Secondhand Market, 2178
Micro Wormhole Generator (微型虫孔发生器), 3D printed PLA and cast Resin, 12cm sphere, 2019
Spice Combinator (辣味组合器), Found Objects, 8x8x25cm, 2019
Lifi to Wifi Convertor, Found Objects, 5x5x8cm, 2019
CRISPR Gene Editing Gun (基因编辑枪), Found objects and Cast resin, 30x22x12cm, 2019
DNA Storage Sphere (DNA存储领域), Cast Resin and Found Object, 4x4x5cm, 2019
Mag-Lev Sandals (磁悬浮凉鞋), Found objects, 29x12x10cm (variable), 2019
Wireless Energy Hijacker (无线能源劫机), Found objects, 25x22x14cm, 2019
Bio-synthetic Filter (生物合成过滤器), Found objects, 40x20x24cm (variable), 2019
Plasma Particle Accelerator (等离子体粒子加速器), Cast resin and Found objects, 40x24x17cm, 2019
Solar Sail Message in a Bottle (装在瓶子里的太阳帆信息), Cast resin and Found objects, 12x4x4cm, 2019
Plasma Particle Accelerator, Wireless Energy Hijacker, and Mag-Lev Sandals installed at Shangyuan Art Museum, Beijing
Personal Algae Farm (right), Instant Inflatable Greenhouse installed at Shangyuan Art Museum, Beijing
Installation view of exhibition Secondhand Market, 2178 at Shangyuan Art Museum, Beijing, 2019
Secondhand Market, 2178
Shangyuan Art Museum
Set in a used goods market stall in the year 2178, this exhibition looks at objects that are in our future and the market’s past. Most of the objects are hacked together devices that are used daily by people. Many of the objects are knockoffs of branded items that the original user couldn’t or wouldn’t buy—mag-lev sandals, CRISPR gene editing gun, and bio-synthetic filtration units. Some are objects meant to bypass the commercial market in other ways such as a wireless energy hijacker or a lifi to wifi convertor. Like at any flea market, some are things that you don’t understand why anyone would buy—solar sail message in a bottle.
The devices are made from found objects, resin casting, and 3D printing. Some “work”, as far as they light up, buzz, or puff air. They are mostly made with currently predicted technology in mind. Technology is advancing at such a rapid pace, we really don’t know what will be important in 200 years, but if thousands of years of human history is any guide, we know that its application and availability will be severely uneven. In 2019, while some people have semi-autonomous cars and phones that can access most of human knowledge, many more are reliant on donkey carts and lack even basic communication technology.
At the market, the items will be for sale by a loudspeaker tout. Anyone have 300 credits so I can buy this vintage DNA storage device and see what’s stored on it?!
All work made while in residence at Shangyuan Art Museum