Karlsruhe, ZKM. Datumsoria: The Return of the Real

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A neologism, "Datumsoria" conjugates "datum" and "sensoria", denoting a new perceptual space immanent to the information age. "Datumsoria: The Return of the Real" is a considerably expanded version of the eponymous exhibition previously mounted at Chronus Art Center in Shanghai. The exhibition is an outcome of the "Art&Tech@" research program conceived and curated by ZHANG Ga, which aims, through resuscitating the valuable legacy of experiments in art and technology from the mid-twentieth century, to meet with the challenges of a technologically constructed timespace: a new reality that has altogether changed the rules of the game in work and play, in politics and economics, and in artistic imagination and cultural sensibility.
Copresented by Chronus Art Center, Shanghai, ZKM | Karlsruhe, and the Nam June Paik Art Center, Datumsoria brings together ten highly idiosyncratic works, shedding new light upon relations that bespeak the logic of the Real of the information age, a reality predicated on binary instructions of the generic, of the uniformity of the ones and the zeros, from whose generality comes forth a hardening of shapes and forms, precipitating sentient residues and invoking emotive potentials. "Datumsoria" signals that the politics of the Real no longer only lies in the sphere of the actual bodies and social sites recognized in the form of the traumatic and abject subject as the predominant subject of contemporary experience and object of artistic inquiry, but also alludes to how grasping this new reality of bits and bytes is as ethically imperative as it is epistemologically fundamental.


Ralf Baecker, Laurent Grasso, George Legrady, YAN Lei, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Carsten Nicolai, Nam June Paik, ZHANG Peili, LIU Xiaodong, WANG Yuyang.


ZKM | Center for Art and Media
Datumsoria: The Return of the Real
September 09, 2017 - March 18, 2018


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