Established in 2013, Chronus Art Center (CAC) is China’s first nonprofit art organization dedicated to the presentation, research / creation and scholarship of media art. CAC with its exhibitions, residency-oriented fellowships, lectures and workshop programs and through its archiving and publishing initiatives, creates a multifaceted and vibrant platform for the discourse, production and dissemination of media art in a global context. CAC is positioned to advance artistic innovation and cultural awareness by critically engaging with media technologies that are transforming and reshaping contemporary experiences.
Since its founding by the entrepreneur Dillion ZHANG, independent curator LI Zhenhua, and artist HU Jieming, CAC has organized a series of solo and group exhibitions, among them "Extra Time" by the Indian artist collective Raqs Media, and "The Best of Times, The Worst of Times" curated by David Elliott. In 2014 CAC presented Jeffrey Shaw and HU Jieming, an exhibition featuring two noted media artists, and "Pandamonium" in partnership with MOMENTUM, Berlin, and co-curated by David Elliott and LI Zhenhua. CAC also launched educational and fellowship programs in collaboration with a number of art institutions including the China Academy of Arts (Hangzhou), V2_Institute for Unstable Media (Rotterdam), and the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, among others. Located in the M50 Creative Park near the Suzhou River in Shanghai and occupying a multifunctional space of 800 square meters, CAC provides the public with a year-round exhibition calendar, lecture and workshop series and other special programs.
Beginning in 2015, under the artistic direction of ZHANG Ga, a curator and professor of media art, and with the support of a newly established international advisory board consisted of leading scholars, artists and museum professionals, CAC has restructured its programming by launching a series of interdisciplinary projects, which include: a screen-based exhibition series that features seven international artists - Michael Joaquin Grey, Wolfgang Staehle, George Legrady, Marina Zurkow, Casey Reas, Jim Campbell, AL and AL, each presented in a month-long solo exhibition; a series of parallel online projects under the theme of Folklore of the Cyber World organized by CAC as the new media art partner institution of the Chinese Pavilion @ la Biennale di Venezia 2015, featuring SHEN Xin, GUO XI & ZHANG Jianling, MIAO Ying, WANG Yuyang, YE Funa, LIN Ke; the Leonardo Art, Science and Technology Lecture Series 2015, co-organized by CAC and Leonardo/ISAST in collaboration with leading Chinese art institutions, featuring renowned guest speakers from around the world on topics within the ever-expanding scope of Art/Science, and the second edition of the Prix Net Art in collaboration with Rhizome and TASML.
Furthermore, with the founding of a research/creation lab, CAC has initiated five research/creation foci, including: 1) Emotive Networks & Haptic Gaming, 2) Generative Art and Big Data, 3) Intelligent Audio-visual Systems, 4) Existential Technologies and 5) It from bit, launched an ambitious research / creation fellowship to host international artists and researchers of extraordinary talent working in the area of new media art, and introduced the Art&Technology@ - an experimental project that brings the rich tradition of the synergy of art and technology up to date. The outcome of this series of research based projects by leading Chinese artists will be exhibited both in China and ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany and other global venues in the future.
CAC brings to the public awareness of the impending post-human reality and the resulting social and political implications by accentuating the dynamic synergy of art and science as a response to the challenges and opportunities that contemporary media society has given rise to.