Wang Xin
PPS Interactive Installation
K11 & de Sarthe Gallery

For Shanghai based artist Wang Xin’s solo exhibition, Maybe It’s Time To Refresh The Art World A Little Bit, at chi K11 art space in Hong Kong, MetaObjects helped to develop the Personal Preference Setting (PPS) Gallery, an interactive installation that allow visitors to curate the artworks in the show. Visitors can enter their exhibition title and name, as well as, select from a series of settings including, Art Form (Animation, Video, and Digital Art), Artwork Style (Abstract, Realism, and Surrealism), Art Subject (Nature, Art World, and Unconsciousness), Visual Effect (Black & White, Colour, Original, and Pink) and Sound (Natural, Human, No Sound, and Surprise Me). A unique exhibition of artworks will appear across four projections and TV screens within the gallery at a set time for 10 minutes. The title of the exhibition and curator’s name will appear on the screen when their artworks generated based on their selections is on display. The artworks are combined dynamically based on the user’s selections, as well as the title given to the exhibition. A Virtual PPS Gallery is also presented to allow visitors to make a selection and simulate the exhibition on a screen. A list of past exhibitions and selections is also displayed. The work questions the role of curators, artists and visitors in production artworks and exhibitions. Included in the show are also a VR piece and the artist’s installation consisting of pink balls with the contact information of an unknown artist inside. The exhibition was on from 14 March until 5 May 2019.

About the artist

Wang Xin was born in Yichang, Hubei, China in 1983, currently lives and works in Shanghai, China. She graduated with a BFA from the China Academy of Art and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Wang has a penchant for challenging the archaic structure of the art world, as she often takes its institutions, systems, and dogma as her material. Wang is also a certified hypnotist, and uses her work to alter the viewer’s perception and affect their subconscious. Her signature use of pink adds to the hypnotising effect, and imbues a sense of ambiguity and fervency within her work. Her body of work takes the form of installations, moving images and new media.

Wang Xin's solo exhibitions include: Maybe It's Time To Refresh The Art World A Little Bit, chi K11 Art Space, Hong Kong (2019); Unknown Artists Agency – Wang Xin Solo Exhibition, K11 Art Village, Wuhan, China; chi k11 art space, Shenyang, China (2018); The Must-See Art Show Where You Can Find 10,000 Artists, de Sarthe Gallery, Hong Kong (2017); Every Artist Should have a Solo Show, de Sarthe Gallery, Beijing, China (2016); 8 HZ Hypnosis Lab, MoCA Pavilion Shanghai, China (2015); The Gallery, C-Space, Beijing, China (2014); Let's Play in the Name of Art, Antenna Space, Shanghai (2013). In 2007, Wang Xin was recipient of the Pierre Huber Creation Prize Award of Excellence.

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