25 Comets: Explosion Event for MASS MoCA’s 25th Anniversary

May 24, 2024

On May 24th, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) held its 25th anniversary gala, celebrating its distinguished history as an incubator for contemporary art and honoring all the artists, collaborators, and diverse communities who have contributed to the museum.

Approximately 500 guests from around the world—all fatefully connected to MASS MoCA—gathered for the event. MASS MoCA board chair Mariko Silver, artists Nick Cave and Ann Hamilton, current director Kristy Edmunds, state representative John Barrett III, and founding director Joseph Thompson delivered heartfelt speeches. Cai Guo-Qiang, revisiting the site of his 2004 milestone solo exhibition, presented 25 Comets: Explosion Event for MASS MoCA’s 25th Anniversary as a surprise finale to the evening, bringing the sound of tolling bells and sparking inspirations for an unknown future …

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cAI™: An Artificial Intelligence Project

April 25, 2023

Contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s artificial intelligence (AI) art project, cAI™ (pronounced “AI Cai”), draws from his long-established artistic philosophy and methodology to develop a custom AI program. The AI deep learns from Cai’s rich oeuvre, extensive writings, archival materials, and documentation. cAI™ also acquires knowledge in the diverse fields in which Cai has had a lifelong intellectual interest, such as cosmology and the unseen world.

cAI™ is an expansive, experimental art project, a multi-modal synthesis that grows organically alongside the course of Cai’s life and with the advancement of new technology. It is both a new work by Cai and a collaborative partner with whom he is in dialogue—a partner who has the potential to create independently in the future.

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Ramble in the Cosmos—From Primeval Fireball Onward

The National Art Center, Tokyo

June 29 to August 21, 2023

Cai Guo-Qiang’s solo exhibition, co-organized by the National Art Center, Tokyo and SAINT LAURENT, to open in Tokyo.

“Primeval Fireball marked a transformative departure for my vision and thinking, and its lasting effects accompany me to this present moment.” Cai Guo-Qiang

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Making History at TED2024: Cai Guo-Qiang “Speaks” English

April 16, 2024

On April 15, 2024, the 5-day TED2024 conference commenced in Vancouver, Canada. Marking the 40th anniversary of the organization’s founding, this year’s conference theme, “The Brave and the Brilliant,” centered on “celebrating creativity, ingenuity, courage, wisdom and generosity.”

For his talk, Cai utilized a custom-built AI model developed by metaphysic.ai to convert the live English interpretation of his Chinese speech in real time, using his own voice. This marked Cai’s first speech in English and also became the first instance in TED history of simultaneous interpretation using AI technology. The talk was received with a standing ovation.

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