Exhibition | Balcony of the Brave — Nutrition, Materials, and Future Ecology Ushers an Extremely Futuristic Balcony Scene!

现代汽车文化中心 2022-05-25

April 27, 2022-August 28, 2022 —Hyundai Motorstudio Beijing opens the exhibition Balcony of the Brave — Nutrition, Materials, and Future Ecology. This exhibition takes an imaginary "future balcony" as a blueprint,exploring the relationship between technology and ecology from four perspectives of Nutrition Converters, Material Makers, Garden Planters, and Stargazers respectively.


What has always been vivid in my memory is the balcony of my grandma's house. It was stacked like a treasure chest with all kinds of things, abundant yet orderly: food, materials, tools, and green plants, were all presented here, and it was also the home space where my family and I could easily observe the sky. The balcony is a living space that we are most familiar with in our daily life, a place for residents to breathe fresh air, dry clothes, and place potted plants; it is bonded to both life and nature, an individual space accompanied by sociality.


This exhibition takes an imaginary "future balcony" as a blueprint, conceiving a "balcony landscape" —a post-human living landscape, where people create independently through future technology. It is like a research laboratory for people: they convert nutrition, create living materials and build "ecology" here. A balcony is a place where technology and nature unite to create, also a future life scenario constructed with local technology.

Confronting a geological epoch in which a new intelligence and ecology evolve together, James Lovelock, who proposed the Gaia Hypothesis, envisions that Cyborg and Gaia will jointly govern the earth for the first time. The "balcony" as a metaphor, symbolizes the ecology created by technology and nature, life and non-life, reflecting an epitome of human life in the future, which will be a huge system of nature and machine hybridization. Nowadays, we need to rethink the relationship between technology and ecology. The synthesis of technology and environment constitutes its own beginning and the corresponding autonomy; we could reconsider this beginning, or place it in a suitable cosmic reality. Donna J. Haraway proposed the notion of “Stay- ing with the Trouble". And with "Chthulucene", the other concept, Haraway hopes to help us **learning to stay with the trouble of living and dying in response-ability on a damaged earth"; to inspire us to abandon arrogance and passivity, to have a discus­sion rooted in reality, to explore a non-typical, unlike the past, top-down authoritative narrative. She expects the exploration could bring us the possibility of human transboundary survival and symbiotic harmony of all things. This requires today's artists and designers to be like ,”the braves" who are not afraid of difficulties and troubles, who rely on personal research and action to foresee the future crisis and challenges of human survival, to think about the possibility of technologies in a holistic and locally applicable way. They would also need to change their inherent ways of thinking and strive to find those possible solutions so as to provide new frameworks for the symbiotic development of technology and ecology. Only through these new frameworks can we imagine the harmonious coexistence of "Cyborg and Gaia".

Facing such a chaotic present and an uncertain future, we need a technology rooted in life and an experimental field to unite all forces, and to reconsider the present correla­tion between people and everything in this pragmatic action. Maybe the future ecolo­gy is not in the distant future, but at everyone's feet.

This exhibition presents a slice of life of “ the brave" when facing "trouble": the balco­ny. The exhibition is divided into four sections: Nutrient Converters, Material Makers, Garden Planters, and Stargazers, exploring the relationship between technology and ecology from four perspectives respectively.


Hyundai Blue Prize Art+Tech 2022 Award Exhibition

Balcony of the Brave: Nutrition, Materials, and Future Ecology

April 27, 2022 - August 28, 2022


Community Co-Creation Project, 2022

Project Initiator: Diane Xing

Installation Designer: SHA Jinghai

Photographer: CHEN Rui

Project Coordinator: YAN Jianyun

Community Co-creator:

Community members from Nanhuqu and Houshayu, online content creators

Ornamental grass support:

Institute of Grassland, Flowers and Ecology, Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences


Nutrition Converters

Nutrition is necessary for surviving. Through photosynthesis, organisms convert conditions from surrounding space into nutrients needed for their survival. Modern molecular biology has given   “  the braves" new capabilities: they can create new ways of nutrition intake and new forms of food production for people through fusion and conversion. Ultimately, human beings and other living beings on the earth share energy from the sun and other energy necessary for living.


LIANG Wenhua

DNA Soup, 2018




The Hive Explorer, 2018

Insect Farming Kit


The Center for Genomic Gastronomy

De-Extinction Dinner


Mixed media

Material Makers

Technology development has provided people with the possibility of new technology and materials integration. If people once relied on nature to meet their own needs for survival and development, now   “  the braves" have taken the foresight to synthesize new materials by using molecular chemistry, bacterial culture, and other artificial interventions to "collaborate" with nature, which also offers a new material profile for the human future life.


LIANG Shaoji

Get Square into a Circle,Get Circle into a Square, 2015-2021

Installation,Video (2001-2003,4'00)


LIANG Shaoji

8, 2009

Single-channel video




LIANG Shaoji

Gene Music, 2020-2021



Credit: HU Kehao, BAO Qian

State Key Laboratory of Silkworm Genome Biology at Southwest University

Gene Sequencing of Silkworm, courtesy of HU Wenbo


Dasha Tsapenko

Fur_tilize, 2020

Installation In collabration with Han W  o  sten

Photo credits: Hanneke Wetzer, Romy Finke


Julia Watson

Lo-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism, 2019



Garden Planters

A garden is not only a place where plants grow, but also an ecosystem of technology, life, and intelligence in a hybrid state. New species and new forms of life are constant­ly arising from the combination of technology and life. The sutured technological intervention and the application of laws of life could complete the transboundary coexistence and co-prosperity.


  GONG Yining, SUN Aijia

Melting Myth, 2022

Installation, digital image



CHEN Pengpeng, LIU Xing, LIANG Yuhong, XU Haomin, ZHAO Hua

Miasma of the Rocks II, 2022

Mixed media installation


XU Chaofan

Urban Mini Farm, 2021




Casting our vision to the sky, space is the place where we can unfold our infinite imagi­nation. With the continuous deterioration of the earth's environment, how will we survive in the vast universe? How will we live with the future world? These   “  future proposals" are full of the artists  ’   limitless creativity, and more importantly, while "stargazing", we can reflect on the current environment through a new perspective of life and ecology.




Where to Go, 2022

Real-time video, installation



Ground Station Nephogram, 2020-2021


Offered by Yan Du Collection Foundation



Ground Station, 2020-2021

Video installation




Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

The Wilding of Mars  , 2019



Courtesy to the artist

Commissioned by the Vitra Design Museum and the Design Museum With support from Cité du Design, Saint-Étienne




ALMA Music Box : Melody of a Dying Star  , 2014


Credit: Whatever + BASSDRUM + Qosmo + Epiphany Works + NOAJ



The Merging Place  , 2022

Video, multi-channel audio



Exhibiting Artists

Alexandra Daisy GINSBERG (UK/ZA)

CHEN Pengpeng, LIU Xing, LIANG Yuhong, XU Haomin, ZHAO Hua (Group, CN)


The Center for Genomic Gastronomy (NO/US)

GONG Yining, SUN Aijia (Group, CN)


LIANG Shaoji (CN)

LIANG Wenhua (CN)

LIU Xin (CN)

Livin Farms (AT)


Whatever (JP)

XU Chaofan (CN)


T  he exhibition Balcony of the Brave — Nutrition, Materials, and Future Ecologywill last until August 28, 2022  .