Definition of «aaajiao»

aaajiao (aka.

Xu Wenkai) (Chinese: 徐文恺), is the online handle of Xu Wenkai, a Shanghai- and Berlin-based artist, avid blogger and free thinker.

Born in 1984, aaajiao grew up in Xi’an, the ancient capital of Qin and Han Dynasty known for the Terracotta Army. The year of 1984, coinciding with George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, seems to explain the perfect alignment between the vivid SciTech-driven imagination and the sometimes-poetic sophistication, frequently seen as the main theme of aaajiao’s work. Many of aaajiao’s works tap into the most current trends of thoughts around the Internet sphere, with a focus on the emerging controversies and phenomenon related to data processing, blogsphere/wemedia and filtered information. In his most recent projects, the artist has adopted a more extended scope of practices, borrowing elements from architecture, electronic music, performance arts, product design, even medicine, to portray the young generation harnessing the power of cyber technology and the ever-present social media.

Being one of the most frequently exhibited Chinese new media artists, aaajiao has been featured in both international and domestic scenes. Highlights include: “Global Control And Censorship - ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe(2015)”, The 2nd “CAFAM Future” Exhibition: Observer-Creator · The Reality Representation of Chinese Young Art Beijing, CAFA Art Museum (2015); Cosmos - Limited and Limitless, Existence and Co-existence Shanghai, 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum (2014),Thingworld - International Triennial of New Media Art Beijing,The National Art Museum of China (2014),The West Bund Architecture and Contemporary Art Biennale, Shanghai (2013); “One World” Exposition – Chinese Art in the Age of the New Media, Videotage, TransLife: Media Art China 2011 - International Triennial of New Media Art Beijing,The National Art Museum of China (2011),Hong Kong (2011); Transmediale, Berlin (2010), etc. aaajiao is a winner of the Jury Prize from Art Sanya Awards 2014, a nominee of OCAT – Pierre Huber Art Prize, and most recently, a nominee of the “Young Artist of the Year” of 9th “Award of Art China”. (Wikipedia)

Sentences with «aaajiao» (usage examples):

  • The artists in this group work across media, extending their vision through painting, sculpture, film, and performance: He An, Liu Yefu, Tan Tian, Tong Kunniao, Wu Di, aaajiao (Xu Wenkai), Math Bass, Ian Cheng, Samara Golden, Camille Henrot, Alex Israel, Helen Marten, Katja Novitskova, Tabor Robak, Borna Sammak, Kerry Tribe and Anicka Yi. (yuzmshanghai.org)
  • Xu founded his project space 6 years ago, and has supported leading Chinese artists including aaajiao, Cui Jie and Cheng Ran. (frieze.com)
  • mother's tankstation (Dublin) and Leo Xu Projects (Shanghai) are delighted to announce a co-produced, and co-curated exhibition, The Mud of Compound Experience, featuring recent and especially commissioned works by aaajiao, Uri Aran, Chen Wei, Nina Canell, Lee Kit, Li Qing, Liu Chuang, Liu Shiyuan, Mairead O'hEocha. (motherstankstation.com)
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