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Datumsoria£ºJon Kessler & YAN Lei
08.11.2018 - 20.01.2019

Curated by ZHANG Ga

Artists: Jon Kessler, YAN Lei

Chronus Art Center is pleased to present the international traveling exhibition Datumsoria: Jon Kessler and YAN Lei.

How images speak and represent has always been a central contention in visual art, particularly in a culture obsessively reliant on visual perception. The technically engendered image and its contemporary namesake the digital image, however, take on very different connotation than that which is rendered by human craft, painting, sculpture or otherwise in the myriad manifestation of contemporary art practice. While painterly image or other mediums employed through various physical materials are also beholden to ambiguity and poetic elucidation, image production through technical mechanisms opens a temporal dimension and energetic velocity that evokes more physiological - emotional intensity than an art which privileges critical distance for contemplation and signification. Images originated through dynamic manipulation of data on the fly furthermore defy the regime of representation, eliciting bifurcation of the referential and estrangement of intentionality, often alienating and sometimes even nonsensical, begging for an alternative logic for illumination and signification.

Known for his ingeniously crafted kinetic works, often inflicting a twist on pop culture imagery, Jon Kessler¡¯s explicit portrait and figure, namely the supermodel Gisele B¨¹ndchen and the artist¡¯s ten-year old nephew, are as manipulative as evasive by way of a mechanically rendered flurry of speeds and kaleidoscope of juxtapositions and superimpositions, insinuating infinite regressions and expansion at the same time, reminiscent of a paradoxical mixology of anxiety, humor, desire and failure that is characteristic of the contemporary American ethos or the world at large. The conceptual artist YAN Lei, on the other hand, resorts to Machine Learning as an added intellectual device in order to question conceptualism¡¯s very gist, that of the power of signifying, making aware that in the age of Internet and Artificial Intelligence the production of meaning is as multifaceted as it is unstable and can sometimes be perilous. In the seemingly contradictory display of visual strategy, the voyeur and the exhibitionist and the constant inversion of the protagonists further complicated by their respective social intricacies, the works by the two artists nevertheless implicitly partake in the electro-mechanical prowess augmented irrevocably by digital volatility and algorithmic incidents, challenging the very notion of image as sign or as signifier.   

This exhibition is the third iteration of Art & Technology @ program under the auspices of Datumsoria.  A neologism, Datumsoria conjugates datum and sensoria, denoting a new perceptual space immanent to the information age.

Three Rooms: Edge of Now
08.11.2018 - 20.01.2019

Curated by ZHANG Ga

Artists: Verena Friedrich, Kim Hee-cheon, YANG Jian

Chronus Art Center (CAC) is pleased to present Three Rooms: The Edge of Now, an international touring exhibition contributes to current discussions about contemporary media technologies and the new potentials of artmaking from the perspective of the young generation.

The Korean artist Kim Hee-cheon attempts to capture perceptions in the gap between virtual and physical reality in his video Lifting Barbells and Sleigh Ride Chill. Through different narrative perspectives, the artist alienates the contemporary Korean society wrapped in the speedy process of digitalization and investigates the proposition of existence in the very context based on his personal life experiences. Verena Friedrich probes on the boundary between vanity and existence in the physical sense through a fragile bubble. Scientific knowledge and technology applied to her intricate device THE LONG NOW allow the bubble to approach the ideal eternity. Wanting to Leave and Narcissus, two works by YANG Jian, on the other hand playfully insinuate that the contemporary conundrum as inherently ingrained in our ubiquitously technological society, in which the variance between intimate and intimidation, the ambiguity between governance and surveillance are nothing but a slight glitch of an encoded reality.

The exhibition was first launched with the three selected artists at Nam June Paik Art Center in the summer of 2018. The program is designed to support emerging artists through exhibitions and public programs, promoting young artists¡¯ experimentation and practice to gradually construct a systematic global archive for media artists based upon the media art ecologies of China, Germany and Korea.

Three Rooms is co-organized by Chronus Art Center (CN), ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (DE) and Nam June Paik Art Center (KR). 

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