Online symposium: 25 - 26th Aug 2022
Virtual exhibition: runs online from August 25th, 2022 to June 25th, 2023

Location: Due to travel restrictions in Asia, this Electric Dreams iteration will run entirely online.

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Electric Dreams

Electric Dreams is the 1st International Symposium and Exhibition organised by the Computational Media and Arts Thrust (CMA) of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Guangzhou (HKUST (GZ)). In a series of talks and discussions led by top international speakers and artists, an interdisciplinary discourse is sought to open new pathways for exploring cutting-edge technologies, such as artificial intelligence, the metaverse, and their creative potential. The online symposium and exhibition explore the dystopian ghosts of cyberpunk, juxtaposing technological achievements with societal decay while also discussing the new realities and possibilities that are now emerging from that neural darkness.

The CMA in HKUST (Guangzhou) promotes the interplay of media arts, technology, and research and exploits the most advanced technologies for creativity with a social impact. Composed of faculty members and students from diverse backgrounds, such as media arts and computing, the CMA’s ambition is to become a leading light for computational media and art practice and research. This event is the first of a series of annual events bringing together leading global talent.


Memo Atken, Refik Anadol, ciphrd, Luba Elliott, Sylvain Levy, Yuk Hui, Eva Jäger, Irini Papadimitriou, Dragan Janković, Jo Wei, Masaki Fujihata, Tristan Braud


Memo Akten, Entangled Others, Refik Anadol, Katja Novitskova, Andy Lomas, Matthew Plummer-Fernández, Tobias Klein, Timothy Page, David Yip, Jake Zhang, Varvara & Mar, Rui Hu, Theo Papatheodorou & Jesse Wolpert, Dan Li, Ziyang Wu, Wei

Students’ Projects

Ze Gao, Anqi Wang, Yuri Kuzmin, Jin Tian, Ziwei Wu, Xiaofu Jin, Yifang Wang, Xian Xu, Xian Xu, Yifang Wang, Yifan Cao, Junxiu Tang

Electric Dreams Team

Chairs: Varvara Guljajeva, Theodoros Papatheodorou

Symposium curators: Varvara Guljajeva, Theodoros Papatheodorou, Kang Zhang

Exhibition curators: Varvara Guljajeva, Theodoros Papatheodorou

Organising team: Varvara Guljajeva, Theodoros Papatheodorou, Jake Zhang, Rui Hu, Zikai Alex Wen, Iurii Kuzmin

Web design: Victor Hwang

Virtual exhibition design: Varm Studio