Hive Center for Contemporary Art is honored to announce the large scale group exhibition Editing the Spectacle. Opening on October 17, 2015, this exhibition will utilize all five exhibition halls at the Hive Center to present works by seventeen increasingly mature and important young contemporary artists: Cai Dongdong, Cheng Ran, Gao Lei, Guo Hongwei, Hao Liang, Leng Guangmin, Li Liao, Li Ming, Li Shurui, Lin Ke, Liu Yue, Ni Youyu, Qian Jiahua, Taca Sui, Yang Xinguang, Zang Kunkun and Zhang Ding. This exhibition examines the multiple creative threads young Chinese artists have followed since the widespread adoption of conceptual art and new media. The exhibition will continue until November 16.
This exhibition focuses on artists’ individualized approaches to information, historical documents, virtual reality and the spectacle society. Mediatization refers to the experience of images and reality brought about by the internet and digital technology, and the machinations of artistic ideology behind it, as well as Chinese artists’ constant ruminations on Western concepts and techniques since the rise of Pop under the conditions created by this technology. In such artistic practices, “editing” can be seen as a basic methodology. It takes a stance that is at once immersed and aloof, following imaginary logic to draw out all manner of visual markers and link together heterogeneous elements within the fluid network of knowledge, through which artists can compose and transform individual texts, at once softening the identity of the creator and strengthening self-orientation within the art system and thus realizing social participation or interactivity.
This exhibition marks another collaboration between Hive Center and curator Zhu Zhu, following Fly Through the Troposphere: Memo of the New Generation Painting (2011) and Lightness: a Clue and Six Faces (2013), in our continuing effort to construct a local narrative for Chinese contemporary art.