Zhang Peili will participate in the exhibition Art in Motion. 100 Masterpieces with and through Media. This exhibition will be presented at CAFA Art Museum in fall 2019 as part of the CAFAM International Biennale of Media Art. Before it is introduced to Beijing, the exhibition will be held from 14 July 2018 to 10 February 2019 in ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany.
ZKM is collaborating with CAFA Art Museum, Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and curator Zhang Ga, who will be responsible for the exhibition concept of Art in Motion when it is shown at CAFA Art Museum. The global perspective of the exhibition in Beijing aims to map the trajectory of the past 50 years of global media art development through the lens of the technologically constructed notion of reality.
»This exhibition's importance can not be overstated. It provides a rare and perceptive opportunity to see classic examples put into a new context and as well to experience works whose relevance had been previously obscured.«
The video Assignment No.1 depicts the collection of blood samples for routine lab tests: cleaning the finger with a sterilized medical cotton ball; pricking it with a needle; bleeding; collecting the blood in a glass dropper; wiping away the bloodstain with a sterilized cotton ball; pressing the finger to make it bleed again; and drawing blood again. The process, played in slow speed in its entirety, is repeated several times, after which the blood collected is pooled on a glass sheet and scraped away. As with several other works, the viewer suspects that this documentation of a strict procedure is motivated by a cataloguing of the techniques of bodily control, transforming what could become nauseating into a routine and even boring list of steps.
By extending the original duties of a museum, the ZKM | Center for Art and Media has become a cultural institution unique throughout the world. It is a house for all media and genre, a house for both spatial arts, such as painting, photography, and sculpture as well as timebased arts, such as film, video, media art, music, dance, theater, and performance. ZKM was founded as a museum in 1989 with the mission to perpetuate classical arts in the digital age, which is why it is occasionally referred to as "Electronic or Digital Art Bauhaus”.