Beijing Media Arts Biennale 2018

 Jiefu Zheng

On September 5, 2018, the 2nd Beijing Media Art Biennale (BMAB) is to return on schedule. If the topic Ethics of Technology last year discussed what we should contemplate and introspect at the epistemological level under the pressing and disturbing mystery of New Theology of Technology, the theme of Post-Life covered in the Biennial this year will explore not only at the epistemological level but also discuss whether we, as post-life, when prompted by new technology to revalue the relationship between ourselves and other species. Do we have the courage to decentralize ourselves?

As another section in BMAB 2018—the “Art and Technology” Lab Space, which aims to build a platform where artistic creation and cutting-edge Science and Technology Studies can exchange ideas and cooperate. It is also set to introduce research topics and practices by interdisciplinary research laboratories across the world that related to the theme of “Post Life” and present the accomplishments on future life realized on the basis of interdisciplinary cooperation.

Organised by the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing Design Week and HFG-Offenbach, Beijing Media Art Biennale “Ethics of Technology” consists two parts. The first part includes five pillars of technology: AI/ROBOTICS, BIG DATA/ALGO- RITHMS, BIO-GENETICS, VR/AR/MR, along with META SCIENCE, together forming a core of tools and method. The second part is made up of a selected body of art/research works and practices which are reflective and relevant to ideas on ethics and morality. Furthermore the event expands into forums, panel discussions, public engagement, an online hyperlink exhibition and publications.

The 2018 Beijing Media Art Biennale (BMAB) will run from September 5 to September 24, 2018 at CAFA Art Museum. BMAB is funded by China National Art Fund, organized by China Academy of Fine Arts and co-sponsored by the CAFA School of Design ,the CAFA School of Experimental Art, and CAFA Art Museum. As an international academic platform aimed at promoting the intersection of art and technology, the 2018 BMAB is centered on the theme of “Post Life” and comprises six parts: the main exhibition, Lab Space, Hyperlinks Exhibition, live performances, thematic forums, and workshops. The event will also include interdisciplinary experiments in the art and technology fields, with an aim to facilitate in-depth discussions between artists, designers, scientists, and theorists.

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