International Triennial of New Media Art


June 24th, 2015





Richly illustrated and boasting an array of distinguished artists, scholars and curators, thingworld is the catalogue of the International Triennial of New Media Art held at the National Art Museum of China. From metal balls ascending in an uncanny anti-­gravitational movement to a Victorian sofa standing precariously à l’attitude; from miniature instruments which require a magnifying glass to peek at their elegance to monumental inflatables that entwine and elongate to permeate 5,000 square feet of gallery space; from murmuring tweets from the virtual void to billions of algorithmically generated configurations of a mere 24 cards depicting an 18th-century genre painting; the exhibition unfolds its three themes: Monologue: Ding An Sich; Dialogue: Ding to Thing; and Ensemble: Parliament of Things in a reciprocal interrelation. In celebration of thingworld, there emerges an opportunity to reinvigorate the impasse of cultural production that is contingent solely on the premise of a human subject through a much-­expanded field of operation; there will be a newfound world of discussions, concerns giving rise to new forms of artistic experimentation and new vocabularies of aesthetic manifestation that resonate with a vision of equity molded by a renewed political ecology, that is the "Equality of All Things".

Partner Institutions ZKM |Center for Art and Media, Germany V2_Institute for Unstable Media, The Netherlands MAAP, Media Art Asia Pacific, Australia Transmediale, Germany ZeroOne, The Art and Technology Network, USA Rhizome, USA Groupe Molior, Canada FACT, UK Haus-­‐ek, House of Electronic Arts, Switzerland Tsinghua University, China UCCA Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, China

Essay Contributors: Zhang Ga, Professor at Tsinghua University Art & Science Center MediaLAB; Associate Professor at Parsons the New School for Design and editor of Synthetic Times (MIT, 2009).Professor Graham Harman, the leading philosopher of object-oriented ontology. Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, artistic director of contemporary art exhibition dOCUMENTA (13), formerly chief curator of the Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea in Turin and, in 2008, also head of the Biennale of Sydney. Professor Timothy Morton, author of Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). Professor Sean Cubitt, editor in chief of Leonardo Books. Professor Wang Hui, a prominent Chinese public intellectual. Professor Mark B. N. Hansen, Professor of Literature at Duke University. List of Artists: Aaajiao, CN Keith Armstrong, AU & Lawrence English, AU Cécile Babiole, FR Ralf Baecker, DE Christopher Baker, US Rosa Barba, IT / DE Catherine Béchard, CA & Sabin Hudon, CA Julius von Bismarck, DE & Benjamin Maus, DE Rejane Cantoni, BR & Leonardo Crescenti, BR Chen Shaoxiong, CN U-Ram Choe, KR Revital Cohen, IL / UK & Tuur Van Balen, BE / UK Jessica de Boer, NL Noa Dolberg, IL Zoro Feigl, NL Ken Feingold, US Benjamin Gaulon, FR & Karl Klomp, NL & Tom Verbruggen, NL & Gijs Gieskes, NL Jean-Pierre Gauthier, CA Petra Gemeinboeck, AT / AU & Rob Saunders, UK / AU Michael Joaquin Grey, US Gustav Hellberg, SE Hu Jieming, CN Yunchul Kim, KR Pe Lang, CH Margareta Leki HR Marcos Lutyens, UK / US Chico MacMurtrie, US Lawrence Malstaf, NO / BE Wade Marynowsky, AU Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, US Ronald van der Meijs, NL Martin Messier, CA Erwin Redl, AT / US Carl-Johan Rosén, SE Adriana Salazar, CO Björn Schülke, DE Karolina Sobecka, US / PL Sasa Spa al, SI & Mirjan Svagelj, SI & Anil Podgornik, SI Wolfgang Staehle, DE / US & Jan Gerber, DE Thomson & Craighead, UK Jacob Tonski, US Jonathan Villeneuve, CA Silvio Vuji i, HR Wang Chung-Kun, TW Wang Yuyang, CN Gail Wight, US Wu Juehui, CN Yang Jian, CN Yang Zhenzhong, CN Pinar Yoldas, TR / DE Zhang Peili, CN Zimoun | CH

Author Information

Fan Di'an is Director of the National Art Museum of China. Zhang Ga is Professor at Tsinghua University Art & Science Center MediaLAB; Associate Professor at Parsons the New School for Design and editor of Synthetic Times (MIT, 2009).

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
List of Illustrations
1. Commercial, Diplomatic and Scientific Travellers
2 Passionate Pilgrims
3. Audubon and Catlin: Artists of the American Wilderness
4. Herman Melville: Redburn
5. Nathaniel Hawthorne, American Consul
6. Social Observers
7. African American Campaigners, Abolition and Evangelism
8. Lecturers and Reformers
9. The American Civil War
10. Overviews of the City and Public Events
Further Reading