Lecture and Dialogue: Biological Variation and Art Practice
Jan 25, 2014 Saturday 18:00 - 21:00
2F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road)
Wikipedia defines Bio Art as an art practice where humans work with live tissues, bacteria, living organisms, and life processes. The artworks are produced in laboratories, galleries, or artists' studios. Biological interventions of Art have more visibility in our daily life as a result of constantly advancing science and technology. The lecture presented by Pingjie, the curator who has written numerous essays about BioArt will start from three topics：“The origin and development of Bio Art”、“Li Shan’s Bio Art experiment”、“the future society of Bio Art”. In the dialogue afterwards, the artists Li Shan and Vivian Xu will elaborate on the knowledge extension brought about by the new discoveries in Bio Art and their implications for our perceptive universe, along with the impact and revolution that Bio Art causes now and in the future for the social sciences and society at large.
Lecture: Biological Variation and Art Practice (18:00-19:30)
Dialogue: Bio, Art and Media (19:30-21:00)
A critic and curator based in Shanghai and New York, Pingjie published the first article about bio-art in China, “Variety: A Topic of Art in the Biological Century” (Art China, 2002). He also curated Li Shan’s solo exhibition at Chambers Fine Art, in New York, and published READING – A Study of Li Shan’s Works in 2006. He is the senior researcher in film and visual art of REC Foundation, a researcher of Himalayas Art Museum, a guest professor of New Media Art in Tongji University.
An artist based in Shanghai, Li Shan’s works were invited to take part in the 45th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale — “Cardinal Points of the Arts”, Venice, Italy (1993), and “Li Shan”, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai (2007). Co-drafted the Bio-Art Manifesto with the critic Zhang Pingjie (2008).
An artist based in Shanghai, Vivian Xu co-founded a community lab, dogma openLAB, with Prof. Benjamin Bacon from Parsons the New School for Design in New York City. The lab is dedicated to providing public access to a platform that integrates design research with computation, biology and new production technologies.
Free admission, reservation is required.