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Z Innovation Lab

Zuni Innovation Lab

Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

13

Oct

to

3

Nov

Z Innovation Lab

Zuni Innovation Lab

Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

  • Introduction Video

  • Interview

  • Introduction Video

     

     

  • Interview

    Experimenting the infinite space of performing arts with stage technologies (Excerpt)

    Mathias Woo, Creator and Artistic Director of Freespace Tech Lab (W)
    Yu xiao Reporter (R)

    R: How did the idea of Freespace Tech Lab come about?

    W: The stage technologies are pivotal in performing arts. Besides actors, the lighting, sound design and the spacial concept of stage require a great deal of techniques and thinking. But exploration and experiments of these technical aspects of stage are lacking in the greater China region, that is Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and mainland China.

    Zuni Icosahedron’s cross-media theatre productions have been extending the boundaries of theatre through exploring the relationship between technologies and stage over the past 35 years. Take the large scale fancy projection that we often see on stage these days as an example, Zuni began experimenting stage projections 25 years ago. In this regard, Zuni functions as a laboratory. Stage technologies and performance are equally important. Without the professional and creative support of stage technolgies, there is no way to complete a theatre production.

    R: A number of new theatres have been built in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in recent years. Do you think new stage techologies have been adopted in these new venues?

    W: It is unfortunate that we don’t see much development and adoption of new technologies in most of these recently built venues. There isn’t a reinvention of the relationship between the audience and the stage either. Besides, people’s focus on the fancy, costly facades of these new theatre buildings rather than on the front and back stages, which are the most crucial. The complement of the back stage with appropriate technologies is often ignored.

    On top of that, a lot of these venues are not run by theatre groups or performing arts professionals. Unlike their counterparts in Europe, the US or even South Korea, where a lot of theatre buildings are run by performing arts groups.

    R: How does Freespace Tech Lab, which is developed in collaboration with West Kowloon Cultural District, respond to these issues?

    W: We approach these issues from a few different perspectives. Firstly, from a creative perspective, which will allow us to experiment the dynamics between stage technologies and performance, and how new technologies can impact the relationship between the audience and the artists.

    Then, the other important element of this collaboration is to offer training to not only secondary and tertiary students but also those in the architecture profession. We hope to introduce to them the basic concepts of stage technologies. A lot of architects in Hong Kong have limited understanding of performing arts. Some of them have never even been to the theatre! They lack the appropriate concepts of museums, performing arts venues and various other buildings that serve the cultural purposes. For example, the size and location of the loading dock at many theatres were inaccurate. It is difficult to transfer knowledge and experiences from overseas consultants too as they might not fit in with our unique situation.

    Hong Kong already has 50 years of history in performing arts. We have a lot of experience, but how come we cannot produce our own specialists in designing theatre buildings? Thus we hope this “laboratory” can offer workshops for students majoring in architecture and relevant architectural design disciplines. In future, we will offer programmes on professional stage technologies for architects and surveyors. Our collaboration with the West Kowloon Cultural District is a long-term one. Many new stages will be built in this arts hub. These experiments can be great references for the professionals.

    R: I was told that this lab consists of three parts -, Wittgenstein, In Search of Lost Time and the Movement Lab.

    W: Our lab will feature a different theme each week, encompassing the technical and creative aspects of theatre.

    This year our focus is sound and space. We will explore the appropriation of electronic music in theatre during our first week with Wittgenstein. In Search of Lost Time will be the textual base for our second week experiment with vocals in relation to sound. We have invited Zhang Jun from Shanghai and Wei Hai-Ming from Taipei as well as actors from Hong Kong and Paris to take part in this event, which is also an experiment of languages.

    Body movements will be the theme of the third week. Dancers will find themselves in a theatre surrounded by mirrors in order to explore the dynamics and possibilities between body movements and space.

    In Chinese, the word art is comprised of “craftsmanship”, which means the technical aspect of an artwork, and “possibilities”, which refers to the creative side of a piece. Without the knowledge of the technical side of art as the foundation, it is impossible to elevate artistic works to a new dimension.

