Zejun Yao — Game On

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Project Space
School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
University Road
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT

Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm
Private view: Wednesday 14 November, 6-9pm

The Centre for Audio Visual Experimentation (CAVE) presents the latest in this year’s programme of exhibitions and events in our Project Space.

Game On is an attempt to explore the concept of mise-en-scène deployed through the form of games and sporting activities within interdisciplinary arts for the ‘active audience’, encountered in conventional art spaces.

Through participatory and collaborative practice, accompanied with audiovisual installation and performance, the artist’s role and motivation is to be the instigator and author of the work, presenting an ephemeral situation for public interaction and production.

The work is consistent with the recent parallel exhibits including Game One: a narrative relay (Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge) and Game Two: an indoor practice (University of Kent/Paris School of Arts and Culture) under the umbrella of Zejun Yao’s work in series, Project Artisthlete.

About the artist

Chinese born, French artist and practice-led PhD candidate, Zejun Yao places his practice as medium to address and demonstrate the artefact and process of contemporary art making on public participation and artistic collaboration.

His current doctoral research focuses on the production of knowledge which requests and responds culturally and artistically to the emerging field of Running Studies.

Yao’s stance is driven by an interest in the multi-sensory and perceptive, primarily addressing audiovisual techniques and cinematographic aesthetics. His work often takes the form of performances and installations that use bodily gestures and movements including dance, gymnastics and sport.

He has exhibited in numerous galleries and cultural institutions including Ruskin Gallery (Cambridge), Show Off FIAC (Paris), Institut français Kyushu (Fukuoka), Confucius Institute de Bretagne (Rennes), French Cultural Centre in Beijing, and various international film festivals (Busan, Rotterdam, Taipei).

He completed an MA in International and Artistic Cooperation at University of Paris 8 (2015); undertook independent study in audiovisuals at the University of Kyushu (2012), and a BA in Film Studies and Directing at ESEC Paris (2007). Zejun is undertaking his PhD in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. He is a member of the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage.

Image by Zejun Yao: San titre 1, San Gabriel Mountains, Los Angeles CA, 2018