Drawing from the artist’s mother Wang Qingli’s 1993 expedition to Lugu Lake in Yunnan, China, the video overlays drawings, archival images, historical paintings, texts and sounds to reimagine Wang’s Lugu Lake Paintings (1994), which were later sold and unable to be found. Structured as an intimate conversation between the artist and their mother, the film weaves together narratives around intimacy, settler colonialism, matriarchy, tourism and art market. As the video tries to turn Wang's paintings from low res JEPGs to livingness, we also experience an uneasy interrogation of the complex notion of motherhood and motherland, both personal and collective.


single channel HD video, sound,color, 10’ 




Using archive material and digital animation, 'Wuhan Punk' ruminates on the disappearance of Mai Dian, the charismatic frontman of Wuhan punk group Si Dou Le. Narrated in Wuhan dialect, 'Wuhan Punk' searches for memory, nostalgia and resistance.


single channel HD video, sound,color, 12’



2019-20

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 ultises sound and architecture to construct 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.


single channel HD video, sound, color, 10’40”, drawing, text



2017-18 

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” 



 2016-17 

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



BINARY OPPOSITIONS
2014 

Through reconstructing canonised histories, buildings and figures circulating in Western architectural history, a series of collages and texts 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


INFO

Recent & forthcoming:
2021, Art Lovers Movie Club: Chris Zhongtian Yuan, Wuhan Punk, ArtReview (forthcoming)
2021, 1815, East Lake Sculpture Biennial, Wuhan (forthcoming)
2021, Visiting Artist & Artist Talk, Savannah College of Art and Design (forthcoming)
2021, Wuhan Punk: Chris Zhongtian Yuan, Frank Davis Memorial Lecture, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
2021, Close, Closer, A Continuation of Decentralized Reality with Expanding Intimacy, OCAT Institute, Beijing
2021, Wuhan Punk, Spring Time, Palm Trees, Antenna Space, Shanghai
2021, Wuhan Punk, Hyper Fuctional, Ultra Healthy | not/nowhere Presents, Somerset House, London
2021, Counterfictions, London Design Biennale, London
2020, Wuhan Punk, 5th Documentary Exhibition of Fine Art Triennale, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan
2020, Wuhan Punk, Film & Video Umbrella, London
2020, 1815, K11, Wuhan
2020, Wuhan Punk, Banal Objects / DIY Aesthetics, OCAT Institute, Beijing
2020, Counterfictions, Aesthetica Art Prize, York Art Gallery, York
2020, Counterfictions, Open Sound, Outpost Gallery, Norwich
2020, Counterfictions, acting method
2019, Counterfictions, Project Review, Architectural Association, London
2019, Border Walks, London Zoo (performative events)
2018, City of Objects, Venice Architecture Biennale Greek Pavilion
2018, Domestic Theatre, London Met Architecture School
2018, Ghost Towers, Project Review, Architectural Association, London
2017, Domestic Theatre, Campo Space, Rome
2017, City of Objects, Project Review, Architectural Association, London
2015, Shotgun, Rice Gallery, Houston, TX
2014, Binary Opposition, K11, Wuhan
2010, Boundless City, K11, Wuhan 


Selected awards & commissions:
OCAT Institute Research-based Curatorial Project Winner (2020)
Film & Video Umbrella Commission (2020)
Aesthetica Art Prize (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). 


Texts:
low theory issue 2, Wuhan Punk (2020)
OCAT Institute, Year Zero, in conversation with Claire Shiying Li (2020)
1815, Yoojin Choi, Year Without a Summer (2020)
1815, Maja Mazurkiewicz, Re-imaging Nature in History (2020)
1815, Xin Wang, Water Spilling from the Eaves Deafens Me (2020)
1815, Doron von Beider, Entropy (2020)
Aesthetica Magazine, Between Reality and Fiction, in conversation with Manijeh Verghese (2020)
AArchitecture 40, Wuhan Punk (2020)
Film & Video Umbrella, Steven Bode, Wuhan Punk (2020)
Film & Video Umbrella, Iris Long, Unreal (2020)
K11 Wuhan, 1815 (2020)
Aesthetica Art Prize, Counterfictions (2020)
Wallach Gallery, Claire Shiying Li, River Nights (2019)

Binary Opposition, Connecting Future Catalogue, K11 Wuhan (2014)
Boundless City, Young Video Artist Group Catalogue, K11 Wuhan (2010)


Education:
2016-19 AA Dip/M.Arch, Architectural Association
2014-15 M.Arch courses, Rice University
2009-11/13-14 B.S. Architecture, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (two-year employment gap in Copenhagen, Denmark)
2007-09 B.A. Art History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities








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