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A full-day symposium which focus on art, philosophy and technology. Nine speakers are invited, including scholars and artists, from Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Multiple Futures of Art and Technology

Date: 28.11.2022

Time: 9.30 - 19.00     *Registration starts at 9.20

** Hong Kong Time (UTC +8)

Venue: Miller Theater, Asia Society Hong Kong Center + online live streaming

Language: English

Rundown and speakers' abstracts >> HERE

Globalisation has meant, historically, a process of neutralization through economic and technological means by conquering land, sea and air. The invention and proliferation of digital technologies in the second half of the 20th century has accelerated this process. Digital technology has become the most pervasive and ubiquitous medium now indispensable to everyday life. Both the state and capitalism demand and produce techno-social subjects – who are consumers, but not citizens. We recognize that technology is not neutral. It is a new regime of discipline and containment based on computation, which has brought us convenience as well as platform capitalism, enforced surveillance and mass data extraction.


As a way to counter this homogenization, we have to imagine a new form of globalisation, to imagine a techno-diversity or multiple cosmo-technics, by resolving the antinomy of the universality of technology. To include people in different localities to participate in the production and sharing of knowledge, and allowing them to actively appropriate technology instead of being reduced to mere consumers. This is essential to maintaining a local heterogeneity as well as politicizing the innovation and employment of technology, which allows us to resist against a homogenization assumed by capitalist logic and the technocratic.


To bring forward a new phase of globalization means going beyond the previous unilateral process of globalization and the technological dystopia accompanied with it. It requires rediscovering and inventing new configurations between cultures and technologies, tradition and modernism, east and west. It is a call that not only addresses politologists but scholars in art and humanities, as well as those in engineering and sciences. It demands a re-evaluation of the limits and potential of the current algorithmic culture and its algorithmic governmentality from new perspectives.


This Symposium invites scholars and artists to conceive such possibilities by reflecting on the conceptual and practical contributions from both the East and the West. We hope this will contribute in overcoming the universalist and homogeneous idea of technology, which impoverishes our capacity to think and act.

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Act 13 Symposium

From left to right | Maurice Benayoun, Charles Merewether, Jeffrey Shaw

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Act 13 Symposium
Act 13 Symposium

From left to right | Hidetaka Ishida, Scott Lash

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Act 13 Symposium
Act 13 Symposium

From left to right | Yuk Hui, Charles Merewether // Photo by Ann Mak

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Act 13 Symposium
Act 13 Symposium

From left to right | Maurice Benayoun, Charles Merewether, Jeffrey Shaw

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  Rundown  

9:20   Registration

9:30   Introduction

9:40   Lev Manovich (U.S.)

10:10 Ronaldo Lemos (Brazil)

10:40 Discussion by Charles Merewether

11:10 Maurice Benayoun (Hong Kong/ France)

11:40 Jeffrey Shaw (Hong Kong/Australia)

12:10 Discussion by Charles Merewether

12:40 General Discussion

13:00 - 14:50 Lunch Break

14:50 Registration

15:00 Hidetaka Ishida (Japan)

15:30 Scott Lash (U.S./ U.K.)

16:00 Discussion by Yuk Hui

16:45 Primavera De Filippi (France)
17:15 Yuk Hui (Hong Kong)

17:45 Discussion by Yuk Hui

18:30 General Discussion

18:55 Closing Remarks

19:00

Organized by 

Osage Art Foundation

Project Grant  

Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme

HKSAR Government 

Supported by

Asia Society Hong Kong Center

U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau

The content of these programmes does not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

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