Slime Engine: I am Happy

2023.08.11 Friday 18:00

Location

No.3, Lane 40, Wukang Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai

Performer: Slime Engine

Welcome to the "I am Happy" Bazaar! This unique space gathers the microcosmic landscapes bred by the new consumerism. Here, the logic and order of our desires and emotions are recorded, and a new system of values is in operation. From passionate speeches on WEB3.0 that cross the boundaries of information, to boxing fitness challenging our perception of health in indescribable ways, this realm pushes the limits.

 

Here, emotional resonance and the exchange value of material possessions carry equal weight. Our joy, enthusiasm, and favorites all enter a unique currency system. The more fervently you embrace something, the greater its value becomes. This reliance on consumption and entertainment for emotional fulfillment reflects both fanatical worship of materialism and compensation for inner emptiness.

 

This is a world that embraces both participants and bystanders, where everyone can find his or her place on an invisible coordinate system. There are no predetermined paths, and we will neither force nor hinder your choices. You can follow your own preferences and carve your own path. Whether you choose to participate or question, it is up to you to decide. But regardless, your decisions will become part of this market. Like an act of rebellion, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact goals and motivations behind it.

 

Lastly, while immersing ourselves in it, we must maintain a clear mind and perceive the profound impact of new consumerism on our inner selves in the era of virtual reality, and that's what we'll really get out of this bazaar.

 

So, enjoy the game, and let us embark on this journey filled with surprises and depth!

About the Performer

Slime Engine was founded in 2017, an online platform organization that utilizes the virtual world which is not limited by time and space, to develop unprecedented forms of art, exhibition and experience.

Slime Engine excels at integrating art, as well as interspersing and placing art in everyday experience. Their practice is based on parody and reconstruction of the existing reality, creating a new reality with integrated collage aesthetics, as a way to provide a critical response to the structure and order of the current world.

About the Vortex

Vortex is a long-term project. We will update the content of performance lectures by artists and talks by experts both on- and offline. Following the fundamental approach of connecting local practice, theories, and context, we hope that this nonstandard art venue will become a place of torrents, flux, and confluence.

Video

Macalline Center of Art (MACA) is a non-profit art institution located in the 798 Art District of Beijing and officially inaugurated its space on January 15, 2022. Occupying a two-story building with a total area of 900 square meters, MACA unites artists, curators, and other art and cultural practitioners from around the world. Through its diverse, ongoing, and collaborative approaches, the Center establishes a new site on the contemporary art scene. Guided by the “work of artists” and backed by interdisciplinary research, the Center aims to bring together a community passionate about art and devoted to the “contemporary” moment so as to respond proactively to our rapidly evolving times.