CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #16: Ding Ruyi
Ding Ruyi is an artist working in installation, moving image, performance and painting. Inspired by her nuanced observation and experience of the surroundings, most of her practice focus on a series of social issues, including surveillance, power relations and consumerism. Through her work, she allows the spectators to experience, question and criticize the ideologies that we take for granted.
"My current project 'Upper/Lower' on social issues, including surveillance, power relations and consumerism. The main body of this interactive installation is based on the simulation and reproduction of a lift, which is a metaphor for the relationship between upper and lower classes in social relations. Through 5 screens in the installation, spectators are invited to view a 5-minute film of my durational performance where I inhabited half of a lift to study and work, over one week.
Through the immersive process, the audience standing in front of the installation are also captured by a camera and projected onto a screen, exploring the relationship between subject and object. This relationship is both intimate and antagonistic, showing the characteristics of fluidity. We are not only individuals under surveillance, but also accomplices in the exercise of power. Through this interactive installation, the spectators are encouraged to experience, question and criticize the ideologies that we take for granted."
Born in Shanghai, Ding Ruyi is a MA Fine Art graduate from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. You can see more of her work on her website and Instagram.
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