The Night of Ideas - roundtable discussion: “Implications of Artificial Intelligence in modes of digital artistic creations”

This 2nd roundtable discussion of the Night of Ideas will look at the impacts and implications of artificial intelligence on artistic creations, and reflect on various forms and interactions in the future. Artists and specialists are invited to share their expertise on this theme.

Theme: “Implications of Artificial Intelligence in modes of digital artistic creations”

The following questions will be discussed:

  • Will machines replace the role of artists in the future?
  • Do machines have creativity?
  • How should art be defined if created by machines?
  • What are the ethical implications of artificial intelligence on artistic creations?


  • Prof. Maurice Benayoun
  • Dr. Lai-Tze Fan
  • Mr. Paul Haswell
  • Moderated by Ms Joanne Chan

Date & time: 8:30 - 9:30pm, 25 January 2018 (Thursday)
Venue: Miller Theatre, Asia Society Hong Kong Center

Free event with cocktail reception, registration is required
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Prof. Maurice Benayoun

Biography of Prof. Maurice Benayoun

Artist, theorist and curator, Prof. Maurice Benayoun (MoBen, 莫奔) is a pioneering figure in the field of New Media Art. His work freely explores the boundaries of media, encompassing video and virtual reality, interactive, mobile, urban media and large-scale public art installation. They been exhibited in many major international museums including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the museums of contemporary art in Lyon, Montreal, Seoul and Helsinki, Eyebeam and Museum of the Moving Image in New York, the Machida Museum, the ICC Tokyo, and in the permanent exhibition of Arc de Triomphe, Paris.

Prof. Benayoun is currently a Professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong and Chair of Graduate Studies Committee. and has been the Curator of the Open Sky Gallery on the ICC Tower media façade, Hong Kong. His work has won more than 20 international awards, including the Villa Medicis Hors les Murs, over 4 Ars Electronica awards (including the coveted Golden Nica), Siggraph, Imagina, SACD and 4 International Monitor Awards. In 2014, he was nominated for the Prix Ars Electronica Visionary Pioneer of Media Art award.


Dr. Lai-Tze Fan

Biography of Dr. Lai-Tze Fan

Dr. Lai Tze Fan is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Digital Media, Culture and Narrative in the Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. She also serves as an Associate editor for Electronic Book Review, as well as Research Lead and Grant Writer for the international Breathing Games Commons. In 2016-2017, she was a PostDoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at Concordia University (Montréal, Canada), affiliated with the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology and the TAG Lab (Technculture, Art and Games).

Her research takes a critical and creative approach to media studies, digital studies, literary studies and cultural studies. She develops innovative digital approaches and tools (including research-creation) towards a range of related research areas, such as: narratives over various media and forms, media materiality and archeology, environmental humanities, digital culture and user interaction, and the ethics/ politics of technological infrastructures.


Mr. Paul Haswell

Biography of Mr. Paul Haswell

Mr. Paul Haswell is the technology partner at the international law firm Pinsent Masons, a DJ, and a presenter for RTHK Radio 3 where he hosts a weekly Sunday morning show.

Mr. Haswell works as a lawyer, with his other identity being a DJ, it takes him into two very different worlds. On the one hand he works with tech clients to provide legal advice on cutting edge issues such as cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and data protection, whist on the other his role as a DJ and radio host enables him to engage his passion for music and arts.


Ms. Joanne Chan

Biography of Ms. Joanne Chan

A native of Hong Kong, Ms. Joanne Chan completed her education in Canada and France, speaking fluent Cantonese, Mandarin, English and French. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Art History and a Masters in Journalism. She is the founder of a boutique cultural professional practice, Per Artem Lumen. Prior to that, she was the CEO of Le French May Arts Festival.

She currently sits on the board for Hong Kong Dance Company, Advisory Committee on Arts Development - Subcommittee on Visual Arts and previously served in a similar capacity at the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Panel of Film Censorship, Commission on Youth and Harbourfront Commission, just to name but a few.
A French art, culture and travel expert, Ms. Chan contributes regularly to several publications. She hosted a year-long radio programme on RTHK 2 entitled “Vive la France” and has just recently completed a radio programme series on RTHK 4 entitled "Vive la musique classique française". She has taken interviews on TV and radio including Phoenix TV, CCTV, ATV, Cable TV, Now TV as well as Commercial Radio and Metro Radio.


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The "Night of Ideas" represents a worldwide debate of ideas operation initiated in 2016 by Institut Français, cultural agency of the French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs. This special evening constitutes a unique opportunity both in France and abroad to experiment and rediscover what makes the contemporary debate of ideas. In 2017, the “Night of the Ideas” operation took place in 51 countries on 5 different continents with more than 100 events gathering 180 000 people.

publié le 22/01/2018

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