AI News, CESAsia 2015: China’s Maker Scene Is Exploding

CESAsia 2015: China’s Maker Scene Is Exploding

On the last day of CESAsia, nervous representatives from maker spaces and universities located in Shanghai and surrounding cities trooped on stage to make presentations to a panel of judges.

The MIIT has started supporting maker spaces and small tech startups in part by creating an online platform for makers to exchange information about projects.

Some of the speakers at the contest representing the government seemed to consider makers as nascent business entrepreneurs, and maker spaces as commercial incubators that would feed directly into industry.

This was reflected in a second round of the contest, in which teams from small—and not-so-small—companies presented new product ideas such as an automated frying pan.

We also saw smart systems for reducing office energy use—more the kind of thing that elsewhere would be seen at a Y Combinator-style event rather than a maker contest.

But several speakers were quick to make the point that while commercial products can come out of maker spaces, it would be a mistake to view them, and the people working in them, so narrowly: “We try to best turn our creativity and hobbies into reality.

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“An Exhibition about Exhibitions”, OCAT Institute, Beijing, China National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia “The Crocodile in the Pond”, Museum Art St. Urban and Abbey St. Urban, Lucerne, Switzerland “New Capital: Huang Yu Collection Exhibition”, Museum of Contemporary, Chengdu, China “Unsettling Green: Focusing on a Color”, MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany “Tutorial: Moving Images and A User’s Guide from China”, Pino Pascali Museum Foundation, Polignano a Mare, Italy Sydney Biennial, Various locations (Cockatoo Island), Sydney, Australia “What About Art?”, Al Riwaq Art Centre, Doha, Qatar “Chinese Whispers: Recent Art From the Sigg & M+ Sigg Collections”, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland “Bentu: Chinese artists in a time of turbulence and transformation”, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France 2015 “Scenario of Time: The 4th Art Sanya Festival”, Sanya, China “Plastic Myths”, Asian Culture Complex Creation Space, Gwangju, South Korea “15 Rooms”, Long Museum, Shanghai, China The Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, VDNKh, Moscow, Russia “Stereognosis Zone”, Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art, Guangzhou, China “Jing Shen - The Act of Painting in Contemporary China”, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy “China 8”, Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany “Don’t Shoot the Painter”, UBS Art Collection, Villa Reale’s Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan, Italy “Ding Yi & Xu Zhen - Hidden Behind Appearances”, Waldburger Wouters, Brussels, Belgium “From a Poem to the Sunset”, First part of an exhibition series with new acquisitions of contemporary Chinese and international art, Daimler Contemporary Berlin, Berlin, Germany “The System of Objects”, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China 'The BANK Show: Vive Le Capital”, Shanghai, China “The Subtle Triangle”, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea 2014 “Unlimited Sector”, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland “14 Rooms”, Hall 3, Messe Basel, Basel, Switzerland “In and Out Réel ShanghART Contemporary Art”, Réel, Shanghai, China “Fusion & Convergence”, Tian Ren He Yi Art Center Gallery, Hangzhou, China “Myth/History: Yuz Collection of Contemporary Art”, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China “PANDAMONIUM: Media Art from Shanghai”, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, Germany “Re-View”, Opening Exhibition of Long Museum West Bund, Long Museum, Shanghai, China “Do it Moscow”, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia “15 Years Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA)”, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China “The Invisible Hand: Curating as Gesture”, The 2nd CAFAM Biennale, Art Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China “Room Service”, Staaliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany “The Armory Show – Focus China (commissioned artist)”, Produced by MadeIn Company, New York, U.S.A. “5 Plus”, ShanghART Beijing, Beijing, China “Factory”, Produced by MadeIn Company, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 2013 “28 Chinese”, Produced by MadeIn Company, Rubell Family Collection / Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, Florida, U.S.A. “The Garden of Diversion”, Produced by MadeIn Company, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China 12th Biennale de Lyon, Produced by MadeIn Company, Lyon, France “Clutch”, Produced by MadeIn Company, ShanghArt Gallery, Shanghai, China “China China”, Produced by MadeIn Company, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine “Re-Reading”, Produced by MadeIn Company, ShanghART Singapore, Singapore “Moving on Asia: Towards a New Art Network 2004-2013”, Produced by MadeIn Company, City Gallery Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand “13 Rooms”, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Walsh Bay, Sydney, Australia “Pessimism or Resistance?”, Taikang Space, Beijing, China 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Produced by MadeIn Company, Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia “Shanghai Surprise: A Group Show on Contemporary Art in Shanghai”, K11 Art Mall, Shanghai, China “Green Box”, Produced by MadeIn Company, Tianhong Mei Heyuan Arts Center, Hangzhou, China 2012 “The Unseen”, Produced by MadeIn Company, Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China “Omen - New Chinese Art”, Produced by MadeIn Company, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China “What is it about the end of the world that makes it so appealing?”, Produced by MadeIn Company, V-ART CENTER, Shanghai, China “The Discreet Charm of the bourgeoisie: Contemporary Visions on China”, Produced by MadeIn Company, Yi&C Contemporary Art & Artrans Fine Art Storage, Taipei, Taiwan “How to Eclipse the Light”, Produced by MadeIn Company, Wilkinson Gallery, London, U.K.

