Tomás Laurenzo


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Most Recent Affiliation:


  • City University of Hong Kong, School of Creative Media, Assistant Professor

Location:


  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Bio:

  • Tomás Laurenzo is an artist, academic, and researcher working with physical and digital media exploring the artistic construction of meaning and its relationship with representation, power, and politics. With a background in both computer science and art, his work spans across different practices and interests, including Artificial Intelligence, Human-Computer Interaction, Physical Computing and Tangible Media, and Virtual Reality. His artistic production is also diverse, including installations, interactive art, music, live cinema, and digital lutherie. His artworks and performances have been shown in the five continents. Since 2014, he is Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media of the City University of Hong Kong. Laurenzo has also performed artistic and academic activities in several institutions including The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, Microsoft Research, Carnegie Mellon University, Brunel University, and INRIA, among others. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the PEDECIBA Program.

    SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 Bio:
    Tomás Laurenzo is an artist and academic who works with both physical and digital media, exploring meaning, power and politics. With a background in both computer science and art, Laurenzo’s work spans across different practices and interests, including new media art, HCI, machine learning, and VR. His artistic production includes installations, music, performance, and digital lutherie. His artworks and performances have been shown globally. He is assistant professor at the School of Creative Media. City University of Hong Kong.

Writings and Presentations:


  • Title: Extraordinary Accident: an immersive metaphor of Hong Kong
    Writing Type: Paper
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    Exhibition: SIGGRAPH Asia 2019: Deep Dreaming
    Abstract Summary:

    This paper presents Extraordinary Accident, an immersive experience exploring how different levels of abstraction can coexist and collaborate in a representation and recreation of urban space. Using Hong Kong as both inspiration and data source, the work attempts to liberate virtual reality compositions from their metaphorical ballast –that is, their recreational onus– and instead, with a temporal amalgamation of poetic representation at different scales, contribute to an alternative, potentially more intimate, understanding of the urban experience.


    Title: Smile
    Writing Type: Sketch / Art Talk
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    Exhibition: SIGGRAPH Asia 2019: Deep Dreaming
    Abstract Summary:

    Smile is a mixed-media installation consisting of a screen in a black box, mounted on the wall. When an interactor smiles, drone-footage of the ruins of Gaza fades in. If the interactor stops smiling, the video stops. It only plays when the interactor widely smiles at it.


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