Synthetic Times includes installations by Dutch artists Edwin van der
Heide, Marnix de Nijs, Mateusz Herczka and Blendid (collective). The
internationally renowned Dutch architectural firm NOX/Lars Spuybroek is
responsible for the overall layout and design of the exhibition. The
international character of the exhibition offers a new generation of
Chinese artists the opportunity to introduce themselves to the
international art world and it paves the way for possible future
exchange programs. Equally important, the world now gets an opportunity
to learn about a side of contemporary Chinese art that has hardly been
shown until now.
NAMOC will exhibit work from established names as well as from artists who are not yet widely known. All in all, over fifty installations from thirty countries will be on display, all applying new media. Parallel to the exhibition there will be workshops, presentations and debates. This exhibition forms the current high point of many years of collaboration between Tsinghua University and V2_. Over the years, V2_ has organized many exhibitions and symposiums in both Europe and Asia, focusing on collaboration and exchange with young Chinese artists, curators and organizations.
Kick off at the MoMA, New York
The "kick off" for Synthetic Times - Media Art China 2008 takes place on 14 and 15 April with a two-day symposium at the MoMA in New York. The main speakers at the symposium are Fan Di'an, director of NAMOC, and Alex Adriaansens, director of V2_.
The Dutch contribution to this exhibition is made possible in part by the Mondrian Foundation, The Netherlands China Arts Foundation and the Dutch Embassy in Beijing. The presentation of Mateusz Herczka's work is made possible in part by the MEIAC Museum of Sevilla. The presentation at MoMA is supported by the Dutch consulate in New York.
Over the past four
years, in partnership with Beijing's Tsinghua University and in
collaboration with the artist and curator Zhang Ga, V2_ has presented
exhibitions, symposiums and workshops that have formed a run-up to
Synthetic Times. These projects have been an important step in
involving Chinese artists and institutions more closely in the
international discourse and developments around art, technology and
society. Synthetic Times, which drew 100,000 visitors, featured work by emerging young artists
alongside that of internationally established names. Featuring 40 artists from 23 countries, five from the
Netherlands with Marnix de Nijs, Edwin van der Heide,
Mateusz Herczka and Blendid. The Rotterdam architectural firm
NOX/Spuybroek created the surprising exhibition design and gave the
traditionally Chinese-looking building a spectacular entrance, which incorporated Edwin der Heide's installation. Workshops,
debates and presentations took place at different universities and art
institutions. At these, the exhibition's four themes were explored, and
artists presented their work and its themes. Synthetic Times served a
politically significant function in helping to develop an open and
internationally oriented exchange in which art and culture play a
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