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Artist in Residenence summer 2020

Yu Zhang

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We invited Yu Zhang to be our Artist in Residence during the summer period of 2020.


Yu Zhang (*1979) approaches visual art with mixed reality installations and projections, sensor-based interactives, and computational arts. She uses systems design toolkit, to realize a complex multifaceted experience playing with the spatiotemporal context of audience’s interaction with the installations when digital and physical converge. She calls herself an artist by training, Yu Zhang (章聿) finished her PhD in 2017 on the theory and artistic practice of interactive technologies for public, large-scale installations at the Eindhoven University of Technology, PhD Interactive Art and Design,.In 2017, Yu launched STUDIO Ü in the Netherland , 




Her work will be shown together with with work of i(inter)national artists

Ansgar Silies,Till Nachtmann,Stefan Silies

in the period of 27th of August till 6th of September.



Exhibition “POLATECH 1”

Technologism is not an instant or snapshot, it is a process of how technology permeates our lives. The artists in the exhibition select and transform observations of this process and how Everyday or future technologies

polarize us.

This exhibition shows how individual artists select different aspects of this process and thereby project their unique perspectives of technologism. The artifacts in the exhibition are images, objects, performances and audio that result from collected data, models of behavior and live interaction transformed through an artistic process. This exhibition shows the diversity of artworks and reflections on the deep involvement of data and interaction in art. The involved artists work on unconventional forms of art, producing different kinds of content with different kinds of engagement. Visitors will experience a new curious, calm, secretive, and embodied side of technology that is an artistic reflection of the mass-produced narratives of consumption that seem to be everywhere nowadays.

Exposition curated by Yu Zhang.

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Ansgar Silies (
Ansgar Silies (*1979) is a sound artist, scenographer and theatre musician. He studied scenography with Prof. Colin Walker in Hannover and worked for a number of German theatres and art associations in Essen, Dortmund, Bonn, Regensburg etc. In his sound art he explores the boundaries between nature and technology as well as the spatial perception of sound. Ansgar Silies is the winner of the artist grant 2009 of the Emsländische Landschaft e. V.

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Nachtmann&Silies (
Till Nachtmann and Stefan Silies work with puppets and animatronics. Their installations combine analogue technology with automated processes, producing new images and contexts. Till Nachtmann and Stefan Silies are Co-Founders of PuppetEmpire. They live in Cologne, Germany. Their work and installations have been exhibited in Germany and abroad.
“In their films and installations Till Nachtmann and Stefan Silies create a parallel world which mirrors the real one as a distorted image. With simple means - socks, textiles, and found objects - they create a grotesque rage of different animated characters.” (Christoph Kivelitz (†), city gallery Dortmund)

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