Xi'an Conversations

    • Date
      2016.06.26 15:30 - 17:00
    • Guest
      aaajiao (Xu Wenkai)
    • Moderator
      Karen Smith
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Efficiency is the Best Means to Increase Desire

Many of aaajiao’s works reflect a new thinking around the phenomenon of the Internet in contemporary life. They do so in ways that acknowledge its inherent controversies and contradictions, with specific projects focusing on data processing, the blogosphere and China’s Great Fire Wall. “Remnants of an Electronic Past” references the contemporary appetite for consumption that we humans have acquired; evident in the constant upgrade of everything that can be evolved. It is an era characterised by the regularity of the “upgrade” in every aspect of the technology and media we use on a daily basis. There is no way to measure this phenomenon in terms of if it is good or bad. It simply "is" which, in terms of aaajiao’s elegantly imagined installation, injects an air of futility or melancholy into the space. “Remnants of an Electronic Past” has particular resonance for the region surrounding Xi’an, which is home to some of most advanced technological innovation and thinking in China.
On June 26, we will invite artist aaajiao (Xu Wenkai) to talk about his works and art practice. Join us!

aaajiao (Xu Wenkai) was born in Xi’an in 1984 – coinciding with George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece which, as he likes to say, explains the alignment between vivid Sci-tech-driven imagination and poetic sophistry in his work. Xu Wenkai studied computer science before moving to Shanghai.


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