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Excited to share the third episode of the “Fear & Wonder” documentary series which I directed for SCI-Arc Channel.
 
It’s been nearly 40 years since the AI replicants of Blade Runner first walked the neon drenched streets of sci fi LA. Despite significant advances in technology however, narratives of human-like Artificial Intelligence spiraling out of control still permeate all forms of popular culture. In most of these stories AI means sentient robots with a consciousness that mirrors our own. Super soldiers, Sex bots, domestic help and humanoid machine laborers liberating us from work, fulfilling our desires, going places we fear to tread rising up, taking over and doing away with our outdated fragile bodies. In the imaginary worlds of Science Fiction, we have always explored the fears and wonders of AI technology. In this film we will explore contemporary representations of artificial intelligence in film, television, and global culture and with an ensemble of designers from the entertainment industry, scientists and technologists we will investigate where the science ends and fiction takes over.
 
Featured in this episode are:
Jon Carlos (art director of the TV series Westworld)
Victor Martinez (concept artist for Blade Runner 2049)
Deborah Harrison (head of conversational UI team at Microsoft)
Dominic Polcino (director of Rick and Morty)
Sid Suri (computational scientist at Microsoft Research)
Ingrid Burrington (writer, geographer and theorist)
Lauren Mccarthy (artist and technologist)
Ross Goodwin (artist and coder, creator of the AI film Sunspring)
Jessica Brillhart (director, MxR Lab at USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
Veronica So (producer for artist Ian Cheng’s AI-driven virtual lifeform BOB)
 


 

Another teaser from our upcoming project!
With Melody Chu.
 


 

暫定名稱。
 
A new project in the works!
With Melody Chu.
 

OFCOURSE Shanghai 2021
 

Last weekend I gave an online talk at OFCOURSE in Shanghai. I had the chance to present the “making of” our VR film Kowloon Forest / 靜影九龍.
 
Thank you so much to Jiaqi, Yuzhu, and Paul for the opportunity and for all your hard work!
 

Ars Electronica 2021 Screenshots
 

Our VR Film “Kowloon Forest”/「靜影九龍」 returned to Osage Gallery for a special screening Sep 14-17, as part of the “Garden Hong Kong @ Osage” exhibition – a conclusion of Ars Electronica 2021, Hong Kong Garden.
 

Fiction & Entertainment 2021 Graduation
 

SCI-Arc Graduation 2021!
 

Ars Electronica 2021 Screenshots
 

Yesterday I gave a presentation at the 2021 Ars Electronica festival, as part of the “Hong Kong Garden” program. I presented some behind the scenes content from our VR film Kowloon Forest / 靜影九龍.
 
Thank you to my co-panelists Theodora Barat, Kattie Fan, Jonathan Kemp, Kingsley Ng, Royce Ng, and Alvaro Cassinelli for the great conversation, and to Ann Mak, Yujia Zhang, Lisa Park SoYoung, Elke Reinhuber and Charlie Yip for the organization!
 

VIFF 2021 Immersed Jury
 

Excited to share that this year I will be on the jury for the Vancouver International Film Festival, in the VIFF Immersed Competition! Looking forward.
 

Fiction & Entertainment 2021 Final Screening
 

Some photos from last night’s Fiction & Entertainment 2021 final screening at SCI-Arc with Liam Young.
 
🌟 CONGRATULATIONS 🌟 to our students: Vivian Charlesworth, Emma Koh, Tanita Enderes, Chase Janikowski, Attilio Bonelli, Pablo Lorenzana, Jason Rosen, Andrew Hu, Ben Evans, Saleh Jamsheer, Sinew Zhang, and Jinyong Gao – and thank you for all your incredible hard work!
 
Guest list:
Alisa Tager – President of Film & Television at Anonymous Content and Chief Creative officer of the Los Angeles Media Fund
Oliver Scholl – Production designer for Suicide Squad, Edge of Tomorrow, Independence Day, Spiderman: Homecoming, Venom etc.
Finnian MacManus – Concept Artist for Rougue One, Solo, Ad Astra, Pacific Rim etc
Shepherd Frankel – Production designer for AntMan, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Art Director for Magnolia, Terminator 3 etc
Monica Haley – Head of Human Resources and Recruiting For Blur Studio
Andrew Thomas Huang – Artist and director of films and music videos in collaboration with musicians such as Bjork, FKA Twigs, Serpent with Feet etc
Andrew Leung – Concept artist for Black Panther, Captain America Civil War, Ghost in the Shell, Deadpool, Mulan and many more.
Joao Ribas – Executive Director of LA’s REDCAT Gallery
Richard Enriquez – Director or Production for Halon, NEP Virtual Studios
Rebekah Bukhbinder – Set Designer and art Director for The Mandalorian, Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker, THe Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
John Canning – Executive Producer of New Media and Experimental at Digital Domain Studio
David Wexler – Creative Director and Founder of Strange Loop studios, a production company focused on concert visuals, immersive experiences and music videos.
Rick Farin, Claire Farin – Co Founders of Actual Objects studio
Jordan Long, Matt Glass, Tara Perry – Founders of HCT.media, an Emmy-winning studio focused on feature films, television and documentaries
Ceci Moss – Director and Curator of Gas Gallery, LA
Jen Stein – Designer Researcher with Experimental, Alex Macdowells Worldbuilding Studio
Kevin Dart – Director of Design and Animation studio Chromosphere
Toby Past – Creative Director at Advertising Agency Razorfish
 

Ars Electronica 2021 Alexey Marfin
 

Very happy to announce that I will be a speaker at this year’s Ars Electronica festival, as part of the “Hong Kong Garden” program, on Sep 11 at 2pm HKT/ 8am CET.
 
I will also be screening an excerpt of our VR film Kowloon Forest / 靜影九龍 during the festival.