At the opening ceremony of “40 Years of Humanizing Technology - From Ars to Shenzhen”, global event co-participants and -curators and artists talked to each other, extending the focus on the 40 years of Ars’ history of humanizing technology to the young and dynamic city of Shenzhen.
Prestigious guests gathered at the opening ceremony for their discussions on the future of technology and art and expectations of the exhibition.
Martin Honzik, Senior Director and Curator of Ars Electronica, believes that Shenzhen possesses great potential in the development of technology and art. “It is of extraordinary significance for Ars Electronica to come to Shenzhen. Both the citizens and individuals will be able to look into the future through the exhibition. While this future will certainly become increasingly complicated, it will provide everyone with more potentials and possibilities.”
Qiu Zhijie, Director of the School of Experimental Art, Central Academy of Fine Arts, artist and exhibition curator, made a speech. “Shenzhen is a very young city. For me, it is the city of dream in China. Science and technology not only brings life convenience, or material abundance, or achievements to our younger generation, but also opens up future possibilities and enriches our imagination. Shenzhen is bound to become the world’s new center of technology and art in the future.”
Ms. Zhao Rong, Deputy Curator and Project Director of Design Society, said, “Much as we live in Shenzhen, we should have a global perspective. I hope that in such a vigorous and young city as Shenzhen, it is not just life convenience or career achievements that science and technology brings to our younger generation, what’s more important is plentiful spiritual resources.”
According to Lv Hua, General Manager of Shenzhen Zhongzhou Commercial Estate Investment Co., Ltd. and head of C Future Lab, “We hope to integrate the interdisciplinary inspiration into city life. Based on that purpose, we have set up C Future Lab. We are working together with all of you to bring the excellent wisdom and inspiration from different sectors and areas of the world to Shenzhen, making everyone feel the interdisciplinary wisdom anywhere in their daily life, in the office buildings, shopping malls, residences, apartments and hotels. In future city life, all of us will have a chance to absorb the world’s most cutting-edge and most excellent wisdom and inspiration at any place and engage ourselves in it to jointly build our common future.”