Liang Wei at ".com/.cn", chi K11 art museum, co-presented by KAF and MoMA PS1

.com/.cn
Curators: Klaus Biesenbach and Peter Eleey
Date: 9.11.2017 – 3.1.2018
Co-presenters: K11 Art Foundation, MoMA PS1
Participating artists: Darren Bader, Cao Fei, DIS, Aleksandra Domanovic, Greg Edwards, Li Ming, Liang Wei, Lin Ke, Liu Shiyuan, Miao Ying, Oliver Payne, Sondra Perry, Wang Xin, and Anicka Yi
Venue: Gallery 1 & 2, chi K11 art museum, K11 Art Mall, 300 Huaihai Road Central, Huangpu District, Shanghai

The K11 Art Foundation (KAF) and MoMA PS1 co-present .com/.cn, the first project jointly presented by the two institutions as part of an ongoing research partnership. Co-curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Peter Eleey of MoMA PS1 in New York, com/.cn includes work by Darren Bader, Trisha Baga, Cao Fei, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Aleksandra Domanovic, Greg Edwards, Li Ming, Liang Wei, Lin Ke, Mak Ying Tung, Miao Ying, Jon Rafman, Martime Syms and Anicka Yi.

 

How is art changing in the digital era? Technology has provided new tools for the production, distribution and reception of art while also enabling rapid advancements in global trade and information exchange. Described as a “network” or a “cloud”, the infrastructure that facilitates this digital ecosystem is often assumed to exist as a universal system unencumbered by territory, language, law or national culture. And yet very different forms of the internet have developed throughout the world, conditioning different social behaviors, economies and modes of thought. These variations are perhaps most evident when comparing the internets of China and the West, which reflect broader competing political and economic systems. How might these different technological environments express themselves in the contemporary art being made “locally”?

 

Bringing together a selection of artists from China and the West, this exhibition inquiries into such distinctions. The digital space recurs as a utopian world, modeling alternative landscapes in virtual, augmented and analog forms. Certain works engage the cultural aspirations both encouraged and limited by the Chinese digital ecosystem, alongside its permeability to Western content. Painters propose new abstract spaces that combine historical Chinese and Western vocabularies with contemporary pictorial schematic devices. Technologies of surveillance mingle with apps and devices that invite participation. Real geographies are set against technological representations and imaginary terrains, evoking challenges facing the liberal ideals of globalization in an age of nationalist retrenchment. The exhibition is complemented by a group of works from the Adrian Cheng Collection selected by K11 Art Foundation that offer several perspectives of moving and photographic images made in China, extending from the recent pre-internet era through to the “post-internet” condition of the present.