The programme “Art X Sound, Mind and Matter: Bathing in Frequencies” features contemporary artist and experimental musician Shane Aspegren, who specializes in experimenting between the relationship of human body and soundwave, leading to meditative and other states of inner-exploration. The programme begins with online artist presentation, which the artist shares how his unique approach to the traditional group sound bath is influenced by his multifaceted background as a contemporary artist and experimental musician, as well as through his longtime holistic practices of yoga and meditation. Via 3 short videos, audiences can also learn more about scientific theories behind his creative works, and have a taste of his unique approach to the traditional sound bath.
Join us on Saturday 29 August, as Shane guides us through a meditative sound experience. While we adapt with the times, shifting away from the physical into an online format, Shane will take the opportunity to shift away from the body vibration of his live sessions, towards a format specifically designed for headphone listening. Together, we will further explore and discuss sound and its possibilities for both art and therapy. Followed by a Chill-chat Salon, Shane will have an in-depth discussion of his creative works and his special approach to invoke physical and brain waves responses with Dr. Lam Yun Wah from Department of Chemistry and Dr. Ryszard Auksztulewicz from Department of Neuroscience at the City University of Hong Kong, all together with conceptual artist Ms. Wong Kit Yi. The whole session will be conducted via Zoom in English. Audiences are invited to interact with the artist through the online Q&A session.
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【Online Meditative Sound Experience + Chill-chat Salon】
29.8.2020 15:30 – 17:00
• Speaker Artist: Shane Aspegren
• Respondents: Dr. Lam Yun Wah from Department of Chemistry, Dr. Ryszard Auksztulewicz from Department of Neuroscience at the City University of Hong Kong & conceptual artist Ms. Wong Kit Yi
• The session will be conducted in English
• The session will be live-streamed on Zoom
• Registration Link at : https://guidedtour.typeform.com/to/rg1mAeUA (You will receive login info of zoom via email after your registration)
• Registration Deadline 25 Aug 2020
Shane Aspegren’s work juxtaposes highly improvisational languages within carefully-crafted frameworks, frequently exploring a cross-discipline and non-dualistic perspective on such topics as consciousness, ritual, group dynamics, societal customs, and human response to natural phenomena. He is largely known for his practices related to music and sound, which often play an integral part in his installations, images, videos, objects, and performances. Interested in the relational aesthetics of every form, he often prefers interactive and collaborative methods of creation, as well as the practical application of those methods, such as his ongoing work with meditative practices— specifically the effects of sound and its therapeutic effects on the human mind and physical matter of the body. As a musician/composer, he has performed hundreds of concerts worldwide, in addition to an extensive recorded discography. His artworks have been presented, commissioned, collected, and performed at institutions, museums, and galleries throughout Asia, Europe and North America.
Dr. Lam Yun Wah
Dr. Lam Yun Wah was born and educated in Hong Kong. After obtaining his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Hong Kong, he moved to Dundee, Scotland to work as a postdoctoral researcher in the Wellcome Trust Centre in Cell Biology. In 2007, he joined City University of Hong Kong, where he built a multi-disciplinary research network, consisting of biochemists, chemists, materials scientists and medical doctors, to tackle a variety of biological projects, ranging from environmental sciences to regenerative medicine. Yun is also highly passionate about science education and popularisation. He teaches on a range of subjects, including genetics, analytical biochemistry, and systems biology, and has developed several innovative courses for City University’s Gateway Education programme. He is the recipient of the 2020 innovative CityU-Learning Awards. He is a co-host of the Hong Kong Chapter of Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER), an international colloquium for artists and scientists. In 2019, Yun was a resident at SymbioticA, a centre for biological art in University of Western Australia.
Dr. Ryszard Auksztulewicz
Ryszard Auksztulewicz is a neuroscientist interested in how the brain processes, predicts, and learns sounds. He is currently a research fellow at the City University of Hong Kong and at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany, funded by the European Commission’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellowship. Previously, Ryszard has worked in the world’s leading cognitive and computational neuroscience groups at University College London and Oxford University, conducting empirical and theoretical studies on the neural mechanisms of prediction and attention. Originally from Poland, he obtained his doctorate in Psychology from the Humboldt University in Berlin in 2013 and a Master degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Amsterdam in 2009. He has published over 20 research papers and presented his work at international conferences, symposia, and in invited talks on over 25 occasions. In his free time, he likes listening to adventurous music and making mixtapes.
Ms. Wong Kit Yi
Wong Kit Yi lives and works between New York and Hong Kong. Her most recent works have been included in projects organized by Public Art Fund (New York, 2020); TANK Museum (Shanghai, 2020); Para Site (Hong Kong, 2019); Surplus Space (Wuhan, China, 2018); the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (Latvia, 2017). Reviews of her work have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Art in America, Contemporary Art Daily, e-flux conversations, ArtReview, ARTnews, ArtAsiaPacific, and Art Newspaper etc. She has been selected for the Chinati Foundation Artist in Residence program (Marfa, US, 2021), where she will walk to and fro between Mexico and the US to explore meteorological borders. She received an MFA from Yale University, and has been teaching university courses about performance, video art and new media. When she is not teaching, she loves lecturing people in her signature karaoke-inspired lecture format. She is the co-chair of LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Hong Kong, and a die-hard member of KFC (kombucha fan club).