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is a visual artist and graphic designer based in Chicago and Shanghai. By utilizing printed matter, photography, video, and installation, his work celebrates the “trash aesthetics” born from Chinese low cultural phenomena. With the methodology of appropriation, collage, and building ironic narrative, his work critiques the fetishism manifested in such low culture, which involves broader discussion of consumerism, technology, tradition, and politics. He received his MFA in visual communication from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Heaven. net is an ongoing project inspired by Chinese funeral rituals. Burning is an important ritual in Chinese funeral tradition which represents building the bridge between the real world and afterworld. The project uses data mosh technology to visualize the act of burning in virtual world, posing question on the boundary between reality and the virtual, body and spirit.

The installation is comprised of a mapped projection and a video played on screen. The projection represents the tombstone, while the screen represents the alter for offerings.