“Post-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

Preface

“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? ”

by 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)


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.”

by Qiu Zhijie 

Chief curator of the Beijing Media Art Biennale


“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? ”

by 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)


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.”

by Qiu Zhijie 

Chief curator of the Beijing Media Art Biennale


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I. General Provisions

(1) Party A is the portraiture rights holder in this agreement. Party A voluntarily licenses its portraiture rights to Party B for the purposes stipulated in this agreement and permitted by law.

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(3) Party B will photograph all CAFA Public Education Department events for Party A.

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(1) Content. The content of images taken by Party B bearing Party A’s likeness include: ① CAFA Art Museum ② CAFA campus ③ All events planned or executed by the CAFAM Public Education Department.

(2) Forms of Use. For use in CAFA’s publications, products with CDs, and promotional materials.

(3) Geographical Scope of Use

The applicable geographic scope is global.

The media in which the portraiture may be used encompasses any media that does not infringe upon Party A’s portraiture rights (e.g., magazines and the internet).

III. Term of Portraiture Rights Use

Use in perpetuity.

IV. Licensing Fees

The fees for images bearing Party A’s likeness will be undertaken by Party B.

After completion, Party B does not need to pay any fees to Party A for images bearing Party A’s likeness.

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