[Jun 15 – Sep 2] Xu Wenkai: Cloud.data 2010

In this installation at Governors Island’s St. Cornelius Chapel, Cloud.data simulates a small region of a dark sky, but in the other way this matrix is able to contain a boundless 3-dimension sky of a digital reality. Clouds generated by the artist’s computing language are seen flying over the screens… So how do we feel the textile dimension, the color, or even temperature…of a virtual object? Apparently, we very much rely on the knowledge understanding of the technology application, but maybe in the not far future, a sixth sense will finally be stimulated in human body to deal with the cyber reality. XU Wenkai aka Aaajiao is one of the artists featured in Lost in the Labyrinth: Sound Art in China curated by Xiaoying Juliette YUAN. This event is part of 2013 New York Electronic Art Festival.

[Jun 15 – Sep 2] Xu Wenkai: Cloud.data 2010

Cloud.data. 2010. iPhone/iPad app, 58x29cm, acrylic iPad, sound. Courtesy the artist © 2010 XU Wenkai aka Aaajiao. Interactive iPhone/iPad installation Jun 15 – Sep 2, 2013

Every Saturday & Sunday, Jun 15 through Sep 2 (noon to 6pm)
St Cornelius Chapel
Governors Island – http://govisland.com/html/visit/directions.shtml
[see map below]

Technical support: SHEN Jiuji
Computer graphics, video editing: Aaajiao, LIU Xiaoguang
Sound: nara

Cloud.data simulates a small region of a dark sky, but in the other way this matrix is able to contain a boundless 3-dimension sky of a digital reality. Clouds generated by the artist’s computing language are seen flying over the screens… So how do we feel the textile dimension, the color, or even temperature…of a virtual object? Apparently, we very much rely on the knowledge understanding of the technology application, but maybe in the not far future, a sixth sense will finally be stimulated in human body to deal with the cyber reality. Cloud.data iPhone / iPad app is available on the Apple Store.

XU Wenkai aka Aaajiao (Shanghai)

Aaajiao (XU Wenkai) was born in 1984 in Xi’an, and later moved to Shanghai, where he continues to live and work. Aaajiao is one of China’s foremost digital artists, bloggers and free culture developers. In 2003 he established the sound art website: cornersound.com, and in 2006 he founded the Chinese take on the blog we-make- money-not-art: We Need Money Not Art. He is devoted to Processing, an open source visual programming software, Dorkbot, a non-profit initiative for creative minds, and eventstructure, an interdisciplinary center for art, media technology and academic research based in Shanghai. In his works in general, Aaajiao focuses on the use of data and its various forms of display, and how meaning is understood through the process of transforming the movement from reality, to data, and back again. His most significant aesthetic contribution to new media in China is a social one, acting as a vector for the interpretation and communication of international and local trends in the usages of software in artistic practice. http://www.eventstructure.com/

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

Placebo Nov 2011 Shanghai
Cybernetics Sep 2010 Shanghai

Group Exhibitions

2013
SHANGHAI SURPRISE – A GROUP SHOW ON CONTEMPORARY ART IN SHANGHAI Shanghai, chi K11 art space

2012
Sep 2012 ART DIALOGUE CITY – 2ND EDITION N-MINUTES VIDEO ART FESTIVAL Shanghai
Sep 2012 Solar Plexus London, Space Station Sixty Five
Jun 2012 Whatever You Want – New Media Art Show Beijing
Jun 2012 Solar Plexus Shanghai, V Arts Centre
May 2012 OVERLOOK Shanghai, Magda Danysz Galler

2011
Dec 2011 “One World” Exposition – Chinese Art in the Age of the New Media Hongkong, Videotage
Aug 2011 Augmented Senses – A China-France Media Art Exhibition Shenzhen, The Oct Art&Design Gallery
Jun 2011 TransLife: Media Art China 2011 – International Triennial of New Media Art Beijing, The National Art Museum of China
Jun 2011 Augmented Senses – A China-France Media Art Exhibition Shanghai, The OCT SUHE CREEK GALLERY
Jun 2011 Be With Me, Basel Liste 16
Apr 2011 +Follow Shanghai, Museum of Contemporary Art
Apr 2011 From Interaction to Micro-Sociology: The Dual Thread of Media Intervention into Art in The Netherlands and China Beijing, Art ISSUE Projects /
Mar 2011 Words and Dreams Shanghai,18 Gallery

2010
Sep 2010 Resonance Shanghai,18 Gallery
Sep 2010 Creators Project Beijing,798
Sep 2010 a world which is being built! Shanghai, V Arts Centrer
Feb 2010 Transmediale Berlin

2009
Dec 2009 Sweet Future Shanghai
Nov 2009 Fantastic Illusions – Media Art Exhibition of Chinese and Belgian Artists Belgium, Shanghai
Sep 2009 New Media Archaeology Shanghai, DDM
Apr 2009 Art Beijing 2009 Thematic Exhibition- Art Unforbidden Beijing

2008
Oct 2008 Shift Festival Switzerland
Oct 2008 eArts Festival Shanghai
Sep 2008 Virtual City (New Power – China Contemporary Art Biennale 2008)
June 2008 Synthetic Times Public Education Project Beijing
July 2008 Mini Summit on New Media Arts Policy & Practice Singapore
Apr 2008 SEWN Segment Space Shanghai

2007
Nov 2007 Microwave Internationl Media Art Festival Hongkong
Nov 2007 Long March Beijing
Oct 2007 eArts Festival Shanghai
Oct 2007 SEWN Segment Space Beijing
Aug 2007 Lange Nacht Beijing
Aug 2007 Getitlouder Beijing
Jul 2007 Zhangjiang science, technology and culture festival Shanghai
Jun 2007 THE MOBILE LAB Borderline Festival Beijing
May 2007 CIGE multi media arts international lab forum Beijing
May 2007 Sustainable Imagination Beijing, Arario Gallery
Apr 2007 Deaf07 Netherlands

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