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OCAT Shanghai x KADIST Emerging Media Artist Program 2022 Shortlisted Artists


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​OCAT Shanghai and KADIST are pleased to announce the second edition of the OCAT x KADIST Emerging Media Artist Program. Based on a rigorous selection process, the eight following artists have been selected for the program out ofnominations by 80 curators, artists, scholars, critics, and media practitioners in the art industry: Cao Shu, Guo Cheng, Hu Wei, Li Ming, Liu Xin, Liu Yujia, Peng Zuqiang, Shen Xin (in order of Chinese surnames). 

The eight shortlisted artists will be included in the Emerging Media Artist Exhibition 2022 opening at OCAT Shanghai. An international jury will award one of the artists with a short, fully-funded research residency at KADIST San Francisco in 2023 based on their exhibited works, prior practice, and a residency proposal. The residency provides a unique opportunity to conduct artist research in the San Francisco Bay Area for up to three weeks and to develop an international professional network with institutions and professionals in the United States.

Further information about the Emerging Media Artist Exhibition 2022 will be announced soon.

Cao Shu

Cao Shu (b. 1987, Shandong Province, China) lives and works in Hangzhou, China. His working interfaces include but are not limited to, 3D digital moving image, sound installation and interactive games. Cao Shu often constructs narration in a restrained way, offering the audience a new perspective of things, and through his transdisciplinary practice, a multi-branched network of meanings is formed. His works are often based on a specific place and space and ask open-ended questions. He hopes to reactivate historical events or personal memory at the perceptual level through experiments with different materials and media. In addition, he is also interested in the notions misreading and dislocation based on different cultural and technological environments in history.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2021 "GO TO ROME", Imagokinetics & B1OCK@Ooeli, Hangzhou, China
2019 "Solo Exhibition", The Ocean of Solaris, Zhejiang Museum, Hangzhou, China
2019 "Solo Program", Monster outside the windows, Koganecho, Yokohama, Japan

Selected Group Exhibitions
2021 "Slowly Arriving", Kunsthausbaselland, Basel, Switzerland
2021 "Space Oddity", UCCA Dune, Qinhuangdao, China
2021 "Guerrillas in Flatland: Unite! Digital Voyagers", Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China

Guo Cheng

Guo Cheng (b.1988, Beijing) currently lives and works in Shanghai. He received his bachelor's degree from Tongji University, Shanghai, China (2010) and his master's degree from the Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom (2012). Guo works predominantly in sculpture and installation. His practice mainly focuses on exploring the mutual impact and influence between established and emerging technologies and individuals in the context of culture and social life. Guo's work often use humorous yet calm language to link grand issues with seemingly arbitrary objects, and to provide critical perspectives for discussion. Guo obtained New Century Art Foundation "Art Production and Exhibition Support Program" (2022), Porsche "Young Chinese Artist of the Year" Award (2021), Ars Electronica Honorary Mentions (2020); CAC://DKU Research & Creation Fellowship (2020); STARTS Prize Nomination (2020); the Digital Earth fellowship (2018-2019); the Special Jury Prize of Huayu Youth Award (2018); the Bio-Art & Design Award (2017).

Selected Solo Exhibitions 
2020 "Almost Unmeant", Magician Space, Beijing, China
2019 "Down to Earth", Canton Gallery, Guangzhou, China

Selected Group Exhibitions 
2021 "Spinning East Asia Series I: A Compass in Hand", Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile, Hong Kong, China
2021 "Artificial Intelligence. Machines Learning Human Dreams", Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, Germany
2021 "BOOMERANG – OCAT Biennale", OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China
2021 "We=Link: Sideways", Chronus Art Center, Shanghai, China
2020 "The Eternal Network" (exhibition of Transmediale 2020), HKW, Berlin, Germany

Hu Wei

Hu Wei (b.1989, Dalian, China) lives and works in Beijing. He graduated from CAFA (Year) and obtained an MA at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI), Netherlands  (2016). He works in a variety of media, including film, installation, printed images, performance and drawing. His interest often begins with the seemingly unrelated elements between text and visual culture, exploring the multiple, speculative connections between art and reality in relation to both political and formal level through research, translationand imagination. His recent practice travels through different geo-contexts and silenced histories and materials, investigating the dynamics, fragmentation and synthetic alienation of human, non-human and material in the process of historical and natural transformation. Combined with moving image and essayistic aesthetics, his works also unfold the precarious relationship between invisible labor, affect, and value judgments in different political and economic environments.

