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Tongzhou Yu

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Major project:

Murder on the YokAI Line

This project is a transmedia immersive theatre production that presents a story of murder that explores new forms of prejudice in a world of sentient AI. The project uses the figure of the Yokai, which is a mythical being found in Chinese and Japanese culture that can be thought of as a mischievous apparition.

I'm tired of abstract problems about artificial intelligence, the uncanny valley, virtual life, digital identities and so on during this continuous reality-virtuality sliding period. My work throws out a simple question: What’s the reason and truth of the murder on the YokAI Line?

Through the whole immersive collage project, the possibilities of CGI and MR is tested and a sci-fi world built up, revealing the discrimination artificial intelligence feels. The question about the relationship between organic life and inorganic life is going to be branded within the audience, who will shape a new role for themselves as trans-human. Finally, a new cultural mythology of artificial intelligence is going to be explored.


  • Tongzhou Yu, born and raised in Shanghai, bounded in strict but orderly education in China, France and the UK, resulting in a creative aesthetic combining art and technology. At the present stage, he focuses on the use of augmented reality, projection mapping and video art installation to construct transmedia immersive narrative environments, exploring the possibility of the seamless connection of future media, and the human rights issues of post-humans.

  • Previous degrees

  • MA Comprehensive Design, China Academy of Art, 2017; BA Electrical engineering and automation, Shanghai Institute of Technology, 2014
  • Exhibitions

  • A Sustainable Future, London, 2018; Sonar360º, Barcelona, 2018; 12th FullDome Festival, Jena, German, 2018; RCA Exploded Stories, Royal College of Art, Garden House, Dorando Close, London, 2018; RCA Exploded Screen presents: XPLD’, The Silver Building, London, 2017; “创意上海”主题海报展 CREATIVE SHANGHAI Exhibition, 布鲁塞尔中国文化中心, Shanghai, 2017; “科艺融合”研究生导学案例, 中国美术学院 China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, 2016
  • Publications

  • 浅析基于虚拟现实的超展览概念——以加利西亚数字展为例, 2016国际华文设计研讨会暨第五届跨界综合设计教育高层论坛论文集, 2016.10
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