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E-living designs merge new media, art, technology

NEW media artists and designers merge art and technology for decoration and daily living next Wednesday at eARTS Community. There's more fresh techno-art coming our way. Fei Lai reports.

New-media art is gaining popularity, and major digital and e-arts shows will present the best of Chinese and international artists in the run-up to World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

Next Wednesday, the eARTS E-Living Store will be launched under the themes "Unwrap eARTS Fantasy in Life 2009" at eARTS Community on Shilong Road. The new store offers year-round exhibitions and sales.

It features new-media art and products over 1,000 square meters. Numerous creative and practical items for business and daily life are on sale. A new-media art performance will be staged on the opening day.

It's a warm-up for the big new-media art show in September.

On September 9, an international seminar on new-media art will be held. On September 10, the third annual Shanghai eARTS Festival gets underway at various venues. It is sponsored by the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination and the Shanghai Science and Technology Commission.

It features exhibits from around the world, products and discussions involving artists, e-artists, creative industry professionals, curators, scholars and others.

Exhibitions last one to three months.

It is a major international platform for artists from China and abroad and an opportunity for the public to get a closer look at fantastic, innovative and practical designs. It will offer seminars on the future of e-arts and design.

From September 12 to December 11, an exhibition of "09 New Media Archeology" opens at the eARTS Community. It includes discussion of urban planning and education involving planners, architects, artists, educators and others from around the world.

From September 12 to October 12, six Chinese artists and six Belgian artists will create a virtual space through painting, video and computer at the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai (MoCA Shanghai) in People's Park. It will create a "perfect illusion" and a "fairyland" of technology and art.

Last year, the eARTS Festival attracted almost 160 artists - about half from China and half from abroad - working in visual and sound art, architecture, information technology, communications, software, electronic and mechanical engineering and physics.

In this year's festival, Shanghai cinemas will screen video works of famous artists, the first such public screening in the festival.

eARTS E-Living Store

Date: Opens on May 20

Address: 395 Shilong Rd, Xuhui District

Tel: 5411-0752


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