Selected Solo Exhibitions 
2022 "Affairs", DRC NO.12, Beijing, China

Selected Group Exhibitions 
2022 "Diving Deep for Light into Darkness", Beiqiu Museum of Contemporary Art, Nanjing, China
2021 "The Long Way Around", ShanghART Beijing, Beijing, China
2021 "Trans-Southeast Asia Triennial – Sounds as Silence", Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China
2021 "Tangle of Revolution and Political Soul", SGA, Shanghai, China
2021 "Space Oddity", UCCA Dune, Qinghuangdao, China

Li Ming

Li Ming (b.1986, Hunan Province, China) graduated from China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China  (2008). He currently lives and works in Hangzhou, China. In Li Ming's video practice, you can always see a self-directed working style. As an effective means of expression, image can easily transform the motivation. He was used to putting the idea of his work behind the image result by mind fermenting, with made his creative process always have an "impromptu" state. Rather to say this creation context is a game the artist has tried hard to build out; It is better to understand that the first person's author is letting things take their natural course. Li obtained HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award for Emerging Asian Artists (2017); Pierre Huber Creation Prize (2008).

Selected Solo Exhibitions 
2021 "Being Consumed", ANTENNA SPACE, Shanghai, China
2020 "Wild Cursive: Zhu Chang Quan x Li Ming”, Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
2018 "1703", Antenna Space, Shanghai, China

Selected Group Exhibitions 
2022 "Two with a Moving Camera" MG Space, Beijing, China
2022 "The Elephant Escaped", Macalline Art Center, Beijing, China
2021 "On Behalf Of", Qiao Space, Shanghai, China
2020 "Me, Family”, MUDAM, Luxembourg
2019 "Extreme Mix: 2019 Airport Biennale", Guangzhou, China

Liu Xin

Liu Xin (b. 1991, Xinjiang Province, China) graduated from MIT Media Lab with a master degree in Media Arts and Sciences after her M.F.A from Rhode Island School of Design and B.E from Tsinghua University in Beijing (Measurement, Control Technology, and Instrument). Xin is an artist and engineer, currently lives and works in New York. In her practice, Xin creates experiences/experiments to take measurements in our personal, social and technological spaces in a post-metaphysical world: between gravity and homeland, sorrow and the composition of tear, gene sequencing and astrology. She examines the discourse-power nexus as an active practitioner, an experimenter and a performer. Her recent research and interest center around the verticality of space, extraterrestrial explorations and cosmic metabolism. Xin is the Arts Curator in the Space Exploration Initiative in MIT Media Lab, a member of the inaugural ONX studio program founded by New Museum and Onassis NY and Silver Arts Project in the World Trade Center. She is also an artist-in-residence in SETI Institute. Xin obtained Porsche "Young Chinese Artist of the Year" Award (2021); X Museum Triennial Award (2020); 30 under 30 Asia (2020); inaugural Europe ARTificial Intelligence Lab residency with Ars Electronica (2019), the Van Lier Fellowship from Museum of Arts and Design (2018); Sundance New Frontier Story Lab (2019); SXSW Interactive Innovation Award (2020); Fast Company Innovation by Design Award and Core 77 Interaction Design Award (2017).

Selected Solo Exhibitions 
2021 "The Ground is Falling", Aranya Art Center, Qinhuangdao, China
2021 "The Earth is An Image", M+ Digital Commission, HongKong & Online
2020 "Living/Distance", Make Room Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions 
2022 "Slow Factory: The Revolution is a School", MoMA SP1, New York, USA
2022 "Science Fiction and Hallucination" MAXXI, Rome, Italy
2021 "BOOMERANG – OCAT Biennale 2021", OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen China
2020 "Forking PiraGene", Rhizome, NYC & C-Lab
2020 "In Kepler's Gardens", Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria

Liu Yujia

Liu Yujia (b. 1981, Sichuan Province, China) graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chonqing, China and obtained her master's degree from London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, United Kingdom. She currently lives and works in Beijing. Liu Yujia's recent practice engages with moving images. Her video works and films explore the dialectical tension between documentary reality and fiction, examining the complex and mysterious dimensions of subjective experience in different social and political contexts. The artist shoots  "real life" scenes in a mode similar to documentary, while, the private and invisible dimension of "real life" could be revealed by her fictional or "fake" figures. Her recent practice reveals the fictional and illusory aspects of social reality, allowing the audience to experience reality as pure fiction.

