The inaugural Beijing Art and Technology Biennale (BATB) will be held at 798CUBE from September 22, 2022 to January 31, 2023. With its theme Synthetic Ecology, this inaugural edition will be directed by Xiewei Song and Hera Lee, and curated by Xiaowen Chen and Naiyi Wang.
Ecological degradation, global warming, climate change, and the limits to growth...these consequences tell us that the earth is not an entity that can be idly subject to human whims. In the age of accelerationism, a time of continuous technological development and expanding self-
The earth is an ecosystem, of which we are entangled in overlapping ecologies of nature, society, and spirit. The paradigm of the Enlightenment has obscured ecology to allow us to believe that it is supposedly untouched and undeveloped; abandoned of all references to actual nature. This is what British philosopher and ecologist Timothy Morton calls “yperobjects”or “cology without Nature.”The loss of the natural dimension of ecology has given rise to a special way of thinking, allowing us overhaul opposing concepts in dualism (culture/nature, subject/object, human/non-
This first edition of the Beijing Art and Technology Biennale (BATB), titled Synthetic Ecology, aims to explore the entanglement of life in symbiontics. As a metaphor, “ynthetic”probes the possibilities of reconfiguring nature by examining the post-
The emergence of new technologies in the present time has led to a new ecological view of “yper-
Rosi Braidotti describes the post-
Since the time of stardust, evolution has never disconnected “human”and “non-
The BATB takes the form of a constellation of exhibitions and initiatives, and brings together 50 renowned artists, scientists and ecologists from all over the world to respond to the salient symptoms of our “ntangled era,”where calamity and vitality are contemporaneous phenomena. The Biennale will feature the China-
Together with the thematic exhibition, the Biennale launches the special project Climate Care, to be among the first initiatives in China dedicated to exploring the convergence of art, technology and climate change, while seeking to evoke action on the climate crisis in all its facets. Since its inception, the Climate Care initiative has continued to promote innovative movements, launching Climate Clock #ActInTimeChina, the Climate Declaration series, with the Climate Negotiation program coming during the 27th UN Climate Conference (COP27) from November 6–18, 2022. The newly commissioned projects from Carla Chan and Entangled Others (Sofia Crespo and Feileacan McCormick) will be launched alongside the initiative. Furthermore, Climate Care seeks to bring together Web3 and blockchain technology to build the Climate DAO, opening up new pathways for climate action.
Participating Artists : Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Anna Dumitriu & Alex May, Carla Chan, Entangled Others (Sofia Crespo and Feileacan McCormick), Xiang Jing, Neri Oxman and The Mediated Matter Group, Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr, Patricia Piccinini, Ralf Baecker, Rasa Smite & Raitis Smits, Rimini Protokoll, Liang Shaoji, Sophie Falkeis, Špela Petrič, Susan Schuppli, Suzanne Anker, Terike Haapoja, Terra0, Ursula Biemann, Art of Bio Machine, Climate Clock
Exhibition 22 September 2022 -
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