The exhibition Growing will come to an end on June 30th (this Sunday). Growing will continue to be exhibited in ZHI ART MUSEUM from September 20, 2019 to January 5, 2020 in a larger scale.
March 21 – June 30, 2019
Chronus Art Center (CAC)
BLDG.18, No.50 Moganshan RD., Shanghai
Suzanne Anker, Eduardo Kac, LIANG Shaoji, Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr (The Tissue Culture & Art Project) with Devon Ward
Chronus Art Center (CAC), ZHI ART MUSEUM
11 am – 6 pm, Wednesday – Sunday
Admission: ¥ 20 (Free admission on Wednesday)
Chronus Art Center (CAC) is pleased to present the exhibition Growing, co-organized by CAC and ZHI ART MUSEUM. Growing features the works by four pioneering artists working at the intersection of living organism, synthetic biology and ecological activism.
Unassuming as it seems, Natural History of the Enigma - Edunia (Eduardo + petunia) by Eduardo Kac bore witness to the first blossom of human-plant crossbreeding. Suzanne Anker’s most recent work Immortal Cities conjugates specimens from the natural world and items from the industrialized domain cohabiting in a cityscape built with myriad petri-dishes. Titled Vessel of Care and Control, the SymbioticA artists once again stir up a contestation about the role of technical utility, insinuating a provocative perception of incubator both as a contraption of care/nurture and controlled life as well as a conceptual and biopolitical apparatus. Occupying an entire adjacent gallery, LIANG Shaoji presents a comprehensive body of work that encapsulates his long fascination with the life cycle of silkworms, in which a testimony of life unfolds in vivid progression.
Rather than a rhetoric signifier, the exhibition Growing compels the visitors with an experiential and visceral encounter with life forms of natural origin and of artificial inception, or from symbiotic habitat and transgenic hybridity as sources of becoming, thus problematizing the orthodox of Aristotelian taxonomy, soliciting a prospect that complicates the conception of homeostasis, metabolism and the umwelt as fundamental manifestation of life. Growing not only attests to such energetics as the impulse of nature, but also illuminates the act of growing as a technological force that extends the notion of nature to a new paradigm in which ecology without nature calls for another reality on the horizon.
Natural History of the Enigma, 2003/2008
Transgenic flower with artist's DNA in the red veins
Immortal Cities, 2018
270 petri dishes, air-dried food, cinnamon,agaric, ginger, ginseng, crystal sugar, traditional Chinese medicinal herbs,medical pills, lotus seed, rubber bands, black fungus, white fungus, pastelcrayon, screws, thread, seashell, eggs, metal clips and washers.
8 x 4 x 3’ (approx. 240 x 120 x 90 cm).
Petri dish: 3.75” (9.5 cm)
The Tissue Culture & Art Project (Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr) with Devon Ward
Vessels of Care and Control: The Compostcubator 4, 2016-now
Compost (wood chip and horse manure), metal frame andstairs, water, pump, custom-made incubator, living cells
Listen to the Silkworms / Nature Series No.96, 2006
Sound installation, living silkworms, mulberry leaves, microphone, earphones, recorder, baskets, stands
Time and Permanence, 1993 - 2018
Silk, barbed wires, cocoons.
400x77x65cm in 2 pieces
Time and Permanence Photographs
Broken Landscape, 2013
Heavy Clouds，2014 - 2018
Silk, wood, cocoons
85x180x45cm, 59x240x46cm, 90x445x85cm, 138x134x250cm
Can Chanchan (Silkworm Spinning), 2011
Edition of 3
8 , 2009
Edition of 10
Fluorescent cocoons, LED, plexiglass
Edition of 3
Thorny Womb, 2018
Silk, barbed wires, mirror, cocoons
Beds/Nature Series No.10, 2018
Charred copper, silk, cocoon
Established in 2013, Chronus Art Center (CAC) is China’s first nonprofit art organization dedicated to the presentation, research / creation and scholarship of media art. CAC with its exhibitions, residency oriented fellowships, lectures and workshop programs and through its archiving and publishing initiatives, creates a multifaceted and vibrant platform for the discourse, production and dissemination of media art in a global context. CAC is positioned to advance artistic innovation and cultural awareness by critically engaging with media technologies that are transforming and reshaping contemporary experiences.
Located at the foot of Chengdu’s Taoism Laojun Mountain in Southwest China, ZHI ART MUSEUM’s serene architecture brings to life the beauty and tranquility of Zen. An iconic work by renowned Japanese master architect, Kengo Kuma, the museum embodies the Eastern philosophy of “Learning from Nature.” With the use of water as key feature, and the exploration of natural materials throughout, the architecture organically integrates its surrounding elements harmoniously. The tranquil flow and soft movements surrounding the entirety of the museum allow for contemplation and evoke notions of eternity through its unity with nature.
ZHI ART MUSEUM focuses to explore global contemporary art and its qualities as a force of universality, in the context of the future, present and past of Eastern aesthetics. The meaning of ZHI is to be an open concept, always striving to move from the world of the known to the unknown, and from the finite to the infinite. Within these parameters ZHI ART MUSEUM’s aim is to explore the integration of human inspiration and technology within the multiple facets of art, while also building a groundbreaking in-depth contemporary art collection and an unparalleled exhibition program, that together will foster a vital contribution to the integrity and creativity of art and art history of the 21st century.
The museum’s core concept is based on the three principles of: Universality, Insight, and Innovation.
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Established in 2013, Chronus Art Center (CAC) is China’s first nonprofit art organization dedicated to the presentation, research / creation and scholarship of media art. CAC with its exhibitions, residency-oriented fellowships, lectures and workshop programs and through its archiving and publishing initiatives, creates a multifaceted and vibrant platform for the discourse, production and dissemination of media art in a global context. CAC is positioned to advance artistic innovation and cultural awareness by critically engaging with media technologies that are transforming and reshaping contemporary experiences.