CAN Panel Discussion Combining arts and technology

30th September 2020

19:00 - 20:00

A free Zoom event bringing together different artists working with technology and science including Seph Li, Donald Shek and Tuyet Van Huynh.


Rounding off CAN’s month of arts & technology, this free panel brings together different artists working with technology and science. We will hear from Seph Li, creative coder and media artist , developer Donald Shek and Tuyet Van Huynh, an independent theatre & film producer and curator. They discuss their practice, how they approach combining these two disciplines and their latest projects both for CAN and other organisations.

Book your FREE place now (donations welcome!) and we will send round joining instructions with the Zoom link nearer the time.

About the panel

Seph Li – Seph Li was born in Beijing in 1988 and is now based in London. After studying Computer Science and Entertainment Design at Tsinghua University, Beijing, he completed an MFA at UCLA in Design|Media Arts. He experiments with the role of interaction in storytelling using different forms including installation, sculpture, video games, and product prototypes. His projects have been exhibited in L.A.,Tokyo, Barcelona, Shanghai, São Paulo and Macau. His recent CAN digital commission Phase, launched on 1 September and combines high technology with quantum physics, traditional Chinese paintings and Daoism.
Current CAN Digital Commission

Donald Shek – Donald studied architecture at Liverpool University and incorporates architectural elements into his artwork. He mixes a variety of mediums that include screenprinting, drawing, and etching which has gradually expanded to include augmented reality. In 2019, Donald completed a residency at CFCCA in Manchester and in 2020, Donald worked with CAN on Augmented Chinatown 2.0, an app that combines augmented reality with music and drama to explore London Chinatown’s layered history.
Current Work for CAN Augmented Chinatown 2.0 APP

Tuyet Van Huynh is an independent theatre & film producer, film programmer & curator. She is an advocate for amplifying and championing underrepresented voices in the arts and as a British Vietnamese/Chinese Producer she seeks ways in how to raise the profile of Southeast Asian arts and artists within the UK cultural industry and increase this voice and representation within the UK’s cultural discourse.

Her current project “Consensus Gentium: If Everybody Believes It, It Must Be True” by Karen Palmer is a series of emotionally responsive films that watch you back. As we now find ourselves in a futuristic dystopian world, the immersive film experiences will enable participants to experience both dystopian and utopian future realities, based on how we respond to the world we live in today. Set in a future world of weaponised technology and bias algorithms where people are resisting infringement of digital human rights. Using A.I technology such as facial emotion detection, eye tracking and voice detection sensor, participants will experience the films in interactive specially designed pods that are ‘portals’ to the future. Their emotional responses will determine a branching narrative in real time. There will be a mobile version for wider distribution.

She previously worked at the National Theatre’s Immersive Storytelling Studio, an R&D lab space that was used to examine how virtual reality, 360˚film, augmented reality and other emerging technologies can widen and enhance dramatic storytelling.



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