Liu Chuang | “INFOTRMATION (Today)” @ Kunsthalle Basel
Antenna Space is pleased to announce that the artist Liu Chuang will participate in the exhibition INFOTRMATION (Today) at Kunsthalle Basel. The exhibition will open on June 25, 2021 and last until October 10, 2021.
Encrypted networks, digital currencies, artificial intelligence, data harvesting, algorithmic biases, sentient machines—all are products of twenty-first-century data-based capitalism. As a result, the proliferation of information, and data’s nebulous modes of circulating and being processed, fundamentally shape our existence now. INFORMATION (Today) is a group show featuring contemporary artists seeking to unravel this phenomenon.
Intended as a loose response to the iconic INFORMATION show at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, curated by Kynaston L. McShine in 1970, INFORMATION (Today) examines how contemporary artists deal with the relentless flow of information and data that inflects the present. MoMA’s exhibition was born from the late 1960s and early 1970s dawn of the “Information Age,” when advancements in new computing and communication technologies—and, with them, access to information—was suddenly on the rise. And, in the fifty years since, the ubiquity of access and connectivity has arguably lulled us into complacency with its flipside: ever more highly technologized forms of surveillance and the overexposure of our personal data. Exploring the myriad ways in which information signifies in our “post-truth” era, such a show seems more urgent than ever.
INFORMATION (Today) features a selection of international artists loosely culled from the two generations since 1970—which is to say, born after the original INFORMATION exhibition—for whom the processing and formalizing of data is among the central tenets of their work. The current exhibition presents a range of artistic positions, including recent work and new commissions in diverse media (from sculpture and painting, to video and performance, and from the undeniably material to the wholly immaterial), thus providing an overview of some of the most promising and challenging practices grappling with data, technology, and information today.
With Lawrence Abu Hamdan, American Artist, Alejandro Cesarco, Simon Denny, Marguerite Humeau, Zhana Ivanova, Tobias Kaspar, Gabriel Kuri, Liu Chuang, Ima-Abasi Okon, Laura Owens, Trevor Paglen, Sondra Perry, Cameron Rowland, Sung Tieu, and Nora Turato, curated by Elena Filipovic.
Liu Chuang, Bitcoin Mining and Field Recordings of Ethnic Minorities, 2018
6k (5760 x 1080), color, sound
Commissioned for ‘Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence’ with the support of the Mao Jihong Arts Foundation
Liu Chuang’s video installation constructs a speculative journey through the history of technology, infrastructure, ecology and finance, intertwining this with anthropological knowledges and science fiction’s global imaginary. During his field trips, the artist observed that a large number of bitcoin mining sites are located inside abandoned hydroelectric plants in the rural terrains of Western China, an area also home to many minority groups. Contextualising questions of capital investment within histories of science and popular culture, the work makes lateral epistemological connections and reminds us that the deployment of cutting-edge technology is dependent on ecological and minority intelligences. Liu also explores how developments in infrastructure and capital have rendered these intelligences fragile, underlining the related destinies of the particular and the planetary. (by Cosmopolis 2#, Centre Pompidou)作品信息Information