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Talk with aaajiao & Pauline Doutreluingne

Thursday, May 23, 2024 from 7pm

Schöneberger Ufer 71
10785 Berlin
SETAREH Berlin invites you to an exclusive talk with artist aaajiao and curator Pauline Doutreluingne. Celebrating the closing of A bit, A prompt, aaajiao and Pauline Doutreluingne will discuss various strands of research which were evolved for the exhibition.

Focusing on the internet, our closest and most visible form of computational power, aaajiao realises works of art which track how people‘s behaviours are alienated from real life by the platform algorithms of the attention economy and the proliferation of pervasive ideological conflicts, turning life into merely an information bit, flickering and dancing.

In the exhibition, aaajiao searches through the creation of video, paintings and sculpture for a void in such a system, for a void of the internet, where streams may still flow which dissociate from systemic authority, soothe our wounds, and dissolve these constructed configurations of distraction and hatred.

SETAREH Berlin looks forward to your attendance. Refreshments will be provided.
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Pauline Doutreluingne is a curator, visual researcher, lecturer and filmmaker based in Berlin. Since fall 2022 she is the artistic director of Kunstverein Arnsberg. Through her work she seeks to stimulate cultural and ecological differentiations and deconstruct societal ideas originating from colonial thinking. Her curatorial projects are dialogues and exercises into progressive imaginaries.

Recent curated exhibitions include Speaking To Ancestors (2022-2023), Terrestrial Assemblage (2021), Floating Berlin, A Handful of Dust (2020), Interiors to Being (2019), Karma Ltd Extended (2018), a one year program at Acud Macht Neu, Berlin, The Conundrum of Imagination, on the Paradigm of Exploration and Discovery (2017), Leopold Museum, Vienna (with Bonaventure Soh Ndikung); Agency of Living Organisms (2016), Tabakalera, The Next Big Thing is Not a Thing (2016), NAiM/Bureau Europa in the Netherlands, as well as If You Are So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich? (2014) for the 5th Marrakech Biennale, Morocco (with Bonaventure Soh Ndikung). Since 2023, she is head of department of MA Spatial Strategies at Weissensee School of Arts Berlin.
aaajiao has been active online as a media artist, blogger, activist and programmer. aaajiao is the virtual persona of Shanghai- and Berlin- artist Xu Wenkai. Born in 1984—the title of George Orwell’s classic allegorical novel— and in one of China’s oldest cities, Xi’an, aaajiao’s art and works are marked by a strong dystopian awareness, literati spirits and sophistication. Many of aaajiao’s works speak to new thinkings, controversies and phenomenon around the 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 (among them, architecture, topography, and design) to capture the pulse of the young generation consuming cyber technology and living in social media.

aaajiao’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions around the world, upcoming and recent shows include Deep Simulator, Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin (2020) ; Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston (2018); unREAL, Haus der elektronischen Künste, Basel (2017); Shanghai Project Part II, Shanghai (2017); Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia, Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas (2016); Take Me (I’m Yours), Jewish Museum, New York (2016), Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milano (2017); Overpop, Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2016); Hack Space (curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Amira Gad), K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space, Hong Kong and chi K11 art museum, Shanghai (2016); Globale: Global Control and Censorship, ZKM | Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe (2015); Thingworld International Triennial of New Media Art, The National Art Museum of China, Beijing (2014); and Transmediale, HKW | Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2010).