[artinfo] National Art Museum of China to Launch "Translife: International Triennial of New Media Art"
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Thu Jun 23 12:08:39 CEST 2011
TransLife: Media Art China 2011
International Triennial of New Media Art
Organized by the National Art Museum of China
Opening: July 26, 2011
Venue: National Art Museum of China No 1 Wusi Street Dongcheng District
On view from: July 27 - August 17, 2011
Following the groundbreaking international new media art exhibition
Synthetic Times, a 2008 Beijing Olympics Cultural Project, the
National Art Museum of China presents TransLife, the next installment
of the Media Art China series, now instituted as a triennial, slated
to open on July 26, 2011, in Beijing.
Amidst the global challenges of climate and ecological crises that
threaten the very existence of humanity, the exhibition TransLife
reflects on the whereabouts of humankind in relationship to nature
through an unique perspective and philosophical speculation, calling
for citizen participation in facing these imminent challenges with
artistic imagination to advocate a new world view of nature and a
retooled humanist proposition.
The exhibition is structured by three thematically related components
that gradually progress from the discovery of new sensorial
potentials that extend our cognitive capacities to the emergence of
multiple life forms to biodiversity and an exploration of the
symbiosis of cohabitation, revealing emerging concepts of life and
provoking contemplation on the biosphere. In doing so, the exhibition
also strives to reassess the historical roots and epistemological
foundation of the current ecological and environmental predicament,
interrogating the notion of subjectivity inherent in the project of
modernity and the anthropocentrism derived from that tradition.
"Sensorium of the Extraordinary," the first section of the
exhibition, reveals and amplifies subdued and muted sensorial
experiences through technological intervention and augmentation to
bring awareness to otherwise imperceptible human capacities as well
as the dynamic exchange between the self and its vibrant, sentient
surroundings. The revelation of a new sensorium beyond our biological
limits implicitly complicates our understanding of embodiment and the
body's newly acquired significance in mediated social spaces,
broaching the visual-auditory dominant perceptual paradigm, freeing
us from the hierarchy of sensory systems and opening up new
possibilities for the imagination of bio-equality.
The second part of the exhibition, "Sublime of the Liminal," takes
artificial life, intelligent objects and transgenic hybrids as
natural objects, exploring the liminal states of these emergent life
forms and their unique manifestations of vitality, extending the
concept of life from the biological to the informatics, from the
natural to the artificial, thereby delineating a new domain in which
the organic interchanges with the inorganic and the biological with
the artificial. In defying conventional taxonomy, it extends the
notion of life, preparing for a contract of biodiversity that relies
on mutual respect and the interdependence of all species and things.
TransLife's third section, "Zone of Impending," brings into focus
concerns about ecosystems and environments upon which all life
depends, calling attention to the plight of ecological disruption
through creative inspirations via artists' great imaginations and
ingenious strategies to engage us actively in environmental
protection and in the reconstitution of a healthy ecosphere, thereby
advocating for a new consciousness of shared responsibility and
Within "Zone of Impending," a special project named "Weather Tunnel"
composed of contributions from multiple art schools in China and
around the world will be an architectural spectacle. "Weather Tunnel"
acts as a presentation of an immediate and intuitive revealing of
complex and otherwise incomprehensible environmental data,
epitomizing the living conditions humanity faces and highlighting
concerns about the Earth on which life depends as a prominent focus
of the exhibition.
The exhibition's architectural design starting with the first floor
of the museum and extending to the third and the uppermost floors
resonates with exhibition's thematic construct in which the
progression from the sensorial experiences of the individual to the
recognition of the multitude of life phenomena and, finally, to the
attention to life-sustaining ecosystems echoes with the emotional and
perceptual evolution from micro-worlds to a macro-universe, making
the curatorial concept an organic and symbolic physical presence.
TransLife will bring to the Chinese audience an unparalleled roster
of 53 artworks by over 80 artists and artist collectives from China,
Korea, Japan, Singapore, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil,
Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, The
Netherlands, Latvia, Ireland, UK, Finland, Belgium, Norway, Serbia
and Australia. 40 works will be included in the theme exhibitions and
10 works will be installed in the "Weather Tunnel" special project.
The exhibition will occupy three galleries on the museum's first
floor and the entire space of the museum's 3rd and 5th floors,
totaling over 4000 square meters.
The cutting-edge Chinese architect MA Yansong will design a large
installation for "Weather Tunnel" in collaboration with artists from
many countries in an open area of the museum.
The exhibition catalogue will consist of a collection of scholarly
texts contributed by world-renowned authors to elaborate on the
exhibition's themes and their philosophical ramifications. The
catalogue will be co-published by NAMOC, The Liverpool University
Press and the Foundation for Art and Creative Technologies and
Official website: http://www.mediartchina.org
Exhibition Director: FAN Di'an
Artistic Director / Curator: ZHANG Ga
Architectural Design: MA Yansong, I-MAD
Parsons the New School for Design (New York)
TASML | Tsinghua University Art and Science Research Center Media
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