We=Link: Ten Easy Pieces
Online exhibition
31 March — 30 April 2020

Organized by:
Chronus Art Center (China)
Art Center Nabi (Korea)
Rhizome of the New Museum (USA)

ZHANG Ga (China)

Arts at CERN (Switzerland)
e-flux (USA)
HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel)
iMAL (Belgium)
LABORATORIA Art & Science Foundation (Russia)
MU Hybrid Art House (The Netherlands)
V2_Lab for the Unstable Media (The Netherlands)

Raphaël Bastide (France)
Tega Brain & Sam Lavigne (Australia – USA)
JODI (The Netherlands – Belgium)
LI Weiyi (China)
Evan Roth (USA)
Slime Engine (China)
Helmut Smits (Holland)
XU Wenkai (aka aaajiao) (China)
Yangachi and YE Funa (China)

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak rapidly raging throughout the world, we are experiencing an unprecedented historical time, and social and economic routines have been interrupted, including cultural programming. More than ever, art remains an essential force to galvanize and rejuvenate. In lieu of a physical exhibition restrained by the lockdown, Chronus Art Center sent out an open call to the international media art community in early February to initiate a special online exhibition as a response to the current uncertainty and a time of anxiety. The proposal has since received committed responses from the international community. 

Titled “We=Link: Ten Easy Pieces,” alluding to the American actor Jack Nicholson’s iconic movie Five Easy Pieces with a subtle twist on WeChat, the popular Chinese social media platform, the exhibition is being presented online in collaboration with a network of other hosting institutions. The works included in this exhibition are network native, exploring the potential of mobile technologies, particularly with a creative and critical appropriation of various social media platforms. 

The title “We=Link: Ten Easy Pieces” denotes a community of solidarity as a network of empowerment. The reference to Five Easy Pieces prompts an evocation of an implicit existential anxiety, a sense of estrangement and soul finding: Ten Uneasy Pieces indeed. On the other hand, “We=Link” also elicits a silver lining – a streak of hope to carry on. 

Rather than an explicit outcry against the current public health crisis, this online project addresses a general state of humanity that is under pressing peril of natural and social disruptions and precariousness, demonstratively manifested in the coronavirus outbreak, which is partially the cause of the magnitude of the virus itself and partially beholden to a failure of governance.

We=Link: Ten Easy Pieces,” features new commissions by the artists aaajiao, Tega Brain & Sam Lavigne, JODI, LI Weiyi, Slime Engine and YE Funa in conjunction with works by Evan Roth, Helmut Smits, Yangachi and Raphaël Bastide. The exhibition was made possible through the generous support of Art Center Nabi (Seoul); Rhizome of the New Museum (New York); and the concerted efforts by 12 institutions around the world. 

Established in 2013, Chronus Art Center (CAC) is China’s first nonprofit art organization dedicated to the presentation, research / creation and scholarship of media art. 

Art Center Nabi is one of the premier media art centers in South Korea and a central institution in the international digital arts and culture scene, since its founding in 2000. Art Center Nabi aims to act as an intermediary that transforms the cultural desires into vital activities. 

Rhizome champions born-digital art and culture through artist-centered programs that commission, present, and preserve art made with and through digital networks and tools. 

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