Open Systems Salon
Art Machines: ISCMA Symposium
School of Creative Media

For the Art Machines: International Symposium on Computational Art, Ashley Lee Wong, the Artistic Director of MetaObjects co-curated the Open Systems Salon, featuring an exhibition of works by PhD student at the School of Creative Media and an event space with a programme of talks, demos and panel discussions that took place during the ISCMA Symposium from 4-7th January 2019. The project involve curation, event programming, exhibition design, website development, promotion and production management from conception to full realisation.

The exhibition showcased the diverse practices and concepts within computational media art, including games, dance, video, installation, VR, 3D scanning and 3D printing. The salon also features an open space for artist talks, panel discussions, screenings, demos and social gatherings taking place throughout the conference.

Drawing from computing and systems theory, Open Systems suggests a network of social relations in an open and porous relationship to the world. Through the creation of a dialogic space, Open Systems presents an informal setting for the production of shared knowledge in a collaborative process. Notions of self-organization and participation suggest a concept of space that is collectively created through social gathering and discursive engagement – presenting an alternative format to traditional academic conferences.

Artists include: Eugenia Kim; Gyung Jin Shin; Ann Mak; Lukasz Mirocha; Yeon-Kyoung Lim; Tobias Klein and Kyle Chung; Zimu Zhang and Zheng Lu Xinyuan; Peter Nelson, Andrew Luk and Alexis Mailles; Lisa SoYoung Park and Minka Stoyanova; Yujia Zhang, Zhouye Sun and Qing Xue.

The Salon was Co-curated by Ashley Lee Wong and Mariana Perez-Bobadilla with design sponsored by N7 communication.

The Salon took place from 4th-13th January 2019 at 3/F Singing Waves Gallery, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong.

Special thanks: Eugenia Kim, Hong Zeng, Chilai Howard Cheng, Andrew Crowe (MetaObjects), Yu Hao, Sophie Kwan and Ping Ki Yip.