Yes No from Liao Wenfeng
Migrant Birds Art Space is pleased to present the work of four young emerging Chinese artists in Berlin. Feng Chen, Huang Siying, Liao Wenfeng and Shi Zheng’s works all react to the consequences of current technological developments. These reactions are rooted in their own life experience, turning their artworks into direct interventions.
As the Digital Revolution leads us into the age of Social Media, regional and individual cultures of knowledge become replaced by new technologies. At the same time, individual techniques of representation are heavily influenced by the rise of the internet: On the one hand, once unattainable material and media become easily accessible worldwide – on the other hand, this informs a trend towards uniformity.
Although this trend appears to be new, many of the theoretical foundations of digital technologies are actually closely intertwined with the historical development of Contemporary Art – so much so that some of the resulting techniques might already seem “traditional” today.
If Painting once marked the entrance into art academies and art discourse, a new generation of artists has moved from the painted picture to Video Art, Sound Art and other multimedia art forms. Their works deeply reflect the influence of digital technologies, often freely oscillating between different media and experimenting with the new possibilities Digital Art offers. We are excited to find out which insights and inspirations the following young Chinese artists will bring to the Berlin audience.
Feng Chen, born in Wuhan in 1986, graduated from the China Academy of Art (CAA) in 2006. In his work, he uses the simultaneity of vision and hearing to explore how our sensory organs affect emotions and imagination. For his video works, he experiments with material from different sources and plays with their temporal nature, for example by manipulating heat-sensitive materials through temperature changes.
New Media Artist and Designer Huang Siying, born in Changsha in 1991, has been strongly influenced by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze. A closer look at her work reveals that she is a well-studied artist who takes interest in a wide variety of topics: From religious tantras to chaos theory, from traditional cartographic methods to the visualization of algorithms, she melts together scientific theories and philosophical concepts, while her use of different parametrization patterns exposes the current digitalization of the human gaze.
Liao Wenfeng, born in Jiangxi Province in 1984, graduated from the China Academy of Art (CAA) in 2006. Major exhibitions include: The 2nd CAFAM Future Exhibition (Beijing, 2015), Creating for the Future: Thinking about the Unthinkable (Berlin, 2015), Cosmos (Shanghai, 2014), 17ZWEI – A Public Art Project (Zurich, 2013). Apart from his career as an artist, he has also worked as a curator for the Zendai Museum of Modern Art and as an Artist-in- Residence in Zurich and Helsinki. He currently resides in Berlin.
Shi Zheng, born in 1990, graduated from China Academy of Art’s (CAA) Institute for Intermedia Art in 2014. As a Media Artist, he is fascinated by the synesthesia that can be created within the topography of virtual spaces. In his works, he mainly uses experimental music and video as well as audio-visual installations and on-the-scene performances.
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