29 April 2020 @ 4:00 pm

Being (T) Here: Existential Media in Post-virtual Geophilia

What is the meaning of existence? How do we come to doubt it?  As our contemporary life is dispersed between the physical and virtual world, how can media technology offer us new modes of perception of our existence, with respect to a global, local or corporeal frame of reference? What are the aesthetic possibilities offered by these media technology? What kind of expression or statement can be made by the artists employing these media technologies? By using ‘Locativeness’ as a vector in directing thoughts, systems and experiences, Lim Kok Yoong is researching the complexity of self-consciousness in time.
In this forum, he will talk about his projects which he sees as metaphysical experiments he used to speculate his own existence and to reason about how we become conscious of ourselves in a world that is further complicated by a parallel virtual counterpart. The aim of his research and creative endeavours is to examine the role of media and technologies in assisting (if not augmenting) the faculties with which human beings can perceive his own existence, to gain a reflexive sense of being. This approach will open up new possibilities for the mind-body problem and the opportunity to probe the existential attitude in 21st century.
This forum took place on 29 April 2020, at 4pm.
Lim Kok Yoong is a Malaysia born media artist who works with new media and digital technology. He is also a senior lecturer in the Media Arts Department in the Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Malaysia. His works investigating the mind, the media environments and material processes through theoretical and practice-based work, drew on his interest in the existentialist perception of human conditions. His works often engage the concept of ‘presence’, a theme that informs much of the debate that revolves around the concept of embodiment and disembodiment in the age of cybernetics. In his works, he addressed his concerns and ideas about a new space-time consciousness shaped by the technologies that are shaking our very psychology of presence.