Dr Bryan Chung (first from right) and three other Grand Prize award winners in the (from left) Manga, Animation and Entertainment Divisions receive blessings at the award presentation ceremony in Tokyo, Japan.


鍾緯正博士(右一)與其他三位(左起)分別奪得漫畫、動畫和娛樂大獎的藝術家在東京的頒獎禮上接受祝賀。

The collection of work presents different simple programming languages on one side (above) and a view of the graphical pattern of 50 shades of greyscale from another side (below).


「半百.半白」一面展示了非常簡單的電腦編碼(上),背後出來的是不同層次、漸變的灰調映像(下)。

Dr Chung says that the artwork documents his research interest in computational aesthetics works and highlights the interdisciplinary characteristics of the Academy of Visual Arts.


鍾博士認為作品不單展示了他在研究電腦美學創作的成果,也展現了浸大視覺藝術院跨學科的特色。

Date: 02 Mar 2016 (Wednesday)

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HKBU Visual Arts artist wins Grand Prize at Japan Media Arts Festival

視覺藝術院鍾緯正博士奪日本文化廳媒體藝術祭「藝術大獎」

Dr Bryan Chung, Assistant Professor of the Academy of Visual Arts of HKBU won the Grand Prize (Art Division) of the 19th Japan Media Arts Festival for his work entitled “50 . Shades of Grey”. This annual international media arts event is organised by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Government of Japan. This year, there were 4,417 entries from 86 countries and regions, with submissions for the Art Division accounting for more than 40% of entries.

The “50 . Shades of Grey” conceptual and visual art piece collection consists of six different legacy computer scripts, including Basic and ActionScript, that have been laser-printed on paper then framed on the wall. On the opposite side, guests can see what the computer scripts create: a digital greyscale.

Dr Chung used six programming languages and software from the past 30 years to create the same visual of a gradual change in grey tone. The 50 shades of grey tone ranged from black to white, as reflected in the Chinese title of the work meaning “Half a Hundred, Half White”. Dr Chung said, “Although these software tools were once popular, they are now largely obsolete. The fear of becoming obsolete is a haunting theme in the computer industry as well as in digital arts.” In this work, Dr Chung looks back in history, revisits each programming language like an old friend and revitalises it with a new appearance and energy using the latest machinery, creating a poetic visualisation of the rise and fall of various forms of technology in the past.

One of the Jury members, Professor Satow Morihiro of Kyoto Seika University, Japan praised Dr Chung for using the six programming languages to symbolise the historical evolution and obsolescence of computer technology. At the same time, the scripts which ranged from the computer language Basic, which was released around the time Dr Chung was born, to ActionScript developed in 2000 bring an understated significance to the artwork for having overlapped with the artist’s life. Though its appearance seems almost bluntly simplistic, the work is laudable for its gradually emerging, rich and varied layers.
 
The award presentation ceremony was held on 2 February and the work was exhibited in the National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan from 3 to 14 February.

The concept of creation of the artwork can be found at:
http://www.magicandlove.com/blog/artworks/50-shades-of-grey/

For more details of the 19th Japan Media Arts Festival, please visit:
http://festival.j-mediaarts.jp/en/

浸大視覺藝術院助理教授鍾緯正博士憑著作品「半百.半白」(50.Shades of Grey),奪得第19屆日本文化廳媒體藝術祭藝術大獎。日本文化廳媒體藝術祭是每年國際藝術盛事,今屆來自86個國家及地區共4,417件參賽作品,藝術界別作品佔總數超過四成。

作品「半百.半白」由六張印刷在紙本的電腦編碼組成掛在牆上,包含了概念和視覺藝術元素。觀眾從牆的另一面可見到由電腦編碼組成的數碼映像。

鍾博士以過去30年來,六種標誌性的電腦程式語言及軟件製作了同一樣的灰調平面圖案,50級灰調色度由黑至白排列,對應作品的主題「半百.半白」。鍾博士說﹕「這些電腦軟件工具曾風靡一時,但現今大多已被淘汰。電腦行業及數碼藝術經常害怕過時。」鍾博士透過作品回首往昔,如面對舊雨新知,用最新的機器把數種程式語言詩意地呈現昨日科技由盛轉衰的事實。

評判之一、京都精華大學教授佐藤守弘教授表示,鍾博士所選擇的六種電腦程式語言,皆為電腦科技歷史上曾經由盛轉衰以至被淘汰的革命性語言,同時,從與創作者誕生年份相同的「BASIC」到2000年誕生的「ActionScript」,這些程式語言都嵌入了創作者的半生經歷。儘管視覺上直接簡單,該套作品豐富漸變的不同層次值得讚美。

第19屆日本文化廳媒體藝術祭頒獎禮於2月2日舉行,作品於2月3日至14日在日本東京國立新美術館展出。

有關「半百.半白」的創作意念,請瀏覽﹕http://www.magicandlove.com/blog/artworks/50-shades-of-grey/

第19屆日本文化廳媒體藝術祭,請瀏覽﹕http://festival.j-mediaarts.jp/en/