Beijing

HeHe (Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen), Nuage Vert, Ivry, 2010, video documentation of site-specific projection.

HeHe (Helen Evans and Heiko Hansen), Nuage Vert, Ivry, 2010, video documentation of site-specific projection.

Beijing

Namoc International Media Art Triennial 2011

National Art Museum of China 中国美术馆
1 Wusi Dajie East District
July 21–August 21, 2011

Curated by Zhang Ga

Ever since Jiang Zemin’s “Theory of the Three Represents” enshrined the pursuit of “advanced culture” as official dogma back in 2002, Chinese authorities have had a thing for media art. What could be more culturally advanced, after all, than high art made with new machines? In 2008, NAMOC’s “Synthetic Times” exhibition offered a sweeping survey of the genre to accompany the Beijing Olympics; three years on, museum director Fan Di’an and his New York–trained media art guru Zhang Ga are still at it, launching (what else?) a triennial of new-media art whose inaugural installment, titled “Translife,” will present some forty-odd projects. While the exhibtion will no doubt adhere closely to domestic political orthodoxy, its major mandate—to look at “symbiotic life forms” as a way “to interrogate an anthropocentric modernity”—may well defy Western ideas about life and its origins.