Z Innovation Lab

Zuni Innovation Lab

Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

13

Oct

13 Oct

to

to

3

Nov

3 Nov

  • Intro

  • Z/Z Twin Lab

  • Professional Series Lecture

  • Stage and Technincal Workshop

  • In Praise of Shadows Workshop

  • Creative and Technical Team

  • Technical Partners

  • Academic Partners

  • Intro

    # technology_is_the_lead

    In 2018, “Zuni Innovation Lab”, presented by Zuni, the Studio Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre will be turned into a 4-week stage-and-technology laboratory, breaking the patterns of how theatre is conventionally used. The objective of this project is to develop a new arts festival paradigm of “Technology + Innovation”. Apart from the two works in One Belt One Road Experimental Theatre, The Monkey Business and The Interrupted Dream, as well as Blind Musician Dou Wun, the Project presents “ZHdK/Zuni Twin Lab Telematic Live Performance”.

  • Z/Z Twin Lab

    The Zurich University of the Arts and Zuni Icosahedron join hands to launch the Z/Z Twin Lab with a telematic performance in two cities in sync. The performance incorporates the technology of motion capture, virtual avatars, 3D audio and more, exploring various artistic possibilities by bringing technology and performing arts together to the test. Performing artists and theatre technology specialists from Zurich, Hong Kong and Asia interplay between the real and virtual characteristics among performers, time and space in this experiment. Taking the challenge of breaking down the boundaries of time and geographic zones, the performance will be simultaneously showcased in Zurich and Hong Kong. A highlight of Zurich’s annual Digital Conference, this collaborating performance will also be broadcasted live on television.

    Date: October 25, 2018, 6 pm

    Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre & Zurich University of the Arts/Grand Hall, Zurich Central Station

     

    Artistic Directors, Directors and Designers:
    Danny Yung, Mathias Woo  

    Project Leaders:
    WyWong yuewai, Cedric Chan

    Performers:
    Nget Rady (Phnom Penh), Chang Yu-chau (Taipei)

    Z Innovation Lab Technical Advisor, Lighting and Projection:
    Mak Kwok Fai

     

    Motion Capture System Development and Image Design: 

     

    Academic Director: Dr Leung Hing-pong, Joseph
    Project Advisor: Woo Hok-luen
    Multimedia Advisor: Law Kwok-ho
    MoCap and Interactive Specialist:Lee Kin-tak, Daniel
    MoCap Coordinator and Avatar Image Designer: Tso Chi-yan
    Networking and IT Specialist: Ko Man-kit
    Avatar Image Assistant Designer: Wong Wing-han, Wu Tsz-fei
    Coordinator: Leung Kin-kai, Steve
    MoCap Technical Assistant: Lam Cheuk-kit, Lam Ching, Jasmine, Le Dinh-dat, Cheung Wai-hong, Tsang Yu-ting

     

    Co-organizer

     

    Project steering: Hartmut Wickert
    Executive producer: Christian Iseli
    Line producers: Chantal Haunreiter (management), Andreas Birkle (logistics)
    Stage Manager and commander: Andreas Birkle
    Production assistant: Kristina Jungic

    Chief technician & digital set artist: Martin Fröhlich
    Choreography: Denise Lampart
    Live Visuals: Tobias Gremmler
    Set design coordinator: Fabian Jaggi
    Dancers: Sophie Bertschy, Alex Ferro, Cary Shiu

    Chief sound engineer: Olav Levrik
    Sound design: Eric Larrieux
    7.K05 sound engineer: Peter Fäber
    Lighting technician: Viktoras Zemeckas
    Rigging technician: Marco Quandt
    7.K05 set technician: Hansruedi Näf
    MoCap technician: Norbert Kottmann
    Unity technician: Simon Broggi
    Video stream & edit: Marc Nathmann

     

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  • Professional Series Lecture

    Z INNO LAB Professional Series is designed for the theatre industry fellows and technical professionals. In the setting of a laboratory, the talks will be given by our technical advisors, suppliers and designers, introducing innovative applications of stage technology to a black box theatre by means of on-site demonstrations and explanations.

