EVENT – Multimedia Arts Festival, Microwave 2013, Kicks Off

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Microwave Festival returned yesterday and runs until the 17th of November at City Hall, Central. Click here and here to view blog coverage from last year’s festival.

Microwave Festival began in 1996 as an annual video art festival of the local video art institution Videotage. But as technology progressed and became more accessible, video art slowly evolved to involve other media; thus Microwave began to embrace the wider range of new media art. As the first and only art festival in Hong Kong dedicated to new media art, Microwave has steadily grown into a well-established festival that brings cutting-edge works to provoke thought in the technological hub that Hong Kong is every year.

In its 10th anniversary, Microwave Festival celebrated by becoming an independent organisation, complete with a rebranding by design partner Milkxhake and a strengthened curatorial and working team. Now stepping into our 17th year, Microwave will continue our hard work to inspire Hong Kong and the rest of the world with pioneering media artworks selected to suit themes relevant to our society today, while also avidly supporting the exchange and dialogue between artists, professionals and the general public. We envision that through the Microwave network, Hong Kong artists will be introduced to international institutions and curators, working as a platform and gateway for them to develop their art and skills. Apart from the grand annual festival, Microwave also endeavours to nurture a rising local new media arts community, organising various programmes such as educational workshops, seminars, forums and exhibitions.

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via BBC. Space Maintenance/Lost in Space by Duo Hagen Betzwieser and Sue Corke.

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The Moon Goose Analogue: Lunar Migration Bird Facility Agnes Meyer-Brandis.

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The Martian Rose by C-LAB (UK), Howard Boland (Norway) & Laura Cinti (Italy).

The exhibition is small but it’s free and thus is worth a peek next time you’re in Central… See their website for more on the exhibits or subscribe on Twitter.

Click here for links to all of Hong Wrong’s art fair coverage. Full highlights listed below…