Synthetic Times - Media Art China 2008

Organised by the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) of Beijing, "Synthetic Times - Media Art China 2008" is one of the major cultural exchange events that are taking place during the Olympic Games. The exhibition was conceptualized and artistically directed by Zhang Ga. V2_ curated the Dutch participants.

Synthetic Times - Media Art China 2008

Entrance NOX/Spuybroek and Van der Heide

Jun 2008
Jul 2008
location: National Art Museum of China, Beijing

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.

Entrance Pavilion


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.


Chico MacMurtrie

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.



Yves Netzhammer

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 leading role.


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