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Hong Kong Arts Centre The 23rd ifva Festival and Awards Unveiled “CINEMA 2.0: Dark Mirrors”
Media Artists Explore the Cinema as a Medium of Faces
Media Art Category Winners Announced with Works on Exhibition

Exhibition runs from today to 20 March at Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre

The opening ceremony of 23rd ifva Festival was held on 6 March, together with the unveiling of media art exhibition “CINEMA 2.0: Dark Mirrors”, alongside works of finalists of the Media Art Category of the ifva Awards. The winners have also been announced during the opening ceremony. Honourable guests officiating the ceremony include: Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Shinseungback Kimyonghun and ACCI BABA (participating artists of “CINEMA 2.0: Dark Mirrors”), Ip Yuk-yiu (curator of “CINEMA 2.0: Dark Mirrors”), ifva Media Art Category jurors and finalists, Mable Ho (Head of Film Programmes, Leisure and Cultural Services Department), James Soutar (Governor, Pure Art Foundation), Dr. Almuth Meyer-Zollitsch (Director of Goethe-Institut Hongkong), Park Jeongtaek (Director of Korean Cultural Center in Hong Kong), Connie Lam (Executive Director of Hong Kong Arts Centre), and Kattie Fan (ifva Director). Exhibition runs from today to 20 March at Pao Galleries of the Hong Kong Arts Centre. Free admission.
“CINEMA 2.0: Dark Mirrors” Exhibition Reflecting the Different Faces in Cinema
Media Art Exhibition “CINEMA 2.0: Dark Mirrors” discusses cinema as a medium of faces, the different faces which we encounter or never thought of which we see ourselves as much as we see others. Works from overseas artists include: Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s controversial series Stranger Vision, a collection of 3D printed life size portraits based on the DNA extracted from hair, cigarette butts and chewed gums from New York City. Korean duo Shinseungback Kimyonghun brings with them four works that put audiences’ ability of face detection into challenge. Acci Baba hopes to convey an immortal message to mankind through a 3D animated ape which sings golden classic song and reads philosophy writings. For a thorough understanding on the exhibition, all are welcome to join the guided tour by curator Ip Yuk-yiu on 18 March at 4pm. 
Media Art Finalists Defamiliarising Familiar Issues by Pushing Boundaries of Media
The finalist works of the 23rd ifva Awards Media Art Category are showcased in parallel with “CINEMA 2.0: Dark Mirrors”. On top of Hong Kong entrants, there are also finalists from Japan and South Korea. Starting from personal perceptions and experiences, or departing from the natural or urban environment, or going back to the nature of a certain medium with a thorough understanding thereof, familiar issues are defamiliarised by media, and artists push the boundaries of media through never-before attempts. Media art category Gold Award goes to Wong Chun-hoi with the work hardworking circuit #1.3 and Teppei Yamada is awarded Silver Award with his work Apart and/or Together, and they will receive cash prize of HK$50,000 and HK$30,000 respectively sponsored by Pure Art Foundation. Wong Chi-chuen’s Undermine is selected as Special Mention. Law Yuk-mui received the Excellence Award by her Victoria East and will be visiting Transmediale in Germany under the sponsorship of Goethe-Institut Hongkong.
ifva Awards and Festival Demonstrates Mind-blowing Creativity
Besides Media Art, the Festival will be showing short films and animations from the Open, Youth, Animation and Asian New Force Categories of the 23rd ifva Awards from today till 17 March. Winners of respective categories will be announced at the Award Presentation Ceremony to be held on 17 March.
More programmes from this year ifva Festival include:
“Never Stop Creating: Screening and Talk by Tom Lin”: Taiwan director Tom Lin will be sharing on his challenging journey of creating, where two of his award-winning short films The Olfactory System and The Pain of Others will also be shown.
Programme Details: http://www.ifva.com/Festival
Programme and Ticketing Brochure: https://issuu.com/ifva/docs/23rd_ifva_festival_programme_and_bo
Image download: http://ftp.hkac.org.hk/MDD/23rd_ifva/20180306_Opening/
Image captions:
Image 01: (from left to right) Juror Gao Shiqiang; Juror Yutaka Yano; James Soutar , the Governor of Pure Art Foundation; Dr Almuth Meyer-Zollitsch, the Director of Goethe-Institut Hong Kong; Juror Roland Yu; Excellence Award winner Law Yuk-mui; Gold Award winner Wong Chun-hoi; Silver Award winner Teppei Yamada; Special Mention Wong Chi-chuen; Juror Bryant Chung; Juror Ulanda Blair; Mable Ho, Head of Film Programme, Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Image 02: Media art category Gold Award work hardworking circuit #1.3 by Wong Chun-hoi is exhibited during the Exhibition in the Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre.
Image 03: Artwork in the media art exhibition “CINEMA 2.0: Dark Mirrors”: Portrait (2013), Shinseungback Kimyonghun / South Korea
Image 04: Artwork in the media art exhibition “CINEMA 2.0: Dark Mirrors”: Stranger Vision (2012-2013), Heather Dewey-Hagborg / USA
Image 05: Artwork in the media art exhibition “CINEMA 2.0: Dark Mirrors”: FADTCHA (2013), Shinseungback Kimyonghun / South Korea

The 23rd ifva Festival tickets are now on sale at URBTIX.
Date: 6 – 20 Mar 2018
Enquiry:     ifva@hkac.org.hk / 2824 5329
Website:     www.ifva.com   
About ifva
Organised by Hong Kong Arts Centre, ifva is an incubator for film and visual media in Asia (formerly the Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards). Founded in 1995, ifva serves as a platform that actively promotes and encourages creative talents in Asia, making short films, videos, animation and media arts. With a cutting-edge vision and highlight independent spirit, ifva has evolved to promote different visual cultures while exploring the boundless potential of creative media. In addition to the annual competition and festival, ifva curates a host of programmes under two initiatives, “Cultivation” and “Engagement”. By connecting creative communities all over the world, ifva aims to engage everyone in the art of creation. ifva is also a core event of Entertainment Expo Hong Kong.

Media Enquiry:
Annie Ho (Marketing and Development Director)
Tel: 2824 5306/ 9481 8706
Email: aho@hkac.org.hk

Fiona Lau (Marketing and Development Officer)
Tel: 2582 0215
Email: flau@hkac.org.hk

Samantha Szeto (Assistant Programme Manager, ifva)
Tel: 2582 0294
Email: sszeto@hkac.org.hk

Diana Cheung (Assistant Programme Manager, ifva)
Tel: 2582 0280
Email: tncheung@hkac.org.hk