Established in 2013, Chronus Art Center (CAC) is China’s first nonprofit art organization dedicated to the presentation, research / creation and scholarship of media art. CAC with its exhibitions, residency-oriented fellowships, lectures and workshop programs and through its archiving and publishing initiatives, creates a multifaceted and vibrant platform for the discourse, production and dissemination of media art in a global context. CAC is positioned to advance artistic innovation and cultural awareness by critically engaging with media technologies that are transforming and reshaping contemporary experiences.
Since its founding by the entrepreneur Dillion ZHANG, independent curator LI Zhenhua, and artist HU Jieming, CAC has organized a series of solo and group exhibitions, among them “Extra Time” by the Indian artist collective Raqs Media, and “The Best of Times, The Worst of Times” curated by David Elliott. In 2014 CAC presented Jeffrey Shaw and HU Jieming, an exhibition featuring two noted media artists, and “Pandamonium” in partnership with MOMENTUM, Berlin, and co-curated by David Elliott and LI Zhenhua. CAC also launched educational and fellowship programs in collaboration with a number of art institutions including the China Academy of Arts (Hangzhou), V2_Institute for Unstable Media (Rotterdam), and the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, among others. Located in the M50 Creative Park near the Suzhou River in Shanghai and occupying a multifunctional space of 800 square meters, CAC provides the public with a year-round exhibition calendar, lecture and workshop series and other special programs.
Beginning in 2015, under the artistic direction of ZHANG Ga, a curator and professor of media art, and with the support of a newly established international advisory board consisted of leading scholars, artists and museum professionals, CAC has restructured its programming by launching a series of interdisciplinary projects, including an ambitious research / creation–oriented fellowship and commissions project, thematic exhibitions and educational programs that contextualize historical and present day media art conditions, expanded global collaboration and exchange. CAC brings to the public awareness of the impending post-human reality and the resulting social and political implications by accentuating the dynamic synergy of art and science as a response to the challenges and opportunities that contemporary media society has given rise to.
CAC由企业家张庆红、独立策展人李振华与媒体艺术家胡介鸣创立，至今已举办过一系列个展与群展，其中包括印度艺术家团体Raqs 媒体小组的《补时》、《最好的时代，最坏的时代》（由David Elliott策划）。2014年，CAC举办了邵志飞、胡介鸣两位著名媒体艺术家的大型展览——《邵志飞胡介鸣 双个展》，以及《又一次发声》（与柏林的MOMENTUM合作，由David Elliot、李振华策划）。CAC亦同若干艺术学院及机构如中国美术学院（杭州）、V2_不稳定媒体机构（鹿特丹）、伯明翰城市大学艺术与设计学院等合作开展教育及奖学金项目。CAC位于上海M50创意园区，拥有800多平方米的多功能空，全年为公众提供展览、讲座、系列工作坊及其它特别活动。