Zhang Peili at ZKM Karlsruhe

Datumsoria: the Return of the Real

Sat, 09.09.2017 – Sun, 18.03.2018

ZKM | Karlsruhe


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, whose generality derives from 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 who has the ownership of this new reality that is constructed by the materiality of bits and bytes and the algorithmic power of the digital.


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