Selected Solo Exhibitions 
2021 "Bianjiang Hotel (Border Hotel)", DRC No.12, Beijing, China
2021 "Infiltrate Slowly", Surplus Space, Wuhan, China

Selected Group Exhibitions 
2022 "ON/OFF 2021: Carousel of Progress", He Art Museum, Shunde, China
2022 "The Rearview Landscape, or a Trip of Ownership", UCCA Dune Art Museum, Beidaihe, China
2021 "The Planetary Wretched…Narratives on brutalist landscapes of depletion", Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech, USA
2021 "The Circular Impact: Video Art 21", OCAT Shanghai, China
2021 "Affect", Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China

Peng Zuqiang

Peng Zuqiang (b. 1992, Changsha, Hunan Province) graduated from the Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom (2014), and from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, United States  (2017). Peng makes video, film, and installation, with an attention to the affective qualities within histories, bodies, and language, approximating meanings through associations and coincidences. Recent residencies include IAS CEU, Budapest (2022); Organhaus, Chongqing (2021), Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Maine (2019); The Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2017-2019). He was awarded the Jury Special Award at the 8th Huayu Youth Award 2020, and a 'Special Mentions' at the Festival Film Dokumenter in Yogyakarta, Indonesia with his first feature film, Nan (2020).

Selected Solo Exhibitions 
2022 "Sideways Looking", Cell Project Space, London, UK
2021 "Hesitations", ANTENNA SPACE, Shanghai, China

Selected Group Exhibitions 
2022 "The Elephant Escaped", Macalline Art Center, Beijing, China
2021 "One song is like another, and the boat is always from afar", Times Museum, Guangzhou, China
2021 "Más allá el mar canta", Times Art Center, Berlin, Germany
2021 "A Slight Shift of Angle", aashra, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon
2021 "Right of Return - Deluge Contemporary Art", Victoria, Canada

Shen Xin

Shen Xin (b. 1990, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China) graduated from Slade School of Fine Art, London, United Kingdom with a MFA in Fine Art (2014). They practice on MiníSóta Makhóčhe, the land of the Dakhóta Oyáte, as well as on Lënapehòkink (New York City), the land of the Lenape peoples. Shen Xin creates moving image installations and performances that empower alternative histories, relations, and potentials between individuals and nation-states. They seek to create affirmative spaces of belonging that embrace polyphonic narratives and identities. They received the Jerome Producation Grant (2021), BALTIC Artists' Award (2017) and held the Rijksakademie residency in Amsterdam (2018-19).

Selected Solo Exhibitions 
2022 "ས་གཞི་སྔོན་པོ་འགྱུར། (The Earth Turned Green)", Swiss Institute, New York, USA
2021 "Shen Xin: Brine Lake (A New Body)", Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions 
2022 "ON | OFF 2021: Carousel of Progress", He Art Museum, Shunde, China
2022 "The Elephant Escaped", Macalline Art Center, Beijing, China
2021 "The Rearview Landscape", UCCA Dune Art Museum, Beidaihe, China
2021 "Language is a River", MUMA, Melbourne, Australia
2021 "13th Gwangju Biennale: Minds Rising, Spirits Tuning", Gwangju, Korea

About the Program

OCAT x KADIST Emerging Media Artist Program 2022 is the second iteration of the collaboration between OCAT Shanghai and KADIST. The program aims to support emerging artists working in media art by providing a platform for the presentation of their work at multiple stages of their career, opportunities for cross-cultural research and exchange, and resources to contribute to the sustainability of their media art practices. The selected artists will be included in the Emerging Media Artist Exhibition held at OCAT Shanghai and one of them will be awarded a short research residency at KADIST San Francisco. This programcontinues to deepen research and production of media art, promote the creativity of young artists, expand the visibility of media art, and provide emerging media artists with more long-term support in a variety of ways.

Emerging Media Artist Exhibition

As part of the Emerging Media Artist Program 2022, OCAT Shanghai will present an exhibition which is expected to open in 2022. The Emerging Media Artist Program draws from the nominations of 80 esteemed individuals includingcurators, artists, scholars, critics, and media practitioners in the art industry. Each nominator was  invited to nominate up to six artists. Based on a rigorous selection process, six to eight artists were shortlisted for the exhibition. OCAT Shanghai invites the shortlisted artists to create conversations between their works and the museum space, re-locate and re-interpret their previous works, as well as be inspired to create new works.

Artist Criteria
1. The artists are from the mainland of China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan;
2. The artists' practices should primarily use the mediums of media or media technology, including but not limited to video art (including single and multiple channel video, short film, video installation, hand-drawn and computer-generated animation, excluding documentary film), sound (installation), photography (installation, both traditional and digital), Internet art, photoelectric art, mechanical and interactive installation;
3. The artists should be under 40 years old;
4. The artists should have an active practice for at least  3 years, producing at least 3 works a year or 5 works over a 2 year period (Note: The works should not have been made during college years);
5. Generally, the nominated artists will not include the artists that were shortlisted for the previous editions (Cheng Xinhao, Li Shuang, Lin Ke, Tang Chao, Tao Hui, Wang Tuo, Zheng Yuan in 2020).

