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Momentum Worldwide Kunstquartier Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, Raum 134, Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

June 1st - FINISSAGE

Full Program: http://eepurl.com/VHdmX

4pm- Guided Tour with the Curators- Li Zhenhua & David Elliott

5pm- SYMPOSIUM: "China Through The Looking Glass: Shanghai - What's Next?"

Panel 1: Discussion on Media Art in the Chinese Context

Siegfried Zielinski: Chair of Media Theory, Archeology and Variantology of the Media at UDK

Gabriella Knapstein: Curator, Hamburger Bahnhof

David Elliott & Li Zhenhua : Curators of PANDAMONIUM

Panel 2: PANDAMONIUM Artists-In-Residence in Dialogue with the Curators:
Feng Bingyi, Qiu Anxiong, & Xu Wenkai (AaaJiao) with
David Elliott & Li Zhenhua

7pm- Performances by Cai Yuan + Jian Jun Xi (Mad for Real), as well as MNM AudioVisual Performance

8pm until Late - Party by MNM with DJ Mieko Suzuki

At Kunstquartier Bethanien Studio 1 and MOMENTUM
Mariannenplatz 2, Kreuzberg

9 MAY - 1 JUNE 2014
PANDAMONIUM Group Show at the Kunstquartier Bethannien, Mariannenplatz 2, Kreuzberg

PANDAMONIUM: Media Art From Shanghai

Yang Fudong ◆ Zhang Peili ◆ Hu Jieming ◆
Xu Zhen (MadeIn Company) ◆ Qiu Anxiong ◆
Yang Zhenzhong ◆ Zhang Ding ◆ Zhou Xiaohu ◆
Lu Yang ◆ Hu Weiyi ◆ Xu Wenkai (AaaJiao) ◆
Feng Bingyi ◆ Double Fly Art Center ◆
Thomas Eller ◆ Ming Wong

PANDAMONIUM continues next door at MOMENTUM
MPA-B | Month of Performance Art – Berlin
Micro-Exhibition #3: Performance Focus, May 9 – June 1
WORKS ON PAPER II – Performance Sundays,
May 4, 11, 18, 25 & June 1

Isaac Chong Wai, ◆ Double Fly Art Center ◆ Guo Xi ◆ Jia ◆ Mad For Real (Cai Yuan and Jian Jun Xi) ◆ MNM (Christian Graupner with Mieko Suzuki & Ming Poon) ◆ Qiu Anxiong ◆ Ming Wong ◆ Xu Wenkai, ◆ Xu Zhe ◆ Wang Xin ◆ Wu Juehui ◆ Zhang Lehua


GROUP SHOW - www.momentumworldwide.org

MICRO-EXHIBITION - http://momentumworldwide.org/exhibitions/current-exhibition/pandamonium-micro-exhibitions/

WORKS ON PAPER II - http://momentumworldwide.org/exhibitions/current-exhibition/pandamonium-works-on-paper-2/

A Collaboration Between MOMENTUM and CHRONUS ART CENTER, Shanghai: http://www.chronusartcentre.org/en/

A Series of Artist Residencies, Open Studios, Micro-Exhibitions, Kunst Salons, Parties, Provocations, and a Group Exhibition. Curated by Li Zhenhua and David Elliott.

Full Program: http://momentumworldwide.org/exhibitions/current-exhibition/


March 12 – June 29
Artist Residencies, Open Studios, Micro-Exhibitions, Kunst Salons.

