Microwave International New Media Arts Festival

Animatronica presents a platform to witness technology as critical challenges to our pre-conceived notion of existence, presence, control, power, time and sustainability. The festival has invited seven new media artists who use surveillance devices to create interactive works. It facilitates a fun process that brings us closer to a new consciousness. In most culture, life entails movement and interaction with the environment. In Animatronica, machines moves and interact with the environment as if they are animated, given lives.

As a result of audiences' participation, the works respond with images, light and sound. The curator set out to investigate the use of surveillance devices in new media arts, in an attempt to seek how these works facilitate the understanding of technology-enhanced space in contemporary society. Surveillance mechanisms, sometimes perceived as elements of intrusion to privacy, is being presented to the audience in a fun, enigmatic manner. The devices, mobilized by artists' creativity, allow viewers to witness expansion of their physical existence. The exhibition space is constructed as a technological laboratory where the public is invited to engage and experiment in a playful manner. The artists encourage audience to participate: the show could not be defined without the active participation of audiences. The exhibition would not be complete without the interaction of the public.


Date: 5-15.11.2006
Time: 11:00am-8:00pm, Daily
Venue: Exhibition Hall, Low Block, Hong Kong City Hall (map)
Free Admission

Exhibition Opening

Date: 4.11.2006
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: Exhibition Hall, Low Block, Hong Kong City Hall (map)


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer - Canada
Camille Utterback - USA
Alvaro Cassinelli - Uruguay
Philip Worthington - U.K.
Max Kazemzadeh - USA
Daniel Shiffman - USA
Daniel Sauter - Germany
Jin-Yo Mok - South Korea
X-D Animation Award Winners - Hong Kong

Microwave X-D Animation Award 2006

Prize Presentation
Date: 5.11.2006
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Film Archive (map)

Microwave X-D Animation Award Show
Date: 5-15.11.2006
Time: 10:00am-8:00pm, Fri-Wed (Closed Thur)
Venue: Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Film Archive (map)

Tribute to Nam June Paik: Special Lecture and Screening Program

Date: 11,13-15.11.2006
Venue: Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Film Archive (map)


Electronic Mediated City-Wide Performance
Artist Talks
Animatronica Exhibition Tours