chi K11艺术空间荣幸地带来本年度的压轴展览，艺术家aaajiao（徐文恺）个展《屏幕一代》。作为K11 Art Foundation 大力扶持的中国前沿的媒体艺术家，aaajiao的作品专注于对数据的挖掘与实用，并试图以多种形式将其呈现，以此在数据与现实的“调制解调”之中完成对作品内涵的完整表达。他在电脑软件的艺术应用方面，扮演了国内外最新趋势的交流者与先行者角色。本次展览将呈现aaajiao的6件新作，区别于艺术家之前的两次关于对数据本身理性研究的个展，这一次的呈现将会是一次柔软的体验。展览将于2013年12月14日开幕，展至2014年2月15日，期间将会在chi K11艺术空间以及民生现代美术馆举办一系列公共教育活动与讨论会。
aaajiao（徐文恺），1984年生于中国西安，后移居上海并工作、生活至今。徐文恺是国内前沿的媒体艺术家、博客写手，同时也是一位文化交流的积极推动者。2003年创建声音艺术网站cornersound.com.,2006年,创办 基于we-make-money-not-art的中文新媒体信息平台We Need Money Not Art。致力于推广processing,一款开源的视觉程序软件,Dorkbot,一个非盈利的倡导创造的活动,以及eventstructure，一家基于上海的跨艺术、设计、学术以及新媒体技术领域的独立研究开发机构。他的作品通常专注于对数据的挖掘和使用，并试图以多种多样的形式将其表现，以此在数据与现实的“调制解调”之中完成对作品内涵的完整表达。他对中国新媒体艺术最重要的审美贡献在于他以自身的活跃姿态，在电脑软件的艺术应用方面，尽力扮演了国内外最新趋势的交流者与先行者角色。
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The Screen Generation
chi K11 Art Space is pleased to present The Screen Generation, solo exhibition of artist aaajiao (Xu Wenkai) and also the finale exhibition of 2013 at the space. As one of the young generation artists sponsored by K11 Art Foundation, aaajiao is a leading new media artist in China. His work features exploration and application of data in various forms, endeavoring to present a full picture of his practice and his thought behind it through the modulation/demodulation of data and reality. Known for his ingenious and innovative experiment in integrating computer software with art, in this upcoming solo exhibition, aaajiao will be presenting six of his latest works. Different from the artist’s previous solo exhibitions which showcased logical enquiries and research on data itself, The Screen Generation will share with the audience a more personal experience. The exhibition will open to public on December 14, 2013 and run through February 15, 2014. In the meantime, a series of public education events and seminars will be held during the exhibition at both chi K11 Art Space and Minsheng Art Museum.
According to the artist, as a generation who have long been surrounded by information technology, “we” have gradually become information nodes. The screen in the broader sense is non-flat, mobile, movable, constituting a complete ecosystem. Screens are ubiquitous within our culture, allowing us to be interconnected as a whole. The previous definition of screen as “electrical appliance for the display of images and colors” has long been obsolete. As digital screen users, we have been developed into a screen generation where we become the screen itself.
The six pieces that make up The Screen Generation are Soft, Repeatedly, Hard, Pure, Static, and Noise, which all exist and begin as digital applications developed by the artist. The screen might then be understood as a somewhat arbitrary container and frame for the visible and audible components of these applications. But by suggesting that the results of these applications exist less in the various images and sounds produced by them and more in the reception of these components by the audience, it can be said that the screens play an important role in the work of the pieces, and – taking this further – that these works are then human-oriented.
Different from aaajiao’s previous works, the six new pieces all cast light on the self-display of technology – technology using itself to represent itself. The “self-display” in the works found here is not such a one-way operation – from machine, outwards, without regard to the presence or absence of a receiver. Here this operation exists as interactions with the human senses and understanding. Ultimately the works exist not in themselves, but in these interactions with a human that takes in the sensory information provided by the work and makes something of it. This “something” is not just an expanded understanding of the work, it is that expanded understanding.
The display medium used in The Screen Generation is flat screen. In some of the works, these screens appear to display various aspects of themselves. In the other cases they work with the cultural understanding of technology and present certain commentaries on it through their own ability to represent.
In asking “What is ‘human’ in relation to aaajiao’s works?” a fundamental aspect of his work is then seen to be these screens. It might be interesting to think that the human is in some way constituted by the information that the screen projects out, which then meets the human, the audience, half way. The human is the other to the screen, as the screen is to the human. aaajiao is the creator of an ecosystem between the human and the screen, one that constitutes each from the other.
About the team
The Screen Generation is made possible with the collaboration of Liu Xiaoguang (media artist), Zhang Tao (designer/artist), Tan Shuoxin (sound artist) and Xu Cong (media artist).
Aaajiao (XU Wenkai) was born in 1984 in Xi’an, and later moved to Shanghai, where he continues to live and work. Aaajiao is one of China’s foremost media artists, bloggers and free culture developers. In 2003 he established the sound art website: cornersound.com, and in 2006 he founded the Chinese take on the blog we-make- money-not-art: We Need Money Not Art. He is devoted to Processing, an open source visual programming software, Dorkbot, a non-profit initiative for creative minds, and eventstructure, an interdisciplinary center for art, media technology and academic research based in Shanghai. In his works in general, Aaajiao focuses on the use of data and its various forms of display, and how meaning is understood through the process of transforming the movement from reality, to data, and back again. His most significant aesthetic contribution to new media in China is a social one, acting as a vector for the interpretation and communication of international and local trends in the usages of software in artistic practice.
K11 Art Foundation
To be a sustainable incubation force in the global ecosystem of art, design and creativity, and to create strong public desire for the local contemporary art scene:
· K11 Art Foundation is a Hong Kong charitable institution that serves as a sustainable incubating springboard where young emerging artists from Greater China are nurtured and their creative ideas and contribution to humanity globally manifested.
· Through our innovative educational programmes, art spaces, art database across Greater China and unique collection of contemporary art, KAF provides local communities, especially young and inquisitive members of our generation, easy access to appreciate art and thereby elevates our collective understanding of culture.
· KAF is to offer a creative platform to talented young artists from Greater China, and provide them opportunities to realise and showcase their full potential via amicable collaborations and cross-regional experimentations regionally and globally.
· Through research, initiatives and partnerships, and harnessing the passion and energy of our active participants, KAF facilitates the public to enjoy a diverse array of programmes and exhibitions that will enrich the city’s art scene and enable it to become the leading multi-cultural art hub among its neighbouring peers.
· Art for the Masses —— the extensive network and resources of K11 in Hong Kong and Mainland China catalyse a continuous interaction among artists, students, office occupants, patrons and the general public to strengthen art appreciation and awareness for our current and future generations.
· Leveraging on the success of the flourishing K11 Art Space Workshops, K11 Art Village, K11 Artist-in-Residence Programme, K11 Artist Klub and K11 Kollection, the activities and infrastructure in these convenient destinations and their outreach extensions allow KAF to attract and engage a steady stream of participating audiences and maximise the public exposure of local artists and programmes