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Thing World
International Triennial of New Media Art 2014
Text by Yi Mei

 

 

 DC-motors, cotton balls, filler wires, cardboard boxes, and a power supply .Zimoun (Switzerland).2011

Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects. In an obsessive display of simple and functional materials, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. Carrying an emotional depth, the acoustic hum of natural phenomena in Zimoun’s minimalist constructions effortlessly reverberates.

Mechatronic Sculpture

By Jacob Tonski (USA).2012

Balance comes from within. It’s a delicate act and sometimes we fall down. A 170-year-old sofa balances precariously on one leg, continuously teetering, responding internally to external forces. A meditation on the nature of human relations and the things we build to support them. 

About 2,500 years ago, Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu (369- 286B.C.) proposed in his On the Equality of Things that despite great diversity, all things in the world including human character and feelings were the same and equal. Today, Western academia has begun discussing “decentering the human” and considering the equality of the world from the aspect of philosophy. The amazingly similar philosophical thoughts after historical transmigration are what “Thing World- International Triennial of New Media Art 2014” chooses to address.

On June 10, 2014, “Thing World- International Triennial of New Media Art 2014” opened at the National Art Museum of China, displaying 58 works of new media from 22 countries and introducing new developments in international media art to spectators.

Since ancient times, people have invariably sought to better know the world through the perception of things, hoping for a better understanding of themselves. To “look at things” requires both thought and vision. The way a “thing” is perceived crystallizes its essence while clarifying the minds of viewers. The theme of the exhibition intends to probe the essence of things from their appearances and arouse thinking about attributes of things as well as the meaning of life. The exhibition is comprised of three components: Monologue: Ding An Sich, Dialogue: Ding to Thing and Ensemble: Parliament of Things. These three sections multi-dimensionally demonstrate the relationship between diverse ecological conditions and multiple life forms, human and natural substances, and the relationship between all things.

 

 

 

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