"X's creative practice explores the manifold feedback loops between computational technologies and human intuition and creativity, specifically at the intersection of language, speech and code. their will to problematize intuition in this machine-human ecology is notable, especially in light of current neuroscientific research (cf. Metzinger's Ego Tunnel) positing the hallucinatory quality of perception and the brain's function as an engine of creation rather than a camera. Principles of both negative and positive feedback are undertaken in their "asemic writing" practice (for instance), as intuitive modes of script generation are filtered through various algorithmically powered interfaces that are then reintegrated into performative gestures. (Indeed, performance and its indeterminacies constitutes a crucial component of their practice.) For all its instability in traveling between domains, their work exists in a liminal space, rubbing up against fluid boundaries separating signs legible as conventional language and asignifying graphemes that nevertheless retain connections to semiotic registers. Importantly, the human-machine coupling explored in this particular register has important implications for our current cyborgian economy in which the increasing ubiquity of mobile devices and integration with massive networks has already demonstrated cognitive, affective and political implications. Yet, far from lingering within dystopian territory, X’s practice engages in speculative futurity, perpetually searching out creative strategies that ask new questions about the modalities through which we are becoming truly posthuman. Eminently interdisciplinary, X's work functions as an experimental probehead, committed to thought as a continuous process that does not have to resolve into crystallized knowledge. " -- @xenopraxis (2017)
Xuan Ye is a Chinese artist, musician, and engineer currently based in Tkarón:to/Toronto as an uninvited guest. X creates mixed media installations and performances as media poetry, synthesizing language, code, sound, body, image, data, light, and time. Their work makes noises in the speculative space of sensorium, coupling it with more-than-human agencies (internet, artificial intelligence, electricity and circuitry, and non-human organisms) to experiment with meaning-becoming and world-building.
X’s work has been featured and exhibited internationally, including Centre de Design de l’UQAM à Montréal (CA), Center of the Experimental Film (CN), Fonderie Darling (CA), Varley Art Gallery of Markham (CA), Canadian Art, the AGO (CA), Vivid Projects (UK), Supermarket Art Fair (SE), InterAccess (CA), Inside-out Art Museum (CN), Goethe-Institut (Beijing & Montreal), ArtAsiaPacific, KUNSTFORUM (GE), Trinity Square Video (CA), Times Museum (CN), among others. X is a recipient of SSHRC scholarship and a finalist of 2018 EQ Bank Digital Artists Award.
As a musician, X is techne agnostic and genre eclectic, and has been lauded as “one of Canada’s most exciting voices in textural soma” by EVERYSEEKER. X has been commissioned by New Music Edmonton (2021) & Canadian Music Centre (2020). X has performed at Send + Receive Sound Festival (CA), Open Waters Festival (CA), Silence Guelph (CA), Music Gallery (CA), Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center (US), Suoni Per Il Popolo (CA), OBEY Convention (CA), Kazoo! Fest (CA), Electric Eclectics Festival (CA), Downtown Music Gallery (US), Zoomin’ Night (CN), Le Festival Croisements (CN), etc. X’s live performances and releases have also received critical accolades from Bandcamp, Musicworks and Exclaim!