Collaborations , International

Shanghai, China: OCAT & KADIST Emerging Media Artist Program 2020

OCAT Shanghai and KADIST are pleased to announce the Emerging Media Artist Program 2020. The program aims to support emerging artists working in media art by providing a platform for the presentation of their work at multiple stages of their career, opportunities for cross-cultural research and exchange, and resources to contribute to the sustainability of their media art practices. The selected artists will be included in the Emerging Media Artist Exhibition held at OCAT Shanghai and one of them will be awarded a short research residency at KADIST San Francisco. This is the seventh edition of OCAT Shanghai’s annual Emerging Media Artists Program, and the first edition of an ongoing collaboration with KADIST in order to provide emerging media artists a platform for growth and visibility.

Emerging Media Artist Exhibition 2020
As part of the Emerging Media Artist Program 2020, the exhibition will take place at OCAT Shanghai’s new location that opened in spring 2020. Based on a nomination process, the Emerging Media Artist Program draws from a diverse pool of esteemed nominators including curators, artists, scholars, and critics from the region. Each nominator is invited to nominate up to six artists.

Based on a rigorous selection process, the following artists have been shortlisted for the Emerging Media Artist Exhibition: Cheng Xinhao, Li Shuang, Lin Ke, Tang Chao, Tao Hui, Wang Tuo, and Zheng Yuan

Emerging Media Artist Residency 2020
KADIST and OCAT will offer one shortlisted artist the opportunity for a fully-funded research residency at KADIST San Francisco. The residency provides a unique opportunity to conduct artist research in the San Francisco Bay Area for up to three weeks and to develop an international professional network with institutions and professionals in the United States. The artist will be selected from  the Emerging Media Artist Program 2020 shortlist by an international jury on their exhibited works, prior practice, and a residency proposal. The selected artist will work closely with the KADIST San Francisco team who will provide curatorial guidance and facilitate research and meetings with international art professionals.

Nominators & Artist Criteria
Bao Dong, Biljana Ciric, Cao Dan, Chen Xiaoyun,  Yin-Ju Chen, Dong Bingfeng, Fang Lihua, Karen Smith, Lai Fei, Li Feng, Liu Jia, Liu Jianhua, Liu Lin, Liu Tian, Liu Wei, Lu Lei, Lu Mingjun, Hu Jieming, Nan Nan, Peng Xiaoyang, Qu Chang, Sun Dongdong, Sun Qidong, Sun Wenjie, Philip Tinari, Wang Gongxin, Wang Jing, Wu Wei, Weng Xiaoyu, Hsieh Feng-Rong, Xu Ke, Yan Xiaodong, Yang Fudong, Yang Zhenzhong, Yang Zi, Yang Beichen, Zhang Ga, Zhang Li,  Zhang Yuling, Zhou Li, Zhu Xiaorui and three anonymous nominators.

The artists’ practice should primarily use the mediums of media or media technology, including but not limited to video art (not including documentary film), animation, sound (installation), photography (installation, both traditional and digital), Internet art, photoelectric art, mechanical and interactive installation. The nominated artists should have an active practice of a minimum of 3 years, producing at least 3 works a year or 5 works over a 2 year period.

Artist Criteria: below 40 (Age), Chinese (Nationality), hold a degree (Education)

About OCAT Shanghai
OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT) Shanghai is the first non-profit art institution focusing on media art and architectural design in China, located in the Suzhou Creek area of Jing’an district, Shanghai. OCAT Shanghai aims to become an influential, socially aware and interactive art institution with exhibitions, research, communication, public education, and publishing. Artist Zhang Peili is the current executive director of OCAT Shanghai.

As the first branch of OCT Contemporary Art Terminals, OCAT Shanghai was inaugurated on 29 September 2012, since then it has already organized a series of influential exhibitions. OCAT Shanghai has moved to the new location (-1F Sunken Garden, Qufu Road, Jing’an District) in October and opened to the public from October 20, 2019

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