When we’re talking about art and creation, initially, we take the most delicate part of human mind and experience into account; if we desire a perception of art, we may wonder–whether such a thing called “art” exists, if it is not approached by means of observation, comprehension and corroboration–the answer is obviously “no”.
Minicon, a modern scientific concept, indicates a motion process and system for the calculation of the mechanism, the electronic element and the digital logics in terms of the fundamental units and functions, which is responsible for the control and management over the entire system through the control, management and operation of the minimum unit. Our daily life is running, in almost every aspect, on the basis of Minicon, from traffic controls to vehicular travel, from computer to refrigerator, from electronic lock to online game, etc.; to our social system, Minicon is big enough to steer the state structure and political system, or may play a small but crucial part in our daily routine. When it comes to our human existence, its vitality exists in every circulation, every cell and every gene under the control of Minicon. Metaphorically speaking, Minicon has become an embodiment of social control itself which, much to the credit of netizens, is often deemed as a certain complex (simplified as the word “con”). For example, a “twitter-con” might use twitter for so many times a day that it has become his subconscious addiction. People are becoming addictive to different “cons”, in fact, the word “con” is so popular that it was ranked in the top 10 buzz words in 2011. However, such phenomenon is abnormal and has even degraded politics, rather than the simple and normal hobbies. All segments of society are forced to strive for more followers (the “cons”), otherwise, they may become the slave of “cons” themselves. “Con” has become the theme of our age.
Now let’s take a look at modern art, the unprecedented diversification of society has caused modern art to be a rather controversial topic nowadays, more than that, art has been shackled by so many different schools that it has lost its free will. Still by putting an emphasis on “Minicon” here, we face the prevalence and danger of “cons”, hoping to break its political implications, so that one day we may grow to become the master of “cons” rather than following the steps of others. The “Minicon” based on self-control is where the intellect, the will and the value of an individual truly lies, and is also the essence for achieving outstanding art. As for art, it rejects controlling others or being controlled. It only stands for an individual to observe the world, scan the world and reveal wholeheartedly the spirit of this world. Only by raising the “Minicon” to such a height, can art become a methodology of the mind—the coexistence of the individual and art, and the value and beauty of independence cannot be manifested unless our human existence is driven by the force of free will. “Minicon”, in the realm of art, should exert self-control, and should allow us to get rid of the confusion and torture of being controlled by others, thus enabling us to explore the infinite space of the human mind. Only by feeding “Minicon” with the nutrition of art, can we avoid the possibility of ideological violence.
The popularity of “cons” heralds the coming of the “con” era. Still, art will no longer exist with the absence of self-control based on free will. This ideology must always be the center of our artistic pursuit.
2012-1-15 Huajiadi, Beijing
About the exhibition
Curator: Wang Chunchen
Artists: Gong Pengfei, Eun-Hyung-Kim(Korea), Li Hongbo, Lu Ming, Liu Lining, Xie Lisi, Takahiro Iwasaki(Japan)
Organization: Chunchi Gallery
Opening: 3pm 18/3/2012
Address: 20ku,798 Art District, No.2 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China