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Meet Xu Han

Today we’d like to introduce you to Xu Han.

Xu, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have done a performance piece in spring 2019, which is called “Cocooned” – a 21 days durational performance.

I have worn a “cocoon” that I knitted by myself for 21 Days, including eating, transportation, traveling, attending class and sleeping. I forbid to speak during these days; instead I wrote or used devices’ system voice instead. I need to write in my diary every day about how my perception of myself changes, how my communication with others changes, and events in my immediate experience. The performance began on April 16, 2019 12:00 pm and continue until May 7, 2019, at 12:00 pm.

I want to explore through my performance: How could it change the limit and shape my body? How could this form alter my perception of this world? How could this form alter the communication between me and others? What will I learn from 21 Days about the way of “living”?

My project link: https://xuhanart.com/Cocooned

Please tell us more about your art.
I am a self-employed artist. I have been engaged in art & technology and interested in finding different perspectives of language in communication methods of humans, including reading, listening, body language and also emotion. My projects involved performance art, art installations, generative texts, artist book design, etc.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I’m lucky that I am a New Media Artist and Educator based in New York and California.

I graduated from Tsinghua University with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, and from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a major in Visual Communication. My MFA degree was in Parsons School of Design major in Design and Technology with the President scholarship funded. My works have been awarded by the 2018 NYC Media Lab, 2019 Present Future Art and Technology, GDUSA and 215|610 CONTEMPORARY (2019). I exhibited at the CICA Museum, NeurIPS Creativity Workshop, THE WRONG – New Digital Art Biennale, NYC Media Lab, Pittsburgh Performance Art Festival.

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