“Art Machines: Past/Present
Tue 24 Nov 2020 - Sun 21 Feb 2021 10.00 - 19.00 Import to my calendar


The Indra and Harry Banga Gallery of the City University of Hong Kong is pleased to present the exhibition “Art Machines: Past / Present” from 24th November 2020 to 21st February 2021, that explores the long-standing connection between artmaking and machines and provides a context for understanding how new media art fits within this tradition. The curators have assembled 34 artworks by 25 artists who create artworks with and through machines (be they mechanical or computational), in the areas of kinetic art, generative art, interactive art, sound art, computer graphics and animation. Well-known Hong Kong artists, such as Carla Chan, Bryan Chung, Daniel Howe, Vvzela Kook, Miu Ling Lam, Tomas Laurenzo, Warren Leung, Hector Rodriguez, Mike Wong, Stanley Wong, Samson Young, and Ip Yuk Yiu (among others described below), unveil the rich and widely ramified range of expressive possibilities that machine-based art affords. Their contemporary artworks are contextualized by a systematic review of the histories of machine-based art practices both in the modernist and popular traditions. While photography has been with us now for 170 years, and the use of computers to make art has been practiced for the last 60 years, there is still a great deal of skepticism attached to the idea of art made by, or with, machines because machines are thought to undermine the creative agency of the artist. This exhibition seeks to challenge the supposed antithesis between art and technology, through showcasing a variety of contemporary, machine artworks in the context of the long history of artmaking, which has often been about machines and/or made with machines. Computer art, as this show demonstrates, is a remarkably flexible medium that provides a rich range of expressive and representational possibilities, some of which, like computer animation or computer-based kinetic art, draws on existing practices, while others, like interactive computer art, opens up new realms of aesthetic experience. The 34 works on display are divided into four exhibition sections: Kinetic Art and Rube Goldberg Machines, Computer Graphics and Animation, Computer Installation Art and Sound Art, that highlight the rich traditions of creative experimentation and innovation in machine-based art.   “Art Machines: Past / Present” Exhibition Details: Date: 24 November 2020 to 21 February 2021 (Closed on Monday) Time: 10am to 7pm (Free admission, pre-registration required: https://www.cityu.edu.hk/bg/zh-hk/visit/book-a-visit)  Venue: The Indra and Harry Banga Gallery  18/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, 83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong   *Due to the current situation of the COVID-19 outbreak, the reopening of the Gallery will be postponed until further notice. Please stay tuned to our website and social media for latest updates.