Wednesday, June 27, 2007

In Beijing for the Olympics?


" During the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the National Art Museum of China will present “China International New Media Arts Exhibition 2008” in its current location at the center of Beijing. NAMOC is the only national art museum in China that is dedicated to research, presentation and promotion of modern and contemporary arts. “China International New Media Arts Exhibition 2008”, scheduled from June 20th to July 10th, will be one of the most important cultural events leading up to the Olympic Games in Beijing.

The exhibition will occupy approximately 4500 square meters (48000 square feet) of the museum gallery space and an additional outdoor area of ca. 3000 square meters (32000 square feet). The internationally recognized Dutch architecture firm NOX/Lars Spuybroek will architecturally transform the galleries in response to the nature of the works on display. A full-color catalogue will be co-published by NAMOC and the MIT Press to accompany the opening. An online forum dedicated to the discourse of the respective exhibition themes and beyond will be created prior to the opening of the event. A pre-Exhibition symposium will be held in New York City in collaboration with key international art and educational institutions. The forum and the subsequent symposia will be moderated by a group of distinguished scholars and media arts professionals. Selected discussion essays will be included in the catalogue. In addition, a number of special evening events during the opening days of the Exhibition are conceived to celebrate countries with significant contribution to the development of media art and culture.

China International New Media Arts Exhibition 2008 will showcase both established and emerging artists from around 27 countries, over 50 seminal and current media art works will be on view along with performances, workshops and symposia. The Exhibition is envisaged as a landmark art event in the history of contemporary Chinese cultural calendar with dedication to embrace the most innovative artistic production and theorization to date, aspiring to foster and advance new modes of thinking and novel ways of artistic engagement in an ever technologically immersed society and global cultural landscape."

- From the exhibition website.

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