When Art Goes Digital

Around 15,000 film enthusiasts gathered at the Edinburgh Place, Central, to see a second edition of the biannual festival “Jockey Club ifva Everywhere Carnival”. Two restored version of comedy films, Plain Jane to the Rescue (1982) directed by world-acclaimed director John Woo, and Jour de Fête (The Big Day) (1949), the rare comedy debut of the French pioneer director Jacques Tati were shown at the festival.

Besides the open-air screenings, local new media artists staged a play around the theme of light and shadow. Requiem, a multi-dimensional art piece created by Leung Kei-cheuk, well known for an artist name, GayBird, is on display. This art piece combines painting, sound sculpture and electronic music together to take you to hear the sounds produced by the 3D sound sculptures, to enjoy computer-generated writing systems and places that was no longer existed in the world.

ifv aThere are more cinematic installations exploring hybrid concepts involving performance, art, music, film and our city. Different forms of media let you travel between the past and the present, even the future so that you can question the existing relationship between humans and city.

The festival is family friendly allowing children and their families to take part in an array of activities to delve deeper into the technology behind moving images. During the day time, workshops including Handmade One-man Cinema, Hand-painted 16mm Film Workshop were opened on-site to offer visitors lessons on cinematic tricks.

Over 125 local creative units, including media artists, filmmakers, illustrators, singer-songwriters had together created this moving image carnival offering movies, short films, animations, media arts, music and workshop, and explore the boundless possibilities of mechanical media arts in the digital world.