A Ripple In The {Data} Flow

Curated by Xinchen Du


Artists: Gregory Edwards, Huang Guaier + Wang Runzhong, Xiang Geng (Sean Fox), Tao Hui, Marc Lee, Molly Soda, Ziyang  Wu, Esther Yijun Xu, and Payne Zhu


A Ripple in the {Data} Flow proposes a series of urgent questions too often ignored in this age of global connectivity: What kind of self-awareness can users maintain when they are actively, passively, or indirectly accessing data? If data is structured in a rational way, to what extent are we rational when using data? What are the perils of infatuation with the networked world and the many kinds of information, pleasure, convenience, and fantasy it offers? Curated amid the unprecedented human novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, A Ripple in the {Data} Flow becomes an online virtual exhibition at a time when many events and activities are forced to go online. It thus reflects on how our understanding of reality and virtuality is enhanced by this extraordinary situation.


Image: Collaboration between Xinchen Du, Huang Guaier + Wang Runzhong


Xinchen Du

Du (Nanjing, China) is a curator and artist currently researching technology-related art, based in New York. She received her B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design, majoring in Fine Arts and minoring in Museum and Curatorial Studies. She has interned and worked on 2020 Gwangju Biennale, as artistic director Natasha Ginwala’s assistant. She interned at Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin. In 2019, she co-founded CultureDish, an art collective, with five other artists and curators in New York. In late 2020, she will launch West36, a local independent art space in Nanjing, focusing on building the local community. As an artist, her work has been included in group shows in New York and China.

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