CINEMA 2.0 Media Art Exhibition: The Phantom Machine

CINEMA 2.0 at ifva aspires to push the cinematic form in order to explore its new creative frontiers. This year’s “CINEMA 2.0: The Phantom Machine” will focus on cinema’s unique role as a practical archival medium and a symbolic time machine. The exhibition will feature four innovative works that use sound, sight, smell and more in bringing about reflections on the intertwining relationships among media technology, history and temporality.

When happenings come at a speed that human memory can no longer grasp and retain, we human beings have developed phonography, photography and cinema to record and represent what once happened. Cinema resembles a time machine that captures and crystalises a certain moment, or even allows the viewer to go back to the past. The four artworks in the exhibition, possessing certain cinematic qualities, resist the passage of time each in its own way like cinema.

Ip Yuk-yiu

Featured Artists:
Polymorf (The Netherlands)
Phil Solomon (United States)
Verena Friedrich (Germany)

Supported by
Art Direction and Spatial Design
Curated by
TV Support
Technical Support
In Collaboration With
9/3 – 29/3 | 12nn – 8pm | Pao Galleries | Free Admission | Opening on 9/3 6:30pm
Famous Deaths (2014)
(The Netherlands)
Famous Deaths is an innovative way of documentary storytelling where you experience intimate moments as smell tableau in first-person perspective...
American Falls (2010)
Phil Solomon
American Falls is an immersive triptych film installation that can transform the gallery into a panoramic and artistic journey through the catacylsms of American history...
Verena Friedrich
THE LONG NOW aims at extending the life span of a soap bubble. A machinery generates a bubble, sends it to a chamber with a controlled atmosphere and keeps it there in suspension for as long as possible...
Verena Friedrich
The installation VANITAS MACHINE addresses the desire for eternal life and the potential of life-prolonging measures...
11/3 | 4 – 5pm | Curator Guided Tour and Artist Sharing
Curator Ip Yuk-yiu will lead the guided tour and share with visitors his curatorial concepts. Verena Friedrich from Germany will also be present to talk about her works.
The 19th ifva Awards
Interactive Media Category Finalist
Ten interactive works combine arts and technology to explore human experiences, from wish to dream to desire, and to express views the social and natural world, and to investigate the possibilities of media themselves.
13-30/3 12nn-8pm / Bao Galleries / Free Admission / Discussion Session on 22/3 5:30pm 
A dream on September 18
Ng Kei-wing, Chau Chun-yiu
Hong Kong
This is a reconstruction of my short and fragmented dream scene.
and other wish
Lo Wan-ki
Hong Kong
This is a capsule of wishes of people, hoping it to bring us to a better place.
Idea of Amplitude
Leung Siu-tung Ivan, Chow Po-wa Jeff
Hong Kong
Amplitude means enlargement. In this project, the sense of feeling in music is enlarged and the main target audience are the people with amblyacousia and the deaf.
Once There was an Artwork
Wong Yu-hin Sampson, Lam Chi-fai Jason
Hong Kong
When viewers are kidnapped from an art space and brought to a social space - particularly sites that represent the tensions in urban development - and put into dialogues with non-artists, what will happen?
d' AR uck
Tabby Poon
Hong Kong
d' AR uck is a location-based augmented reality art project. With the d' AR uck mobile app, people can have fun to see a group of giant virtual bath time ducks floating on the harbour.
Cheuk Sze-wing Chloe, Wong Chi-chuen Kenny
Hong Kong
Iris is a pair of hands that communicates with participants by hand gestures solely. Through interacting with Iris, audience will then discover and create the language to "talk" with her, which leads to the investigation of human's behavioral codes by manifesting hand gestures in a mischievous manner.
Integrated Branching City
Fung Wing-lam, Ngai Po-yiu, Kwok Wan-ting, Choi Ka-man
Hong Kong
Integrated Branching City pertains to express and engage an ambiguous will for a social unity in response to the recent social dispart and the implicated emotions.
Touch me (not)
Kong King-sin
Hong Kong
It has been present in our side, but it was forgotten.
The Mechanics of Shadows, Selva Days
Cedric Maridet
The Mechanics of Shadows, Selva Days simulates in real time the dynamics of population growth between four species in this artificial ecosystem that control the behaviour of four robotised turntables with recordings from the Brazilian rainforest and projections of shadows of the mechanism of each animal/machine.
Kwan Tsz-wai Alan
Hong Kong
The artist presents an immersive cinema system with a story called Wake. The system immerses viewer into the soul of young writer Alan Katan and converts viewers' brainwave data into hallucinations he experiences.