TNAF ’20’21

This edition will have a special focus on China’s post-contemporary art.

We will present artworks from Chinese artists born after 1980. The majority of these artists come from four crucial artistic environments in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Hong Kong.

GenY deals substantially with information, cognitive issues at large, and technology. Interdisciplinary projects related to urgent matters like climate change, ecology, or big data are some of the issues at stake in this show.

So-called contemporary art is a paradigm that originated in the twentieth century. It is a bit old now. Knowledge-intensive based art is gradually taking the lead, namely on our smartphones, our smart streets, and our smart cities.

Project by Jiayu Liu
Presented by Li Yuchun : one of China’s most popular singers, the “Wet Market” is hailed as a crossover art experiment. It provides a challenging space, as well as an opportunity for everyone to come and explore what makes up the popular culture — an expression of shared beliefs and values — in our daily life.

One of the sections of this festival—Maker Art—was dedicated to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Robert B. Lisek. Viral Capital, 2019-2020
Extensible model of data > Environment > Viruses > Synthesis (sound, light and bio-synthesis)> Limits of Computability> Space> General research >

CAPITAL from Robert B. Lisek on Vimeo.

The aim of the project was to build a multidimensional object comprising of my DNA code [collected from saliva] and codes of chosen viruses [Lloviu virus, Poliovirus, Marburg virus and Ebola virus]. A class of objects which are non-human came into existence, [they have features that enable perpetual conversion/transformation and unlimited replication and distribution [immortality].

Another problem the project deals with is the analysis of ways of making the codes of life accessible and their place in the capital exchange. It is known, that this field is more and more appropriated by Big Pharma, which attempts to patent new codes and to gain profits out of it. In our understanding, there exist situations, where life should not be available for sale, made accessible as trade codes. It is an attempt of creating a new class of non-human codes making them accessible free of charge, which causes a decentration in this system of capital exchange.

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