CryptoZR: Arrival

CryptoZR: Arrival

Saatchi Gallery

May 16, 2023
May 26–28, 2023
Opening: May 26, 6–8pm
Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York's HQ, Chelsea
London SW3 4RY

Curated by Li Zhenhua.

The Arrival project will present the systematic work of “CryptoZR” incorporating internet discussions regarding crypto art, attributed to the discussion on language, civilisation, and communication in the film Arrival.

Somewhere between the old and new world, CryptoZR will take you to another place based on algorithms, crypto, virtual, digital, anonymous, and decentralised, referenced as the “portal to the metaverse”. The metaverse era rethinks the world of economy, concordance, environment, resources, ideology, computational propaganda, viruses, and human nature.

These are relevant to the various situations in which CryptoZR is presented at work and through time. The Arrival project, too, is time-based and uses technology and art to understand the power of human connection.

Artist CryptoZR
CryptoZR (Jiaying Liu) has experience working at Tencent headquarters as the Chief Product Designer of Global SNS in the International Business Department. In 2017 she founded a blockchain enterprise and established Singapore Foundation ProChain. In 2020 she received a master of fine arts degree from China Central Academy of Fine Arts. In 2021, the Guardian Art Center hosted the major solo exhibition CryptoZR: Cookie Cookie. Followed by CryptoZR: Cookie Cookie 2.0 in Venice, 2022.

Curator Li Zhenhua 
Li Zhenhua has been active in the artistic field since 1996. His practice mainly concerns curation, art creation, and project management. Since 2010 he has been the nominator for the Summer Academy at the Zentrum Paul Klee Bern (Switzerland) and The Prix Pictet (Switzerland). He is a member of the international advisory board for the exhibition Digital Revolution at the Barbican Centre in the UK in 2014, and many more.

Since 2000 he focused on curating and dialogue with filmmakers and documentary filmmakers from China since 2004 involved in CIFF. 2015 producer of JU Anqi’s film Poet on a Business trip. 2010 curated Heat: ZHANG Yuan solo show in Nanjing, China. 2007 producer of SHEN Shaomin’s documentary film I am Chinese. Since 2003 worked as a jury in the film and arts field, such as Shorti (Spain 2003), Napolis Film festival (Italy 2006), Transmediale 2010 (Berlin, Germany 2009), CCAA (Beijing, China 2012), CIFF (Nanjing, China 2012), Fantoche (Switzerland 2012), Art Award China (Beijing, China 2015-2016), 2021 KCC UK X Germany Open Call (Germany & UK 2021), DAAD: Fellows of the Berlin Artists-in-Residence Programme 2022 (Germany 2021).

Li Zhenhua has edited several artists’ publications, including Yan Lei: What I Like to Do (Documenta13, 2012), Hu Jieming: One Hundred Years in One Minute (2010), Feng Mengbo: Journey to the West (2010), and Yang Fudong: Dawn Mist, Separation Faith (2009). A collection of his art reviews was published under “Text” in 2013. 2016 The third Ural Industrial Biennale of contemporary art (2015), The Regional Contemporary Art Project, INNOVATION Prize, Russia. 2015 Curator of the Year, TANC Asia Prize, Shanghai. 2015 Curator of the Year (2014), Art Power 100, Beijing.

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