UCCA Beijing

Spiritual Unbecoming: Three Manifestations


Location:  Workshop
Language:  Chinese

UCCA collaborates with young artists and thinkers to present a series of “Performance Lectures,” designed to think topics related to art using various theoretical frameworks, blurring the borders between art-as-medium and theory-as-tool. Artists and researchers will use texts, images, sounds, speeches, and actions as material for a live performance, turning knowledge production into something visceral and immediate. To this end, UCCA and Long March Project have invited three performers, whose boundary-pushing work interrogates contemporary technology in unique ways. Focusing on the culturaland spiritual possibilities of a materialist interpretation of accelerationism, they will each “perform” their knowledge for the audience.



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15:30-16:00 Hu Wei | The Need for Inefficiency in Accelerationist Aesthetics

16:10-16:40 Daan F. Oostveen | Chinese Religiosities: Accelerated


17:20-17:35 Q&A

Event Introducation

Hu Wei | The Need for Inefficiency in Accelerationist Aesthetics

Hu Wei will give a historical materialist interpretation of the ways in which accelerationism allegorizes increased production as “speed.” He will talk about the relationship between digital technology, productive materialism, and the labour relations undergirding them. When accelerationism’s fantasy of speed and the poetry of automated life in Shenzhen’s factories and are juxtaposed, all promises of speeding up seem like overly poetic paradoxes.

Daan F. Oostveen | Chinese Religiosities: Accelerated

In his lecture performance, intercultural philosopher Daan F. Oostveen will explore the accelerationism of Chinese philosophical and religious codes. Witness, for example, the emergence of a Chinese neo-Buddhism, with robot monks,high-tech monasteries, and Buddhists with PhDs; also a Chinese Protestantism, gaining followers with massive speed. A form of rhizomatic religious belonging is emerging, in which markets and religious codes become intertwined, leading to a new aesthetics and new practices of meaning production in the People’s Republic.


Hu Wei (Artist)

Hu Wei (lives and works in Beijing) graduated from CAFA and the Dutch Art Institute. His practice uses media such as video, installation, and performance, to establish an artistic relationship between reality (non-artistic gesture) and “art tales.” Hu combines observations of individual behavior and social reality. He is now researching the mediation between technology and the human condition, their relation to various emerging political, economic, ethical issues. His work has been exhibited in “Towards the Emergence of Resistance” (Taking Space), “Collective Disorder / After Speaking” (GreylightProjects, Brussels), “Shanghai Projects-Qidian” (Himalayas Museum, 2016), “Songs For A Deaf Ox” ( Arnhem, NL), “Break The Floor” (Rabbithole, NY), “Invitation to the Blues” (Punt WG Space, Amsterdam), “Beginnings of Conversations”(Sazmanab Center for Contemporary Art, Tehran), the 8th Bienal Estandartes (CECUT Museum, Tijuana). He has completedartist-in-residency programs in Portugal, the Netherlands, and Mexico.

Daan F. Oostveen (Philosopher)

Daan F. Oostveen is a comparative philosopher, critical theorist, and philosopher of religion. His work focuses on hybrid religiosity, Chinese and intercultural philosophy, deconstruction and critical hermeneutics. He is connected to the VU University Amsterdam and Renmin University of China.

Chuan Xu (Theorist)

Chuan Xu is a doctoral student of Columbia University, New York, specialized in modern Chinese history. He has published The Hooligan's Soundscapes: Politics of Cassette Tapes in Early 1980s.


Long March Project

Long March Project is a curatorial project initiated in 1999, and begun in 2002. Its multifaceted practices include collective walks, discussions, writing group, and visual displays among others.

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