“dAfT”, Produced by MadeIn Company, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Three on the Bund, Shanghai, China N Minutes Video Art Festival, Produced by MadeIn Company, March Space, Shanghai, China “Day Break”, Produced by MadeIn Company, ARARIO Gallery, Seoul, South Korea Contemporary Art Exhibition Documentation Project II: 'Let's Talk about Money--1st International Fax Art Exhibition in Shanghai 1996', ShanghART Taopu, Shanghai, China Poster Exhibition, Produced by MadeIn Company, TOP Events, Shanghai, China “Taikang 15th Anniversary Collection Exhibition”, Produced by MadeIn Company, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China “Action”, Produced by MadeIn Company, Long March Space, Beijing, China “Move on Asia, the End of Video Art”, Casa Asia, Barcelona, Spain “Eye See You As I See You - MadeIn Company & Etalier Des Chene”, Produced by MadeIn Company, CIGE, Beijing, China ShanghART Gallery Autumn Group Show, Produced by MadeIn Company, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, China Spring Group Exhibition in Long March Space, Produced by MadeIn Company, Long March Space, Beijing, China “A Pile of Passion”, Produced by MadeIn Company, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, China “Community of Tastes: Chinese Contemporary Art Since 2000”, MAC USP, São Paulo, Brazil “How we to do?”, Produced by MadeIn Company, Heng Lu Art Museum, China 2010 “One by one -- ShanghART Group Show”, Produced by MadeIn Company, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, China “ShanghART Taopu”, Produced by MadeIn Company, ShanghART Taopu (Warehouse), Shanghai, China “Rehearsal: 8th Shanghai Biennale 2010”, Produced by MadeIn Company, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, China “Useful Life 2010”, Produced by MadeIn Company, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai, China “21st Century: Art in the First Decade”, Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia ShanghART Group Show, Produced by MadeIn Company, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai, China “Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art”, Produced by MadeIn Company, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China “Personal Frontier”, Produced by MadeIn Company, IA32 Space (Next to Today Art Museum) , Beijing, China “Big Draft-Shanghai”, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland “Jungle: A Close-Up Focus on Chinese Contemporary Art Trends”, Produced by MadeIn Company, Platform China, Beijing, China “China Power Station: Part IV”, Pinacoteca Agnelli, Torino, Italy “Winter Group Show”, Produced by MadeIn Company, ShanghART Beijing, Beijing, China “DIAL 62761232, A Document On A Contemporary Art Event”, ShanghART Taopu, Shanghai, China “Great Performances”, Pace Beijing, Beijing, China “Community of Tastes: Chinese Contemporary Art Since 2000”, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (MAC), Santiago, Chile “Culture of Shanghai, The Artists Concerned by HWAS”, HAWS Gallery, Shanghai, China 2009 “Breaking Forecast - 8 Key Figures of China's New Generation Artists”, UCCA, Beijing, China “Footloose”, Produced by MadeIn Company, Galerie Waldburger, Brussels, Belgium “The New Attitude of image”, Produced by MadeIn Company, Tang Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, China “Bourgeoisified Proletariat - Contemporary Art Exhibition at Songjiang”, Produced by MadeIn Company, Shanghai Songjiang Creative Studio, Shanghai, China “Reversed Images: Representations of Shanghai and Its Contemporary Material Culture”, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, Chicago, U.S.A. “COLLECTION XXIV: Europalia.

XU ZHEN®

Born in 1977 in Shanghai, Xu Zhen is a leading figure among the young generation of Chinese artists.

His extensive body of work, which includes photography, installation art and video, entails theatrical humor as well as social critique, neither entirely serious nor obviously ironic, evoking moments of complexity.

He was one of the initiators of the contemporary art forum on internet Art-Ba-Ba (www.art-ba-ba.com) in 2006.  In 2009, he established ‘MadeIn Company’, a contemporary art creation corporate, focused on the production of creativity, and devoted to the research of contemporary culture’s infinite possibilities.

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