The Screen Generation / 屏幕一代

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  • 屏幕一代

    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。

    《屏幕一代》讨论了早已被信息化的“我们”使用屏幕并成为屏幕本身,彼此构成生态系统的现状。艺术家认为,作为早已被信息化的一代,我们逐渐变成信息的节点。广义的屏幕是非平的、流动的、可移动的并已构成完整生态系统,它们无处不在,相互依靠,已然打破“用于显示图像及色彩的电器”的定义界限。而作为使用者的“我们”,则成为屏幕一代,亦即是屏幕本身。

    《屏幕一代》中的六件作品是“柔软”、“反复”、“坚硬”、“纯粹”、“静止”和“闹”,它们都存在和源自艺术家开发的电子应用程序。在作品中,屏幕也许会被理解成为这些应用程序的视听组件而存在的、相对来说随意的容器和框架,但另一方面,由于这些程序的结果存在于这些组件被观看者的接受多于它们所制造的图像和声音之中,屏幕因而在这些作品中扮演者重要角色,而基于此出发更深入地看,这些作品又是以人为中心。

    与aaajiao以往作品不同的是,这6件新作在体现出科技自我利用,在自身存在中呈现自己特点的时候,不再是从机器向外的,不管观看者在场与否的、单方向的操作,而是强调与人类感官和理解的互相作用。基于上述观点,这些作品并不存在于它们自身之中,而在一个人接收作品所传达的感觉信息和在他从中理解到一些东西之间的互动之中。这些“东西”并不只是一种对作品的深入认识,而是深入的认知本身。

    而在本系列作品中使用的显示媒介是平面屏幕,其意在于这些屏幕所显示的似是它们自身的不同方面,而在其他的作品中,它们则运用自身的表示功能,作出对于科技的文化理解而产生的相关评论。

    因此,当我们提出:“人与aaajiao的作品之间的关系是什么?”的时候,这些屏幕就会变成他的作品其中一个基本的元素。我们可以假设人在某一个程度上是由屏幕投射的信息所构成,它在半途中与人,与观众遭遇。人是屏幕的另一面,就像屏幕也是人的另一面。aaajiao 创造了一个在人和屏幕之间,彼此互相构成的生态系统。

    关于团队
    《屏幕一代》的所有作品是在团队成员刘晓光(媒体艺术家),张弢(设计师,艺术家),谭硕欣(声音艺术家),许聪(媒体艺术家)共同完成。

    展览时间 2013年12月14日 – 2014年2月15日
    开幕时间 2013年12月14日, 17:00, 星期六
    艺术家 徐文恺 (aaajiao)
    空间 chi K11艺术空间(上海K11购物艺术中心 B3层 淮海中路300号)
    主办方 K11艺术基金

    艺术家

    徐文恺

    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。

    机构

    K11艺术基金

    愿景:

    成为全球艺术、设计、创意生态圈中的一个可持续的培植力量, 成为具影响力的本土当代艺术推广平台。

     

    • K11 Art Foundation是一个在香港注册的非牟利组织,是一个为大中华区年轻新锐艺术家提供源源不绝支持的培植跳板,使年轻新锐艺术家的创意及贡献得到广泛关注。

    • 通过我们遍布大中华的创意教育项目、艺术空间、艺术数据库,以及独特的现代艺术收藏,K11 Art Foundation为本土小区,特别是年轻具备探索精神的当代社群,提供欣赏艺术的快捷方式以提升我们对文化的理解。

     

    使命:

    • K11 Art Foundation是一个为大中华地区年轻艺术家提供各种机会以实现并展示他们的全部潜力的创意平台,通过良好的合作项目、跨区域实验项目在区内以至其他国家展现。

    • 通过调查、研究、项目、合作及K11群体的热情和力量,K11 Art Foundation为公众提供机会以接触到各种类型的项目及展览。它们将会让本土的艺术圈生态更加丰富,同时,相比于其周边城市,K11所在的城市可以脱颖而出,树立领先的多元文化艺术中心的形象。

    • 属于大众的艺术 —— K11位于大陆及香港地区所拥有的扩展性网络及资源可催化在艺术家、学生、上班族、赞助商以及大众中的持续相互效应,以增强我们及新生代对艺术鉴赏的关注。

    • 继续推动充满创意活力的K11艺术空间工作坊、K11艺术村、K11艺术家驻村项目、K11艺术家俱乐部、K11艺术典藏、并举办多元化的艺术活动以鼓励观众的参与,同时尽量增加本土艺术家及艺术项目的曝光度。

    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).

    Duration Dec 14, 2013 – Feb 15, 2014
    Opening Dec 14, 2013, 17:00, Saturday
    Artists aaajiao (Xu Wenkai)
    Venue chi K11 art space (Shanghai K11 Art Mall, B3, 300 Huaihai Zhong Lu)
    Organizer K11 ArtFoundation

    Artists

    Aaajiao

    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.

    Institute

    K11 Art Foundation

    Vision

    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.

     

    Mission

    · 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

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