The past, the future, thoughts, concepts, meanings, feelings are virtual.
What do you think is virtual?
There are multiple ways to interpret this word. It is related to the thing that does not physically exist. For example, the experience created by new technologies, such as online virtual books and virtual reality, is virtual. It is a subjective thinking interspace, which you can enter and play around with. It is also related to the thing that is not completely described and its effects have not yet been recognized or defined. Some hypothetical scientific and academic terms like photons or economic models, are virtual. “Virtuality” connects our minds to the material world. It is real but not material. The relationship or dialogue between you, reading this sentence now, and me, is virtual. That word, across aesthetics, philosophy, new media and other disciplines, is a tool you may use to view this exhibition.
He Huiqi’s short film, The Outsider, creates a Jorge Luis Borges’ fictitious world. The plain but absurd dialogues and plots ironically present the loss of function of mundane objects’ in space and time in our modern life. Ye Jiang recontexts a real key on a canvas and an ipad in his woodwork structure to create a television-like object. He thinks our life is virtual. Ding Desiree’s light boxes of the work, Line, virtually present the places with plenty of sunshine whereas the ceramic work, Retain, virtually represents the writing formats. Liu Beining’s photography, Rubblings of Images, is like a sketch of the actual world. We all fall in love with the virtual images on the mobile screen. His images as a part of the world evoke a new kind of poetic feeling.