As an interdisciplinary, integrated art institution, X Museum is not only committed to presenting high-standard exhibitions to the public, but also bringing them splendid content from a diverse range of cultural spheres that span over film, theatre, music, design and architecture. Focusing on the artistic power of the emerging, X Museum organizes a series of events and activities including talks, workshops, performances, screenings based on exhibition themes and humanistic trends of thoughts, aiming to promote the communication between different forms of art, and engage audience into the reflection and discussion on current cultural and social issues. X Museum Public Programs are an ongoing platform for communication; they provide possibilities for a closer distance between public and art, as well as a dissolution of boundaries within contemporary art.
在首届三年展《终端>_How Do We Begin？》开幕之际，X美术馆将举行一系列X美术馆三年展主题公共项目“X Sessions”，以拓展展览语境中对当今社会中信息与技术的探讨。“X Sessions”系列公共项目将邀请来自不同背景的艺术家、学者参与，从首届三年展主题出发，呈现不同艺术领域在数字时代的讨论与新兴实践。艺术家叶甫纳，电子音乐人Microhate，专注图像研究的艺术家刘张泊泷等嘉宾将在X美术馆开展对话、工作坊及表演等活动，通过各自的思考与创作成果来回应“How Do We Begin？”的提问。三年展主题公共项目将作为常设性系列项目在X美术馆持续运行，公众可以以此回溯人文领域当下的创作趋势，展望艺术在科技背景下的发展与变迁。
Upon the opening of the first edition of X Museum Triennial How Do We Begin?, X Museum will launch a series of public programs “X Sessions”to coordinate with the triennial as an expansion of the discussion on information and technology in today’s society under the curatorial discourse. X Museum Triennial Public Programs “X Sessions” will invite artists, scholars from different backgrounds to present and explore various ideas and practices of the digital age from different fields of arts. Guests such as artist Ye Funa, key player of Beijing’s underground electronic music scene Microhate, image-dedicated artist Liu Zhangbolong will carry out an array of programs including talks, workshops and performances as a response to the triennial title “How Do We Begin”. The triennial-themed public programs will serve as a constantly-running project at X Museum，through which the public can look back upon the creative journey of the cultural realm, and vision the transition of art under the background of technical development.
此外，X美术馆也将为新兴艺术家提供平台，推出以优秀青年艺术家为主导的公共项目计划“ROOM X”。“ROOM X”象征着一个贯通艺术家、公众及美术馆的民主空间，鼓励具有创新意识、跨越领域的艺术实践。“ROOM X”探索新一代人的艺术生态，关注鲜被察觉的新兴文化和未被代表的创作者，邀请在各自领域出众的年轻艺术家，为公众带来别具特色的文化体验。在X美术馆开馆之际，独立诗人红杏、艺术家小组外出午餐、行为艺术家陈孟涵等将参与到“ROOM X”中来；他们将以X美术馆展览为启发，展开并呈现各自精彩的创作叙事。
Besides, X Museum will also present an emerging-artist-led public program project titled“ROOM X”as a support to outstanding new artists. “ROOM X” refers to a democratic space that connects artists, public and the museum, encouraging artistic practices that are innovative and field-crossing. “ROOM X” explores the artistic ecology of the new generation with a focus on the undiscovered culture and under-represented voices. The programs will invite new artists to bring out unique cultural experiences to the public. Talents including independent poet Hong Xing, performance artist ma9s Chen Menghan, artist duo OUT-TO-LUNCHERS will become the first batch of artists who are participating in “ROOM X”. Taking the X Museum exhibitions as an inspiration, the artists will unfold their creative narration respectively.
A sneak peak of X Museum public programs：
Community and “Con-senting”——Meet and Talk with Lao Hao Shi Art Co-creation Group
Artists of “Lao Hao Shi”Art Co-creation Group
BEIJING ONE Art & Creativity Institute
展览《终端>_How Do We Begin？》呈现了亚里士多德对“共感”这一概念在当代社会中的反射。“共感”象征着我们与家庭、群体和自我建立关系的方式。在信息技术飞速发展的今天，媒体与互联网延展了我们共感的渠道与界限，但也加深了不同年龄社群间的代沟。作为对科技并不敏感的群体，老年人的生活依旧建立在传统的社交方式之上，渐渐与年轻一代脱节。艺术家团队“老好使”企图通过“老好使”这一驻地项目， 通过在地艺术实践和互联网分享，拉近青年文化与老年社群的距离，实现不同群体的“共感”。
Exhibition How Do We Begin? echoes the notion of “con-senting”confronted by Aristotle as a reflection of how the concept “con-senting” is interpreted in the contemporary society. “Con-senting”represents the way we sense together and connect with family, community and the self. With the rapid development of information technology, media and the Internet has expanded our way of “con-senting”, meanwhile deepened the generation gap between different communities. As a group who are commonly not sensitive about technology, the elderly still structure their life based on traditional social contacts, thus gradually losing tracks with the younger generations. The artist group Lao Hao Shi has been trying to connect the erderly community with the young. Through the Internet and their unique artistic practice, they aim to achieve a state of“con-senting”in different groups of communities.
The spring of 2020 marks the end of the residency project Lao Hao Shi. We invite the artists for a share and talk centered on “con-senting”. The group will in particular share with us about how they approach the elderly with art, and how they use social media to introduce the eldery to the young.
