Special Event at Khazanah Megatrends Forum. Launch of Sandpipers and Mudskippers: A Journey Through the Ramsar Mangroves of Iskandar Malaysia

I will be speaking today at an event at Khazanah Megatrends Forum 2012 which is about preserving the mangrove sites in Iskandar region of Malaysia. It will be attended by many Malaysian leaders including Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak is a Malaysian politician who is the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

I was asked to provide a new media interpretation about the topic only a couple of weeks ago. In such a short time it was difficult to think what to do. Initially I was thinking to provide some smell or taste media which would sync to a music score being written for the event by a famous composer Prof Nigel Osborne. I discussed with my Ph.D student to do something related to his smell media work. However, basically to do something that ambitious in such a short time would be almost impossible. I don’t like to give up, so then I began to think how could we do something which would reflect on new media. One of the key points of new media is internet and hyper-connectivity. So I thought, how about we make a crowd-sourced video. So I set up a Facebook page where I invited young people to upload a video about why they thought preserving the mangroves would be important. 

Even a few years ago, to make a video clip asking the opinion of youth would require video equipment, editing tools, and digital conversion. It also would require one to go and interview the kids on location. To do that in a few days would be expensive and difficult. Now in our age of hyperconnectivity we could put the work out on social networks, and the kids were able to take their own video on their own devices such as phones, and instantly upload them onto the network. We could create a crowd sourced video in only a few days. The video was an example also of hyperconnected global work. My students in Tokyo collaborated with one of my Keio University Ph.D students who is in Singapore to edit the video while I was in San Francisco. 

This short project was an example of the hyper-speed and hyperconnectivity of our network age. Humanity has never had the ability to share and create globally and in real time. It was a great way to bring the voices of the youth of Malaysia to the Khazanah Megatrends Forum which will be viewed by Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak.

Adrian David Cheok at DMC International Symposium

Adrian David Cheok (Professor of Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University) visited Korea on an invitation from the host of DMC 10th International Symposium on 13 September 2012.

This symposium invited renowned media artist and scholars to discuss the near future of emerging cities, and question values and conditions of media technology in new cities.

The audience was excited by his speech with interesting video clips.


The Future of Digital Media City: Media Technology, City, and Culture

Keynote Speakers

Jerome C. Glenn

Adrian David Cheok

Usman Haque

Donyun KIM

The Future of DMC: Media Technology, City, and Culture A global Media and Entertainment cluster, DMC (Digital Media City) hosts the 10th anniversary international symposium. Today, the world is readjusting to technological advancements of networks which are significantly changing various modes of production, categorization, circulation and preservation of information and data. Political and economical events of War, disasters, financial capitals and distributional movements are constantly processing and transforming data. Democracy is turning public opinions into statistics through SNS (Social Networking Service). Rather than to encourage possession and consumption, both direct and indirect capitals are fundamentally changing their principles by adapting to new movements that widens accessibility and distribution. Media technology is rapidly reorganizing the entire world into a new paradigm of convergences, movements, smart communications, and real-time global interactions. Also corporations require creative innovations and actions in every field to realize their values such as developing new markets and products, promoting public images, improving the culture and welfare of employees, and returning profits to society. Supranational corporations such as Google, Apple, Intel, Microsoft are paying attention to the new kinds of cultural participation by creating new media technology in order to create better media and entertainment contents. Digital Media City (DMC) is a ‘pilot city’ that was built to deal with changes in the industry and culture based on information technology and media. DMC not only predicts but also proposes new directions by demanding and developing professional research, technical, humanistic and industrial knowledge. By hosting this symposium, DMC will discuss future aims of Media City Seoul and its current priorities and alternatives. This event invites numerous renowned media artist and scholars to discuss the near future of emerging cities, and question values and conditions of media technology in new cities. Panelists include Jerome C. Glenn (a prominent futurist thinker and writer), Adrian David Cheok (professor at National University of Singapore and Director of the Mixed Reality Lab), Usman Haque (architect and media artist and theorist) and Donyun KIM (professor at Sungkyunkwan University) who conducted research into the development of Creative Cities since the launch of DMC. Through this opportunity, we hope to generate extensive and detailed discussions and plans based on these issues mentioned above. 

Speech at Seoul Digital Media City DMC 10th Anniversary International Symposium

Adrian David Cheok will give a keynote speech at the Seoul DMC 10th Anniversary International Symposium

Date: 13 September 2012

Venue: Digital Media City, Seoul, Korea

The 7th Seoul International Media Art Biennale 


The Seoul International Media Art Biennale (or Mediacity Seoul) has continued to produce highly acclaimed exhibitions on contemporary art, media and technology since its launch in 2000. Now approaching the 7th edition, the Seoul Metropolitan Government and Seoul Museum of Art will host the upcoming biennale “Spell on You” which is to take place between the 11th September 2012 and 4th November 2012.

The Biennale theme “Spell on You” is that;

proposes to explore the overpowering influence of a spell, encapsulated in the song ‘I Put a Spell on You’ by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, an American blues singer and songwriter. This exhibition will question the wider technological means of utilizing the media in the 21st century, and expose the current social and political contexts in which the recent phenomena of Social Networking Services such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have globally surfaced the Internet.

Keynote Speech by Adrian David Cheok at CollabTech2012 August 27-29, 2012

Keynote Speech by Adrian David Cheok at CollabTech2012 August 27-29, 2012

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