Timur Si-Qin

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Timur Si-Qin (b.1984, Berlin) is interested in the evolution of culture, dynamics of cognition, and contemporary philosophy. He weaves them together to create a new kind of environmental art. Taking form through diverse media, installations of 3D printed sculptures, light-boxes, websites, texts, and virtual reality, Si-Qin’s work often challenges common notions of the organic vs the synthetic, the natural vs the cultural, the human vs non-human, and other dualisms at the heart of western consciousness.

Si-Qin’s long-term meta-project, called New Peace, is the proposal of a new secular faith in the face of climate change, global pandemics, and biodiversity collapse. Through New Peace individual works aggregate into a hyper-distributed, branded ecosystem of signifiers. Drawing from disparate disciplines like the anthropology of religion, marketing psychology, and new materialist philosophy, Si-Qin regards spiritualities as cultural software capable of deep behavioral and political intervention. New Peace is thus a new protocol for the necessary renegotiation of our conceptual and spiritual relationship with the non-human.

New Peace is an artwork, a church, a brand, and a memetic machine. Si-Qin is a New York-based artist of German and Mongolian-Chinese descent who grew up in Berlin, Beijing, and int the American Southwest.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Ecotone Dawn, Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur, CH (2023); Natural Origin, Société, Berlin, DE (2023); Take Me, I Love You, Von Ammon Co., DC, USA (2020); East, South, West, North, Magician Space, Beijing, CN (2018); Campaign for a New Protocol, Part III, Spazio Maiocchi, Milan, IT (2018); Campaign for a New Protocol, Part II, Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong, CN (2018); Campaign for a New Protocol, Part I, Société, Berlin, DE (2018); Biogenic Mineral, Magician Space, Beijing, CN (2015); etc.

Group exhibitions include: Returning to the Sea: Philosophical Reflections on the Anthropocene Ocean, TAG Art Museum, Qingdao, CN (2024); We is Future, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (2023); How Far, How Close, Aranya Art Center, Aranya (2023); CHAOS: CALM, 3rd Bangkok Art Biennale, Bangkok, TH (2022); Feeling the Stones, 1st Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale, Saudi Arabia (2021); 2nd Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Riga, LV (2020); Land of the Lustrous, UCCA Dune, Beidaihe, CN (2019); The Strangers from beyond the Mountain and the Sea, Asian Art Biennale, Taiwan (2019); 5th Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art, Regional Development at the Museum and Exhibition Center, Ekaterinburg, Russia (2019); 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE (2016); etc.

Aat’oo BEPA, 2018, 3D printing material, acrylic, 105 x 80 x 179 cm

NP Contingency Altar, 2018, 3D printing material, acrylic, PMMA plate, floor sticker, rope, silk, 65 x 37.5 x 87 cm

Campaign for a New Protocol, part IV (Danxia/Chinle simulation Afternoon 1), A, B, lightbox,diptych, 250 x 180 cm each

Fires of the Future (Forgiving Change), 2018, cast steel, dimension variable

Juniper,2019,3D printed material, acrylic, 150 x 86 x 122.5 cm

The 8th Gate Sorting Processor, 2015, Plexiglass, metal, resin, paper, LED lights, 285 × 195 × 171cm