Hongshuo Fan scoops 2019 Giga Hertz Production Award

University of Manchester Music PhD student Hongshuo Fan has received the 2019 Giga Hertz Production Award for his piece >>Handwriting<<, in the field of live electronics and video.

Hongshuo was handed the accolade by Detlef Heusinger at an awards ceremony on 23 November at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.

“The jury was delighted to recognise Chinese sound artist and multimedia composer Hongshuo Fan who is currently making his PhD at the NOVARS research centre at the University of Manchester, for his work »Handwriting・WuXing«,” said the official release from Giga Hetz. “In this interactive multimedia performance piece, the elegant calligraphic gestures of a performer drive rich and dynamic sound and image, which unfold in a sophisticated structure over the piece.”

Machine learning is used to realise the work, which takes on a subtle background role facilitating the recognition of calligraphic gestures representing the five elements in the Chinese philosophy of WuXing. The result is a compelling multi-sensory exploration of the philosophy in which these elements are understood as dynamic states of change at play within many human and natural phenomena.

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