Microwave Festival began in 1996 as an annual video art festival in Hong Kong. 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 media art festival in Hong Kong, Microwave has steadily grown into a well-established festival that brings cutting-edge works to provoke thought in the technological hub every year.
Celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2016, Microwave will continue the hard work to inspire Hong Kong and the rest of the world with pioneering media artworks/ projects, 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.
Future X Imagination
This is a compilation from VMAC (Videotage Media Art Collection), which features a series of works regarding posthumanity and the imagination of future life. “Posthuman” could refer to a person or an entity that exists in a state beyond human, or as a human with extraordinary intelligence; no matter what, the concept raises loads of questions regarding ethnics, social systems and communications, and carries these questions projecting our imaginary future lives. This compilation includes an android couple questioning their love & relationship, the birth of the fastest vehicle on the planet, underwater life, etc. Starting from here, all the imagination within makes us question reality.
Curator | Videotage
Videotage is a leading Hong Kong based non-profit organization specializing in the promotion, presentation, creation and preservation of new media art across all languages, shapes and forms. Founded in 1986, Videotage has evolved from an artist-run collective to an influential network, supporting creative use of media art to explore, investigate and connect with issues that are of significant social, cultural and historical value.Videotage is dedicated to nurturing emerging media artists and developing the local media arts community. It has organized numerous events and programs since 1986, including exhibitions, presentations (Dorkbot), festival (Wikitopia), workshops, performances, a residency program (FUSE) and cultural exchange programs, as well as continually distributing artworks through its networks and publication, and developing an extensive offline and online media art archive (VMAC).
VMAC (Videotage Media Art Collection) was officiated in 2008 with mission to collect, preserve and build an extensive archive of video and media art of Hong Kong. Representing more than 20 years of development in media art, VMAC, that is opened to general public in 2011, together with the eight volumes of The Best of Videotage, a publication series that captures over 100 artists’ work in print, are of high significant educational value to the discourse of media archeology and art history in Hong Kong.
Geminoid Tear | Robert IOLINI | 2010 | 03:20
Canned Despair | HUNG Chi Wing | 2004| 02:54
Dokumat 500 | Niklas ROY | 2005| 09:20
Up There (JIVAN) |Marc COMES | 2003|10:30
Move | CHOI Sai Ho | 2011 | 03:30
Shift| Jay Forster | 2006|03:18
The Drowning Room | Reynold Reynolds & Patrick Jolley | 2000 |09:41