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2009 Shanghai eArts Festival

Shanghai eArts Festival 2009 will open from 10th September 2009. It presents three projects: “eARTS BEYOND – Shanghai International Gallery Exhibition of Media Art”, “Fantastic Illusions – Media Art Exhibition of Chinese and Belgian Artists” and “New Media Archaeology – Research Project”. The festival theme “System Updating” reviews the history of the development of new media art by selecting and exhibiting important documentation from representative media art institutions, highlighting the activities and achievements of new media art practice. During the festival, Director of FACT Mike Stubbs (UK) will attend Media Archaeology forum and seminar to contribute his idea to this event while British artist Gina Gzarnecki will present three video then.

Mike Stubbs

Mike Stubbs, who has been appointed as Director of FACT, is currently Head of Exhibitions at the world leading and state of the art Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI).Mike joined ACMI in 2003 and has contributed to positioning the venue as one of the world’s leading moving image centres. He has driven a hugely successful programme of major exhibitions, including:

  • Proof: The act of seeing with one’s own eyes (2004-05)
  • White Noise (2005) – award-winning and acclaimed contemporary art exhibition
  • 2006 Contemporary Commonwealth – the centrepiece of Melbourne’s 2006 cultural programme for the Commonwealth Games
  • Stanley Kubrick: Inside the mind of a visionary filmmaker (2006)
  • TV 50 (2006) – celebrating 50 years of Australian TV
  • Eyes, Lies and Illusions – (2006-07)

Gina Czarnecki

Gina Czarnecki is a British artist whose work crosses multiple genres and platforms. Developed in collaboration with biotechnologists, computer programmers, dancers and sound artists, Czarnecki's films and installations are informed by human relationships to image, disease, evolution, genetic research, and by advanced technologies of image production. Through editing sound and image at a micro–level, using bespoke effects and processes, the artist constructs vivid, highly aesthetic spaces. Her work engages the viewer through its scale, beauty and occasionally through interactive technologies.

Introduction – 2009 Shanghai eArts Festival

At the contemporary age when the art and culture develop steadily, the combination with electronic elements in the way arts present has become an inexorable trend without doubts. The continuously developing eARTS is not only a banquet of arts-popularized, but also a discussion and hit between art and creative industry. EARTS is born in October 2007, and it plays a role as an event organizer since it was established. EARTS makes efforts in grasping the trend that art is converting in the way from form to language, combining the research of new media’s vitality with the cultural activity’s virtuous circle. Today, eARTS is gradually changing into multi-value platform, keeping its commonweal character, and expanding to the e-arts relevant industries.

It presents three projects: “eARTS BEYOND – Shanghai International Gallery Exhibition of Media Art”, “Fantastic Illusions – Media Art Exhibition of Chinese and Belgian Artists” and “New Media Archaeology – Research Project”. The festival theme “System Updating” reviews the history of the development of new media art by selecting and exhibiting important documentation from representative media art institutions, highlighting the activities and achievements of new media art practice, including the fields of professional/public education, museum exhibitions, the construction and development of archives, as well as the fields of urban development and individual video documentations that operate within a wider public sphere. These two parallel approaches cover multiple dimensions of new media art and its connection to society, and form the basis for a series of lectures, conferences, and exhibitions.  Shanghai eArts Festival 2009 aims to provide a comprehensive and intellectual model of new media art practice through reviews, exchange, discussion, and display. Simultaneously, the complex cross-breeding of knowledge, information, resources, and distribution systems will be analyzed,reflecting inherent challenges within the system and creating the possibility for a system update.

In addition, the theme “System Updating” also provides a glimpse into the new direction that Shanghai eARTS is taking to pursue sustainable future development. Shanghai eARTS has upgraded its technical infrastructure and is advancing as a highly competitive organization with more comprehensive new media art programs planned after this year’s festival.

New Media Archaeology – Research Project
10 - 12 September, 2009
(The Archive Display will be on view through 11 October 2009)
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Project Concept / Planning: Li Zhenhua | Alex Adriaansens
Consulting Director: Zhou Yingzi

eARTS BEYOND - Shanghai International Gallery Exhibition of Media Art
11 - 20 September 2009
Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower | Shanghai Exhibition Center (SH Contemporary)
Artistic Director: Zhang Ga
Producer: Li Zhenhua

Fantastic Illusions – Media Art Exhibition of Chinese and Belgian Artists
13 September – 11 October 2009  MOCA Shanghai
14 November 2009–7 February 2010  Arts Centre Buda Kortrijk (Belgium)
Artist Director: Christophe de Jaeger |
Co-Curators: Christophe De Jaeger | Art Yan |

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