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Artist Statement

I am Yimei (Emair) Zhu, an interdisciplinary artist weaving together the realms of Art, Disability, and the potential of Posthuman Bodies. My work challenges and resists stereotypes associated with disability, exploring deficiencies and imperfections from an unconventional perspective. I invite viewers to see disabilities not as limitations but as unique modes of experiencing the world.

 

Art, in my view, is a powerful means to tackle complex challenges, creating connections across various disciplines. I delve into the sensory systems of plants and animals, exploring nature's intricate networks that extend beyond human perception. My endeavor is to expand the boundaries of human senses, opening up new possibilities for perception.

 

Employing a broad spectrum of media, from traditional writing and imagery to the avant-garde realms of coding, interactive installations, game design, and bio-art, my goal is to upend conventional narratives about disability and use art as a catalyst for understanding and innovation.

 

My vision propels art beyond simple expression. It's about forging new ways of sensing, feeling, and interacting with our world by integrating technology with our corporeal existence. I aim to cultivate a community where art and technology mutually enhance one another, providing a space for contribution and growth for all, irrespective of ability.

 

I believe artists should envision a future in which technology is no longer regarded as lifeless tools separated from our minds and our bodies. I aspire to use art and technology to challenge people who are no longer satisfied with the world we have known. I want to provide a possibility—humanity with new bodies and senses—to further explore a new world we have never envisioned before or rediscover the senses we have forgotten.

Education

 

MFA, Art and Technology Studies,

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, U.S

BFA, Experimental Art,

Guangzhou Academic of Fine Arts, China

Recidency

 

  2021 

Ars Electronica and Johannes Kepler University Linz, Linz, Austria

2021 Festival University program

  2023 

Arts Letters & Numbers, Averill Park, NY, U.S

Artist Residency Spring-Summer 23

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