We=Link: Ten Easy Pieces - A Special Online Exhibition

Chronus Art Center presents an online exhibition that will open on March 30, 2020. 'Screentime' by Helmut Smits, developed at V2_, is part of it.

Mar 2020
May 2020
01:00 to 23:55

This event is archived at we-link.chronusartcenter.org/teneasypieces/

Artists, curators & credits

aaajiao, Tega Brain & Sam Lavigne, JODI, YE Funa, Slime Engine, LI Weiyi, Yangachi, Evan Roth and Helmut SmitsRaphaël Bastide


Organized by Chronus Art Center and Co-commissioned by Chronus Art Center (Shanghai), Art Center Nabi (Seoul), Rhizome of the New Museum (New York)

This online exhibition will also be presented as a project of First Look: New Art Online, a New Museum online program and archived at arteca.mit.edu provided by Leonardo.

Co-hosting Institutions

Chronus Art Center (Shanghai), Art Center Nabi (Seoul), Rhizome of the New Museum (New York), V2_Lab for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam), Eyebeam (New York), MU (Eindhoven), Leonardo/ISAST, SETI Institute (Mountain View), LABORATORIA Art & Science Foundation (Moscow), HeK (Basel), Arts at CERN (Geneva) E-flux (New York)

We=Link: Nine Easy Pieces, Et cetera

Chronus Art Center (CAC) is pleased to announce the presentation of a special online exhibition “We=Link: Ten Easy Pieces,” featuring new commissions by the artists aaajiao, Tega Brain & Sam Lavigne, JODI, LI Weiyi, Slime Engine and YE Funa in conjunction with works by Evan Roth, Helmut Smits, Yangachi and Raphaël Bastide. The exhibition was made possible through the generous support of Art Center Nabi (Seoul); Rhizome of the New Museum (New York); and the concerted efforts by 12 institutions around the world. The exhibition is available online starting on 30 March 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak rapidly raging throughout the world, we are experiencing an unprecedented historical moment, and social and economic routines have been interrupted, including cultural programming. More than ever, art remains an essential force to galvanize and rejuvenate. In lieu of a physical exhibition restrained by the lockdown, Chronus Art Center sent out an open call to the international media art community in early February to initiate a special online exhibition as a response to the current uncertainty and a time of anxiety. The proposal has since received committed responses from the international community.

Titled “We=Link: Ten Easy Pieces,” alluding to the American actor Jack Nicholson’s iconic movie Five Easy Pieces with a subtle twist on WeChat, the popular Chinese social media platform, it will be exhibited online in collaboration with a network of other hosting institutions. The works presented in this exhibition are network native, exploring the potential of mobile technologies, particularly with a creative and critical appropriation of various social media platforms. In conjunction with this online exhibition, CAC also aims to use this opportunity to recapitulate the importance of net art practice, which was crucial in contributing to early discourse on internet culture and constitutive during the formative years of new media art as a genre, continuing to play a vital role in shaping the dynamics of an ever more pervasively networked society.

The title “We=Link: Ten Easy Pieces” denotes a community of solidarity as a network of empowerment. The reference to Five Easy Pieces prompts an evocation of an implicit existential anxiety, a sense of estrangement and soul finding: Ten Uneasy Pieces indeed. On the other hand, the title “We=Link" elicits a silver lining—a streak of hope to carry on.

Rather than an explicit outcry against the current public health crisis, this online project addresses a general state of humanity that is under pressing peril of natural and social disruptions and precariousness, demonstratively manifested in the coronavirus outbreak, which is partially the cause of the magnitude of the virus itself and partially beholden to a failure of governance.

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