Just found out about this new media art festival held in Beijing in September 2011. The artworks are interesting in that they explore different mediums and lie at the intersection of technology, art and science. Taken from the Creators Project:-
“Beijing has hosted many large scale new media art exhibitions this year, the most comprehensive of which opened this past Wednesday—the International Triennial of New Media Art, presented at the National Art Museum of China. This year’s exhibition explores the theme of “Translife,” addressing the deteriorating environment and other ecological issues.
As technology continues to pervade society more and more each day, art in Beijing now features plenty of new media styles. The Triennial showcases 53 works from 80 artists representing 23 countries, including a 13-piece “Weather Tunnel” section, which features a massive installation from our creator Ma Yansong and many works from the top students of the Chinese art academies. All of these works use new media methods to analyze many layers of possibilities in future life.”
1. Scale by localStyle and Malcolm MacIver
A biotech installation from localStyle (US-based artists Marlena Novak and Jay Alan Yim), in collaboration with bioengineer Malcolm MacIver. In this work, nocturnal electric fish from the Amazon River Basin are placed in individual arc aluminum tanks, where the fish’s electrical fields are interpreted as sound. The audience can stand in the middle of the arc, conducting the fish choir with custom-made software while simultaneously triggering the LED arrays under the tanks to produce real-time visual feedback.
2. Champs d’Ozone, Beijing by HeHe
Champs d’Ozone is located outside of the National Museum of China. It uses the analytical data that measures Beijing’s air quality, and translates those statistics into visuals and audio. While the view is visually stunning, it calls attention to the harsh cruelty of Beijing’s air pollution.
3. Knight of Infinite Resignation by Diane Landry
These 12 water-powered wheels reference the hours on the clock and the months of the year, and represent perpetual motion machines. In between the fluid boundaries of light and shadow, we can open our imagination to the perpetual energy of the universe.
4. Gravicell: Gravity and Resistance by Seiko Mikami and Sota Ichikawa
This interactive visual installation has a strong Oriental touch, as it allows the audience to experience Tai-Chi-like movements while stimulating a reaction between gravity, resistance and the visualization lines triggered by people’s motion. Gravicell shows a strong influence from minimal and fluid Japanese aesthetics.
5. Nomadic Plant by Gilberto Esparza
A documentary about a newly invented nomadic plant: a container filled with small automaton robot. In order to generate power for the the circuit, the plant moves toward water when its bacteria require nourishment. This invention was tested in a polluted river in Mexico.