PERCEPTION,
PREDICTION,
DECISION,
TOWARDS THE UNCERTAIN
IMMEDIATE FUTURE.

What are new non-textual languages that communicate our body with environment? How do habits and memories of our immediate past and peripersonal space, inform our intentions and behaviors at presence, into the immediate future? From last step to the next step, last second to the next second, last moment to next moment, what is our perceptive distance of time and space, and how, do attentions, intentions and possibilities collapse into one reality? From a temporal domain, how do we introduce new philosophy and new field of practice under the dominance of visual culture, at the intersection of architecture, media art and music? 

Initiating this dialogue are experiments of spatial music and their neuroscientific implications, which is a hyper structure that allows us to perceive our peripersonal space and immediate time domain as a collective repository, accessed through a sequential flow of digital, material, visual, acoustic, and tactile interfaces. The ambition is to delineate a new inverted politics of the senses, aiming to establish boundaries and constraints that counteract the predominant visual culture and its inherent sensory biases.  We seek to redefine the sensory hierarchies that shape our mutual interaction with the world around us. Through either “environment informed behavior that informs environment”, “music guided movement that guides music”, or “context refrained decisin that refrains context” – the discourses are centered around agency, intelligence and predictions, structured as “Temporal Architecture”.

ABOUT

 Yufan is a multi-disciplinary designer and artist, who operates at the intersection of architecture, computational design, sound synthesis and audio-visual performances. Yufan’s research focuses on the decision-making process, the perceptual and behavioral processes within multi-sensory narratives, while offering skeptical perspectives upon the cultural nuances inherent to sensory experiences and sensory biases induced by prevailing ocular-centric culture. 

 

Since 2019, Yufan has been working on audience-directed performative narrative and spatial musical systems. Resonating with neuroscientific process of human brain on musical reward and prediction, the series of experiment brings new methodology and instructive philosophy on media art, music, and architectural practices.

Notable projects and studies have been showcased at Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale, Beijing Media Art Biennale, Shenzhen MoCAUP, Shanghai Urban Space Art Season, Shanghai Digital Futures and Currents New Media Festival. Awards winning projects GAP+, Acoustic Garden and Maelstrom are featured at Qianlixing Scholarship 2019, YTAA(Young-Talent Architect Awards Asia) 2020, A+D Design Awards 2021 and SXSW Innovation Awards 2024.

NEWS

2024.6.14 - 6.23

“GAP+” showing at Currents New Media Art Festival

Yufan Xie, Yufang Zhou, Hongcai Lei

“GAP+” will be shown at 2024 Currents New Media Art Festival at Santa Fe, New Mexico

Currents is an annual art + technology festival, year-round exhibition/experience space, and non-profit organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA. We support 21st Century art making and innovative creatives. CURRENTS Festival 2024 June 14 – 23, 2024 Santa Fe, New Mexico USA @ El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe

2024.5.11 - 5.16

“Maelstrom” heading to CHI 2024 Interactivity

Yufan Xie, Mel Lewis, Ziqian Yin, Wei Wu

The ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) CHI conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems is the premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction. CHI (pronounced “kai”) takes place in Honolulu, at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center on the island of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, USA from 11-16 May 2024, while also supporting remote attendance. The conference embraces the theme of Surfing the World – reflecting the focus on pushing forth the wave of cutting-edge technology and riding the tide of new developments in human-computer interaction. The conference serves as a platform for researchers, practitioners, and industry leaders to share their latest work and ideas and to foster collaboration and innovation in the field. Attendees will Surf the World of technology by engaging in keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, and other interactive sessions focusing on the latest developments and trends in the field. The conference’s location, known for its beautiful beaches and world-class surf spots, adds a unique and inspiring setting for attendees to come together and exchange ideas to open global access to CHI. The CHI conference is the premier event in the field and Surfing the World represents its commitment to inviting everyone to explore and advance the frontiers of human-computer interaction.

2024.3.8 - 3.16

“Maelstrom” Featured as Finalist of SXSW Innovation Awards

Yufan Xie, Mel Lewis, Ziqian Yin, Wei Wu

“Maelstrom”  is now featured as Finalist of SXSW Innovation Awards

SXSW always seeks to showcase the most forward-thinking new ideas and today’s announcement of the 2024 SXSW Innovation Awards finalists perfectly highlights that goal. This year’s group of 50+ finalists provide a glimpse of the future across 11 different categories ranging from Artificial Intelligence to Health & Biotech and Community Empowerment.

“One of the judges told me that he got goosebumps when he reviewed many of the entries for this year’s Innovation Awards. I agree with this sentiment,” said Hugh Forrest, SXSW Co-President and Chief Programming Officer. “There is so much here that makes me so excited about the future.”

2023.10.20 - 11.10

“Sonarium” showing at Shanghai M50 “EVOLUTIONARY SPACE” exhibition

Yufan Xie

Sonarium, a , providing a sense-blurring experience at Shanghai M50

How can spatial and morphological elements be translated into auditory narratives, and how do they resonate emotionally and mnemonically with individuals? 

