APSMUSEUM is pleased to present the fall exhibition Stained Glass in collaboration with L+ MALL on August 18, 2021. The exhibition, supported by Pro Helvetia Shanghai, Swiss Arts Council, is a dual exhibition of Chinese and Swiss artists, offering further opportunities for international communication and cooperation in art during the the global pandemic period. The exhibition Stained Glass will combine the artworks of the famous Swiss artists group AATB and the renowned Chinese new media artist Hu Jieming, presenting the theme of "Art and Artificial Intelligence" in the form of non-industrial robots, video, photography, and installation. The exhibition explores the possibilities of combining art and technology.
Different from previous exhibitions held by APSMUSEUM, this exhibition will be extended from the art space APSMUSEUM, located on the third floor of the shopping mall, to interior and exterior public space in L+ Mall. This marks the very first attempt to present a multi-sited art exhibition in the shopping mall. Please stay tuned!
The Swiss artists group focuses on non-industrial robots and human/machine interactions. They extend the function of robots from the realm of mechanic production and explore the most cutting-edged ways of using robotic arms and Artifical Intelligence. The works of AATB's robotic arms showcase a variety of artistic, interactive, and playful combinations of movements, which personifies cold machines, depicting stories from everyday life, glowing in a colorful atmosphere.
New media artist Hu Jieming uses various art forms to explore the ways in which art and technology can be incorporated.
Through video, photography, and installation, the artist focuses on the studies of light and color and works from the familiar memories of our daily lives, taking site-specific elements and creating spatial and scenic changes through the division and fusion of "windows", evoking our inner emotions. In the artist's works, the interplay of abstraction and concreteness collides with the surrounding environment, opening windows of imagination between the flow of light and shadow.
The exhibition Stained Glass presents a dual exhibition in which the Chinese and Swiss artists explore art and artificial intelligence. On the one hand, it uses the language of art to beautify the chaos of the outside world and the fast-moving sense of commerce, immersing people in the artistic atmosphere; on the other hand, it is a way to see the outside world through the window of art.
AATB is the collaborative practise of Andrea Anner and Thibault Brevet, both graduated from ECAL. Having previously worked on interactive objects and installations, they encountered an industrial robotic arm three years ago. This crystallised an ongoing research around human/machine interactions and led them to investigate the potential of robotics and industrial automation to exist outside the realm of factory floors.
Their practise involves a tight connection and understanding of manufacturing processes, ranging from software programming, electronics to mechanical engineering and precision machining. Reflecting on the dissemination and assimilation of robotics into mundane activities, their work critically explores novel situations arising from these shifts.
AATB has been nominated for several Swiss Design Awards. Also, they have participated in many famous international art events such as Milan Design Week, Linz Ars Electronica, exhibited in V&A Dundee and Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, etc.
One of the pioneering artists of digital media and video installation in China today. Hu Jieming has a preference for other disciplines, often mixing them with disparate fields. Hu's experimentation comes from an expression of concern for internal physiology, transforming physiological diagrams, gestures, architectural spaces, identities, and staves into an integrated experience of visual experience. Hu's artwork resides in the alternation of space and time, history and memory, utilizing a multitude of media, whether photography, video, or digital interactive technology, to consistently present his ideas and questioning themes. Placing the viewer in a past, inaccurate time and space, images from personal memory are evoked to form individual texts.
His artworks has be presented widely, and past exhibitions include: "14 Days" Hu Jie Ming's Solo Exhibition, DRC No.12, Beijing; "The Return of Guests", Selections from the PSA Collection, Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2019-2020); "The Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China", Min Sheng Art Museum, Beijing, 2018; "The Thirteen: Chinese Video Now", MoMA PS1, New York, NY, 2006; "Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China", International Center of Photography, New York, NY, 2004; "Live In Time", Nationalglerie Im Hamburger Bahnhof Museum Fur Gegenwart, Berlin, 2001, etc.