Hyundai Motorstudio Beijing

Gallery Introduction

Hyundai Motorstudio Beijing is located in the center of the 798 Art District, a gathering place for Chinese contemporary art. It is a cross-border experimental base integrating automotive culture and art. We take the Chinese contemporary art ecology as the soil, and promote the pioneering development of Chinese culture and art. In the context of globalization, we combine the concept of “Creative Energy” to develop and explore the possibility of China's diversified cross-border. Through the continuous innovation in the fields of art, design, science and technology, Hyundai Motorstudio Beijing has launched excellent cross-border exhibitions and rich cultural and educational projects, inviting the audience to think and challenge the social status quo of contemporary China, and to help open a new and enjoyable lifestyle.

Exhibition Introduction

Quasi-Nature — Bio Art, Borderline and Laboratory

Curator: Jo Wei

22.03.19 - 16.06.19

Hyundai Motorstudio Beijing is pleased to announce the opening of Hyundai Blue Prize 2018 Award Exhibition “Quasi Nature—Bio Art, Borderline and Laboratory”, which will be presented from March 22 to June 16 at Hyundai Motorstudio Beijing at 798 Art Zone. In 2018, Jo Wei received the 2nd Hyundai Blue Prize for Creativity owing to her curatorial proposal of this exhibition. Revolving around the theme of the Prize "Future Humanity", the exhibition will present a thought-provoking and profound international topic to the audience. The exhibition coincides with the vision of Hyundai Motor Company and attempts to address such profound concepts as the biology and the earth, society and the environment, existence and extinction from a global perspective in simple language. Meanwhile, it also predicts infinite combinations of art and technology in the future.

The notion Quasi-Object aims to break the dualism of subject and object, society and nature, etc. The movement bio art that combing art, culture and biology fits this concept, and explores the Hybridization of life, species and nature. The exhibition is thus systemically divided into three parts. Through bioethics, technological boundaries, self-awareness, etc., the first part explores the current rapid development of technology especially biotechnology, and its influence on the concept of "human" and social structure. The second part adopts a non-anthropocentric perspective to explore how human beings should get along with the earth and other species. While the third part is more about a new type of art production—the lab as the generator of surprises. Is there such a way of working that does not happen in the artist studio, nor in the public space, but in an environment completely unfamiliar to the artist? The survey on the International labs with art residency might indicate the possibility of the new paradigm shift in Chinese art scene.

E-1, 798 Art Zone, Chaoyang District, Beijing