The Pieces I Am

2022.9.30 - 2023.1.8


Location:  UCCA Edge

This exhibition brings together 27 artists and art collectives to share slices of contemporary life as viewed through multiple interfaces, opening up a full-spectrum reading of humanity’s digital existence. The contemporary online world, with its websites, social media platforms, virtual environments, and smart devices and systems, presents us with a networked archipelago mapped into place by interdependent, intertwined microsystems. It also provides a space for the expression of the vitality and hidden potential that are constantly pouring forth from our digital selves. The exhibition will draw together digital objects normally scattered throughout a reality in flux, and weave them into this electronic spectrum. The curators and artists have collectively composed a prism-like internal structure for the exhibition, coordinating a wide range of topics and narrative modes in an attempt to write a speculative science fiction trilogy about completely new forms of perception. 

The exhibition is jointly presented by UCCA and Douyin Art, and will be simultaneously displayed at UCCA Edge and online on Douyin. The exhibition is curated by UCCA Lab Curators Liya Han and Yoojin Tang together with special guest curator Iris Long, and is organized by the UCCA Lab team.

Participating artists include David OReilly, Pascale Birchler, panGenerator, Guo Cheng, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Lin Ke, Liu Di, Liu Jiayu, Lawrence Lek, Payne Zhu, Pete Jiadong Qiang, Studio Above&Below, Shao Chun, Shinseungback Kimyonghun, Shi Zheng, Yehwan Song, Sun Yitian, Tang Chao, Coralie Vogelaar, Ziyang Wu, Xin Yunpeng, Ye Xuan, Yin Yi, Ann Veronica Janssens, Wenxin Zhang, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Ian Cheng. 

Works in the exhibition

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Wu Ziyang

Pasig River 2030 - 6 Plus

Digtal video, color, sound
Commissioned by UCCA Center for Contemporary Art
Courtesy the artist

Shinseungback Kimyonghun


Face detection algorithm, custom software, tablet, wooden frame
24.5 × 30 × 3 cm
Courtesy the artist

Ann Veronica Janssens

hou hou

Light projectors, artificial haze
Courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin
Image © Andrea Rossetti

Ian Cheng

BOB (Bag of Beliefs)

Monitors, computer hardware, artificial-life-form software
Courtesy the artist, Gladstone Gallery, and Pilar Corrias, London

Lin Ke

Sky Painting in the Metaverse

UV ink print on anodized aluminum
120 × 160 cm
Courtesy the artist

David OReilly


Video game
Courtesy YveYANG Gallery, New York

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Bilateral Time Slicer

Custom software, 4K camera with digitizer, computer, monitor
Photograph by Miguel Legault

Studio Above&Below

Performing (Tele) Presence

3-channel video generated in real-time, custom computer equipment, real-time weather data
Photograph by Antonia Lange

Lawrence Lek

Nepenthe Valley

CG digital video, 3D prints, vinyl print
Commissioned by HORIZONS, a collaboration between AORA and SO-FAR
Courtesy the artist

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