Topologies of the Real Techne Shenzhen 2023
Updated: Aug 18
Museum of Contemporary Art / Urban Planning, Shenzhen
Judith Barry exhibited work: Model for Stage and Screen
Exhibition: Topologies of the Real, Techne Shenzhen 2023
Museum: Techne Shenzhen Museum of Contemporary Art / Urban Planning
Place: Shenzhen, China
Dates: May 3–July 23, 2023
Topologies of the Real is conceived as a three-part exhibition under the rubrics of Reality Interrupted, The Return of the Real, and Multiverse: Ecology without Nature. The exhibition examines the trajectories of how artistic imagination has challenged and redefined the notion of reality under the technological construct of space/time manifestly accelerated since the mid-twentieth century, and how such artistic endeavors have brought to light the political, economic, and cultural conundrums and creative potentialities implicated by a flattened and instantaneous digital contemporary.
The exhibition includes over 120 works by more than 130 artists from the late nineteenth century to the present: from the early experimentalists and pioneering visionaries of modern art to seminal figures and emerging voices in contemporary art, unfolding the dynamically evolving Topologies of the Real in an attempt to grapple with the fundamental exigency of the notion of being in the digital now. This exhibition is the first major undertaking in mainland China that showcases current media art installations in relation to the history of art and technology.
For many of the works, it will mark their first appearance in a Chinese museum.
Artists include Jean Tinguely, Hans Haacke, Shigeko Kubota, Bruce Nauman, Wolf Vostel, Judith Barry, Zhang Peili, Carsten Nicolai, John Gerrad, Jenny Holzer, Pierre Huyghe, Trevor Paglen, Beryl Korot, Eduardo Kac, Ian Cheng, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Gretchen Bender among many others.
Curated by ZHANG Ga
Director, CAFA Center for Art & Technology (CAFACAT)
China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA)