“I’m always interested in bringing my work into arenas outside the typical artworld scenario. I approached the Xiaomi 12T Pro as a sculpture with a purpose outside of it as a functional object; in 20 years people who have this phone will no longer use it as a phone but as a sculptural object, linked to a particular moment in time and carrying it beyond its functionality.” Daniel Arsham
“Daniel’s work often plays with the concept of time, both future and history. As a company with innovation at its core, time is our most valued asset, and it is what we are willing to exchange for quality and technology. This collaboration is not only a smartphone, but advanced technology used to actualize the artist’s design. We believe it will be an exciting product for people today, and remain an interesting and collectible piece for decades to come.” Xiaomi
Bridging the worlds of sculpture together into today’s ultimate commodity, the smartphone, Xiaomi collaborates with Daniel Arsham to transform its latest international model, Xiaomi 12T Pro Daniel Arsham Edition, into an iconic design collision of the past, present and future within a contemporary artifact.
Born of Daniel Arsham’s “Future Archeological” aesthetic, for the first time, the Artist experiments with creating the textures of his sculptural propositions of obsolescence and natural erosions on a smartphone.
Creating and exploring new perspectives from one’s relationship with their most personal and engaging contemporary device of daily use, a timeless object of fictional archaeology outside of a museum or gallery is conceived, from the sculptural box over to the tactical and physical feel of the Xiaomi piece itself.
Built towards an imagined future of digital dematerialisation, this collaboration is driven by Xiaomi’s core values of innovation, design and production, and shaped by Daniel Arsham’s zeitgeist in a vision of fictional archaeology.
Xiaomi 12T Pro Daniel Arsham Edition will be available in a limited 2000 device quantity in Europe. The collaboration will release December 16th, 2022 and be available on highsnobiety.com as exclusive online retail partner, mi.com and in the dedicated Xiaomi x Daniel Arsham Berlin pop-up store from December 16th until December 17th.
About Daniel Arsham
Daniel Arsham is a New York based artist whose practice spans fine art, architecture, performance, and film. Arsham’s iconic works meld the past, present and future, showcasing the malleability and power of nostalgia, often through references to moments of the late 20th century. Eroded casts of modern artifacts and contemporary human figures, his works are crafted out of geological material such as sand, selenite and volcanic ash. These materials allow for the appearance and aesthetic of erosion or archeological, future relics, as Arsham has dubbed them.
Arsham has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Musée Guimet, Paris, France; UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Dune, China; MOCO Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; HOW Museum, Shanghai, China; The Cranbrook Art Museum, Detroit, Michigan; and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; among others. Arsham’s works have been exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria Triennial, Melbourne, Australia; The Athens Biennale in Athens, Greece; Musée Fenaille, Rodez, Carré d’Art de Nîmes, and Paris La Défense, France; Frieze Sculpture, London, U.K.; The Athens Biennale in Athens, Greece; and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, SCAD Museum, Savannah, Georgia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the New Museum and MoMA PS1, New York, USA; among others.