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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See 6 Sep 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Aaajiao

b. 1984, China

Aaajiao, also known as Xu Wenkai, was born in 1984 in Xi'an, and later moved to Shanghai, where he continues to live and work. Aaajiao is one of China's foremost digital artists, bloggers and free culture developers. In 2003 he established the sound art website: cornersound.com, and in 2006 he founded the Chinese take on the blog we-make- money-not-art: We Need Money Not Art. He is devoted to Processing, an open source visual programming software, Dorkbot, a non-profit initiative for creative minds, and eventstructure, an interdisciplinary center for art, media technology and academic research based in Shanghai. In his works in general, Aaajiao focuses on the use of data and its various forms of display, and how meaning is understood through the process of transforming the movement from reality, to data, and back again. His most significant aesthetic contribution to new media in China is a social one, acting as a vector for the interpretation and communication of international and local trends in the usages of software in artistic practice.

Featured Artworks

icon 003 by Aaajiao contemporary artwork
Aaajiaoicon 003, 2018 Screen printing, chevron board, metal frame, acrylic paint
98 x 96 cm
AIKE
Water Measure—Petroleum by Aaajiao contemporary artwork
AaajiaoWater Measure—Petroleum, 2017 Antipodes glass bottles, BLK water, peristaltic pump structure, metal and acrylic accessories
50 x 20 x 12 cm
AIKE
Untitled—0 by Aaajiao contemporary artwork
AaajiaoUntitled—0, 2015 LCD screen, acrylic fittings
24 x 16 x 3.4 cm
AIKE
icon 005 by Aaajiao contemporary artwork
Aaajiaoicon 005, 2018 Screen printing, chevron board, metal frame, acrylic paint
89 x 70 cm
AIKE
bots by Aaajiao contemporary artwork
Aaajiaobots, 2017-2018 PVC inflatables
AIKE
I hate people but I love you by Aaajiao contemporary artwork
AaajiaoI hate people but I love you, 2017 Single channel video, colour, sound, 25'04"
AIKE
Lorem Ipsum by Aaajiao contemporary artwork
AaajiaoLorem Ipsum, 2017 single channel video, screen, cables duration: 20'05"
Metro Pictures
Candy Wrappers by Aaajiao contemporary artwork
AaajiaoCandy Wrappers, 2017 single channel video, color; screen, cables duration: 26'36"
Metro Pictures

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Singing the Body Electric at David Zwirner, Hong Kong
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11 July–10 August 2019 Group Exhibition Singing the Body Electric David Zwirner, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu at Lisson Gallery, London
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3 July–7 September 2019 Group Exhibition Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu Lisson Gallery, Lisson Street, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu at Lisson Gallery, London
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3 July–7 September 2019 Group Exhibition Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu Lisson Gallery, Bell Street, London

Represented By

In Ocula Magazine

Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu at Lisson Gallery, London Ocula Insight Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu at Lisson Gallery, London 23 August 2019

An afterimage is a false visual burned onto the eyes even after its source is no longer being viewed. Victor Wang, the curator of Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu (3 July–7 September 2019) at Lisson Gallery, London, borrows the term to describe one of the key accomplishments of contemporary art: the accommodation of work that is post-figurative, or 'after...

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China’s Post-Intranet Artists Get Personal Ocula Report China’s Post-Intranet Artists Get Personal 27 Apr 2019 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

China's post-80s artists are no longer all that 'young', nor do they much need that moniker. With the oldest of that generation fast approaching 40, to call them young would be misleading given how rapidly many of them rose to prominence during the tail-end of China's foreign collector-powered art boom and subsequent influx of domestic collectors....

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Howard Bilton, founder and chairman of the Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong Ocula Insight Howard Bilton, founder and chairman of the Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong 3 June 2016

Yorkshire-born businessman Howard Bilton is the founder and chairman of the Sovereign Art Foundation, established in Hong Kong in 2003. The Foundation focuses on both recognising the abundance of artistic talent in Asia and bringing the benefits of art therapy and education to underprivileged children.In both endeavours, the Foundation is...

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In Related Press

Overpop Related Press Overpop ArtAsiaPacific : 19 December 2016

With two years' worth of research and multiple studio visits by the Yuz Museum's founding director Budi Tek and his team, along with New York-based gallerist Jeffrey Deitch and Karen Smith, director of OCAT Xi'an contemporary art center in China—the exhibition Overpop developed into a cross-cultural exchange of artists who are seen as a new...

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Preview: Art Basel Miami Beach 2016 gallery highlights from Asia and Africa Related Press Preview: Art Basel Miami Beach 2016 gallery highlights from Asia and Africa Art Radar Journal : 1 December 2016

From 1 to 4 December 2016 galleries from around the world will converge on Art Basel Miami Beach. In Art Basel’s 15th edition in Miami Beach, there are an impressive 269 galleries expected from 29 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The art fair is proven to be a highlight of the art calendar, with almost all...

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'Remnants of an Electronic Past' - in conversation with Chinese new media artist aaajiao Related Press 'Remnants of an Electronic Past' - in conversation with Chinese new media artist aaajiao Art Radar Journal : 19 September 2016

aaajiao explores the fate of obsolete computer technology in the face of its relentless development, as part of a programme aimed at stimulating debate around the relationship between art and technology, as well as e-waste and its relation to climate change and the environment. Art Radar speaks with the artist about his work.As the City of...

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