System Dreams - 10-20 June 2021 - during Art Machines 2

SYSTEM DREAMS is an exhibition coordinated and organized by Ph.D. students of the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. It is a collateral program to the Art Machines 2 Symposium and it is intended as a space where current doctoral and MFA students can showcase their artwork, research, and other projects.

Curatorial Statement

Digital technologies emerged as dreamy and liberatory tools full of promises of progress and equality. The connectivity afforded by the Web, for instance, was marketed as a decentralised virtual space where bodily matters were ‘transcended’ and access to information and knowledge would level up for everyone. For some, however, the digital dream turned out to become nothing short of a nightmare. What were the promises and assurances digital systems were supposed to fulfill? Which digital dreams did materialise and which did not? What dreams still haunt us?

SYSTEM DREAMS features works and research projects that invite us to reassess our relationship to technology in view of the current cultural and socio-political climate. The works presented in this exhibition, whether explicitly or subtly, tap into the complex and at times oneiric impact technological systems and digital media has had or potentially will have on our lives.

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SYSTEM DREAMS curatorial team

Tony Maslić
Rodrigo Guzman-Serrano

Production Assistant
Charlie YIP


June 10, Thursday

12:30 - 22:00     All-Day Opening
18:30 - 19:15     Conference Reception at M3017, 3F

June 11, Friday

15:00 - 15:30     Sound Performance by FONG Kasin
17:30 - 18:00     Sound Performance by FONG Kasin
19:30 - 21:00     Performance by:
                           YANG Hao, Cody CHOW Chi Hang & XING Tong
                           Real-time connection with McaM Shanghai

June 13, Sunday

15:00 - 15:30     Lecture Performance by Kay Mei Ling BEADMAN

June 18, Friday

19:00 - 20:30     Selected Artist Talk:
                           LEE Yuk Ki Florence, Lukasz MIROCHA,
                           ZHANG Yujia & WAN Hu and
                           YANG Hao, Cody CHOW Chi Hang & XING Tong

June 19, Saturday

17:00 - 18:00     Featured Artist Talk:
                           Riar RIZALDI, and LIU Chang

18:15 - END        Closing Reception