 – 17:00

    Language
    English (with consecutive Chinese Translation)

    Venue
    Chronus Art Center (No.18, No.50 Mo Gan Shan Rd, Shanghai)

    Co-organized by Chronus Art Center, CAFA Center for Art and Technology, CAFA Art Museum

    In collaboration with Leonardo / ISAST

    *Free Admission

     

     

    About the Lecture

    In crafting experiences through objects and interactions, what can we know about the feelings that make an experience compelling and memorable? What can we try to understand about how emotions are evoked and how the mind responds to complex stimuli? Attempting to connect some dots between cognitive psychology, machine intelligence, and art and design, Jacob Tonski will share some of his recent thoughts on these questions as well as related strategies he employs in his own creative work with the goal of expanding how we know ourselves.

     

    About the Lecturer

    Jacob Tonski is an Associate Professor of Art & Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He worked as a Technical Director at Pixar Animation Studios and has received an Award of Distinction from Ars Electronica in 2014. He was awarded a 2013 Sustainable Arts Foundation grant and was a 2010 fellow at the Carnegie Mellon University Studio for Creative Inquiry.

    Tonski studied computer science at Brown University. He holds an MFA from the Design | Media Arts department at UCLA. His work explores dynamic balance through kinetic metaphors, suspending viewers in distilled cognition, blurring separation between feeling and thought.

    http://jacobtonski.com/

     

    Date:
    2018.10.06

    Time:
    11:00 – 17:00

    Workshop Leader:
    WANG Changcun (AYRTBH)

    Venue:
    Chronus Art Center

    Admission Fee
    Workshop 200 RMB
    CAC Membership 120 RMB
    Student 100 RMB

    Join CAC Membership today to enjoy 40% discount.

    *Only 20 seats available, please R.S.V.P.

     

     

    Max/MSP is a visual programing language for creative audio and media practices. Its connectivity and adaptability allow the software to be widely applied to creative recording, media performance and art installation. The versatile and agile program allows users to connect several building-blocks that will act as a unified program and provides a development environment for creative experiments.

    In the workshop, musician WANG Changcun (AYRTBH) will start by introducing the graphical programming environment and programming basics of MAX and then explain the related theory and basic applications of the software and electronic synthesizers. Wang will then work with the workshop participants to build a mono synthesizer with Max/MSP. By the end of the workshop, attendees will complete a collaborative synthesizer performance with the Open Sound Control via LAN (Local Area Network).

     

    /////// Schedule //////////////////////////////////

     

    11:00 – 13:40

    Brief introduction of Max’s graphical media programming environment

    The programming basics of MAX

    MSP sound synthesizing basics

    12:40 – 13:30

    Break

    13:30 – 14:30

    Electronic synthesizer basics:
    Oscillator
    Filters
    Envelope
    LFO
    Sequencer

    14:30 – 16:30

    Apply MAX/MSP to build a mono synthesizer
    Learn more about OSC (Open Sound Control)*
    *OSC is a protocol for communication among computers, sound synthesizers and other multimedia devices that is optimized for modern networking technology.

    16:30 – 17:00

    Introduce “Sequencer Electronics”

    Collaborative synthesizer performance with OSC through LAN

     

    System Requirements and Resources Provided

    This workshop is devised for the participants with no prior knowledge of Max/MSP.

    Please bring your own laptop (with MacOS in recommended) and with Max or Max free trial version (https://cycling74.com/) installed before the workshop.

    Attendees who require assistance with software installation should arrive 20 minutes early.

    Participants will be provided with a bottle of free coffee from SAY COFFEE COLD BREW.

     

     

    About Workshop Leader

    WANG Changcun (AYRTBH) works on electronic music, computer music, software and internet art.

    Sequencer Electronics is a sound software label established by Gooooose (HAN Han) and AYRTBH, as well as the name of their music group that produces electronic music improvisation with their own software.

     

     

    About <CAC_Atelier>

    CAC Atelier will be a monthly series of workshops to introduce the basics of media creation technology to participants of all ages with no prior experience. It will cover programming, web design, music production, video-game development, and even gadget exploration. CAC Atelier will not only offer cutting edge technological knowledge to curious participants, but it will also offer a hands-on and innovative experience.

