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As an internationally renowned contemporary artist with a prolific career of over forty years, Xu Bing’s work has always sought to question and disrupt the various borderlines of contention and frontiers: between language and perception, fiction and reality, art and life, nature and technology, among many others.
A thinker ahead of his time, Xu Bing maintains a high sensitivity towards the worlds around him. In his words: “wherever there are people, there are problems; wherever there are problems, there is art. ”
This lecture is organized thematically through a selection of projects by Xu Bing, surveying how each responds to its situated time and place. From monumental projects like Book from the Sky and Phoenix, to fiction film Dragonfly Eyes, Xu Bing’s work takes a multitude of transformations and turns that often catch the viewers by surprise. But throughout the sheer abundance of mediums explored and experimented in the past forty years, Xu Bing seems to be preoccupied by the same set of questions at the core: what is art and what to make of it, today?
With the advent of the digital age, space technology, and new frontiers of AI, NFT and virtual-realities, the definition of “art” has become increasingly obfuscated. What does it mean to be an artist today? And where to find inspiration for creating art now?
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太空时代、数字时代的到来，伴随着 AI、NFT 和虚拟现实的新前沿，“艺术”的定义变得越来越模糊。今天成为一名艺术家意味着什么？现在去哪里寻找创作艺术的灵感？
Artist’s talk will be given in Chinese with English translation
Caption for Image: Xu Bing (Chinese, born in 1955), Phoenix, 2015. Recycled construction materials, installation view in the Arsenale at the 56th Venice Biennale, All The World's Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor, Venice, Italy.