Nominators for OCAT x KADIST Emerging Media Artist Program 2022
Bi Xin, Cao Dan, Cao Fei, Zoe Chang, Biljana Ciric, Chen Li, Alice Chen, Chen Youtong, Dong Bingfeng, Du Keke, Du Xiyun, Fang Lihua, Fei Jun, Yuan Fuca, Qianfan Gu, Gu Yoyo, Fiona He, Hsu Chia-Wei, Hu Bin, Jin Feng (young), Karen Smith, Angelika Li, Li Feng, Li Jia, Li Lin, Lin Tianmiao, Liu Jianhua, Liu Tian, Liu Wei, Long Yun, Lu Mingjun, Lu Lei, Lu Xinghua, Lu Xun, Miao Zijin, Nan Nan, Peng Xiaoyang, Qiao Zhibing, Qiu Anxiong, Shao Shu, Shi Hantao, Sun Dongdong, Sun Wenjie, Teng Yuning, Wang Jianwei , Wang Bing, Wang Gongxin, Wang Huan, Wang Xin, Wang Yiquan, Wang Yuyang, Xiaoyu Weng, Xiang Zairong, Xu Zhen, Michelle Yeonho Hyun, Xue Bing, Xue Feng, Yan Xiaodong, Yang Beichen, Yang Fudong, Yang Zhenzhong, Yang Zi, Pauline J. Yao, You Yang, Mia Yu, Zeng Yulan, Zhang Ding, Zhang Ga, Zhang Li, Zhang Liaoyuan, Zhang Yuling, Zhao Yisong, Zheng Bo, Zhong Gang, Freya Chou, Zhou Li, Stefanie Yuen King Chow, Zhou Xiaohu, Zhou Xin
Special thanks to the 80 nominators listed above.

Emerging Media Artist Residency 

KADIST and OCAT will offer one shortlisted artist the opportunity for a fully-funded research residency at KADIST San Francisco in 2023. The residency provides a unique opportunity to conduct artist research in the San Francisco Bay Area for up to three weeks and to develop an international professional network with institutions and professionals in the United States. The artist will be selected from the shortlist for the Emerging Media Artist Program 2022 by an international jury on their exhibited works, prior practice, and a residency proposal. The selected artist will work closely with the KADIST San Francisco team who will provide curatorial guidance and facilitate research and meetings with international art professionals.

KADIST's residency program brings international perspectives into conversation with local contexts. Previous artists-in-residence at KADIST San Francisco and Paris include Zhou Tao, Lin Yillin, Ad Minoliti, Em'kal Eyongkapa, Danh Vo, Daniela Ortiz, Gabriel Sierra, Hikaru Fujii, Joachim Koester, Marcelo Cidade, Mario Garcia Torres, Meiro Koizumi, Robert Zhao Renhui, Yin-Ju Chen, and Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries.

About Organizers

OCAT Shanghai is the first professional art institution focused on media art and architectural design in China. Located in the Suhe Creek area of Jing’an district, OCAT Shanghai aims to serve as a forward-looking, influential, socially-aware and interactive art institution through exhibitions, research, communication, public education, publications, and collections. Artist Zhang Peili is the current executive director of OCAT Shanghai.OCAT Shanghai is the first branch of OCAT Museums to open outside Shenzhen. Inaugurated on September 29, 2012, it has since organized a series of influential academic exhibitions. The museum officially moved to its new location in October 2019 (-1F Sunken Garden, Qufu Road, Jing’an District), and has been open to the public with its inaugural exhibition in the same month. 

KADIST believes contemporary artists make an important contribution to a progressive society, their work often addressing key issues of our time. KADIST, a non-profit organization dedicated to exhibiting the work of artists represented in its collection, encourages this engagement and affirms contemporary art’s relevance within social discourse. KADIST’s local hubs in Paris and San Francisco present exhibitions and events, and organize residencies and educational initiatives, as well as producing projects online and via social media. Concurrently, KADIST is actively establishing networks across five areas—North America, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Asia, and Latin America—inviting new artists into the collection and initiating collaborative programs, especially exhibitions with museums of each region. Together, they aim at facilitating new connections across cultures and creating vibrant conversations about contemporary art and ideas.
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