Against the backdrop of a fast-advancing technological world, the convergence of arts and technology has ushered into a new era of art technology (Art Tech), disrupting how humans create, receive, and respond to arts and culture.
This research project, "Building Platform Technologies for Symbiotic Creativity in Hong Kong", stands at the forefront of the arts and science nexus, harnessing the power of science and technology to radically advance human and AI interaction. It aims to contribute to the long-term sustainability and viability of the arts ecosystem in Hong Kong, exploring new opportunities that AI-based Art Tech could bring to our city. This will enable new modalities of artistic creation and consumption triggering important socio-economic impacts, thus stirring up a powerful rippling resonance in areas such as business, healthcare and education.
Leveraging the recent development in AI technologies, Art Tech will radically change the art world and creative industries, creating significant social, educational, and economic benefits in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area. This research project is well poised to offer a powerful interdisciplinary framework to address pressing societal challenges we face in a post-COVID pandemic era, and brings new opportunities for broad and meaningful socio-cultural-economic growth in Hong Kong.
Professor Yike GUO
Vice-President (Research and Development) cum Project Coordinator
"This research project has secured funding from the Research Grants Council (RGC), demonstrating that Hong Kong attaches great importance to the development of artistic and creative technologies based on AI. This project stands at the forefront of the arts and science nexus, harnessing the power of science and technology to advance human and AI interaction in art creation. It will foster a new direction in art created by both humans and machines.
We will spare no effort in building a world-class AI art creation platform, and it will drive a new revolution that transforms the creative and cultural industries. It will enable Hong Kong to assume a leading position in art-tech on the global stage."
Professor Johnny POON
Associate Vice-President (Interdisciplinary Research) cum Deputy Project Coordinator
"This is the first time that major funding has been allocated by the RGC for an art-tech project. We will develop platform technologies for symbiotic creativity, providing unlimited art content for humans, including an art data repository, an artificial intelligence (AI) creative algorithm system, a research theatre, a digital art and policy network, and some unique and creative application projects, to usher in a new era of art technology.
The platform will also enable the audience to immerse themselves in a virtual world, and help the artists to go beyond the traditional forms and boundaries and communicate and interact with the audience in new ways."
Human, Machine, Art, Creativity:
An International Symposium
Date: 9-11 March 2022
Venue: Western Monastery, Pier 1929, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
This event serves as a precursor to the research project entitled “Building Platform Technologies for Symbiotic Creativity in Hong Kong” and will be held before the launch of the three application projects. We intend to invite well-known scientists, artists, and members of the industry and the public from all over the world to participate in this event to exchange ideas, share experiences and ignite sparks in the fields of AI and arts, so as to determine the future development direction of these fields. At that time, philosophical wisdom will be nurtured in the graceful Western Monastery; beauty and art will be created at Pier 1929; and the white paper and achievements exhibition of AI and arts will be displayed to the public at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.