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PANDAMONIUM Micro-Exhibition #1: Hu Jieming + Ming Wong

PANDAMONIUM Micro-Exhibition #1: Hu Jieming + Ming Wong | March 12 – March 27


A Collaboration Between CHRONUS ART CENTER Shanghai and MOMENTUM Berlin

A 4-Month Series of Artist Residencies, Open Studios, Micro-Exhibitions, Kunst Salons, Parties, Provocations, and a Group Exhibition Curated by Li Zhenhua and David Elliott

March 12 – June 29:

Micro-Exhibitions at MOMENTUM Curated by Art Yan and Rachel Rits-Volloch

Featuring: Ai Weiwei, Guo Xi, Hu Jieming, Jiang Zhuyun, Liu Yi, Lu Yang, MNM (Christian Graupner, Featuring Mieko Suzuki + Ming Poon), Wang Xin, Ming Wong, Wu Juehui,

Xu Zhe, Zhang Lehua

May 1 – 4:

PANDAMONIUM Gallery Weekend Preview at Collegium Hungaricum

Curated by Fanni Magyar and Rachel Rits-Volloch:

Including Exhibition, Performance, MOMENTUM InsideOut Program &

Panel Discussion: China Through The Looking Glass: Shanghai Meets Beijing

May 1 – June 1:

WORKS ON PAPER II at MOMENTUM – Concurrent Program of Performance Sundays for Month Of Performance Art Curated by Rachel Rits-Volloch

Hu Weiyi, Jia, MNM, Qui Anxiong, Ming Wong

May 9 – June 1:

PANDAMONIUM Group Show at the Kunstquartier Bethanien Chapel – Studio 1

Curated by Li Zhenhua and David Elliott

June 1:

PANDAMONIUM Group Show Finnisage with Panel Discussion: Shanghai – What’s Next?,

Performances by Cai Yuan + Jian Jun Xi,  MNM, with Party by MNM with Mieko Suzuki

June 2 – June 29:

Open Studios, Artist Workshops, Kunst Salons, Micro-Exhibitions at MOMENTUM


Since China Avant-garde, its iconic German debut at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt in 1993, Chinese contemporary art has shown a completely new face to the contemporary art world. After 1979, when the first avant-garde art groups showed their work after the Cultural Revolution, Chinese art has undergone a transformation from demanding artistic freedoms to a more complex and nuanced response to both its domestic and global context. This year marks the 35-year anniversary of the beginning of this transformation.

Zhang Peili started his first experiments with video art in 1988, moving from painting to an engagement with the specific aesthetics and politics of new media. Video art in China today not only contributes to the mainstream of new media art and aesthetics, but has also rooted itself deeply in practical research into technological development as well as into the experience of daily life.

PANDAMONIUM, the title of this exhibition, suggests two conflicting ideas: the soft, cuddly, diplomatic, almost clichéd, image of the Panda, one of the great symbols of China to the outside world, and the wild, fertile, noisy disorder of pandemonium, the place of all demons in Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’.

The birth of this new word represents the chaotic energy of Chinese artists’ efforts and experiments in new media art over the past decade. Furthermore, it highlights the fact that Chinese contemporary art has not yet, other than through the art market, engaged globally during this time. This lack has been veiled by the speed of Chinese social and economic development and further masked by the impact of politics and the media.

PANDAMONIUM focuses on the work of Shanghai artists who work openly, distant from the country’s political centre in Beijing. The group of artists shown here are all engaged in experiments with new media introducing into Chinese art new creative ideas and aesthetic approaches. PANDAMONIUM addresses the first three generations of media artists in China. Starting with pioneers like Hu Jieming, working since the 1980’s to break new ground with the technologies of media art, to the successes of the next generation, such as internationally acclaimed artist Yang Fudong, and moving on to their students, who are developing their own visual language in response and in contrast to their pioneering teachers. Berlin-based artists Thomas Eller and Ming Wong have also been invited to contribute to PANDAMONIUM by responding to this theme.

The work selected for the show is largely on single screen projections, minimal and subtle expressions that will allow the Berlin public not only to see some of the strongest work now being made in Shanghai but also to sense the scale of transformation that is now running through the whole of Chinese contemporary art.

