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The concept of an


is very much key to the spirit of

dslcollection – from the artworks that we collect to the way we

share the collection through digital technology – everything is aimed

at bringing different and memorable experiences for people to

connect with art. For this reason, we have chosen to present this

second edition of the dslcollection book in two formats – a digital

version for an interactive experience, and a printed edition.

To enable our readers to fully appreciate and experience the

diversity in China’s contemporary art scene, and more

importantly, to create their own


, we have decided to

“curate” this 2nd edition, arranging our artists and artworks

according to their specialities and positioning them in different

chapters, similar to a series of rooms in an exhibition. Our aim is

not to be an encyclopaedic collection, but just to open a few

doors to China’s contemporary art scene.

As a start, Chapter 1 focuses on the earlier generation of

contemporary artists, those who were already active around the

Chinese Avant-Garde Exhibition in 1989. Caught amidst one of

the most turbulent periods in China’s modern history, many of

these artists had to create outside the formal system, or

“machine”. The next few chapters are arranged according to

regions – Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. We dedicate a

chapter to new media artists and end with a survey of the latest

generation of Chinese artists, many of whom are relatively

unknown in the West.

At the end of the book, you will find a certain number of tags

that enable you to watch the videos of the collection or to

experience the virtual exhibition curated by Martina Köppel-Yang.

This catalogue has been produced with the aim of sharing, as

much as possible, the adventure and


of dslcollection.

– Helen Ho

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