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By Cathy

Cathy Wong

On 05, May 2012 | No Comments | In | By Cathy

My father was a carefree person but not without ambition, so when I was small I usually saw him travelling here and there around the globe to “do some business” in order to “bring home some money”. Because he rarely made any money that he could keep in the end, he has seldom been back. Every time he was back, he clearly remembered my birthday, but never recalled my age.In 1995, when I was nearly ten, he popped up again from somewhere, knowing that I got first place of the class. He was amused, and asked what I wanted for my birthday present.”A house, a REAL house, with a garden, so that I can plant some flowers there, like this.”I presented my idea with the little clay model he had bought for my 6th birthday, made in Switzerland, representing a cottage in the Alps that easily become my dream house.My father then decided for a cheaper and more portable alternative: he suggested to get me a computer, a computer that could connect to the Internet.”Have seen people using it, seems fun, could be useful.”This might be the only comment that I ever agreed with of my charming father. With this brand new computer I started to switch between Windows-­DOS, Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 with command lines, just to try out all the games and software included in that magical 100 in 1 software disc. I downloaded wallpapers of my favorite cartoons from the Internet, – not to mention: played Solitaire all day long.This was how I started my career in multimedia art and design. Growing with my computers and books, I am always hungry for information and knowledge, and desperate to use them to achieve outcomes, to solve problems, or to simply try things out. I entered the School of Creative Media of City University of Hong Kong to satisfy my greed for knowledge. I learned as much as possible about anything I saw, heard off, touched: cultural studies, philosophy of computing, lens-­based art, interactive programming, etc. It seemed like magic that this school offered course for all those things. When it didn’t, I rushed to the library, went out to ask people teach me more. During those four years of studies, I discovered my interests in producing interactive multimedia art, medium specific art, multimedia performances; in exploring Chinese calligraphy and painting with different media; and I developed my life long love in web design and development.It always worries me that interactive art and design is being hindered by the rapid growing of technology, as pursuing the latest advanced technology seems to be the ultimate goal for multimedia artists. I also love to discover the innovations any new technology can offer, but am always carefully not to be blinded by it. Because at the end, despite the “medium being the message”, the message requires you and me to be decoded, no matter whether it is produced by an old or new tool. Art always renews itself with the audience. Ms. Wong graduated from the MVA (Experience Design) in summer 2013.