Future Plan

In terms of academics: Apply for a PhD in Europe after graduation, write a research proposal and find my own research direction.

 

In terms of work: Due to the uncertainty of the PhD application, I will start looking for a job at the same time as applying. Engaged in art-related work in museums, galleries, or auction houses, constantly accumulate experience. Make contacts with artists and integrate into the art system and art ecology of this industry. Or engaged in the operation of new media in the arts. In this era, online operation and development have become more and more important. I have operated an official account dedicated to publishing art messages for 3 years. I will continue to operate in the future and will try to operate art-related accounts on different platforms. 

 

In terms of art development: I sign up with Chinese art platforms such as Art Bund, the works will be promoted and sold. I will continue to apply for exhibitions and artist residencies in different places. When choosing an exhibition, I will choose the suitable one according to the theme, format, requirement, curator, etc. I will adjust my mental state because I know that if I want to be accepted by the market and professionals, it may take a long process. I endeavour to be an artist-curator and I will make good preparations in theoretical and practical aspects.

 

In terms of life: In spare time, I visit art galleries and various art spaces. While visiting, I also think about how to build my own position and what kind of theory and viewpoints are able to ground my criteria. I will keep a lot of reading and maintain my sensitivity to the arts. I hope I can continually improve my understanding and problem-solving pattern and ability. Only through enough accumulation will the works have depth.

Emergency Art

6-9 December 2019

Lost, 2019

(Installation view at the Platform Southwark)

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Key skills: 

Time management capabilities

Collaborative skills

Problem-solving capabilities

Emergency Art is an initiative created to take place as an art exhibition and to evolve into a series of future group projects. It is specifically aimed at investigating and concerning problematic fields, which to be raised through the persuasive force of art and creativity.

In this exhibition, artwork must refer to the theme. It can be expressed metaphorically or directly on some of the subtopics mentioned. We presented different works and reflected different ideologies to explore the theme of emergency.

 

The exhibition was held shortly after the crypt exhibition, it was challenging because it needs to make reasonable arrangements for time. During the installation stage, I failed to reach the scene. Other artists helped me install my work. I learned how to communicate remotely and clearly express my installation needs.

Immurement

7-10 November 2019

Key skills: 

Research skills

Installation

Communication

Problem-solving capabilities

Catering (skills about private view)

Collaborative skills

Down the Rabbit Hole, 2019

(Installation view at the Crypt Gallery London)

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We hold an exhibition named “Immurement" at the crypt gallery under St. Pancras Parish Church. This exhibition required every artist to make work that responded to ideas of immurement.

 

We visited the Crypt Gallery a few months in advance, carefully understood the history of it and observed the structure of the gallery space. We found that the main problem was to pay attention to the space of the gallery and the restrictions on the installation. I like the way to make work for a particular venue.

On the day of set up the exhibition, the position of my work has not been selected. After continuous communication with the curation team, finally, I got a very quiet and independent space for my sound installation, which is very suitable for my work. From this experience, I found it is important to communicate in time when our opinions are different.

We started the work through group collaboration, and I participated in the catering team of the exhibition, which made me know more about the planning of the opening ceremony. With the cooperation of all members of our team, the opening ceremony was very successful. Many people came to support this exhibition. The donation project we prepared was very effective because it could support cash and credit card, so we got a donation for us that could be used for the graduation exhibition. In the opening ceremony, I am not only participated in the work of providing drinks and snacks for the visitors, but also discussed the artworks in the exhibition with the visitors. This is a good opportunity to practice the introduction of artworks in English.

In this exhibition, each artist has different interpretations of the theme. The works are closely combined with the exhibition space to maximize the effect of each piece, and there is a strong relationship between the works. Although the exhibition has undergone a long preparation process, it is a very good experience.

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One Night Stand

18-19 March 2019

Key skills: 

Installation

Communication

Promotion skills

Curation skills

Parallel, 2018

(Installation view at the Cookhouse Gallery, Chelsea College of Arts)

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Swap Show is about exchange and meeting with Chelsea students as well as being a chance to exhibit work. Chelsea students first came to visit us and have a look at the exhibition space we provided. After they've viewed CoCo's space, we went to Chelsea to see the exhibition space they provided. They introduced the exhibition space for us, then we took pictures and recorded the details of the space. In this process, we get to know Chelsea Fine Art students. This is a good opportunity for communication. We have exchanged many ideas with each other and saw their artworks. We built a group for both side students on WhatsApp and kept communicating with each other in the group. When we set up the exhibition, we reasonably divided the space in Cookhouse Gallery and held the opening ceremony that evening. Many Chelsea students came to support our exhibition. In the end, we are all satisfied with the exhibition.

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Pop Up Show 

23 May 2019

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I Can See You, 2019

(Installation view at Wimbledon College of Arts)

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Key skills: 

Collaborative skills

Organisation skills

Problem-solving capabilities

Time management capabilities

The theme of Pop Up Show is to ‘Adopt a Space’. We were divided into six groups in a random manner and we need to choose a space to hold an exhibition from anywhere on campus. Once everything was installed, we did a walking/crit introducing the other groups to our ‘intervention’. 

Our group used the spare time to discuss to determine our work. We started brainstorming, and each team member put forward their own ideas. After consultation, we decided to use the balloon as our main element. The original idea was to hang some balloons around the school to express some kind of meaning. Later I suggested that the balloons could be hung vertically in a row and the letters of the balloon could form a slogan. After that, everyone began to actively conceive the balloon slogan, and we all hope to make it interesting. In the end, all the team members unanimously decided to use the slogan "I CAN SEE YOU". After confirming the plan, we went to the balloon shop to book the balloons. But when we got the balloons, we found it difficult to fix it together, and a balloon was leaked before the exhibition. However, through the cooperation of every team member, finally, the problem has been solved. The effect of our work is very good, the slogan of the balloons can be seen from far away.

After the walking crit, we had to make changes to the exhibitions of other groups. Our group had to do something to the Fake Instagram. This was very challenging because it needs to be done in a very short time. After discussion, we set the future of their group members on the same Instagram account and added a description for each person. They felt that this change is very interesting.

Open Mouth Film Festival 

6-10 July 2019

Key skills: 

Research skills

Communication

Death of Electric Fan, 2019

(View at TT Cinema London)

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Open Mouth Film Festival was a five-day festival, taking place from July 6-10 at multiple locations throughout London. The festival is open to all genres including animation, documentary, experimental, and narrative film. The film festival provides a platform for a large number of student filmmakers to share their work. All screenings were free to attend and opened to the public. The screening locations were also different every day, included TT Cinema, Stour Space, Horse and Stables and lecture theatre in Chelsea College of Arts. 

 

Two of my films were selected for this film festival. This is a good opportunity for the public to see my videos. I can observe the reaction of the audiences when they saw my videos and even got some feedback. At the same time, I made friends with other video artists who take part in this film festival. We all from different universities. I communicated with other artists about each other’s videos. We shared our creative methods and creative ideas with each other, and I knew a lot of new things through it.

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Art and Film 

20 June 2019

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Key skills: 

Communication

Uncovered Collective was founded in 2017 as a unique support network for artists. The collective is born from the coming together of MFA students at Wimbledon College of Arts. The collective operates in a flexible way, housing a fluctuating and organic roster of artists.

 

Uncovered Collective organized a screening event that short films to be shown at Curzon Cinema. I submitted my work and was able to show it. The showing is on June 20 from 12pm to 2pm. On that day, I met a lot of classmates who are my senior and exchanged ideas.

Death of Electric Fan, 2019

(View at Curzon Cinema London)

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