Discovering Facets of Data Science with Art and Technology “Data is a New Art Form” 2022 Young Art Competition Results Announced

The Musketeers Foundation Institute of Data Science at the University of Hong Kong (“the Institute”) has organized the 2022 “Data is the New Art Form” Art Competition. It aims to break stereotypes about science data and to enable the community to better understand this new area of ​​data science research. The scientific research results of data science, being closely related to everyday applications, actually bring improvement to both local and international communities. This is the first time that a large-scale art competition has been launched by a research institute to draw on both art aesthetics and science, two seemingly irrelevant topics. On the afternoon of June 16, 2022, the Institute invited all shortlisted contestants to attend a Grand Prize Ceremony, held at Chi Wah Learning Commons, the centennial campus of the Institute. ‘university. Not only did guests and their friends and family gather onsite to enjoy the exciting artwork display of the winning works, but the results of the competition were also announced onsite.

The art contest participants were categorized into two groups, the HKU group and the secondary school group – paintings and digital graphics were accepted. Comprised of professional judges who are leading figures in various fields of academic research at HKU, the five members of the judging panel, including Professor Max Shen, Vice President and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) and Director of the Institute, Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), Professor William Hayward, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor Herman Cappelen, Full Professor of Philosophy, and Dr. Roslyn Lee Hammers, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History. As the judges expressed, it was difficult to decide on the first prize winners and the merit winners, let alone choose two of them all as the grand prize winners of the special prize “Data is the new form of art”, judging on their adhesion and their imagination on the theme “Data Future”. The Special Prize winners, who both made digital graphic submissions, were ultimately awarded to Wu Ping from the HKU Group and Hui Yi Lan from the Middle School Group. Their respective works were titled “Whales of Neural Networks” and “Data · Us (數據 · 我們)”. Ms. Wu Ping, winner of the special award, is currently a postgraduate student at the LKS Medical School. His work on “Neural Network Whales” received unanimous votes from all the judges. The light and lively ceremony was full of joy and excitement from over 100 guests and attendees on site.

Professor Max Shen, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) as well as Director of the Institute, exclaimed: “I am actually more than happy to see how the participants illustrate their own perceptions of data science and its diverse applications through means other than scientific investigation or analysis. This sits well with the Institute’s commitment to nurturing young talent, promoting innovation and, ultimately, having a positive impact on society. I strongly believe that artistic creations will be something that can bring people closer to data science and scientific research, because they are always so colorful and warm. Another member of the jury, Dr Roslyn Lee Hammers , an associate professor in the Department of Art History at HKU, agreed and added, “I really enjoyed the opportunity to see the artwork created by the students on the theme ‘Data is the new form. of a rt”. . As an art historian interested in creative responses to our common human experience, the works submitted for the competition demonstrated a wide variety of creativity and irresistible enthusiasm. Overall, the submissions showcase innovative and engaging interpretations of data science, AI, and smart society ideas. I had so much fun being part of the jury.”

Representatives of Wah Yan College in Kowloon, the secondary school awarded with the most active participation in this competition, including the principal Mr. Warren Chung and several students who joined the competition, also participated in the award ceremony.

Many winners from the junior categories were also seen at the awards ceremony. Lui Sze Ting, a 2nd grade student from Carmel Pak U Secondary School, was the youngest winner of all – she proudly received the Secondary School Group’s Painting Genre Gold Award with her winning piece titled ” Data + Science = Life (數據+科學=生活).” Said him: “I thank the Institute very much for giving me the opportunity to build a future society in my mind using colorful paintings, and even to to be able to display my artistic creation in the HKU office!” Another winner, Dr. Frank Xue, an assistant professor in the Department of Real Estate and Construction of the Faculty of Architecture, who was also a member of the Institute, said that he had been pleasantly surprised that his digital creation could catch the judges’ attention to the many excellent entries submitted by his HKU fellows.His work named “Science and Light” used artificial intelligence as graphical tools in the creative tion, and at the same time brought to light the virtue of “Sapientia Et Virtus” illustrated in the HKU anthem, giving an excellent representation of the combination of colors and Technology.

A unique feature of this event is that the winning artworks would win a chance to be displayed in prominent areas of the Institute’s new offices and integrated into the interior layouts. As the title of the competition suggests, the Institute, being the first of ten research institutes in the University’s technological development plan for the next decade, aspires to establish a new “interactive art gallery for data science where young people can discover their potential. and creativity. It is our vision that the seemingly impossible and wild fantasies presented in the award-winning works of art will become reality through our research excellence and world-class infrastructure for data science research.

Snapshots from the awards ceremony and art exhibition:

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(Group photo of all winners)

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(Members of Wah Yan College, Kowloon, including Principal Mr. Warren Chung and several students who joined the competition, receiving the “Most Active Participation Award” from Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (teaching and learning), HKU

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(Wu Ping, winner of HKU Group’s Digital Graphics Genre Gold Award, was also one of the winners of the special award “Data is the new art form”)

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(Lively atmosphere during the awards ceremony with the presence of various guests and participants from all groups)

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(The exquisitely decorated ceremony venue was an Instagrammable site for all event attendees)

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