ACT Festival 2015
We typically measure the effects of technology on contemporary art and design by noting where and how change is happening. Rightfully so, as tools and modes of working evolve rapidly. However, as we move into an era of machine learning, mass-customization, and synthetic biology — all new and unfamiliar paradigms — the need to define and clarify guiding principles intensifies; we can’t hope to understand what the future will yield without surveying the present, and excavating the past. “You can’t have art without resistance in the material,” nineteenth century craftsman William Morris observed. Now, what does that statement mean in the twenty-first century?
The ACT Center is a new transdisciplinary institution in Gwangju, South Korea. Launching with a major festival and exhibition this autumn, ACT will commence a dynamic year-round programme of activities that brings together leading Asian and international talent to share, collaborate, and inspire.
ACT produces, exhibits and disseminates innovative work that demonstrates the creative use of emerging technology, cultural diversity, and Asian tradition. By offering a platform for artists, designers, engineers, and researchers to develop forward-thinking ideas, ACT is a multicultural interface that fosters knowledge and skill exchange between creatives in Asia and the rest of the world.
Four days of exhibition, workshops, lectures, artist talks, panel discussions, performances, and screenings. Bringing together leading Asian and international talent to share, collaborate, and inspire.