     

     

    活动全程将提供冷萃咖啡点亮智慧与能量

    感谢“SAY COFFEE 冷萃咖啡”的慷慨支持

     

    Free cold brew will be provided during the event to spark intelligence and energy.
    Special thanks to SAY COFFEE COLD BREW for its generosity.

    Date:
    2018.9.23

    Time:
    11.00 – 16.00

    Venue:
    Chronus Art Center (Building 18, No.50 Moganshan Rd)

    Language:
    English

    Event Ticket
    Workshop 150
    CAC Member 90

    Join CAC Membership to enjoy 40% off!

    *Only 30 seats available, R.S.V.P

     

    How to listen to the sonic landscape? What does it tell us about our environment, and what does that mean to us?

    On September 23, Chronus Art Center (CAC) will host an Open Studio event of current Research and Creation Fellowship artist Mileece.

    Starting with the artist talk, Mileece will introduce the principles of acoustic ecology, the concept of SoundWalks and Phonography and generally explore the sonic relationship between living organisms and their environment. She will lead an open discussion covering the basic wave theory, audiology, bioacoustics and what can we find out about an area simply by way of its acoustic ecology. How does the physical environment inform the acoustic environment, and help or hinder the sonic communication between biological organisms? How do the sounds we hear make us feel?

    After the artist talk, Mileece will also guide the attendees on a SoundWalk through M50 and surroundings to put the theory in practice and then create a SoundMap with the artist.

    About the Artist

    Mileece is a sonic artist, composer, interactive ecology designer and clean-energy ambassador. She has helped pioneer the modern evolution of plant biofeedback, presenting PiP, her custom coded synths and hardware for plant bio-data sonification at an array of prestigious museums (MoMA, NYC), festivals (BHIF Festival, Bhutan), and venues (Kew Gardens, London). Her work in immersive installations, sonic design and composition, interactive sculptures, as well as original products, materials and instruments, are central to a series of highly lauded projects, including the Miracle Gro “Grow Something Greater” campaign, and her Sonic Garden installation for Sonos Studios.

    As a composer and recording artist, her debut work Formations was critically acclaimed internationally, and heralded by the BBC as an “outstanding release, real musical science.” Her message of 'promoting ecology through technology and the arts’ guides her roles as Creative and Technical Director to several institutional collaborators and brands.

    Currently, she is developing zero energy, network-based urban wilderness sanctuaries inside technologically augmented biodomes to help balance our modern lives with the needs and benefits of the biosphere.

    About Mileece's project Bio-Semiotics AI for the Research/Creation Fellowship

     

    活动全程将提供冷萃咖啡点亮智慧与能量

    感谢“SAY COFFEE 冷萃咖啡”的慷慨支持

     

    Free cold brew will be provided during the event to spark intelligence and energy.
    Special thanks to SAY COFFEE COLD BREW for its generosity.

    Speaker
    LI Linxue

    Date
    16.09.2018 Sunday

    Time
    13:00-15:00

    Language
    Chinese

    Venue
    Chronus Art Center(BLDG.18, NO.50 Moganshan RD., Putuo District, Shanghai)

    *Free Admission
    To register, please click here.

    This lecture intends to explore the dynamics informing the co-evolution between architecture, technology, and society by looking into selected historical trajectories and examples. From there, we will consider what perspectives or insights may emerge from an interdisciplinary investigation into nature, environment, and thermodynamics. We will also discuss some of the new thought and practice in contemporary architecture and design that takes into account the complex system of building and its environment.

     

    About the Speaker 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Professor LI Linxue is a Ph.D Supervisor at College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University,the principal architect of ATELIER L+,the head of SOCIOECO LAB, a special columnist for Time + Architecture. LI is part of the bajungroup of middle-career Tongji architects and was a visiting scholar at Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in 2014. In 2000, he was selected by the Presidential Program “50 ARCHITECTES EN FRANCE” and studied at the Ecole d'Architecture, Paris-Belleville.

