House of Electronic Arts Basel

A Social Intervention, Activism or Media Art Survey from China with Aaajiao, Chen Dongfan, Cheng Ran, Double Fly Group, Fang Wei, Zheng Yunhan.
Concept/Curator: Li Zhenhua

The new House of Electronic Arts Basel is the successor of [], Art & New Media (2000-2010), and the new home for Shift - Festival of Electronic Arts (est. 2007). It presents contemporary art and music that applies and addresses electronic media.

The Concept:
Has Man a Future? 1

After receive information on Egypt every 5 second through my SINA microblog. After read the article from Zizek comment on the wikileaks issues.

I am very much aware that we are into an information explosion era, which make me confused about true information and the truth.

This is the moment; we can test on the information tools such as twitter/ youtube/ facebook/ google earth and many other method of linking us together.

So the project is related to those social media, but not only online. The project shall give another aspect to what art will do with human body, and social intervention. This is a existence stretch of the reality today, we are alive and acting. And what could possibly bring us to the next unstable day? What the impact of the action would interfere with the ongoing art events? What is the challenge to treat the action into 2 parallel plots, one is the live scene, and another is the online information.
Be With Me, is a requirement and emotional human touch. A project focuses on the opposite side of the past and future, the traces and the happening. Be With Me, is a flash mop action, is a open port of communication, is a online gathering through social media, is a fast backward screening.

These all begin with the researches, since 2007 I am been interested in the new media education in China Academy of Fine Art, Hangzhou. And the social movement through public media in China. The turn made in 2009, when I start to focus on the history of new media art in the conceptual and practice manner, then I have curated the project “new media archaeology” in Shanghai. Till now me and LAB still focus on the shifting situation of the new media education, social media development, documentary film research, hope to get closer to where I come from. This is the moment to present the on going, emerging young Chinese artist’s work and practice, maybe it’s hopelessly powerless to change anything, but it’s better than doing nothing.

1/Has Man a Future?—Dialogues with the Last Confucian gives a chronological account of the conversations in 1980 between Liang Shuming, one of the early representatives of modern Neo-Confucianism, and Guy S. Alitto, renowned American Sinologist and translator of the book. In these conversations, they discussed the cultural characteristics of Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, and their representative figures, and reviewed the important activities of Mr. Liang’s life, e.g., teaching at Peking University, engaging into the Rural Reconstruction Movement, founding the China Democratic League, etc., along with Liang’s reflection on his contact with many famous people in the cultural and political realms – Li Dazhao, Chen Duxiu, Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Chiang Kai-shek, Kang Youwei, Hu Shi, to name but a few. Rich in content, these conversations serve as important reference materials for understanding and studying Mr. Liang Shuming’s thought and activities as well as the social and historical events of modern China. This English version, upon its coming out, has aroused much interest home and abroad. Francesco Sisci, the Asia editor of La Stampa published a review “Deeper Unity Lurks in Confucian Embrace” on Asia Times, in which he argued that respect and tolerance, and the “emotional basis” embraced in Chinese tradition, will bring to the West what it may need now.