First Beijing International New Media Arts Exhibition and Symposium
The Millennium Dialogue – The First Beijing International New Media Arts Exhibition and Symposium
The new millennium has witnessed the growing vitality throughout the world of new media art, an art mediated via digital means, often with the internet as its platform. This emerging art, originating from an increasingly technologically dependent society, not only challenges traditional creative media, and ways of thinking, but also posits to artists and cultural workers new questions concerning all realms of contemporary life.
“Millennium Dialogue” aims at creating a constructive dialogue and promoting a dynamic interaction between Chinese artists and global trends in digital art education, production and theorization.
At the crest of rapid economic growth, China has enjoyed a parallel advancement in the digital realm, deploying the latest development in communication technologies and nurturing vast opportunities for both artistic creation and social progress. Chinese art has inevitably, like the rest of the world, come to face similar challenges of the digital era.
Tsinghua University is commited to advocating the understanding of humanity through cooperation and exchange, in promoting originality in artistic creation and innovative thinking in the new millennium, and in advancing excellence in education and research.
The ZKM | Center for Art and Media is a unique institutional model comprising classical museum representation and artistic-technological research and development in order to support new perspectives on future technologies and modes of thought.
V2_ is an organization that concerns itself with research and development in the field of art and media technology. V2_ concentrates its efforts on the presentation of contemporary media art by organizing exhibitions, lectures and workshops, masterclasses, symposiums and performances. Through its activities V2_ makes a structural contribution to the ongoing debate on art, technology and society.
To establish a global, high profile platform for dialogue and exchange with the most current trends in all fields of new media arts production in order to advance and promote new media arts and new media arts education.
The First International New Media Arts Exhibition and Symposium will be staged in two phases. Phase one titled: “LEADING THE EDGE” will mount the international academic exchange component of the project which is slated to open on May 28th of 2004, in which a number of internationally acclaimed leading educational and research institutions will join forces to participate in a fourteen day exhibition and a two day symposium focusing on the academic and educational aspect of the new media arts in order to foster a constructive and creative dialogue in research and education excellence. A compilation of speeches and essays will be published subsequently.
Phase two will launch the international exhibition titled “IN THE LINE OF FLIGHT” in May 2005 to coincide with the Beijing Biennial. Along with the curated exhibition, “IN THE LINE OF FLIGHT” will also invite new media luminaries from world-renowned arts institutions and museums to attend a two day symposium in Beijing. Among them, Center for Art and Media (ZKM) of Germany, Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), The Whitney Museum of American Art (US), Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (US), V2 (Holland), Ars Electronica (Austria), and Kiasma Museum of Modern Art (Finland) will be participating. A catalogue will accompany the opening.
Both events will take place at the China Millennium Museum with over 10,000 square feet of state of the art facilities boasting the largest panoramic LCD screen in Asia and wireless broadband connectivity.
Tsinghua University (Beijing, China)
ZKM | Center for Art
and Media (Karlsruhe, Germany)
V2_ (Rotterdam, Holland)
In collaboration with:
China Millennium Museum (Beijing, China)
Parsons School of Design (New York, US)
Central Committee of Chinese Youth
China Art and Literary Association
Chinese Artists Association
Ministry of Culture, P.R. China
Ministry of Science, P.R. China
Ministry of Information Technologies, P.R. China Ministry of Education, P.R. China
Ministry for Science, Research and Art, Baden – Wurtemburg, Germany