Visiting the exhibition is possible by making an appointment via online registration (link) and takes about 2 hours. To experience the exhibited works, it's necessary to wear VR headsets provided and regularly disinfected by the Goethe-Institut. In view of the limited number of visitors, we ask you to only register for one appointment. However, a change of date is possible.
Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment. Reservations of those who still do not show up 10 minutes after the start of the agreed appointment will be considered invalid.
Opening: 21. November 2020, 17:30
Duration of the exhibition: 21-29. November 2020 (Monday closed)
Venue: Goethe-Institut China
Address: Originality Square, Jiuxianqiao Road No. 2, Chaoyang District, Beijing
For the online-reservation please scan the QR-Code.
NEGOTIABLE MATTERS: IDENTITIES
Identity is one of the defining themes of cultural history. It poses not only the question of who I am, but also the question of which identity I claim for myself. The first question is related to gender, age, origin, and also nationality. We encounter it throughout our lives in countless forms. The second question refers to a plural, polymorphic character that develops and constantly changes in the course of socialisation processes through upbringing, education and profession.
Today, identity is negotiated not only in the physical world, but also - as a matter of course - in the digital world. In these times of pandemic, we find ourselves spending more time than ever in digital space, which implies a further shaping and transformation of our plural identities. Through the use of social media, the shift in identity is turning into a constant process of reflection on our present self and is continually influenced by digital experiences. What does identity mean in a time when reality is accelerating ever more rapidly and algorithms seem to know more about us than we do ourselves? The use of new technologies that enable modes of immersion has long been part of the avant-garde repertoire in theatre, film, architecture and other art forms. Technologies such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality create overlapping space-times in our everyday lives, opening up multiple perspectives on identity, community and society.
The six works featured in this exhibition use the latest extended reality technologies and break new ground in the exploration of the theme of identity: THROUGH THE WARDROBE explores the fluidity of the genders in a multifaceted spectrum; HANAHANA花華 constructs a new world of music and architecture, consisting of arms and energy fields; VVVR frees users from the barriers of their own voices and bodies by translating real communication into a virtual form; BODYLESS discovers identity in history and transports the viewer into an intermediate world without bodies; THE REAL THING takes a new look at urban life and inhabited space, and GO focuses on humankind's return to nature and reflects on our finiteness. Painting, architecture, music, games and literature collide and overlap with each other in virtual space, creating parallel space-times in which emotions linger and oscillate.
The selection of artworks includes a focus on XR works that negotiate identity issues. Based on analogue and digital experiences, XR media open up new possibilities for storytelling and explorations of identity. Visitors are confronted with their own behaviour patterns and have the opportunity to further explore the multiple meanings of identity.
We invite visitors to reflect on the variety of aspects that influence identity formation. A new world opens up, the participants leave their human bodies; emotions are condensed and the door to a self-determined existence is opened.
Do I return fulfilled or do I feel as if I have lost something? This I, returning from virtual space-time - who is it?