Wuhan Punk

Wuhan Punk is a mental journey returning to my hometown Wuhan, where narratives, sounds and images reconstruct stories of a disappeared Wuhan punk musician. The project explores the possibility of understanding the estranged city through its rumoured past.

Single channel HD video, sound,color, 12’


Medium Rosemary Brown describes her collaboration with Beethoven, while the film travels to various places: CGI reconstructing Tambora's eruption based on Sir Stamford Raffles's official account; a Yunnan-based American missionary's poem accompanied by images of war, famine and opium; Mary Shelley drowning in Lake Geneva during the gloomy summer; and finally a hypnotic session of Brown channeling Beethoven's life and music in the volcanic darkness.

Single channel HD video, sound,color, 8’35”

Counterfictions is a sound, architecture piece that constructs alternative realities on the border after the construction of Trump’s wall proposal. It starts with a journalistic comment on Donald Trump’s wall, and ends with a haunting myth of biologists tracking a genetically mutated species along the U.S.-Mexico border. Counterfictions weaves together information from scientific facts, Trump’s quote, fictional literature and mythology.
Claire Shiying Li

Single channel HD video, sound, color, 10’40”, research drawing


The video shows the nightmare of Dagenham regeneration councillor, who is suffering from melancholia caused by both current and past events. Ghost towers are reincarnations of past and present archetypes of the borough. They are skeletal highrises, empty follies and leftovers of neoliberal desires – dream structures of false progress. 

Single channel video, sound, color, 8’25”


In the post-Documenta context of Athens, a privately-funded art institution proposes an open-gated, 24/7 curriculum in order to both embrace the existing street life, and bring catalyst to ongoing crises in the city. Through curating a series of programmed architectural objects in the city, the new institution hopes to bring high and low, art and life, academia and everyday life together.

Digital collage, physical model, drawing, various dimensions


A series of collages and texts that explore the uncertain boundaries between original and found, architecture and image, text and space.

Digital collage, text, various dimensions

The video installation consists of a documentary film on a Wuhan-based Youth Autonmous Centre living on a natural reservoir that is facing changes.

Single channel video 8’35”, animation projection


Recent & forthcoming:
2020, Wuhan Punk, Film & Video Umbrella
2020, 1815, K11, Wuhan, China
2020, Wuhan Punk, Banal Objects / DIY Aesthetics, OCAT Institute, Beijing, China
2020, Counterfictions, Aesthetica Art Prize, York Art Gallery, York, UK
2020, Counterfictions, Open Sound, Outpost Gallery, Norwich, UK
2020, Counterfictions, acting method
2019, Counterfictions, AA Project Review, London, UK
2019, Border Walks, London Zoo
2018, City of Objects, Venice Architecture Biennale Greek Pavilion
2018, Domestic Theatre, London Met Architecture School 2017, Domestic Theatre, Campo Space, Rome, Italy
2017, City of Objects, AA Project Review, London, UK
2015, Shotgun, Rice Gallery, Houston, TX
2014, Binary Opposition, K11, Wuhan, China;
2010, Boundless City, K11, Wuhan, China.

Selected awards and commissions:
Film Video Umbrella Commission (2020)
Aesthetica Art Prize (2020)
CFCCA Digital Commission Finalist (2020)
Rice University SOA Fellowship (2014-15)
Salt Lake City 69.70 International Competition Honorable Mention (2013)
Metropolitan Design Center Research Award (2010)
University of Minnesota Global Excellence Scholarship (2007-11). 

K11 Wuhan, 1815 (2020)
Film & Video Umbrella, Steven Bode, Wuhan Punk (2020)
Film & Video Umbrella, Iris Long, Unreal (2020)
Aesthetica Art Prize, Counterfictions (2020)


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