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 Manchester celebrates its position as European City of Science 2016, the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) in Manchester recently launched a programme of events that explore the boundaries between art and science. The first exhibition is Shanghai-based new media artist aaajiao’s Remnants of an Electronic Past, running until 9 October 2016, which delves into what happens to obsolete computer software as technology moves forward at a fast pace. aaajiao reproduces sculptural elements referencing computers to represent a “digital graveyard”, and prompts an unusual yet poignant question of our times:
where does software go to die?