Winners of Hyundai Blue Prize Art+Tech 2022

Hyundai Motorstudio Beijing, Beijing / China

January 14, 2022
January 14, 2022

Hyundai Motorstudio Beijing announced two winning exhibitions of Hyundai Blue Prize Art+Tech 2022: Xin Bi’s Time After Time: The Polychronicity in Blockchain and Diane Xing’s Balcony for the Brave-Nutrition, materials, and future ecology, which will be presented at Hyundai Motorstudio Beijing in 2022. The two winners were selected by art and tech experts, media professionals, and public votes among the six shortlisted candidates.

Established in 2017 by Hyundai Motor, Hyundai Blue Prize Art+Tech is an annual award program to inspire the creativity of emerging Chinese curators in art and technology. Each year, it launches the year’s theme which reflects different aspects of Hyundai’s long-term vision. The theme of Hyundai Blue Prize 2022 is “Disruptive Futures,” which was chosen to encourage people to pause and critically reflect on the type of future we want to create for humanity at a time of rapid and unexpected changes.

Xin Bi is a curator, researcher, and translator based in Shanghai. Her curation, Time After Time: The Polychronicity in Blockchain, provides a critical and philosophical examination on the blockchain technology in her selection of works. The exhibition reconsiders the forks of time and the poetry of technology, through three parallel networks of time—Chimera, Energy, and Spime. “Chimera Time (Algorithm – Time)” explores the probabilistic nature of time in the context of technology itself. “Energy Time (Ecology – Time)” sorts out the circular chain of temporality capital-consensus mechanism-computing power-natural resources-technology-time. “Spime (Social Connection - Time)” merges time and space into one, exploring the trajectory of political, emotional, and community connection in the hybrid of space and time, and the connections and interventions between the virtual and real worlds.

Diane Xing is a researcher and a curator who discusses future life and the relationship between human and nature through everyday life materials that are familiar to the audience. In her exhibition, Balcony for the Brave-Nutrition, materials, and future ecology, she gives special meaning to balconies, as a space that connects an individual to the society and links urban life and nature. The exhibition takes an imaginary "Future Balcony" as a blueprint for the landscape of post-human life, with artists acting as “nutrition converters,” “material makers,” “garden planters,” and “stargazers.” Through carefully selected artworks that uses ecological materials and recyclable items, she communicates one of the main themes in the exhibition, sustainability, creatively.

“Through Hyundai Blue Prize Art+Tech, we want to foster a new generation of creative curators and provide a global platform for them to demonstrate their exceptional insights and curatorial abilities” said DooEun Choi, Art Director at Hyundai Motor. “These emerging curators share our belief that the value of art and technology lies in its potential to shape and enhance our lives. We will continue to raise important issues about the interplay between culture, art and technology, and spark conversations on the potential futures for humanity.” Over the entire course of the competition this year, the award program carried out a variety of activities to support the shortlisted candidates in developing their professional careers over the long-term. The contestants were connected with a broad range of leading academics as well as art-tech communities through online curatorial forums and local art institution visits. Additionally, mentorships were arranged with the national and international jury members to help further develop their capabilities and critical thinking as curators.

As the final winners of the fifth Hyundai Blue Prize Art+Tech, Xin Bi and Diane Xing gain the opportunity to curate their exhibitions at Hyundai Motorstudio Beijing with the grant of CYN 600,000 each. Furthermore, the winners will be supported in promotion of their exhibitions, as well as with extended public programs.

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