    LI centers his architectural teaching, research, practice and international exchange within a clear theoretical foundation, in order to integrate knowledge production and the practical aspects of architectural building. His main fields of research include thermodynamic ecological architecture, public architectural conglomerates, and cutting-edge contemporary architectural practice. LI Linxue has served as the lead architect for many influential projects including the Civic Center of Hangzhou, which was nominated for the Best Tall Building of the Asia & Australasia Region from CTBUH (2013); Hall B-3 in the Urban Best Practice Area of EXPO 2010 in Shanghai, China; the Sichuan International Tennis Center; the China Commerce and Trade Museum; and Henan Science & Technology Museum, among others. He received the Young Architect Award in 2006 from the Architectural Society of China, the Shanghai Young Architect Rookie Award in 2005, and more than twenty international and domestic professional design prizes. He participated in many exhibitions and academic programs including the“40 Under 40 Exhibition, From Research to Practice” at the Milan Triennale (2012); the IUAV Workshop as a guest professor (2013); the Bi-city Biennial of Urbanism/Architecture-Shenzhen (2013); the Shanghai Urban Space Art Season-Urban Regeneration (2015); “Towards A Critical Pragmatism: Contemporary Architecture in China,” GSD Harvard  (2016); and “Architectural Practice of the Middle-Career Generation From Tongji” (2017). Meanwhile, he has led important research project including “Research of Passive Design Systems for Urban High-rise Building Complexes based on Ecological Simulation,” financed by National Natural Science Foundation of China,and “Construction of the Advanced Theory for Energy & Thermodynamic Architecture.” He has published over forty papers in leading international and national journals. He edited Air through the Lens of Thermodynamic Architecture: DESIGN AGAINSTSMOG, and co-edited “Form FollowEnergy: Thermodynamics as The Engine of Architectural Design” for Time + Architecture. Li’s nature-based system of architectural philosophy and creative practice has made him a preeminent critic of contemporary Chinese architecture. He is also a strong advocate of thermodynamic architecture and ecological public architectural conglomerates in the international academic field.

    Topic:
    Climate Engineering: Between Science and Fiction

    Date:
    19.08.2018 Sunday

    Time: 
    14:00-15:30

    Language: 
    Chinese/English

    Venue:
    Chronus Art Center (BLDG. 18, NO.50 Moganshan RD., Putuo District, Shanghai)

    Reading Material Cost:
    15 RMB/person

     

    Field Remediation Reading Group is a series of educational and participatory events derived from the art project Field Remediations: Carbon by the artist Karolina Sobecka, one of the participating artists of the CAC summer exhibition Machines Are Not Alone. The Reading Group will take place occasionally during the exhibition (21.07.2018 - 21.10) and discussions will develop in relation to its context. Materials related to the Reading Group will be archived and become part of the Field Remediation Library.

    “The idea that humanity makes its own history and does so against the backdrop of the Earth’s slow unconscious evolution is deeply implicated in modernity. We are accustomed to thinking of humans, having emerged from the primordial darkness, as independent entities living and acting on a separate physical world, a world we plough up, mine, build on and move over but which nevertheless has an independent existence and destiny. This understanding of the autonomy of humans from nature runs deep in modern thinking; we believe we are rational creatures, arisen from nature, but independent of its great unfolding processes.”  

    ——  Clive Hamilton, Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering

     

     About the Topic

    Anthropogenic climate change today affects not just the atmosphere but the chemical composition of the oceans (acidification), the biosphere (species extinctions and shifting habitats), the cryosphere (melting ice masses) and the lithosphere itself. In the face of the unprecedented global crisis brought about by climate change, will mankind be able to shift our perspective and throw into question the anthropocentric worldview that has dominated western, modernist thinking: the idea that man as an autonomous subject, while being separate from nature, enjoys unlimited power to conquer, modify nature at will and eventually transcend everything in the universe? In the international community, what makes possible the co-existence of the denial of climate change and the support of climate engineering? What is climate engineering, both its overall strategies and their scientific and technological basis? Are we able to predict the consequences these methods may incur? How does carbon emission reduction as a method to mitigate global warming become trapped in the prisoner’s dilemma? We will examine these questions during our reading group’s first meeting on Sunday, August 19th. Some selected art projects created by artists in collaboration with scientists and engineers will also provide us with different and critical perspectives to look at climate issues.

     

    How to Join 

    Please reply "Booking+Name+Tel+Email" on the CAC WeChat Channel

    * If you have successfully registered for the event, you will receive a list of materials, including a selection of recommended to prepare prior to the event.

    * If you need to cancel your reservation, please reply on the CAC WeChat channel at least 24 hours before the event.

    To download the reading group's introductory text, please click on "Read More" at the bottom of this article.

