The virtual symposium and exhibition Electric Dreams explores the dystopian ghosts of cyberpunk, juxtaposing technological achievements with societal decay while also discussing the new realities and possibilities that are now emerging from that neural darkness. Electric Dreams calls for an interdisciplinary discourse to open new pathways for exploring cutting-edge technologies, such as artificial intelligence and the metaverse, and their creative potential.
We ask: What are the dreams and dystopias of our time? Where are we now, and what possible futures are open to us, if any?
Electric Dreams is the first symposium and exhibition organized by the Computational Media and Arts Thrust (CMA). The global pandemic has led to accelerated innovation in international symposia and exhibitions, and under the circumstances it is fitting that Electric Dreams 2022: 1st CMA International Symposium and Exhibition on Computational Media and Arts will run entirely online. The symposium will take place on 25 – 26 Aug 2022, and the exhibition will remain online until the 25th June 2023.
Invited speakers: Memo Atken, Refik Anadol, ciphrd, Luba Elliott, Sylvain Levy, Yuk Hui, Eva Jäger, Irini Papadimitriou, Dragan Janković, Jo Wei, Masaki Fujihata, Tristan Braud
Participating artists: Entangled Others, Refik Anadol, Rui Hu, Varvara & Mar, Matthew Plummer-Fernández, Memo Atken, Tobias Klein, Andy Lomas, Katja Novitskova, Timothy Page, David Yip, Jake Zhang, Theo Papatheodorou & Jesse Wolpert
Symposium/Exhibition 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 Wei, Iurii Kuzmin
Web design: Victor Hwang
Virtual exhibition design and development: Varm Studio
Computational Media and Arts Thrust, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou)
School of Humanities and Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Shaw Auditorium, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
For more information and updates, please visit the Official Website.