Play All? Video Games and the Art of Game
Zhou Yan, artist
Liu Zhangbolong, artist, translator
Pete Jiadong Qiang, artist, curator of X Virtual Museum
Enn Sun, artist, writer
随着游戏产业的蓬勃发展和对设计语言的不断探索，电子游戏如今越来越成为当下文化的重要组成部分。在展览《终端>_How Do We Begin？》中，多位艺术家都以电子游戏为载体对进行探讨。本次对谈将邀请三位个人创作均与电子游戏密切相关的艺术家周岩、强家栋和刘张铂泷，与研究者孙艺恩一起，同观众分享其个人创作实践与电子游戏间的关系，并从电子游戏的作用机制切入，捕捉游戏在信息社会和互联网时代的延展及对算法、图像研究的意义。
With the rapid development of video game industry and design language, video games have become an increasingly significant part of popular culture. Exhibition How Do We Begin? includes artists whose creative practices are closely related to video games. Using the games as a medium, the artists elaborate their into such medium through their art. This talk will invite three artists Zhou Yan, Pete Jiadong Qiang and Liu Zhangbolong, together with researcher Enn Sun to share the connection between their creative journeys and video games. In addition, the guests will also investigate into the deeper meaning of video game in terms of its working mechanism, as well as its role and significance in an age of digitalization.
The Altar of Sounds – Poetry, Hand-pan and Electronic-acoustic
Hongxing, independent poet
Yin Yin, handpan player
Lin Yun, musician
Xiao CongLin, musician
Returning the sounds of poetry back to life, constructing an alter of sounds with concrete poetry sounds that serve as words; the alter is formed with tangible bodies, and this is a return that is highly expected.
The Altar of Sounds is an experimental project that will be held at X Museum. Starting from the information age that the triennial focuses on, the project brings together contemporary poet and hand-plan performer, searching for the internal rhythms of poetry language and expressing the emotions of the artists. The participants’ reflection and understanding on technology and digital age will be delivered through sounds. The hand-pan and singing connects space, time and people. This new form of performance transforms poetry from texts to on-site activities, demonstrating an intriguing impression of “poetry duet”.
Shy People @ X: 白日造梦
Shy People @ X: Daydreaming
Han Gao, visual live set
Pocario, DJ set
tutu, DJ set
Microhate, DJ set
不同艺术有各自媒介边界，而具体的音乐和图像传递到人脑之后，究竟会变成什么样的存在？在X美术馆三年展期间，我们携手几位活跃于北京地下电子乐场景的音乐人，与图像设计师高晗一起探索这一问题的答案。“Shy People @ X: 白日造梦”就是与你就来和你一起探讨音乐和图像的边界及各自的可塑性。在声色体验中感知音乐转化的想象，图像之间的相互作用，图像序列组对意识的影响。
From the lively beats of Aphex Twins to the conversation between Sophie and robot Sophia, from the computed ambient music of Brian Eno in the late 80s to the first AI album produced by Holly Herndon... As an avant-garde form of music, electronic music has always been closely connected with technology. The development of contemporary music is no longer an exploration of melody, but a constant experiment with computer production, programming and even the story-telling in digital age. X Music is honored to welcome the key player of Beijing’s underground electronic music scene Microhate to present a visual and music live show together with music producers tutu and Pocario and visual artist Han Gao. As a respond to the technology theme of the triennial, Han Gao will develop an image program that changes projected visuals as music flows.
MondayOFF Sub-brand Mondayitis Presents: Cosmetic Angel
Ye Funa, artist
i¥íl (Yīyī, Wang Chuyi), performer
Zheng Lili, performer
In the time of consumerism, what is the observational value of commodity circulation? Does it represent the universal aesthetics of everyone? What values are used by people and what changes have they made to our life?
Virtuality is an expansion of reality, its realm spans much further than that of reality. When we are living in the virtual world, what will we get and what have we lost?
With such questions in mind, artist Ye Funa will join forces with performers Wang Chuyi and Zheng Lili in a discussion of consumerism, popular culture, as well as virtuality and reality through a performance project focusing on medical beauty. Aiming to explore the changes that medical beauty has brought to people’s life, the project pays close attention to the daily routine of people’s skin care habits and the way it impacts on our society. After the performance, the project participants will also bring out a talk to discuss their understandings and feelings on consumerist culture.
“When She Arrives, the Knockings Stop”
OUT-TO-LUNCHERS (Guo Tianyu, Zhang Ee-ren), artist duo
After the audiences are seated, an interactive play commences. “When she arrived, the knockings stop”. Based on the universal psychology of contemporary society, the artist duo OUT-TO-LUNCHERS will bring audiences a performance about feminism at X Museum.
Sylvia Plath once wrote, “I rocked shut, as a seashell. They had to call and call, and pick the worms off me like sticky pearls”.
The pearl is born inside of a shell. When foreign matter intrudes a shell, the shell will slim mucus containing calcium carbonate to wrap up the material . However, such self-protection remains limited as the shell will be instead killed by the pearl when it grows too large.
A woman passed away. After her funeral, two people who happened to have met each other once sit together to share their emotions and memories. They regenerate the dead woman through their mutual memories.
ma9s: DARK WATER
Chen Menghan (ma9s), artist
Chen Menghan’s creative journey stretches across various fields including music, performance, and multi-media installation. Taking inspirations from social media, fantasy fictions, folklores, sub-cultures and electronic music, Chen is active in independent art scenes in Beijing, Shanghai and New York. Chen’s works usually explore the interlacing boundaries between the virtual world and reality, and sometimes disregards common knowledge in today’s society and unwraps with a narrative logic. On 5th September, Chen Menghan will incarnate into ma9s to bring out a unique performance for all.
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