Exhibition unREAL. The Algorithmic Present opened on November 11

unReal. the Algorithmic Present,an exhibition curated by ZHANG Ga and Sabine Himmelsbach, co-presented by Chronus Art Center (CAC) and House of Electronic Arts Basel (HeK), supported by Pro Helvetia Shanghai, Swiss Arts Council and Department for Culture and Education of the German Consulate General Shanghai, opened on November 11 2017 and will be on view till January 21, 2018.

unReal. the Algorithmic Present is an exhibition that attempts to confront the digital present through the very means of technological intervention both as critical examination as well as alternative prospects. The twenty-three works in the exhibition by international artists underscore the often-hidden materiality of bits and bytes, bringing to the fore the algorithmic processes that constitute our digital present.

More about the exhibition


Opening Reception

2017.11.11 17:00-19:00


Panel with artists and curator

2017.11.11 16:00-17:00

Panelists: ZHANG Ga, Ralf Baecker, Pe Lang, Daniel Canogar, Kerstin Ergenzinger, Fito Segrera, WANG Yuyang, aaajiao, Kelani Nichole


Exhibited Works

Heather Dewey-Hagborg
Stranger Visions, 2012-2013
Found genetic materials, custom software, 3d prints, documentation


Pe Lang
modular | nº 1, 2017
Actuators, O-Rings, silicone, various mechanical elements
240 x 240 x 240 cm


Daniel Canogar
Small Data Series, 2014-2016


Fito Segrera
1 & N chairs, 2017
Wooden chair, screens, camera, custom software and cognitive computation engine
211×165×50 cm


Ralf Baecker
Interface I, 2016
Aluminum tubes, DV motors, strings, eleastic bands, custom electronics, geiger müller tubes
480 x 650 x 170 cm
Production supported by NOME Gallery


πTon/2, 2017
Polyurethane hose, 4 DC motors, 4 speakers
Production supported by Faulhaber Minimotor


Zahra Poonawala
The Fool’s Ballad, 2016
Interactive sound installation
135 x 50 x 50 cm


WANG Yuyang
Aura, 2015
Video installation
Television, Surveillance Equipment, Computer, Stainless Steel Track
400 × 400 × 60 cm、250 × 250 × 50 cm


Limited Landscape, Unlimited Floating, 2015
3D printing, Magnetic levitation device
Sculpture: 9 x 9 x 8 cm
Base: 75 x 21 x 4 cm
In cooperative with XU Cong, LIU Xiaoguang and SHEN Lei


Obj.4, 2016
LCD screen, wood
24,5 x 16,5 x 4 cm
In cooperative with ZHANG Tao


Video installation
62:08 min
Courtesy TRANSFER Gallery, New York
Artists: AES+F, LaTurbo Avedon, Claudia Hart, Rollin Leonard, Rosa Menkman, Lorna Mills, Harvey Moon, Eva Papamargariti, Sabrina Ratté, Rick Silva and Nicolas Sassoon, Phillip David Stearns, Daniel Temkin