Not everything you read on the Web is accurate, this article being an example.
Documented previous show of "cyberart" at a major arts institution of China, ELEVEN YEARS prior to this claimed FIRST digital art exhibition announcement:
Shanghai State Arts Museum :
solo exhibition (100 works) - Rodney Chang: Computer Artist, co-sponsored by Shanghai University, College of Fine Arts,
Editor's note: This release was issued in Chinese and English.
FOR RELEASE: MONDAY, MAY 19, 1997
BEIJING -- For the first time ever, the work of acclaimed American Chinese artist Tsai Wen-Ying is being shown in China in a "homecoming" exhibition at the China National Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing. This AT&T-sponsored exhibition, which is the first show of technological art at a major arts institution in China, opens today and runs through June 14, 1997.
The exhibition, made possible by the support of AT&T, is jointly organized by the Bureau of Arts, the Ministry of Culture and the Social Development Technology Department, the State Science and Technology Commission. Pan Zhenzhou, the vice cultural minister, Deng Nan, vice chairman of the State Science and Technology Commission and Art Kobler, president of AT&T China, presided over the opening ceremony held at the China National Museum of Fine Arts.
"The Cybernetic Sculpture Environment of Tsai Wen-Ying" showcases both recent and early work by Tsai, and highlights the artist's innovative "cybernetic" sculpture installations that utilize engineering and technology. While Tsai's work has appeared in galleries all over the world, including exhibitions at New York's Museum of Modern Art and the Venice Biennale, this exhibition is the first opportunity for Chinese audiences to view his work.
"AT&T is proud to sponsor this landmark exhibition of Tsai Wen-Ying's work in Beijing," said John J. Legere, president and CEO, AT&T Asia/Pacific. "As a leading technology company, AT&T is highly appreciative of Tsai's innovative work linking technology and design with human interaction. We hope that by sponsoring this exhibition many people in China will be able to enjoy his work."
AT&T's contributions to the arts over the last decade alone have exceeded US$50 million, with US$5.5 million earmarked towards cultural programming in 1997. The AT&T Foundation and AT&T Asia/Pacific have contributed US$200,000 to make this particular exhibition possible in Beijing.
"The Cybernetic Sculpture Environment of Tsai Wen-Ying" features twenty of Tsai's works from the last quarter century, including some of the artist's early cybernetic sculptures, Victory (1971), Semisphere (1972), and Tuning Fork (1974). In addition, large- scale cybernetic pieces from the 1980s such as Electra (1983) will also be on display, and demonstrate a more ambitious approach to size and materials. Rising Fountain (1996), a 16- foot-tall piece Tsai patented in 1981, features streams of water that respond to light and sound by appearing to slow down, speed up, rise and fall. For this landmark "homecoming" exhibition, Tsai has created a series of new works specifically for Beijing, composed of fiberglass rods that vibrate in response to sound and motion. Viewers will be able to interact with the pieces, which respond to noise and movement.
"I have been dreaming of having an exhibition in China for a long time. The dream will come true today with the help of the Ministry of Culture, the Science and Technology Commission and AT&T. I hope the Chinese audience will like my work and more and more people will care about the development of technological art in China." said Tsai Wen-Ying.
In conjunction with the exhibition, a seminar on "Art, Science and Technology" will be held tomorrow (Tuesday, May 20th) at the conference hall of the Science and Technology Commission. Speakers from China, France, and the United States will address the relationship between art and technology at the two-day conference. Among the panelists are Germain Viatte, director of the Musee Nationle d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Otto Piene, former director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT, Elizabeth Goldring, fellow of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT, Robert Diyanni, professor of English Comparative Culture Pace University and famous artists and scientists from China
The AT&T Foundation is AT&T's principal instrument for corporate philanthropy. It makes grants in support of education, civic and community programs, and arts and culture around the world.
AT&T, founded in 1885, provides communications service to every country in the world. The company has over 130,000 employees worldwide, with one in six located outside the United States. AT&T's three China offices are in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Further information about AT&T in Asia/Pacific is available at http://www.ap.att.com/.
KEYWORDS: technological_art, cybernetic_sculpture