UCCA presents "Immaterial/Re-material: A Brief History of Computing Art" featuring works by 29 artists and duos


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From September 26, 2020 to January 17, 2021, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art presents “Immaterial/Re-material: A Brief History of Computing Art,” a wide-ranging overview of the evolution of computing art from the 1960s to the present, exploring topics that span from machine-learning aesthetics to digital objecthood and technological discontent. It is originally planned as the first major show of UCCA in 2020, half a year later it will be presented in a form enriched by additional planning.⁣

Curator Jerome Neutres, in collaboration with UCCA curator Ara Qiu, brings together works by 29 artists and duos, from early pioneers of computing art to leading digital practitioners, as well as emerging Chinese artists. The show pays tribute to Jean-François Lyotard’s groundbreaking 1985 exhibition “Les Immatériaux,” which conceived of a new mode of materiality that echoed advancements in telecommunications technology. By exploring the broad possibilities of computing art and the philosophies underpinning it, “Immaterial/Re-material” aims to write a new chapter in the history of this medium, approaching it as not simply as a new media form, but as an entire artistic language. The exhibition is made possible through technological support from lead AI partner Baidu, and major organizational and lending support from Fondation Guy & Myriam Ullens.⁣

About the exhibition

Dates: 2020.9.26 - 2021.1.17

Venue: Great Hall, UCCA

Courtesy of UCCA, for further information please visit https://ucca.org.cn/en.