A Series of Artist Residencies, Open Studios, Micro-Exhibitions, Kunst Salons, Parties, Provocations, and a Group Exhibition Curated by Li Zhenhua and David Elliott

PANDAMONIUM Micro-Exhibition #1:

Hu Jieming + Ming Wong


Hu Jieming, Prof. Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, Shanghai, is one of the pioneers of digital media and video installation art in today’s China. One of his primary themes is the co-existence of the old and the new in a modern society. In his art he constantly comments upon and questions this concept with a variety of media including photography, video, digital interactive technology, and architectural elements, along with musical aspects.

Hu Jieming was born in 1957 in Shanghai. He graduated from the Fine Art Department of the Shanghai Light Industry College in 1984. Today he lives and works in Shanghai. Hu Jieming has exhibited widely. Solo exhibitions (selection): K11 Art Mall, Shanghai (2014); ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai (2007 and 2010). Group exhibitions (Selection): UNPAINTED Media Art Fair, Munich, Germany (2014); Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India (2014); Zendai Zhujiajiao Art Space, Shanghai (2013); Waterfront of Xuhui District, Shanghai (2013); Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou (2012); Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2011); CAFA Art Museum, Beijing (2010); Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai (2009); Centro Arte Modernae Contemporanea della Spezia, Italy (2008); Center for Contemporary Art, Long Island City, NY, USA (2006); Museum for Contemporary Art and the Smart Museum of Art, Chicago: Seattle Art Museum; the Santa Barbara Museum; V&A, London, and Haus der kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2006/2005); National Art Museum Beijing, Beijing (2005); Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai (2004).


Ming Wong (*1971 in Singapore) lives and works in Berlin. He studied Chinese Art at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore and Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Art, University College London. Wong’s artwork assembles language and identity and creates it’s own “World Cinema”. His performance-videos show this “everyday life cinema” as a stage of queer politics of representation and combines with the story of a melodrama by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, P. Ramlees or modern dance. Solo exhibitions (selection): carlier I gebauer, Berlin (2014); White Box Gallery, Portland & Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, Oregon, USA (2013); REDCAT, Los Angeles, US (2012); Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (2011); Singapore Art Museum (2010); Singapore Pavilion, 53. Venice Biennial (2009). Group exhibitions (selection): Gwangju Biennial, Sydney Biennial, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (all 2010); Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz (2009); ZKM|Zentrum für Kunst- und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe (2008).

March 12 – 27 | 13:00 – 19:00

WHAT IS PANDAMONIUM??? The collision of Panda Diplomacy – China’s longstanding practice of sending incredibly cute fluffy mammals into the world – with its most enticing cultural export of the day: Contemporary Art.

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Founded in 2013, CAC | Chronus Art Center is the first major non-profit art organization in China focusing on the experiment, production, research, exhibition and education in new media art.  CAC was founded by the renowned curator Li Zhenhua, artist Hu Jieming, and technology expert Dillion Zhang, Wti Group, China’s premiere company for projectors. Having traveled MOMENTUM’s exhibition The Best of Times, The Worst of Times Revisited to CAC Shanghai in the first months of 2014, this collaboration is continued in Berlin with a 4-month program of Chinese media art presented by CAC and MOMENTUM.


MOMENTUM is a non-profit global platform for time-based art, with headquarters in Berlin.  Through our program of Exhibitions, Kunst Salons, Public Video Art Initiatives, Residencies, and Collection, we are dedicated to providing a platform for exceptional artists working with time-based practices. The term ‘time-based’ art means very different things today than when it was first coined over 40 years ago. MOMENTUM’s mission is to continuously reassess the growing diversity and relevance of time-based practices, always seeking innovative answers to the question,  ‘What is time-based art?’. MOMENTUM serves as a bridge joining professional art communities, irrespective of institutional and national borders. The key ideas driving MOMENTUM are: Collaboration, Exchange, Education, Exploration, and Inspiration.

* Special thanks for support from CAC | Chronus Art Center, WTI and CP

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