virtual worlds and exhibition archives 🔗

2021.01.31. MusicMakers Hacklab: Off the Fovea virtual performance. CTM Transformation.
2021.01.30. Crystal World. Escape 010101 + Bqestia soundsystem. virtual room. twitch.
2021.00.00. Coupled Worlds. Telemagic.online. the Netherlands.
2020.10.27. Model Village. Hot Desque. Swiss Church in Covent Garden, London.
2020.10.00. Margate NOW 2020. Margate Festival x People Dem Collective. Margate, Kent, UK
2019.04.26. Social Works?: Live. Axis / Manchester Metropolitan University. Manchester, UK

biography [pdf]

Shanghai-born, London-based artist, illustrator Yifan He @mzhyff (email: heyifanfineart@outlook.com) produces multi-media works that critically disrupt borders, edges, semiotics and technology. Yifan received her BA (Hons) degree from the University of the Arts London and is obtaining an MA from The Slade School of Fine Art. She is also one of the inaugural cohorts at Dark Study. Yifan is currently in residency at spur.world.

Born in Shanghai, the constant experience of alienation inspires Yifan to reassemble and rearrange materials such as found objects, data arrays, and video clips. Her research-based practice critically engages with subjects such as semiotics and technology. Her practice comprises not only of sculpture and painting, but also coding, media editing, creative and critical writing, and curating.  

In January 2020, Yifan had her solo exhibition ‘Some Words’ at Camberwell College of the Arts library. In 2019, Yifan was commissioned to create an interactive installation for ‘Social Works?: Live’ at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester. Later this year she will once-again exhibit at Affordable Art Fair with her installation Type-writer-Analogue. Other exhibitions she participated in include ‘States of Minds’ (guest curator and exhibiting artist) at Free Range Gallery (London), ‘Inter Course’ at Temporary Art Center (Eindhoven, the Netherlands), and ‘2018 International Invited Exhibition’ at Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea). Many of Yifan’s works have been selected to be represented by Made in Arts London.

Writing in Mandarin and English, Yifan is a Shades of Noir content distributor. You can also find her work in both volumes of Decolonising the Arts Curriculum zines (collected at Tate’s Archive) and many other publications.

artist statement [pdf]

My practice comprises sculpting, game making, video editing, writing, and objects collating. I produce multi-media works that critically disrupt borders, edges, semiotics and technology.

There are disquieting aesthetics inherent in my works, fuelled by the gestural displacements of mundane objects and poeticised actualisations of everyday rituals. I recast, rearrange, and reconfigure materials such as electrical appliances, discarded pieces of furniture, and family event recordings, into clusters of cause and effect circuits. Spectators may find electric cords dangling, video projections overlapping, computer-programmed models flowing chaotically on the screen, dodging the cursor, performance scripts laying on a dinner table, and poems self-generating and overlapping into an unreadable blur. Through such a multidisciplinary approach, the works address audiences as users, who dwell nostalgically in the cross space between the physical and the virtual. The materials, unsettled in site-specific physical narratives, manifest a sense of prolonged anxiety and ennui in their constructive messiness.

Inheriting the core tenets from the Fluxus and Conceptual Art practices, the methodology of my work is linguistic. In addressing, at the same time, the Fluxus’ instructive use of language and Conceptualists’ semiotic interplays of ideas, my practice is situated between the participatory arrangements and the gestural interventions. At their grandest, the installations are forced material poetry of which the meaning can never bypass the formality.

cv [pdf]

education
2021 - an inaugural cohort at Dark Study, an experimental virtual program
2020 - M.A. The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, UK
2017-2020 B.A. University of the Arts, London, UK

selected exhibitions
2021.01.30. Crystal World. Escape 010101 + Bqestia soundsystem. virtual room. twitch.
2021.00.00. Coupled Worlds. Telemagic.online. the Netherlands.
2020.10.27. Model Village. Hot Desque. Swiss Church in Covent Garden, London.
2020.00.00. Some Words (solo). Camberwell College of the Arts Library, London, UK
2020.00.00. Class Of. Copeland Gallery, London, UK
2019.10.00. States of Minds. Free Range Gallery, London, UK
2019.00.00. P A R T. Take Courage Gallery, London, UK
2019.00.00. Inter, Course. Temporary Art Center, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
2018.00.00. Made in Arts London Annual Exhibition. TM Lighting Gallery, London, UK
2018.00.00. Xhibit. Art Bermondsey Project Space, London, UK

commissions and collaborations
2021.01.31. MusicMakers Hacklab: Off the Fovea virtual performance. CTM Transformation.
2020.10.00. Margate NOW 2020. Margate Festival x People Dem Collective. Margate, Kent, UK
2019.04.26. Social Works?: Live. Axis / Manchester Metropolitan University. Manchester, UK

Artworks in Collections
2017 - 2021 Made in Arts London. London, UK
2019 - 2021 Affordable Art Fair. London, UK

residencies and awards
2020 - 2021 CORE member (artist in residence), SPUR. virtual residency. Chaos Magic, Nottingham, UK
2019 -2020 2019 Shortlisted artist (p105). Social Art Award 2020. Institute for Art and Innovation e.V. Berlin, Germany
2018 - 2019 minor in Arts and Interaction. Erasmus exchange at Avans University of Applied Sciences. Breda, the Netherlands.
2018 shortlisted Young Artists of the Year. (p59) 2018 GAMMA Young Artist Competition: Global Landscape of Sustainable Art. ACCESS. Seoul, South Korea

research and curatorial experiences
2019 - 2020 Content developer, Shades of Noir. London.
2019 - 2020 Liason. Xingjiang Qiuci Research Institute. Xinjiang, China.
2019 - 2020 Researcher. Trigger Warning: Institute Ownership project. London.
2019.00.00. Guest Curator. States of Minds: the Emerging Artists exhibition. made in arts London. FreeRange Gallery, London.
2019.00.00. Head Curator of the exhibition PART at Take Courage Gallery, London.