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Obj. 4
  • aaajiao (Xu Wenkai)
    born 1984
    active: China
  • Obj. 4, 2014
  • Where object was made: Shanghai, China
  • single-channel video on LCD screen with wood frame, 8 minutes
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 24.5 x 16.5 x 6.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 5/8 x 6 1/2 x 2 9/16 in
  • Courtesy of the artist and Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China
  • Not on display
  • EL2016.005
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia", 11-Nov-2016
Many of artist aaajiao’s technological creations rely on algorithms—mathematical sets of rules that precisely define a sequence of operations. The term algorithm stems from the Latin translation of the book On the Calculation with Hindu Numerals, written by Persian mathematician and geographer Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī (circa 780 CE–circa 850 CE). This work is part of the Obj. series of screen-based algorithmic programs encased in vintage wooden frames that effectively merge the antique with the high-tech.