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aaajiao

Active online as a media artist, blogger, activist and programmer, aaajiao is the virtual persona of Shanghai- and Berlin- artist Xu Wenkai. Born in 1984—the title of George Orwell’s classic allegorical novel— and in one of China’s oldest cities, Xi’an, aaajiao’s art and works are marked by a strong dystopian awareness, literati spirits and sophistication. Many of aaajiao’s works speak to new thinkings, controversies and phenomenon around the Internet, with specific projects focusing on the processing of data, the blogsphere and China’s Great Fire Wall. aaajiao’s recent projects extend his practice to various disciplines (among them, architecture, topography, and design) to capture the pulse of the young generation consuming cyber technology and living in social media.

aaajiao

I hate people but I love you
Single channel video, color, sound
25'04 min
2017

aaajiao

404
Ink and sponge roller
Dimension variable
2017

aaajiao

404 (detail)
Ink and sponge roller
Dimension variable
2017

aaajiao

Body Shadow @ Leo Xu Projects
Document video
2014–2015

aaajiao

A Dead Innovative Company
USB installation (automatic font file copy to plug in the usb flash drive), data of xindanwei and text
2016

Born 1984 in Xi’an, CN
Lives and works in Shanghai, CN and Berlin, DE

 

Solo Exhibitions
2019

  • a‘a’a‘jiao: an ID | HOW Art Museum, Shanghai, CN

2018

  • bot | House of Egorn, Berlin, DE
  • Gluttony | A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu, CN

2017

  • User, Love, High-frequency Trading | Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, CN

2016

  • Remnants of an Electronic Past | CFCCA, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, UK
  • Remnants of an Electronic Past | OCAT, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Xi’an, CN

2015

  • aaajiao – Untitled | Gallery Yang, Beijing, CN
  • Alias: aaajiao | Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, CN

2014

  • The Screen Generation @ 9m² Museum | 9m² Museum, Shanghai, CN

2013

  • The Screen Generation | chi K11 art space, Shanghai, CN
  • The Screen Generation – Prequel | C-Space, Beijing, CN

2011

  • Placebo | OtherGallery, Shanghai, CN

2010

  • Cybernetics | V Arts Centre, Shanghai, CN

 

Group Exhibitions
2019

  • Open Codes. Connected Bots | CAC, Chronus Art Center, Shanghai, CN
  • Sing the Body Electric | David Zwirner, Hongkong, CN
  • Nine Journey Through Time | Yuz Museum, Shanghai, CN
  • Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu | Lisson Gallery, London, UK
  • 13thCairo Biennale, Cairo, EG
  • Artificial Intelligence and Intercultural Dialogue | The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, RU
  • CHINA LANDSCAPE: SELECTIONS FROM THE TAIKANG COLLECTION, Beijing, CN
  • The Evolution of Communication | Design Society, Shenzhen, CN
  • New Art History: 2000–2018 Chinese Contemporary Art | MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Yinchuan, CN
  • Chinternet Ugly | CFCCA, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, UK
  • Chinese Whispers – Neue Kunst aus der Sigg Collection | MAK, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, AT

2018

  • Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today | University of Michigan, Museum of Art, Michigan, US
  • Bad Code | Power Station of art, Shanghai, CN
  • GLOBAL CONTROL AND CENSORSHIP | MODEM, Modern and Contemporary Arts Centre, Debrecen, HU
  • GLOBAL CONTROL AND CENSORSHIP | The National Library of Latvia, Riga, LV
  • artBerlin, Berlin, DE
  • Brilliant City (Reprise) | David Zwirner, Hongkong, CN
  • GLOBAL CONTROL AND CENSORSHIP | The National Library of Technology, Prague, CZ
  • Take Me (I’m Yours) | Villa Medici, Rome, IT
  • A World in a Grain of Sand: Mapping Shapes and Sites for Social Geometries | Fosun Foundation, Shanghai, CN
  • Chinese Medicine in America: Converging Ideas, People and Practices | The Museum of Chinese in America, New York, US
  • Nine Journeys Through Time | Palazzo Reale, Milan, IT
  • Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today | The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, US
  • Access Through a Detour | Magician Space, Beijing, CN

2017

  • Future Life Handbook | Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art, Guangzhou, CN
  • Take Me (I’m Yours) | Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, IT
  • The Ecstasy of Time – Reframing the Medium of Knowing | He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, CN
  • Take Me (I’m Yours) | BIENALSUR, Buenos Aires, AR
  • Being Information | SSSSTART, Shanghai, CN
  • Heart of the Tin Man | M WOODS, Beijing, CN
  • A NEW BALLARDIAN VISION | Metro Pictures, New York, US
  • unREAL | Haus der elektronischen Künste, Basel, CH 
  • GLOBAL CONTROL AND CENSORSHIP | Tallinna Kunstihoone, Tallinn, EE
  • Body Media II | Power Station of Art, Shanghai, CN
  • Seeds of Time | Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, CN
  • All Happens after Sunset | MoCA Pavilion, Shanghai, CN
  • Create Spaces | Luxelakes·A4 Art Museum, Chengdu, CN
  • Moments and More: Documents of Culture Pavilion [wén huà guǎn] | OCAT, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (Online Art Project), Shanghai, CN
  • Nominations, Three Rooms – International Touring Exhibition of Young Media Artists | Chronus Art Center, Shanghai, CN

