Globale: Global Control And Censorship
ZKM Center for Art and Media
October 3rd, 2015 through May 1st, 2016
Aaajiao is included in the exhibition “Globale: Global Control And Censorship” at ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe in Germany, running from October 3rd, 2015 through May 1st, 2016.
Conceived to address the mystical triangle of knowledge, power and control, the group exhibition is based on the collaboration between visual artists (Laurent Grasso, Trevor Paglen, Hito Steyerl, among many others) and network of scientists, journalists, and activists in some twenty countries around the world, and in cooperation with expert organizations such as the German PEN Center, the Chaos Computer Club, Reporters Without Borders, and such platforms as netzpolitik. org, digitalcourage.de, WikiLeaks, and others.
Born in 1984 in one of China’s oldest cities Xi’an, Aaajiao’s art and works are marked by a strong dystopian awareness—his year of birth being the synonym of Orwell’s classic allegory novel—and literati spirits and sophistication. Many of Aaajiao’s works speak to new thinking, controversies and phenomenon around Internet, with specific projects focusing on the processing of Data, the blogsphere and China’s Great Fire Wall. Aaajiao’s recent projects extend his practice to various disciplines (architecture, electronic music, performance, product design, medicine, among many others) to take the pulse of a young generation consuming cyber technology and living in social media.
Aaajiao’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions around the world, for instance, Thingworld, International Triennial of New Media Art, The National Art Museum of China, Beijing (2014); Pandamounium, Media Art from Shanghai, Momentum, Berlin (2014); The West Bund Architecture and Contemporary Art Biennale, Shanghai (2013); One World Exposition – Chinese Art in the Age of the New Media, Videotage, Hong Kong (2011); Transmediale, Berlin (2010), etc. He received the Jury Prize from Art Sanya Awards 2014 and was nominated for the first edition of OCAT – Pierre Huber Art Prize in 2014.