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Weiyi Li

MPhil work

Research on Semiotics of Manmade Products

My research explores the structure and form of manmade objects from a linguistic or semiotic perspective, using a basic formal element ‘hole’ extracted from manmade objects as the main focus of my case study. Rather than trying to explain or verify the formal language contained in objects, my research focuses on the language itself: How is the language extracted? How does it work? As a linguistic or semiotic system, what sign is used and what does it signify? How do people (designers, creators or users) interpret, decode, or use the language itself?

Info

  • MPhil

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    Innovation Design Engineering, 2016–2017

  • Degrees

  • MFA Graphic Design, Yale University, 2012; BFA Visual Communication Design, Tongji University, 2009
  • Exhibitions

  • Group show ‘To Gaze & To Detach', THE DOOR ART, Beijing, 2017; Group show 'Over The Sea', J:Gallery, Shanghai, 2016; Group show 'The Amoy Meat Factory', Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, 2016; Group show 'Sino-German Moving Image Exhibition and Forum', B3+Shanghai, Shanghai, 2016; Group show 'VPN/Very Productive Nation', Ying Space, Beijing, 2016; Group show ‘LIGHT SHOW’,No.126 Caochangdi, Beijing, 2016; Group show ‘Factually Real Illusions’, The Cook House Gallery, London, 2016; Group show ‘Total war or Nothing at all’, J:Gallery, Shanghai, 2016; Group show ‘Art Book in China’, 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2016; Group show ‘Mountain Sites: Views of Laoshan’, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, 2016; Group show ‘Extravagant Imagination, the wonder of idleness’, Made in gallery, Shanghai, 2016; 456 Forum Screening Series, No.1 In the name of the media, Chinese American Arts Council, New york, 2016; Group show ‘Re-’, Flux Factory, New york, 2016; Group show 'Apartment Show', Open Art, Shanghai, 2015; The Second Beijing Photo Biennial Photobook Exhibition, Beijing, 2015; Lecture & Group show, DREAMER art book fair 2015, IMPACT9 International Printmaking Conference, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, 2015; Solo show 'Input', Art Data Lab, 2015; Group show 'The possibility of an island', Zhou Art Team, Xiamen, 2015; Group show 'The Adventures of Image and Paper: Contemporary Chinese Photobooks', Gucang Contemporary Photo Gallery, Lanzhou, 2015; Group show 'CHINA 8 – CONTEMPORARY ART FROM CHINA AT RHINE & RUHR', Museum Folkwang (as group member of Ma Daha), Essen, 2015; XII International Art Biennale Pintor Laxeiro, Lalin, 2015; Group show 'Middle Ground', C-space, Beijing,; Group show 'Go East: 50 Contemporary Photobooks from China 2009 – 2014', FORMAT International Photography Festival 15, Derby, 2015; Lecture & Group show, ZHAIXIANGWUYU creative lab, Dalian, 2015; Group show 'Tomorrow's party', UCCA (Collaborated with Boo York), Beijing, 2014; Group show 'Teach us to care and not to care, Teach us to sit still', BANK, MABSOCIETY, Shanghai, 2014; Media Projects, L'Officiel Art magazine (Collaborated with Boo York), Beijing, 2014; BI-CITY Biennial of Urbanism/Architecture (Collaborated with Max Harvey), Shenzhen, 2013; 1st Beijing Photo Biennial, Beijing, 2013; China Design Exhibition, Shenzhen, 2012; Solo show 'Family Album Project II', Fach & Asendorf Gallery, http://fa-g.org/ 2012; MFA Thesis Exhibition, Yale School of Art, New Haven, 2012; Chinese Independent Photobook Exhibition, Beijing, 2012; Death of Print Independent Book and Magazine Show, New york, 2011; KIC Little World Open Art Exhibition, Shanghai, 2011; Yale School of Art First-Year Student Show, New Haven, 2011; International Students Exhibition of Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, 2008; Creative M50 Innovative Young Designer & Artists Exhibition, Shanghai, 2007
  • Awards

  • Sanyu Scholarship grantee, 2010 – 2012; Rebecca Taylor Porter Award, 2012; Outstanding Graduates of Colleges and Universities in Shanghai, 2009; Honorable Mention, International Students Exhibition of Shanghai Biennale, 2008; FIRST-CLASS, SieMatic Scholarship of Tongji University, 2008; FIRST-CLASS, Scholarship of Tongji University, 2008; the Silver Medal, Creative M50 Innovative Young Designer & Artists, 2007; Chinese National Scholarship, 2007; the Bronze Medal, GREENCHAIN Logo Design Competition, 2007; the Second Prize, Academy Award of Merit Students Exhibition, Tongji University, 2007; FIRST-CLASS, Scholarship of Tongji University, 2007; the First Prize, Academy Award of Merit Students Exhibition, Tongji University, 2006; FIRST-CLASS, Scholarship of Tongji University, 2006