Thingworld in Beijing: A world of machines that think and watch

One thing especially Chinese about Thingworld was the title. A love of philosophy and a love of things going hand in hand. Entering the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) from the wide street grid of smog-ridden Beijing where the night time flashes from surveillance cameras at every junction transform a taxi ride into a video game tracking the moving car through a palpable mesh of squares and lines, to find oneself in a total environment of electronic systems, mostly glowing faintly in darkened rooms, provides a particular sense of 21st Century embeddedness.

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