Chris Zhongtian Yuan works with video, sound and architecture. He creates site-specific storytelling interventions: from an
anarchist group occupying a reservoir in Wuhan, China
, to the
rumour of a mutated species in the U.S.-Mexico border
a London regeneration officier’s nightmare
, to a
music medium’s collaboration with Beethoven
Born in Wuhan, China, Chris is currently based in London, UK. He studied architecture and art history at University of Minnesota, Rice University and the Architectural Association in London. Previously, he worked with Bjarke Ingels Group in Denmark and Neri&Hu in Shanghai. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include: 2020, Film Video Umbrella, London, UK; 2020, Banal Objects/Self-sufficient Tools, OCAT Institute, Beijing, China; 2020, Counterfictions, Outpost Gallery, Norwich, UK; 2020, Counterfictions, acting method; 2020, Aesthetica Art Prize, York Art Gallery, York, UK; 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. Awards include: Aesthetica Art Prize (2020), CFCCA Digital Commission Finalist (2020), Black Cube Fellowship Finalist (2020), Rice University SOA Fellowship (2014-15), Salt Lake City 69.70 International Competition Honorable Mention (2013), Metropolitan Design Center Reserch Award (2010), University of Minnesota Global Execellence Scholarship (2007-11).
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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. The story 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, ‘River Nights’, Wallach Gallery, Columbia University, 2019
Single channel HD video, sound, color, 10’40”, research map
Aesthetica Emerging Art Prize Winner, York Art Gallery, 13 March to 18 July, 2020
_Open Sound 2020, Outpost Gallery (forthcoming)
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.
AA Project Review
Single channel video, sound, color, 8’25”
CITY OF OBJECTS
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.
Venice Architecture Biennale Greek Pavilion, 2018
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.
Connecting Future Group Exhibition, K11, Wuhan, China, 2014
Digital collage, text, various dimensions
The video installation consists of a documentary film on a Wuhan-based anarchist group living on a natural reservoir that is facing changes.
Young Video Artists Group Exhibition, K11, Wuhan, China, 2010
Single channel video 8’35”, animation projection