Scott Hessels

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  • School of Creative Media and School of Art, Design and Media

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  • Assistant Professor, Filmmaker, Sculptor, and Media Artist


  • ISEA2016

    Scott Hessels is an American filmmaker, sculptor, and media artist based in Hong Kong. His artworks span different media including film, video, online, music, broadcast, print, kinetic, sculpture, and performance. His films have shown internationally and his new media installations have been presented in museum exhibitions focusing on technology as well as those presenting fine arts. His recognitions include patents for developed technologies, references in books and periodicals on new media art, and coverage in cultural media like Wired and Discover.

    His work explores new relationships between the moving image and the environment. He produced some of the first experiments in the fields of online streaming and locative media, and has mixed cinema with a range of emerging technologies including computational sensors, robotics, GPS systems, and alternative forms of interactivity. His data-driven works have included partnerships with key science and government organizations.

    He studied and taught in the Design|Media Arts program at UCLA, followed by five years at the School of Art Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and is now an Associate Professor at the School of Creative Media in City University of Hong Kong.

    He is also currently the executive producer of the Extreme Environments Programme which organizes expeditions to environmentally significant sites where interdisciplinary student teams collect data and return to interpret their findings as new media artworks in a public exhibition. He has produced and led art and science expeditions to Tibet, Hainan (China), the Mojave Desert, underground caves in Vietnam, scuba diving in the Coral Triangle, and Antarctica.

    From 1987 to 2004, he was a founding member, producer and writer for Damaged Californians, a Los Angeles-based video, film, and performance collective. Producting with P. James Keitel, they released several short-form art videos, feature films and experimental documentaries, performed in live events around Los Angeles, and produced innovative online works.


    Scott Hessels is filmmaker, sculptor and media artist who merges cinema with new technologies to create innovative media experiences. His artworks span several different media including film, video, web, music, broadcast, print, kinetic sculpture, and performance. His films have shown in numerous international film festivals and his installations have been presented in exhibitions around the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, CiberArt in Bilbao, Ars Electronica, The Ford Presidential Museum, SIGGRAPH, ISEA, and Japan’s Media Art Festival.  His work is featured in several books on new media art as well as magazines like Wired and Discover. His recent projects have mixed film with sensors, robotics, GPS systems, and alternative forms of interactivity and have included partnerships with NASA, The Federal Aviation Administration, Nokia among others.  He is currently an associate professor at The School of Creative Media in City University of Hong Kong.


Current Location:

  • Hong Kong, HK

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