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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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'Remnants of an Electronic Past' - in conversation with Chinese new media artist aaajiao

Marianna Tsionki Art Radar Journal First published on 16 September 2016
aaajiao, Remnants of an Electronic Past, 2016, Exhibition view at CFCCA, Manchester. Photo: Constantin Brosteanu. Image courtesy CFCCA, Manchester.

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?

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