“Sonarium” allows us to “hear” landscapes, prompting contemplation within an artificial auditory ambiance. Within this sonar-vivarium, micro-spatial structures are dynamically translated into sound, offering audiences a unique sensory experience. As the information complexity within the auditory scene accumulates, surpassing cognitive and perceptual thresholds, the connections among interaction, visual cues, and sound start to disconnect and ambiguous.

Technically, it asks – Can visual and spatial messages present as acoustic? Is generative algorithm capable of audio storytelling, not in a visualization way, but using Sonification/Pulsed Melodic Audio Processing concepts?

2023.09.24 - 11.20

“The Maelstrom” is featured in 2023 SUSAS!

Yufan Xie, Mel Lewis, Ziqian Yin, Wei Wu

7.1 channel spatial audio experience, as well as a interactive music installation will be live at  SUSAS 2023 in Shanghai. As a multi-sensory ecosystem which reacts to human’s behavior and functions both in time and space, it reveals a new potential of augmented pattern recognition for human in the future.

As a part of “Acoustic Garden ” program, The Maelstrom reflects today’s huge overwhelming forces of data, offering pattern recognition tools of the past, as a means of survival to embrace the inevitable interdependence of a nonlinear future. By recognizing data may serve as a collective memory, actions dictated by the user may take indeterminate inputs of activity and impose patterns through habit. This process of morphic resonance, where systems inherit memory from previous similar systems across space and time, provides the bridge between technology and nature where memory is not a static storage rather an ever-evolving elastic multi-sensory tuning system.

Edgar Allan Poe’s story “A Descent into the Maelstrom” had tremendous influence on the nineteenth-century poets and symbolists like Baudelaire, Flaubert, and others. In this story, Poe imagines the situation in which a sailor, who has gone out on a fishing expedition, finds himself caught in a huge maelstrom or whirlpool. He sees that his boat will be sucked down into this thing. He begins to study the action of the strom, and observes that some things disappear and some things reappear. By studying those things that reappear and attaching himself to one of them, he saves himself. Pattern recognition in the midst of a huge, overwhelming, destructive force is the way out of the maelstrom.

The huge vortices of energy created by our media present us with similar possibilities of evasion of [their] consequences, of [our] destruction [by them]. By studying the pattern of the effects of this huge vortex of energy in which we’re involved, it may be possible to program a strategy of evasion and survival.

2023.06.10 - 06.28

The Unknown Cities is back!

AI & NI Exhibition at 4C Gallery LA

“The Unknown Cities” is an art project created based on the fictional narrative “Nine Cities, Millions of Future” by author Yan Wu. This narrative depicts the process of human civilization returning territory from city back to nature, transforming Earth back into a planet of nature. After going through several enthralling yet troublesome seasons, the protagonist of the story finally finds the appropriate method of this “return”, developing ways to compress, transmit, and expand cities instantaneously onto new locations on new planets. Though the narrative is short, it serves as an encyclopedia of the relationship between humans and architecture, and between humans and cities, showcasing countless city forms and unknown creatures.

 

Inspired by “Nine Cities, Millions of Future”, “The Unknown Cities” presents four futuristic super-cities in forms of 3D printing sculptures. Some of these forms challenge the basic rules of physics, freely diving underground or rushing into the boundless sky, while others can attach themselves to the bodies of other creatures. As the story arrives at the “Crystal Season”, the Earth’s final season before heading towards eternity, all artificial objects on the Earth start to genuinely shrink, fade, and become transparent… The people in the city, belonging to our generation of humans, will also disappear forever along with this process. However, this disappearance does not signify death – on the contrary, it signifies birth. New relationships between nature and humans, and new forms of cities and architecture, will naturally be created in other parts of the universe.

2023.04.01 - 04.23

Sonarium is featured at BMAB(Beijing Media Art Binnale) 2023

Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing

Sonarium is now live on 11 meter media wall, as a part of BMAB event.

Sonarium explores sonification with landscaping and generative forms. User interactions and spatial informations are transformed into generative audio narrative in real-time. As we listen to an acoustic rain in Sonarium, we meditate in the generative landscape. Such soundscape creates an emotional connection between the atmospheric space and audience. 

2023.03.31 - 05.31

Skeleton Physarum System and The Maelstrom are featured at “Broken Spring” exhibition.

Tanko Moofland, Beijing

Link: Wechat

My two experimental research – “Skeleton Physarum System” and “The Maelstrom” will be live at Tanko Moofland. One is an algorithmic system that starts from a messed-up state, and the other is an on-going audible space project. 

“Spring is a good time for creativities, but not all of them ends up well, and not all plans match our expectation. Sometimes a project gets stuck and forgottetn in a messed up dump, but sometimes from which new possibilities emerge.” 

Spectra Studio LA, Audio-Visual Night

2023.02.19

Geomedia

Spectra Studio LA, Audio-Visual Night

Link: Instagram, Youtube

 

Ziqian Yin (Audio) x Yufan Xie (Visual) presenting a geographic journey through generative sections and audio-visuals.

Sonarium_20230129_Pic_02

2023.01.29

Announcing the first show of Sonarium in physical space! Meditate with a full immersive experience of sonification and visualization.

