Sian Fan – digital wonderlands resident

September 27, 2021

Sian Fan is joining us as the V&A Digital Wonderlands resident!

Sian is an interdisciplinary artist practicing in London. Her work combines movement, the body and technology to explore embodiment, spirituality and human experience in the digital age. Drawing on her background in contemporary and aerial dance, her practice suspends, fragments and augments the body via choreography and digital techniques.

Left – Portrait of Sian Fan. Image: Alina Zum Hebel / Right – ‘Conduit’ 2020. Image: Sian Fan

Sian works across media, combining the physical and the virtual through sculpture, performance, animation, moving image and virtual and augmented reality, and seeks to create works that reflects upon the experience of being online. She explores the virtual space as an alternate dimension, with devices being used as portals into these new realms, she is particularly interested in exploring the liminal space or the threshold between virtual and physical states.

Find more about Sian’s work on her website.

Sian’s residency coincides with the exhibition Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser and she’s interested in research within the East Asian Collections, is curious to discover the wonderlands represented in their paintings, illustrations, and embroideries – and wants to learn more about the evolution of Eastern Spirituality represented in our Galleries.

A colourful tapestry showing a phoenix and a carved green jade 'sceptre'
Left – Kesi tapestry or hanging, 17th century. Museum no. T.844-1919 / Right – Ruyi sceptre, about 1790. Museum no. A.17-1925. Both © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Sian is interested in using interactive technologies to create direct connections between the physical and the virtual, and is going to examine how we construct such existences in the hyperspace beyond our physical bodies. Our metaphysical experience and the complexities of being human in our increasingly digitised and hyperconnected world drives her work – and through this residency she hopes to discover new ways for us to coexist with technology.

‘Orbit’ 2020. Image: Dan Pluck

Her residency will run from 29 September 2021 to 1 July 2022, and we will host regular Open Studio sessions throughout where you can drop in and meet Sian and discover more about her practice.

Capture of ‘Spirit Corp.’ 2019. Image: Sian Fan

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