Aowen Jin’s Horniman Museum UV Art Launch


Celebrate the Year of the Sheep with a contemporary twist and discover how Chinese culture has inspired artists around the world.

The Horniman presents a night of cutting-edge art installations, films and performances showcasing modern Chinese culture in the UK today.

In i18n, Aowen’s ambitious drawings will cover the entire Music Gallery Performance Space in the Horniman Museum (British Museum of the Year 2013), painted on the walls and on the floor – all in ink that’s only visible under UV light. The viewer must explore the museum with UV torches to actively search for a magical world filled with mythical Chinese stories, challenging the way that the contemporary art audience passively views art.

The work creates a direct connection between traditional art and modern technology – i18n is tech shorthand for internationalization, the means with which cultures can communicate using technology. This is especially relevant to the museum, which is based on a vast Victorian era collection created by tea trader Frederick John Horniman – a man on the cusp of early globalisation.

The work will be shown as part of a Chinese Lates event which includes dance, performance and music on the 26th of February at 6:30pm.

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