Titled “As We May Think, Feedforward,” the event will “reflect on the trajectories of technological advances and their reverberations throughout the social sphere over the past decades.” Its title references an essay written by American engineer Vannevar Bush in the summer of 1945. In the piece, Bush imagines a univerisal communication apparatus and anticipates the advent of an information society. The 6th edition of Guangzhou Triennial seeks to address the multiple implications engendered by such a technologically constructed time-space, in the real and through the virtual, by examining creative endeavors both from geographical purviews and from cosmic prospects in responding to the challenges and opportunities at stake and to think, once again, through a new alliance of visions by humans and nonhumans alike, machines and flesh with equal footing, organic and inorganic hand in hand, an alternative outlook for a new possibility of ecology whereby a retooled humanism may thrive in a Parliament of Things (to borrow a term from Bruno Latour) in symbiosis and reciprocity.
The 6th Guangzhou Triennial includes a themed exhibition and an archival exhibition (curated by the director of the museum Wang Shaoqiang). The themed exhibition will present in three sections: Inside the Stack: Art in the Digital (curated by Philipp Ziegler), Evolutions of Kin (curated by Angelique Spaninks) and Machines Are Not Alone (curated by Zhang Ga). Together they weave a web of interconnected entry points and exits, underlining a network of facticity and speculations that encapsulate the world as we know it now through imaginative impulse, and as we may think it once again by an unfettered vision to grasp a fleeting future.