“Pose-life”:Beijing Media Art Biennale

  • Dates:2018-09-05 - 2018-09-24
  • Location:1F and 2F, CAFA Art Museum
  • Opening:2018-09-05
  • Organizer(s): Central Academy of Fine Arts
  • Chief Curator: Xiewei Song Zhijie Qiu

Details

On September 5, 2018, The Second Beijing Media Art Biennale (BMAB) is to return on schedule. If the theme of “Ethics of Technology” for the last BMAB presented what we contemplate and introspect at the epistemological level under the New Theology of Technology, the topic of “Post-Life” for this year... More
On September 5, 2018, The Second Beijing Media Art Biennale (BMAB) is to return on schedule. If the theme of “Ethics of Technology” for the last BMAB presented what we contemplate and introspect at the epistemological level under the New Theology of Technology, the topic of “Post-Life” for this year will discuss not only at the epistemological level, but also let us realize that “New Technology” will prompt us to rethink our relationship with other species, and whether we have the courage to decentralize “human” as the scale for everything.
Another core part of this Biennale is “Art and Technology” Lab Space Exhibition. It aims to build a platform where artistic creation and cutting-edge science and technology research can exchange ideas and cooperate. It will also introduce research topics and practices by interdisciplinary laboratories around the world that related to the theme of “Post-Life”, and present experiment achievements on future life that created by interdisciplinary cooperation.
The 2018 Beijing Media Art Biennale (BMAB2018) will be held at the CAFA Art Museum from September 5 to September 24, 2018. It is supported by China National Art Fund, hosted by Central Academy of Fine Arts and organized by the School of Design of CAFA, the School of Experimental Art of CAFA, and CAFA Art Museum. As an international academic platform for promoting art and technology’s cross experiments, this Biennale centers on the theme of “Post-Life” and consists of six sections, including thematic exhibition, lab space, hyperlinks exhibition, live performance, thematic forum and workshops. It will offer a concentrative presentation of artists’ interdisciplinary experiments in the field of art and technology, and stimulate in-depth discussions between artists, designers, scientists and theorists.
“Post-Life” Thematic Exhibition
The theme of the exhibition is “Post-Life”, and it focuses on exploring how the ancient concept of “life” has developed and extended under the influence of the rapid development of biological genes, artificial intelligence, robots, and in the context of post-anthropological theories that has increasingly attracted attention. It also discusses the subtle changes of human’s position from the perspective of “non-anthropocentrism” when they coexist with other species on earth. The main exhibition is divided into three parts: “Data Life”, “Mechanical life” and “Synthetic life” , trying to interpret the subject of life from different perspectives: virtual life brought into existence by computer algorithm, bionic life created by machinery and synthetic life that is hard to define by the definition of life. The exhibiting works include videos, interactive installations, immersive art, biological art, mechanical installations, audio-visual art, internet art, sound art, mixed media, and so on.
“Art and Technology” Lab Space
The interdisciplinary laboratory of art and technology has already become a new model for future innovation. It not only changes the research and development models in scientific and technological circles but also offers a new pattern for the artists who have long based on studios. The “Art and Technology” Lab Space invites many representative domestic and foreign laboratories, such as MIT Media Lab, to present their ideas, practices and methods along with their research findings and artworks related to the theme of “Post-Life”. The exhibits include R&D prototypes, work prototype, demo videos, technical demos, literature and publications. The Lab Space employs exhibitions, workshops and roundtable talks to exchange practical experience and catalyze cross-field art collaboration. In addition, the exhibition especially showcases traditional Chinese folk art and scientific and technological achievement projects, trying to expand the historical dimension of art and technology.
Live Performances
As part of the Biennale, live performances for the public will be hosted at CAFA Art Museum and CHAO Art Center.
Exhibition Tour
After the main exhibition and the forum finished, an exhibition tour based on the same or related topics will be held in Beijing and other places.

Preface

Song Xiewei

Chief curator of the Beijing Media Art Biennale

Director of the School of Design, professor and Doctor supervisor of CAFA; member of the academic committee of CAFA; vice dean of Graduate School, CAFA; member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI)

“With the consta... More

Song Xiewei

Chief curator of the Beijing Media Art Biennale

Director of the School of Design, professor and Doctor supervisor of CAFA; member of the academic committee of CAFA; vice dean of Graduate School, CAFA; member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI)

“With the constantly emerging ‘new terms’  such as internet of things, big data, artificial intelligence, sharing economy, today’s society has transformed from the mode of single linear development to diversified disruptive development. People’s way of life and education, the structure of industrial development, and the mode of urban development are all in the process of immense changes, and we are living in an era characterized as ‘uncertainty’.

As in a very comprehensive discipline, art and design with technology, people’s future living style, social culture, social innovation development are closely associated with each other while inevitably exposed to great challenges brought by ‘uncertainty’. In the face of disruptive transformations, how should we redefine art and design,  and build a future-oriented discipline?

‘Art and Technology’ is not only a new discipline breaking through boundaries but also a new driving force that can promote teaching reform. The Beijing Media Art Biennale serves as both a platform for showing innovation practices and an educational experiment platform for promoting interdisciplinary development. The knowledge and experience in the field of art, technology and philosophy that exported from this Biennale will become important resources for contributing to the construction of a new discipline. In this year’s Biennale, the theme of the ‘Post-Life’ raised significant questions about life ethics for us: how to define life? How to define future life? Should we broaden the definition of life? ”

Qiu Zhijie 

Chief curator of the Beijing Media Art Biennale

Professor of CAFA; dean of the School of Experimental Art, CAFA; professor of the School of Intermedia Art, CAFA; dean of the Institute of Total Art, and the Urban and Rural Cultural Workshop, CAFA; Master and Doctor supervisor

“Life, as we know it today, has never stopped moving towards a state of post-life since the beginning of its birth. It is made up of elementary particles when returning to its basic status. Thus the difference between life and non-life is just the difference in their organizational forms. Life is a kind of ever-changing relation and a continuous form as well as an ability of self-awareness. Today this ability is arriving at a self-consciousness, that is, what we traditionally believed as the important elements of non-life, are actually the same things that make up our life itself, just as the wood to fire. Post-life expresses such an attitude of humbleness: we still know nothing of life’s boundary.”

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