May 1 – 4:
PANDAMONIUM Gallery Weekend Preview at Collegium Hungaricum (www.hungaricum.de)
Curated by Fanni Magyar and Rachel Rits-Volloch:
Including Exhibition, Performance, MOMENTUM InsideOut Screening & Panel Discussion: China Through The Looking Glass: Shanghai Meets Beijing

May 1 – June 1:
WORKS ON PAPER II at MOMENTUM – Concurrent Program of Performance Sundays for Month Of Performance Art: Curated by Rachel Rits-Volloch
Isaac Chong Wai, Jia, MNM, Qui Anxiong, Ming Wong, Xu Wenkai

May 9 – June 1:
PANDAMONIUM Group Show at the Kunstquartier Bethanien Chapel – Studio 1
Curated by Li Zhenhua and David Elliott

June 1:
PANDAMONIUM Group Show Finnisage with Panel Discussion: Shanghai – What’s Next?,
Performances by Cai Yuan + Jian Jun Xi, MNM, with Party by MNM with DJ Mieko Suzuki

June 2 – June 29:
Open Studios, Artist Workshops, Kunst Salons, Micro-Exhibitions at MOMENTUM


Since China Avant-garde, its iconic German debut at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt in 1993, Chinese contemporary art has shown a completely new face to the contemporary art world. After 1979, when the first avant-garde art groups showed their work after the Cultural Revolution, Chinese art has undergone a transformation from demanding artistic freedoms to a more complex and nuanced response to both its domestic and global context. This year marks the 35-year anniversary of the beginning of this transformation.

Zhang Peili started his first experiments with video art in 1988, moving from painting to an engagement with the specific aesthetics and politics of new media. Video art in China today not only contributes to the mainstream of new media art and aesthetics, but has also rooted itself deeply in practical research into technological development as well as into the experience of daily life.

PANDAMONIUM, the title of this exhibition, suggests two conflicting ideas: the soft, cuddly, diplomatic, almost clichéd, image of the Panda, one of the great symbols of China to the outside world, and the wild, fertile, noisy disorder of pandemonium, the place of all demons in Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’. The birth of this new word represents the chaotic energy of Chinese artists’ efforts and experiments in new media art over the past decade. Furthermore, it highlights the fact that Chinese contemporary art has not yet, other than through the art market, engaged globally during this time. This lack has been veiled by the speed of Chinese social and economic development and further masked by the impact of politics and the media.

PANDAMONIUM focuses on the work of Shanghai artists who create openly, distant from the country’s political centre in Beijing. The group of artists shown here are all engaged in experiments with new media introducing into Chinese art new creative ideas and aesthetic approaches. This exhibition addresses the first three generations of media artists in China. Starting with pioneers like Zhang Peili and Hu Jieming, working since the 1980s to break new ground with the technologies of media art, to the successes of the next generation, such as internationally acclaimed artist Yang Fudong, and moving on to their students, who are developing their own visual languages in response and in contrast to their pioneering teachers. The work of this youngest generation of artists will be premiered in Berlin for the first time. Berlin-based artists Thomas Eller and Ming Wong have also been invited to contribute to PANDAMONIUM by responding to these themes.

The work selected for the show is largely on single screen projections, minimal and subtle expressions that will allow the Berlin public not only to see some of the strongest work now being made in Shanghai but also to sense the scale of transformation that is now running through the whole of Chinese contemporary art. PANDAMONIUM is especially proud to premiere a new work by Qiu Anxiong.

Read a DIALOGUE between the Curators here:

* Special thanks for support from CAC | Chronus Art Center, WTI and CP, the .CHB Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, and Randian China

About Chronus Art Center:
Founded in 2013, CAC | Chronus Art Center is the first major non-profit art organization in China focusing on the experiment, production, research, exhibition and education in new media art. CAC was founded by the renowned curator Li Zhenhua, artist Hu Jieming, and technology expert Dillion Zhang, Wti Group, China’s premiere company for projectors. Having traveled MOMENTUM’s exhibition The Best of Times, The Worst of Times Revisited to CAC Shanghai in the first months of 2014, this collaboration is continued in Berlin with a 4-month program of Chinese media art presented by CAC and MOMENTUM. Opening concurrently with PANDAMONIUM, CAC is proud to present a groundbreaking collaboration between Hu Jieming and Jeffrey Shaw, two of the worlds leading figures in new media art.



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