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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

    Live Streaming Telematic Performance

    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 final live performance will be combining the two different choreographed parts simultaneously showcased in Zurich and Hong Kong. A highlight of Zurich’s annual Digital Conference and Z Innovation Lab, this collaborating performance will also be broadcasted live in the Grand Hall of the Zurich Central Train Station and on Zurich’s TV channel.

    Date: October 25, 2018, 6 pm (Hong Kong Time)

    Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre &Konzertsaal 1, ZHdK

     

    HONG KONG – Heavenly Palace
    Deriving from the classic Chinese literature, Journey to the West, the eighteen minutes work is about meditation and our experience in cross-cultural exchange and the theatre. The concept of the work focuses on the relationship between an old monk and young monk, an old monkey and a young monkey. Exploring the concept of the Monkey King’s role in Xiqu (known as traditional Chinese opera), which commonly features the Monkey King’s ability to transform into 72 beings or creatures. The environment and space of the work suggests the concept of a zoo, and translates the experience of theatre, between spectator and performer, a cage that creates both limitations and possibilities, we ask, “Is the stage a cage?”

    Venue Mirrored Stage, Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre (concept by Danny Yung and designed by Mathias Woo)

    Dimensions/Orientation Stage floor – White Marley 13mx18m. 2 screen walls on two width ends, 2 mirrored walls on two length sides of the space. Audience sits in the gallery above the space, surrounding the perimeter.

    Projection 2 front projectors will be used for projecting both the feed of live performance from Zurich and the virtual avatars generated by performers on the stage in Hong Kong, this will be projected onto the screen which will be reflected in the mirror, thus creating multiple reflections. 2 top projectors will be used for the same purpose as well.

    Performers CHANG Yu-chau (Taipei), NGET Rady (Phnom Penh)

    Object One aluminum cube with the dimensions of 1.2 x 1.2 x 1.2 m.

    Music Composed by Steve Hui, his rendition on Bach’s Partita in A minor, as well as soundscapes and sutra chants.

     

    Zurich – The Hidden Formula

     

    Motion Capture in TwinLab

    A breakthrough in theatre, this production applies the technology of motion capture to a telematic performance, which synchronises and interacts with the moving images signalled from Zurich. On the stage, the movements of the performers are captured and documented in real time and, on the same stage, an avatar which is different in appearance yet whose movements react to the performers is shown. Meanwhile, the data of these movements is transmitted to Zurich so that the movements of the performers who are at present in Hong Kong can be shown across the globe with a new appearance. Similarly, the Hong Kong side receives the signals from Zurich and realises them in the form of an avatar.

     

    Hong Kong Team

    Artistic Directors, Directors and Designers: Danny YUNG, Mathias WOO
    Project Leaders: WyWONG Yuewai, Cedric CHAN
    Project Manager: Doris KAN
    Production Managers: Carmen CHENG, CHOW Chun Yin
    Technical Advisor/Lighting and Projection: MAK Kwok Fai
    Sound Advisor: Frankie HUNG
    Live Streaming Consultant: Raymond WONG
    Documentation Consultant: Johnny AU

    Performing Artists: CHANG Yu-chau (Taipei), NGET Rady (Phnom Penh)
    Rehearsal Master: Melinda GASKIN
    Visual/Digital Technology Artists: Dan FONG, Benny WOO
    Soundscape Designers: Can.HA, Alex POON and Allen TIN of d&b audiotechnik
    Composer: Steve HUI
    Lighting Designer: Zoe CHEUNG
    Sound Designer: CHAN Wing-kit  

    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 Designers: WONG Wing Han, WU Tsz Fei

    IT Discipline, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (HKIVE)
    – HD in Games and Animation
    – HD in Theme Park and Theatre Creative Technology
    – HD in Stage and Live Entertainment Technology

    Z Innovation Lab (Live)
    Stage Manager: Satina SHUM
    Deputy Stage Manager: Zeta CHAN
    Assistant Stage Manager: Onki CHAN
    Moving Light Operator: CHOW Chun Yin
    Video Operator: Johnny SZE
    Video Documentation: Wing CHAN
    Rehearsal Assistant: Dan TSE
    Wardrobe: Bonnie CHAN
    MoCap Coordinator (HKIVE): Steve LEUNG Kin Kai
    MoCap Technical Assistants (HKIVE): LAM Cheuk Kit, LAM Ching, Jasmine, NG Sum Pang, Lee Dinh Dat, CHEUNG Wai Hong, TSANG Yu Ting
    Lighting Assistants: KF CHEUNG, Billy CHOI, Winnie LUK, Neal LEE, CHU Wai Ho, NG Yan Chit, Travis LEUNG
    Audio Assistants: 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 (HKIVE): Rachel KEI, WONG Lai Sin, HO Yun Sum, LEUNG Wai Yin, WONG Tsz Chung, MA Ka Fai, JUNG Wang Yeung
    Video Interns (HKIVE): LAI Chun Shing, LAU Ka Wing, LAU Sui Wun, LEE Wing Yin, NG Wai Shing, TAM Lok Yi, YEUNG Ming Kit, LIMBU Sweta, KWOK Po Yan

     

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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