Saturday, May 19, 2007


Astas Romas" & "404 Festival" decided to launch an European Tour that begins on May 31th 2007.

Directors and team of the "404 Festival" will be visiting cultural centers, public and alternative places performing live concerts, projections and conferences, also presenting "404 selected" artworks from international authors.

Artists from different countries will join this tour, such as SadMb (Japan), Synchdub (Belgium), Sample Mousse (Finland), Guillermo Giampietro & Lara Baracetti (Italy), Einstein's Brain Project (Canada), Vladimir Manovski and Aleksandar Secerov (Serbia), Miha Ciglar (Slovenia), among others.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


Touring Show is an online exhibition of artists' maps and 'virtual tours' of contested spaces, ranging from the Military Industrial Complex, to the US-Mexico border, to the body. The mapping and social organization of spaces has not only had a profound impact on the cultures that inhabit them, it has also contributed to the development of a number of artistic traditions, including cartography, drafting, and landscape painting and photography. More recently, the emergence of the artists' lectures and tours as artistic media has coincided with the practice of 'radical cartography,' which in its most elemental terms is the charting of a space's relationship to the empire or ideology that governs it. Also significant to the specific cultural moment traced here is the mingling of technology's impact on our landscape and the use of technologies to explore and document this terrain. The artists here offer a combination of web-based and public projects that can be interpreted as tours in this vein. While some of the projects read as interventions, others simply present the information needed to navigate viewers' own subjective traversals.

Curated by Marisa Olson for Rhizome.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

New Directions from China from 05/06/07 to 06/17/07 PlugIn, Basel

With works by Zhang Peili, Geng Jianyi, Huang Shi, Miao Xiaochun, spylab
(Benjamin Bacon / Huang Haiyan), Wu Juehui, Jin Jiangbo, Lu Yang.
Curator: Zhang Ga

Opening / lecture
Contemporary China: art and technology
Lecture by Zhang Ga on the occasion of the opening of «New Directions from
Saturday, May 5th, 6pm
Opening reception afterwards (7pm).

Panel discussion on the conditions of new media art in China.
06/15/07, 2pm (during Art Basel)
With Jin Jiangbo, Lu Yang, Wu Juehui, Zhang Peili und Zhang Ga.

Despite the boom of Chinese contemporary Art, new media art from China is still little known. «New Directions from China» is the first group show of its kind in Europe. It was curated by Zhang Ga, the artistic director of the
China International New Media Arts Exhibition 2008 at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing.

"New Direction from China is the first attempt to bring an exhibition of Chinese artists working exclusively in the area of new media to the European audience. The exhibition is comprised of works from both established as well as emerging artists from Mainland China. By presenting a body of exemplifying works, it is my hope to introduce to the West a glimpse of the new direction of artistic endeavor from China, though nascent, yet already manifesting great potential and refreshing vitality. The exhibition is conceived to inspire active dialogues among media art communities and to
embark on a discourse of the open art work seen from culturally and historically disparate contexts and traditions."
Zhang Ga