MARTA DE MENEZES – QUASI NATURE – Exhibition in Beijing – 22nd March | 16th of June 2019

Curatorial Text:

Latour’s narrative of quasi-objects is intended to break the binary opposition between subject and object, society and nature, to deviate from anthropocentrism, to transcend the boundaries between species, and to place humans. In the right place with everything. The “Biological Art” movement that emerged around 2000 is very much in line with this concept and is devoted to exploring the blending of boundaries between life, species, nature and other concepts. This exhibition will feature “bio-art” as the main thread. The first part will showcase classic works in the history of biological art, explore bioethics, technical boundaries, self-awareness, etc. The second part will showcase micro-organisms, plant themes, and reflect on humans and How do other species get along with each other in the present; the third part, “Laboratory as a Surprise Generator”, investigates a famous laboratory with “Artist Residents” around the world, asking to ask whether the current artist’s creation can transcend studios and public spaces. Entering other professional fields, such as technology laboratories, will create another paradigm shift? This is also instructive for the development of biological art and even science and technology in China.

Jo Wei

In 2018, Wei Ying, a Chinese outstanding young curator, won the second Hyundai Blue Prize “Creativity” award for his exhibition. The exhibition revolves around the award-winning theme “Future Humanity”, which will present a thought-provoking and far-reaching international topic to the audience. The exhibition coincides with the vision of modern cars, and presents and discusses the biology and the earth, society and the environment, existence and extinction from a global perspective. At the same time, it also predicts the possibilities of combining art and technology in the future.

Wei Ying graduated from Fudan University in Shanghai in early years with a master’s degree in biology. She has participated in the preparatory work of the Yu Deyao Art Museum and assisted in the planning of its opening exhibition “The Heaven and Man”. Her recent projects include “The Emergence of Resistance: The Eye of the Image” (2016, Taikang Space, Beijing), “When Forms Don’t Become Attitudes – The Meeting of Biology and Contemporary Art” (2016, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing), etc., and continued to serve as the executive/unit curator of the first Beijing Media Art Biennale “Technical Ethics” and the second Beijing Media Art Biennale “Post Life”. She recently planned and participated in several lectures and workshops involving bio-art, artificial intelligence and eco-art.

Hyundai Motor is committed to breaking down barriers in various disciplines of modern society, strengthening exchanges and cooperation between the various “borders”, and inspiring creative thinking and inspiration. We are on the verge of a new era. In the contemporary era, “Biology Art” is a brand new cross-border concept and art field. These considerations for the future pioneers are not based on utilitarianism, and more consideration of their philosophies and thought-provoking Concept. As a professional and high-quality comprehensive cultural platform, Hyundai Motor Culture Center is leading the way to find more possibilities for cross-border integration. Through the cross-border integration of art and technology, more people can experience the modern car “to join hands in creating a better future”. The grand vision and strength of practice.


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