Presently, the Red House in Ximen district is hosting a digital art exhibition, “Openplay“, which is free for the public to visit. The artwork includes graphical, audio, video, physical and interactive exhibits. The exhibition is open until Sunday, from 2pm in the afternoon till 10pm in the evening (Saturday) or 9pm (Sunday). You can play with the exhibits, so surprise a friend by taking them along.
I’ve been waiting for this exhibition for a month or two, so I went along this week to take a look. At the front door I was welcomed with a free guidebook and several computer games. The exhibition is well staffed, with guides on most exhibits, fluent in Chinese and English. The exhibits themself come from all around the world, from a number of famous digital artists.
Some artists are making a statement; the ‘bingmayong puppets’ for example have an interesting backstory. Others are experimental or geeky, such as HardDisko, the orchestra made from broken hard drives locked into an eternity of spinup cycles, or Khronos, which makes you feel like “Hiro Nakamura” from the TV show “Heroes”. Many exhibits may also look completely different depending on who visited them in the last half hour. You can quite literally leave your own mark on the exhibition – here’s my own brief appearance in one exhibit!
I took along several non-geeky friends, and they had a fun time, so this is definitely suitable for anyone, not just computer geeks. You can find the Red House theater next to the MRT exit (5?), near the ‘Ximen Walker’ statue, on Chengdu Road. I strongly recommend taking advantage of this extremely unusual free exhibition and visiting before it closes on Sunday.
Don’t worry – none of these photos give away the most surprising features of any exhibit.