Timur Si-Qin

An investigation of contemporary universal image culture.


Timur Si-Qin, a multimedia artist of German and Mongolian-Chinese descent who grew up in Berlin, Beijing and the American Southwest, is one of a growing troop of what one might dub “post-internet” artists, who often associate with the contemporary philosophical terms “New Materialism” and “Speculative Realism”. Drawing comparisons with futurists such as Oliver Laric and AIDS-3D’s Daniel Keller and Nik Kosmas, Si-Qin’s oeuvre is influenced by the deep past and the chain of events that make up contemporary image culture, concentrating primarily on the universality of aesthetic motifs in adverts. In past works Si-Qin has utilized commercial products (surrounding preoccupations with health, vitality or luxury) like Axe body wash, Yoga mats, stock photography and promotional display structures, presenting objects as though they were biological artefacts in an investigation of why visual conventions reoccur so persistently. He finds his answers in a range of factors, from human physiology to evolution, and thus reveals processes by which humans interpret and respond to the world around them. Here, art steps in to examine the fingerprints of our cultural image-search algorithms.

By Kelsey Lee Jones


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