Mediated Body and Embodied Technology | 身体媒介化与科技化现 (2016)

Curated and convened by Bruce Bo Ding
Chronus Art Center, Shanghai, June-December 2016


“Mediated Body and Embodied Technologies (M.B.E.T.)” is an open-source practice repository and research process addressing the various mechanisms and possibilities of human future mediated by technologies. Started by reflecting and speculating on the relations between the enacted and the represented as well as the virtual and the real (a contingent production rather than a natural inevitability), M.B.E.T. brings back embodiment into the picture to investigate if/how the forms/media of embodiment are relevant in the production of identity and subjectivity as well as the circulation and communication of information. In the spirit of open source, it tries to create a fluid and evolving space in which practitioners and researchers from different areas can come together and contribute in this creative exploration.

“媒介化的身体与化现科技 (Mediated Body and Embodied Technologies,M.B.E.T.)”是一个开源的实践资源库及研究项目,旨在回应被技术媒介化的人类未来及其多元的机制与可能。从思考与辨识实现与再现、虚拟与现实之间(一种构建而非自然)的关系着手,M.B.E.T.将化现(embodiment)重新纳入讨论,以探究化现的形式或媒介是否会影响身份与主体性的产生以及信息的流通与交换,并分析这种影响的具体方式。本着开源的精神,该项目试图创造一个流动和不断进化的空间,使来自不同领域的实践者与研究者能够在此相聚,并参与到这一创造性的探索之中。




1. 仪式音乐与超自然身体经验的产生
2. 恋物、同情、依附:物之投射
3. …………

ISSUE #1: 圆桌会议|屏幕/身体/关注:介入城市屏幕

Stephanie DeBoer, Fall 2015 scholar-in-residence at Chronus Art Center
Screens Collective: Shaw/Xu Zhifeng, Wu Jie, Taqi Shaheen, Petra Johnson, Stephanie DeBoer
Host and intervener
Bruce Bo Ding

Time: 2016.06.11 15:00-17:00
Language: English
Organizer: Chronus Art Center
Supported by: CAHI (College Arts and Humanities Institute), Indiana University; Abteilung Kultur und Bildung, Deutsches Generalkonsulat Shanghai


SCREENS COLLECTIVE(许志锋,吴洁,塔齐・沙哏,佩雀・约翰逊,史蒂芬妮·德波尔)

时间:2016年6月11日 15:00-17:00

As the first issue of “Mediated Body and Embodied Technologies”, this roundtable is a hands-on invitation to reflect on how experiments in media art can engage the body’s relationships to what Zhang Ga and Lu Xiaobo once called our “new technological urban settings.” By the mid to late 2000s, large-scale LED screens were common in the city centers of Shanghai, with interactive surfaces in taxis, buses, subways, and other public spaces soon to follow. Clearly used for commercial purposes, these media screens have also been used by city planners as a strategy for revitalizing key urban districts and transport infrastructures.  Urban screens are part and parcel of the infrastructural and ephemeral force-relations that modulate our bodies, movements, and relations; they elicit our bodily dispositions, rhythms, structures of feeling, and sensations.

The roundtable thus reflects on our ongoing preoccupations with how media artists, theorists, and curators can enable spectators or passersby to engage with the processes that form the body’s interface with these screened urban infrastructures.  In so doing, we offer both practical and conceptual intervention into the following questions:  1) How can we make visible or tangible the ephemeral, infrastructural and often commercial screen forces reshaping urban locations in Shanghai, China, and beyond? 2) How can we offer interruptive grounds for accruing attention to the ways in which the body is mediated and modulated by these forces? 3) How might we utilize (even poach) the interfaces among media art practice, screen infrastructures, and Chinese urban spaces to do so? 4) What else can be potentiated in this process?  We seek to reflect on the tactics through which more speculative, relational, and reflexive grounds might be found in the screened urban settings through which urban citizens live, work, play, despair, and aspire.


因此,本次圆桌会议将围绕我们持续进行中的讨论和研究展开,思考媒体艺术家、理论家以及策展人如何能够利用这些屏幕化的城市基础设施,使路人和旁观者参与到形成身体界面的过程之中。与此同时,我们也将对如下问题提出实践与概念性的回应:1)上海、中国乃至更大范围内,这些短暂、基础而又通常商业化的屏幕正在重塑城市地点,我们如何使其可见可感?2)我们如何介入到身体被这些力量调节的方式中去,使其受到更多的关注? 3)我们能够怎样利用媒体艺术实践、屏幕基础设施与中国城市空间中的界面去实现这种介入?4)在这个过程中还有什么其他的可能?我们希望通过对这些策略的思考,找到屏幕化的城市环境中更加思辨的、关系性的、反身性的所在,这也是城市居民生活、工作、娱乐、失望与渴望的所在。