     

    Talk 1: Revolutionary Step for Sound Industry*
    26 Oct (Fri) 14.00-15.30
    Speakers:
    Representatives from d&b audiotechnik
    Gert Sanner
     (Regional Application and Education Manager for Asia Pacific)
    Gareth Kelbrick (Team Leader – Education & Application Support)

    Talk 2: How Soundscape integrates with present situation?*
    26 Oct (Fri) 16.00-17.30
    Speakers:
    Representatives from d&b audiotechnik
    Gert Sanner
     (Regional Application and Education Manager for Asia Pacific)
    Gareth Kelbrick (Team Leader – Education & Application Support)

    Talk 3: Projection Technology & Tracking System Trend^
    29 OCt (Mon) 11.00-13.00
    Speaker:
    Mak Kwok-fai
    Guests:
    Representatives from disguise
    Z Inno Lab Creator Mathias Woo
    Academic Partner in Motion Capture System Development, Multimedia Advisor from IVE Law Kwok Ho

    Talk 4: LED Lighting in Theatre^
    30 Oct (Tue) 11.00-13.00
    Speaker:
    Mak Kwok-fai

     

    *Conducted in English
    ^Conducted in Cantonese

     

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    Enrollment

  • Stage and Technincal Workshop

    Curated and designed by Mathias Woo in 2017, Zuni Icosahedron organises Tech Lab, the first performing arts programme that focuses on integrating the latest stage technology and innovative ideas. In 2018, Zuni Icosahedron and The Zurich University of the Arts join hands to promote the arts education programme Z2 Innovation Lab, with an objective to provide training to the Hong Kong and Zurich students about the applications and development of stage technology.

    As the disciplines of innovative technology and multimedia design continue to develop, these audio and visual tools and technologies are not only applied to the flat, two-dimensional space. The theatre offers the possibilities of a “live” environment, a space for carrying, exploring and integrating different creativity and technologies. Through the activities, students would learn about the possibilities of stage technology in different ways. The programme supports the development of life planning education at schools, and at the same time, helps students understand the profession of stage technology, which in turn helps them make better planning for furthering their studies or their career.

    Under the instruction of professional stage technicians, students of the workshop will:

    -learn about the professions of the stage

    -have a site visit to the facilities of the theatre, including video projection, lighting, and audio

    -try out the operation and integration of various elements of stage technology, and work with the Deputy Stage Manager on the operation and application of a performance

    -be part of a specially designed space and watch a demonstration of multimedia technologies

    Date: October 30-31, 2018 

    Time: 2pm, 4pm

    Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

    Click here for Enrolment

  • In Praise of Shadows Workshop

    Zuni Icosahedron x Dance Forum Taipei

    Artistic Directors: Mathias Woo, Ping Heng

    Zuni and Dance Forum Taipei are collaborating once again to develop the project In Praise of Shadows (inspired by Japanese novelist Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s eponymous work), which unfolds a series of experimentations on light, image, dance, movement, and innovating technology of theatre. With new artistic visions and through cross-discipline and cross-media collaborations, artists and tech specialists come to the cities of Hong Kong and Taipei to innovate the future of dance and theatre technology.

    As part of Z Innovation Lab, In Praise of Shadows workshop will carry out demonstrations in collaboration with the specialists  from Hong Kong and Taipei. The workshop is open to the public to observe.

    Date: November 3, 2018, 2pm

    Click here for Enrolment

    Partners:

     

  • Creative and Technical Team

    Creator, Artistic Director & Spatial Designer: Mathias Woo
    Technical Advisor: Mak Kwok-fai
    Audio Consultant: Frankie Hung
    Sound Designer: Candog Ha, Chan Wing-kit
    Visual/ Digital Images: Dan Fong, Benny Woo
    Stage Lighting Design: Zoe Cheung

     

    Production Managers: Carmen Cheng, Chow Chun Yin
    Stage Manager: Satina Shum
    Deputy Stage Manager: Zeta Chan
    Assistant Stage Manager: Onki Chan
    Lighting Assistants: KF Cheung, Billy Choi, Winnie Luk, Neal Lee, Chu Wai Ho, Ng Yan Chit, Travis Leung
    Audio Assistant: Poon Wing Hang
    Stage Crews: Yau Chun Hin, Sze Tung Leung, Wong Ping Tong

     

    Stage Interns: Matt Hui, Stephanie Ip, Jessie Wong, Timothy Lam
    Interns (Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education): Rachel Kei, Wong Lai Sin, Ho Yun Sum, Leung Wai Yin, Wong Tsz Chung, Ma Ka Fai

     

    Documentation
    Video Shooting: Alvin Lam, Wing Chan
    Editing: Patrick Siu
    Special Effects: Kenneth Cheng 

  • Technical Partners

  • Academic Partners