2022.12.23

 

Visual Live at SOTI Music

SOTI Shanghai, Canceled Love

Link: Instagram

On December 23rd, SOTI invites various electronic musicians, bands, DJs and visual artists to cancel all the unjustified cancellations with the energy of sound and vision at SYSTEM, Shanghai. 10 electronic musicians forms a sequence titled “CANCELLED LIVE” in the main area “S-tage” while 6 DJs are to perform at a secondary area “丹炉” as the latest installation in SOTI’s LOVEBEATS series parties “LOVE IN SYSTEM

2022.06.25

 

Presentation at

Digital Futures – CDRF (The 4th International Conference on Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication)

Shanghai, Tongji University

I am going to present our paper “A Slime-Mold System Driven by Skeletonization Errors” on CDRF 2022 conference(The 4th International Conference on Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication) as a part of Digital Futures 2022 on June 26th 11:30 am(UTC+8) / June 25th 8:30 pm(PST) 

More info at: https://digitalfutures.international/conference/ 
 
This paper proposed a new way to generate slime mold patterns using a typical voronoi-based skeletonization method. As a recursive system, it redraws and expands the resulting trails of skeletonization and feeds them back as an image source for skeletonization. Through iterations, it utilizes the difference before and after skeletonization to generate slime-mold-like patterns. During the whole process, we tested different growth types with different parameter settings and environmental conditions. Since most researches on skeletonization focus on minimizing errors, on the opposite side this method utilizes errors of skeletonization(e.g. subtracted skeletons at “branch” areas of the bitmap are different from the original brush trails or the best result we expect) as the basis of the generative process. The redraw process makes it possible to reconnect skeletons via intersected brushes, continuously changing the topology of the network. Unlike the traditional slime mold algorithm which operates on every single agent, our method is driven by image-based solutions. On the output side, this system provides a condensed vector result, which is more applicable for design purposes.
 

2022.01.07

Focal Lapse

Shenzhen MoCAUP

Link: Instagram, Youtube

 

Ziqian Yin (Audio) x Yufan Xie (Visual) presenting a geographic journey through generative sections and audio-visuals.

2021.12.05

Acoustic Garden winning Epic MegaGrants

Epic Games/Unreal Engine

 

Grad Thesis Acoustic Garden is winning Epic MegaGrants

2021.11.16

Acoustic Garden featured in A+D Design Awards 2021

A+D Museum Los Angeles

 

Grad Thesis Acoustic Garden is now featured as Runner-Up in “In School” category of A+D Design Awards.

2021.05.27

The Unknown Cities is featured at Sci-Ficene 2021

Beijing Art and Science Concept Exhibition

 

2020.10.04

The Unknown Cities is featured at Art NOVA 2020

Guardian Art Center

 

The Unknown Cities is featured at 2020 Art NOVA 100. Our 3d printed objects will be exhibited.

2020.09.19

The Unknown Cities is live now at “Breeze and the Man-made”

Hongkun Gallery Beijing

Link: CAFA, Sohu

 

On September 19, 2020, the exhibition “Breeze and the Man-made” officially opened at the Hongkun Art Museum. The exhibition brought together 9 groups of young artists and designers to explore the organic interconnection between humans, nature, and artifacts. In addition to exploring in tangible material space, many artists and designers have extended their experiments from the “carbon-based space” to the “silicon-based space”. This has broken the boundaries of time and space, expanded the physical limitations of resources, and extended the multiple possibilities of “sustainability” in the intangible virtual space.

2020.08.04

GAP+ is shortlisted in 2021 YTAA(Young Talented Architect Awards) Asia

YTAA, Venice Binnale 2021

Link: World-ArchitectYTAA Official

 

Grad Thesis GAP+ is shortlisted in YTAA Asia 2020, as a part of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2021.

The Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA) is an inherent part of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. Organized by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe with the support of the Creative Europe programme and World-Architects as Founding Partner, the first Asia Edition is aiming to promote exchange and cooperation with their counterparts in Europe and in the 2020 guest countries: Brazil, Chile and Mexico. By bringing together the most talented graduates and the best architecture firms and institutions, the Winners of the YTAA will have the chance to find comprehensive strategies enhancing synergies and complementarities with the firms and institutions of their interest.

2019.12.26

The Unknown Cities is live now at Shenzhen Binnale 2019

Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture

The project is series of 3d-printing based on fiction “9 City, Millions of Future” by Yan Wu. The fiction discribed a process of returning territory from city to nature, transitting the earth to a planet of nature. After several fascinating and upset seasons, we finally find a proper way of “returning” and ways to compress, transmit and expanding cities on new planets. 

In our story, when the ending of earth – Crystal Season starts, artifacts of human era begin to shrink, fade and crystalize, and we human will also fade away. But this process is a new birth, instead of death – which creates new realtionship between human and nature, and new forms of city and architecture in new space.

2019.05.26

GAP+ Winning First Place of CAFA Grad Thesis

Central Academy of Fine Arts

 

Honored to announce that GAP+ is featured as the first place winner and Qianlixing Scholarshp winner.