Prof. Jeffery Shaw
Dean and Chair Professor of Media Art School of Creative Media,
City University of Hong Kong
Creativity is such a buzzword these days. This is justified, as creative acts distinguish human beings and gives our lives particular meaning. These constructs of meaning are most forceful when they are at their most experimental, when they push the boundaries of mundane experience and open broad new vistas and possibilities. Surprise conjoins with pleasure when discoveries are made, discoveries that stretch the probable in improbable directions, and reveal new territories of experience, new pathways of shared expression and new horizons of self-discovery.
The CityU School of Creative Media is an incubator for creativity, aiming to produce the best possible conditions for individual and communal originality to flourish. These conditions are an amalgam of many ingredients, which are orchestrated as a resourceful context for and by our students. Their education gravitates and circumnavigates, led by their mentors’ close reading of the varieties of creative accomplishment. This is embedded in a contemporary social fabric that is woven out of potentialities and provocations.
The SCM Annual is an exhibition of revelation and promise where individual identities spark in shape and thought. The challenging labor of years spent deciphering the creative impulse spills out into a luxury of art-i-facts that prefigure a future plenitude. These are creations that inspire optimism and gratitude, now that these graduates are ready to cast out and contribute their sensitivities and skills to the broader societal context. Every work in this exhibition radiates the vigor of an exciting intersection between past and future achievement that will inform Hong Kong’s on-going cultural renaissance.
Dr. Johnson, David Jhave
School of Creative Media,
City University of Hong Kong
Sympathetic resonance: notes on intuitive reason
Your body is a bell.
To exist is to enter a turbulent and fertile field. Humans are like molecules (binding to each other) within that field. Each choice nourishes or destroys a relation. Each relation contains latent potentials. The evolution of civilization is often dependent upon skilled creative culture practitioners who select the images, sounds and concepts which create (or document or design) pathways that optimize relational potential.
Resonance is key to this pathway selection process. What or how or why or when to create, relies on intuition; intuition is in some ways like internal resonance. It is a sound in the stomach, a quiver of neurons, a chill flowing over skin. How does this work? No one is sure. That is why these skills are not directly taught in university courses. There is usually not a course on the curriculum entitled "Resonance: intuition and gut-based neuron-shiver creation in new media practice". Instead these skills are absorbed indirectly through being in community and contact with people (artists, designers, and scholars) who practice modes of intuitional creativity; and who embody subtle skills. Without knowing it, as quietly as breath, while being at SCM you may already have absorbed or expanded a capacity to listen to intuition’s resonance.
SCM (like many schools) operates as a space to develop and exchange awareness of how resonant intuitive choices may be made in conjunction with reason and critical analysis. It offers you skills in how to express those choices in the language and context of new media. As you traverse the turbulent fertile field of existence, your experience here in the school forms a foundation guiding you in making correct and appropriate resonant choices, choices that will nourish.
Do your best, you can do no more! Listen to your gut. Your body is a bell.
Dr. Young, Kar Fai, Samson
Critical Intermedia Art
School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong
Hello, budding artists.
Be a builder, not a cynic.
Do not wilt under criticism.
Do not succumb to the pressure to "make a career" until you deem yourself ready. That said, do not attempt to deflect criticisms and/or defend your inertia with moral dilemmas.
Do not allow issues of a non-artistic nature to become excuses for not being fully engaged with your art. Talk is cheap. Participate in the art world and get your hands dirty. The most important thing is to work, and to continue to work. Create circumstances in which you may continue to do your best work.
Finally remember this: the education you received is a great privilege. Yes, you worked hard for your degree. Yes, you paid your tuition (mind you, your degree was HEAVILY subsidized). But you also got very lucky. You are the beneficiaries of a system that worked in your favor. You have an obligation to pursue a purpose that is larger than you.
Okay, end of lecture. Now go party your pants off!
Mr. LEUNG, Chi Wo, Warren
School of Creative Media,
City University of Hong Kong
It is my first time to write for a graduation show catalogue.
Very often I was not interested in such a catalogue since usually it serves as not more than a job search directory or a souvenir book of the graduates.
But something is different this year. Like most of our graduates, this is my third year in the SCM as a full-time member and I witnessed their growth and development while I was adapting to a new environment and fitting myself into the new position. Time changes and we are different and hopefully have progressed. In this case, this catalogue should also mean to be a record of achievement of our graduates after 3 or 4 years’ study, in many cases crystalized in their final year project.
A very personal estimate: usually not more than 3 or 4 % of graduates could make art as a career, which sounds not very encouraging. However, making art should be much more than a career and very often an artist should not be simply regarded as someone who makes a living out of art. Remember recently we heard some politicians commenting what should or should not be art. That was exhausting and not interesting. I think more interesting would be how we can be engaged creatively with what concerns us. And this is what art can offer as the famous quote of Joseph Beuys about Social Sculpture states everyone as artist. Imagine everybody can shape our society creatively, would he or she be teacher, engineer, farmer or politician, just like an artist working on sculpture turning limitations into possibilities.
Let’s come back to this SCM Annual. We all know that making art is different from exhibiting art. To make art can be very personal, locking up oneself in a room to realize a thought or concept. In the contrary, to display art is an immediate social activity as the presence of an audience is expected, which extends to critics, media, gallerists, curators, contractors and even the so-called creative industry. And it is time an artist also needs to consider himself or herself as an ordinary person since he or she has to deal with many other things than art. An artist has no privilege, who perspires before inspires.
Three years later, how many of these graduate artists will continue to make art? After this exhibition, we may see some of them showing in other exhibitions. There are hardworking and also lucky ones who may even join in the festival, biennale and fair circuits. For some others, this may be their last show. However, it does not matter as far as they practise their life creatively as an artist or an ordinary person who trusts in creativity. Being an artist is an attitude. I hope we all can maintain it.
MAN Wing Leung, Dennis
The SCM Annual 2013也不是偶然的發生
Resonance will become a constant reminder to us as we venture into unchartered territories in life. Our intentions can create an impact which can more or less become an extension of us. Through artistic means, we have the ability to amplify how our actions, thoughts and ideas trickle through humanity. The spectrum of our new talent and capabilities breathes life to much more opportunities and stories of adventure.
It is our greatest pleasure to present the Annual 2013 to you. We hope the time and effort invested in this exhibition will leave a resonating impression on all our guests.
Congratulations and best wishes to all the graduates.