     

    Call for Suggested Topics 

    Anyone may suggest a topic for CAC's Reading Group!
    Please send your proposal to info@chronusartcenter.org with

    - the email subject line: Field Remediations Reading Group Proposal

    a proposal in PDF format including the Topic+Time+Abstract (around 500 words in Chinese/English), your name, occupation and contact information.

    Proposals will be selected based on their relevance to the concept of “Machines Are Not Alone”. Selected topics will be scheduled for the future meetings, and the proposal's author may participate in that meeting's planning and organization.

    Workshop Leader: 
    CHEN Baoyang

    Language:
    Chinese

    Date: 
    04/08/2018

    Time: 
    11am – 5pm

    Location: 
    Chronus Art Center (No.18 Bldg, No.50 Mo Gan Shan Rd)

    Event Ticket
    Workshop                             200
    CAC Member                        120
    Student                               100

    Join CAC Membership to enjoy 40% off!

    *Only 12 seats available, R.S.V.P

    Please click on http://cacsummercamp.mikecrm.com/NlHfoUO

    Imagin...

    When you wake up in an escape pod, you want to send a warning to the future, but you’ve forgotten how to signal danger......

    Once rapid technological developments are made into a product, their internal logic is inevitably subsumed by commercial rhetoric, which creates a kind of black box. The artist’s role is not to develop new technology, nor is it to merely supplement that technology. This workshop’s dual orientation encompasses ways of thinking about virtuality and reality by learning about the technology of virtual reality (xR: AR, VR, MR) and its practical application using the interface Unity, as well as experiencing and analyzing how such artistic practice provokes real-time, bodily “hallucinations.”

    This workshop is designed for those with no prior knowledge and will thoroughly explore virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality and seek the heterogeneity and homogeneity among them. At the same time, we will compare the VR technology with traditional technology and study the differences behind various xR platforms. Each participant will design a xR-based Escape Pod developed from their own imagination and the sci-fi storyline provided in the workshop and then create it using Unity.

     

    11:00 – 13:00

    Introduction:“Technology as Author,” and basic formations of technological ways of thinking

    Technical analysis, comparison and study of the differences behind various xR platforms

    (Break)

    14:00 – 17:00

    Design the elements of the Escape Pod

    Producing the pod with Unity

    Pod construction:

    I. Importing the 3D model into Unity and adding materials

    II. Controlling light within Unity

    Changing the World:

    Controlling the movement of characters

    Virtualizing the Scene:

    Importing scenes from Unity into StreamVR and adjusting it to accommodate VR optics.

    The End of Days Escape Pod takes off!

     

    System Requirements 

    Please bring a laptop. MacBook Pro or gaming laptop is recommended.

     

    About the Workshop Leader 

    CHEN Baoyang (b. 1989) is an artist who works at the intersection of art and technology. He graduated from Columbia University with a master's degree in 2016. Chen's artistic practice originates from his thinking that technology is more than just a way of making art and can now be seen as an artistic collaborator. He often hacks technology by using it in ways other than its intended commercial applications, which coincide with and further his creative thinking. He also writes about "Technology as Author." By synthesizing our collective experience with ontological and ethical questions surrounding technology, he examines the boundary between us, machine, and beyond, between perceptual and embodied space. His working tools include self-coded algorithms and innovative technics, which can create extremely chaotic surfaces; nevertheless, a certain order emerges from the effortlessness with which they are constructed and remains there. He uses computational formulae to create new forms based on pre-existing images. In his work, he continually evokes the concept of the “impossibility of improvisation” – variation arises from standardization, and this has been essential to his creative thinking and practice.

    His solo exhibitions include Do Androids Dream of Electric Cows (Gallery Yang, Beijing, China, 2017) and The Framework (Cloud Gallery, New York, USA, 2016). He has participated in group exhibitions at a number of institutions and galleries, including Times Art Museum (Beijing, China), the Riverside Museum (Beijing, China), the Power Station of Art (Shanghai, China), the BRIC (New York, USA), The Dedalus Foundation (New York, USA), OpenHand OpenSpace (London, England), Liu Haisu Art Museum (Shanghai, China), Los Angles Center for Digital Art (Los Angles, USA), Wuhan Art Museum (Wuhan, China), National Art Museum of China (Beijing, China), Museum of China Academy of Art (Hangzhou, China), Agora Gallery (New York, USA), Gallerie Huit (Arles, France), Chambers Fine Art (Chelsea, New York, USA), and Wook Choi Gallery (New York, USA).