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Yao Cong

MA work

Uncertain Game

Single Channel Video and Sound Installation

Uncertain Game is a narrative video and sound installation which follows a person on a journey - one that sets out to fuel a primal desire but then transforms into a complicated moral and spiritual examination of humanity.

There is a grotesque game that takes place in the interior of a car; then a lone figure on an abandoned diving platform looks up at what appears to be another figure swimming in suspended water, then another figure floating on an unknown island. These images wander in the central figure’s imagination and consciously or unconsciously connect together to form an uncertain boundary. This kind of “in between” questions how we present our bodies and escape determinism. They also reconfigure the language of desire, anxiety and authority into a new fluid, hybrid structure.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Contemporary Art Practice, 2017



  • Yao Cong (b. 1992 China) 

    Sensitive emotions have always been the driving force behind his inspiration. He intends to explore the existing modes of gender, sexuality and identity politics, which replace struggles with tranquility. Through reconfiguring the language of desire, anxiety and authority into a new fluid, hybrid structure, he creates immersive works with hazy, poetic and sharp aesthetics by diverse media such as moving image, physical theatre, installation and photography in constant attempts and explorations.

  • Degrees

  • BA School of Intermedia Art, China Academy of Art, 2010–2014
  • Exhibitions

  • 8th International Contemporary Art Fair ARTVILNIUS, Vilnius, LT, 2017; VIDEONALE.16, Kunstmuseum Bonn, DE, 2017; 13th Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athens, GR, 2017; CICA Experimental Film and Video Exhibition, CICA Museum, KR, 2017; Loop Barcelona, Barcelona, ES, 2017; Video Vortex XI, Collateral - Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Mill Hall, Kerala, IN, 2017; (solo) Espronceda Centre for Art and Culture, Barcelona, ES, 2016; Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong, 2016; European Academic Image and Art Festival, Porto, PT, 2016; Helsinki Festival, Helsinki, FI, 2015; Power of Education – 11 Cases of Contemporary Art Education in China, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, CN, 2015; (winner) Luo Zhongli Scholarship Exhibition, Chongqing Art Museum, CN, 2014; 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival, Beijing, CN, 2014; CAISSA RISING ARTING, Today Art Museum, Beijing, CN; West Bank – Architecture and Contemporary Art Biennial Exhibition, Shanghai, CN, 2013; 14th OPEN International Performance Art Festival, 798 Space Station, Beijing, CN, 2013
  • Awards

  • Artist in residency, Espronceda-awarded by RCA, Barcelona, Spain, 2016; Shortlist, Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016, ICA, London, 2016; Luo Zhongli Scholarship, 2014; Gold Award for Final Show in China Academy of Art, 2014
  • Publications

  • Videonale.16, p40–41, 2016; Contemporary Artists, Issue No.1, p78-85, 2015;