Multimedia artists in dialogue with the future

“Cube of Universe”, a multimedia exhibition, is underway at the Lingang Museum of Contemporary Art at Dishui Lake in Pudong New Area.

Curated by Huang Yi and Su Bing, 13 interdisciplinary artists, including Andrew Jones, Ding She and QinLing, “conduct a dialogue towards the universe and the future”.

The 30 works vary from video to interactive installations and paintings. Participating artists come from a variety of backgrounds, such as illustration, animation, gaming or garage kit design.

According to the curators, most of them were born in the 1980s and 1990s and are known to have a strong interest in digital and pop art, as well as cross-media topics.

Unlike traditional artists, they are comfortable with various applications to create or process their works.

“What they’re looking for is a sort of ‘violent’ visual aesthetic to envelop viewers,” Su Bing said. “Today, new media artists tend to evoke an immersive and interactive experience. In fact, digital artists are replacing brush strokes with the mouse, order, and the binary system, and the canvas is being replaced with the computer screen. These artists attempt to tell their stories through the imagination.”

Certainly, the interaction is one of the attractions for viewers.

Whether it’s “In Line With the Light” by Qin Ling or “Peony Pavilion” by Zhu Jingyi, they all “dive deep” into their works. By touching, responding and meditating, these installations strive to break down the boundaries between viewers and the work, as the visitors themselves could also become part of the work.

“I prefer to refer to these young artists as trendsetters,” Huang Yi said. “On the surface, their works seem pop and fashionable, but the core of their work reflects a humanistic spirit.”

Multimedia artists in dialogue with the future

Exhibition information:

Date: until August 28 (closed on Mondays), from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Venue: Lingang Museum of Contemporary Art

Address: 2/F, 418 Shuiyun Rd, Pudong New Area