I am a visual artist, digital animator, and motion graphic designer. I mainly work with video and computer-based media. My practice also includes installation, writing, sculpture, and printing. I address collisions and alignments between commercials and art-making through digital media, exploring boundaries between the experimental and the mainstream.
I am interested in the concept of living as a “digital diaspora” and how this identity breaks the barrier of the physical environment under social, cultural, and political constraints. I like to investigate social issues by using computer technology, creating absurd new realities in playful ways. My work asks a few questions: How does digital image consumption construct our perceptions and perspectives in the real world? How do the information and meanings behind digital images impact our attitude to social-political changes and the concept of “truth”? How do we utilize digital space and technology to engage in social activity?
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Hailing Liu (She/They) is a multimedia artist born in China (Chinese: 刘海玲; b.1997). They received their MFA in Film, Video, New Media, and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Their work employs diverse media in their art practice: video (2D & 3D animation), computer-based media (Augmented Reality, Social media), writing, printing, and installation. Focusing on family history, the Internet, digital diaspora, and grass-root culture, their work explores the narratives and history reconstructed in the virtual environment, and examines digital image consumption in people’s daily lives, highlighting the social impact of media representations from digital images.
Liu has exhibited their work internationally in physical spaces such as the Woman Made Gallery (USA), 4C Gallery (USA), Espacio Gallery(UK), CICA Museum (Korea), and virtual spaces such as NewArt City and Silicon Valet. Their work has also been shown in film and animation festivals, such as Supernova Digital Animation Festival (USA), Burnt Video and Experimental Film Festival (Canada), and Du vert à l’infini Music Festival (France).
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