2016

  • A Strong Gale in the Dark Forest | Chuangxinyi Internet Bar, Three Supermarkets, Beijing, CN
  • The 3rd Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, Shenzhen, CN
  • Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia | Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas, US
  • Ethics of Technology | Beijing Media Art Biennale, Beijing, CN
  • OVERPOP | Yuz Museum, Shanghai, CN
  • Take Me (I’m Yours) | Jewish Museum, New York, US
  • The Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China | Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, CN
  • The Mud of Compound Experience | G/F, No. 98 Apliu Street, Kowloon, Hongkong, CN 
  • HACK SPACE | K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space, Hongkong, CN 
  • Heavy Artillery | White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, AU

2015

  • The Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China | Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, CN
  • Globale: Global Control And Censorship | ZKM, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, DE
  • Stereognosis Zone Guangzhou | Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art, Guangzhou, CN
  • Fusion: Chinese Modern And Contemporary Art Since 1930s | Wanlin Art Museum of Wuhan University, Wuhan, CN
  • Observer-Creator · The Reality Representation of Chinese Young Art | K11, Hongkong, CN 
  • Frieze New York, New York, US
  • No Apple No Show – Part II Shanghai | We Gallery, Shanghai, CN
  • VOID – there’s nothing more left, but a little trace from human beings, Ginkgo Space, Beijing, CN
  • The Tell-Tale Heart | Chi Art Space, Hongkong, CN
  • Observer-Creator · The Reality Representation of Chinese Young Art | CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, CN

2014

  • The Truth About Entropy | OCAT, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai, CN
  • Ministry of Truth II – The Factitious and its Realm | Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, CN
  • Cosmos – Limited and Limitless, Existence and Co-existence | 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, CN
  • The 12thNational Art Exhibition – Experimental Art | Today Art Museum, Beijing, CN
  • Metamorphosis of the Virtual 5+5 Shanghai | chi K11 art museum, Shanghai, CN
  • Silence – the 1990s | Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris, FR
  • Thingworld – International Triennial of New Media Art | The National Art Museum of China, Beijing, CN
  • PANDAMONIUM – Media Art From Shanghai | Momentum, Berlin, DE 
  • Transience – Intractable Objects | Taikang Space, Beijing, CN

2013

  • The West Bank Architecture and Contemporary Art Biennale Shanghai, Shanghai, CN
  • Reading Shanghai | Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, CN
  • Lost In The Labyrinth New York | Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, New York, US
  • Truth, Beauty, Freedom and Money – Art After Social Media Era Shanghai | chi K11 art space, Shanghai, CN
  • SHANGHAI SURPRISE – A GROUP SHOW ON CONTEMPORARY ART IN SHANGHAI | chi K11 art space, Shanghai, CN

2012

  • ART DIALOGUE CITY – 2ND EDITION N-MINUTES VIDEO ART FESTIVAL, Shanghai, CN
  • Solar Plexus London | Space Station Sixty Five , London, UK
  • Whatever You Want – New Media Art Show, Beijing, CN
  • Solar Plexus Shanghai | V Arts Centre, Shanghai, CN
  • OVERLOOK | Magda Danysz Gallery, Shanghai, CN

2011

  • One World Exposition – Chinese Art in the Age of the New Media | Videotage, Hongkong, CN
  • Augmented Senses – A China-France Media Art Exhibition | The Oct Art&Design Gallery, Shenzhen, CN
  • TransLife: Media Art China 2011 – International Triennial of New Media Art | The National Art Museum of China, Beijing, CN
  • Augmented Senses – A China-France Media Art Exhibition | The OCT SUHE CREEK GALLERY, Shanghai, CN
  • Be With Me | Liste 16, Basel, CH
  • +Follow | Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, CN
  • From Interaction to Micro-Sociology: The Dual Thread of Media Intervention into Art in The Netherlands and China |  Art ISSUE Projects, Beijing, CN
  • Words and Dreams | 18 Gallery, Shanghai, CN

2010

  • Resonance | 18 Gallery, Shanghai, CN
  • Creators Project, 798 Beijing, CN
  • a world which is being built! | V Arts Centre, Shanghai, CN
  • Transmediale 2010, Berlin, DE

2009

  • Sweet Future | 436 Jumen Road, Shanghai, CN
  • Fantastic Illusions – Media Art Exhibition of Chinese and Belgian Artists Belgium, Shanghai, CN
  • New Media Archaeology | DDM Warehouse, Shanghai, CN
  • Thematic Exhibition – Art Unforbidden | Art Beijing, Beijing, CN

2008

  • SHIFT Festival, Basel, CH
  • eArts Festival, Shanghai, CN
  • Virtual City (New Power – China Contemporary Art) | Berlin Biennale, Berlin, DE
  • Synthetic Times | Public Education Project, Beijing, CN
  • Mini Summit on New Media Arts Policy & Practice, Singapore, CN
  • SEWN Segment Space Shanghai, Shanghai, CN

2007

  • Microwave Internation l Media Art Festival, Hongkong, CN
  • Long March Beijing, Beijing, CN
  • eArts Festival Shanghai, CN
  • SEWN Segment Space Beijing, Beijing, CN
  • Getitlouder Beijing, Beijing, CN
  • Zhangjiang science | Technology and Culture Festival, Shanghai, CN
  • THE MOBILE LAB | Borderline Festival, Beijing, CN
  • CIGE | Multi-Media Arts International Lab & Forum, Beijing, CN
  • Media Art in China Exhibition Series 1999–2007 | Arario Gallery, Beijing, CN
  • Interact or Die! | V2 DEAF07, DEAF, Dutch Electronic Art Festival, Rotterdam, NL

 

Awards
2014

  • Jury Prize, Art Sanya Award
  • selected for Pierre Huber Art Prize Shortlist, OCAT, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai, CN
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