Curators: FENG Lixing、SHI Ji、WU You
Artists: CAI Chengliang、CHEN Baoyang、FENG Feifei、LEI Ronghua、LI Wan、LI Weiyi、LIU Shiyuan、WANG Xiaonan、Caison WANG、WANG Zigeng、WU Yifei、ZHANG weiwei
Venue: Power Station of Art Gallery 7 5F
Dates: November 25, 2017 – March 9, 2018
The #hashtag exhibition marks a physical location for digital social space. Used extensively in social media, “#” works not only as labels of categorized information, but also as embodiment of interactions between the digital and the real. This binary of “#” has inspired the exhibition to reconfigure the roles of art museums, artists, and visitors, by inviting all parties to step out of their long-established identities.
#hashtag takes place in two parallel dimensions – “# online” and “# on-site”. “#online” transforms the exhibition into real-time updating cloud storage – both artists and visitors contribute to its archive by sending hashtags to specific artworks. “#on-site”, on the other hand, becomes a physical address linking to the cloud, and a tangible screen displaying all social interactions.
In the context of the digital turn, #hashtag tries to record the shift in which artists abandoned grandiose intentions for a more nuanced range of concerns. Familiar daily objects – faith, fortune, street, cityscape, Apple store, unmanned grocery, etc. – are de-familiarized through digital observation, articulation and re-creation, therefore reinterpreted to a new status of unfamiliarity. As a response to the emerging phenomena, #hashtag crowds these provocative artworks into one space, where the reactions and feedbacks from all participants are synchronously inspired, captured, and archived.
Thus, no more galleries, only lives; no more sections, only archipelagos; no more installation, only interface; no more canvas, only resolution; no more sequence, only URL; no more catalogue, only data structure; no more labels, only QR codes; no more descriptive texts, only definitive constructs; no more visitors, only players; no more observation, only intervention; no more guestbook, only bullet screen; no more anticipation, only statistics; no more comments, only hashtags. No more speculation on the digital, only digital documentation; no more virtual reality, only real virtuality.