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Artist Yin-Ju Chen interprets social power and history through cosmological systems. Utilizing astrology, sacred geometries, and alchemical symbols, she considers human behavior, nationalism, imperialism, state violence, totalitarianism, utopian formations, and collective thinking. Recently, she has been exploring the material effects of spiritual, shamanic, and Buddhism practices and the metaphysical potentialities of consciousness.

She has participated in many international exhibitions and film festivals, such as Shanghai Biennial (CN, 2023, 2014), Taipei Biennial (TW, 2023, 2020, 2012. *2020 edition touring to Centre Pompiduo-Metz in 2021), 'Exterior: The Science of Collective Consciousness' at Tate Modern Starr Cinema (UK, 2023), 'Close Your Eyes and You Will Know: Another Knowledge Is Possible II' at ICA at NYU Shanghai (CN, 2022), 'The Modern Exorcist' and 'Art Histories of a Forever War: Modernism between Space and Home' at Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TW, 2021), 'Space Oddity' at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (CN, 2021), Gwangju Biennale (KR 2021), the 5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (RU, 2019), International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL, 2018, 2011), Transmediale (DE, 2018), Liverpool Biennial (UK, 2016), Forum Expanded at 66th Berlinale (DE, 2016), Biennial of Sydney (AU, 2016), 'Yin-Ju Chen: Extrastellar Evaluations' (US, 2016), 'Action at a Distance–Yin-Ju Chen Solo Exhibition' (TW, 2015), the Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum Biennale (CN, 2014).

From 2010-2011, she was one of the artist-in-residence at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (NL). In 2016 she was invited to the residency program at KADIST San Francisco to work on her first solo exhibition in the US.

Yin-Ju Chen lives and works in Taipei.

Background

2001-2003 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco (CA), US
1996-2000 Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, TW


Residency

2017 WARE – Wellington Asia Residency Exchange programme, NZ
2016 Kadist Art Fondation, San Francisco, US
2010-2011 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL

Fellowships/ Stipends

Up to 2023

  • The Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development, TW
  • The Taipei Cultural Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York
  • Cultural Division, Taipei Representative Office in the UK
  • Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government, TW
  • National Culture and Arts Foundation, TW
  • Ministry of Culture, TW
  • Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, NL

Award/ Honor

  • 2011 Nominee for Tiger Awards/ best short film, 40th International film festival Rotterdam, NL
  • 2007 10th Sagunt Sort Film Festival, Sagunt, ES, first prize in video art

Collection
  • Power Station of Art, Shanghai, CN
  • ARTouch, (Private collection), TW
  • Kadist Art Fondation, San Francisco, US
  • Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei City, TW
  • Uitgeverij Lipari BV (Private cellction), Vleuten, NL


Selected Solos/ Screenings

2022

  • The Institute of Contemporary Arts at New York University Shanghai, CN, 'Close Your Eyes and You Will Know: Another Knowledge Is Possible II'

2018
  • TKG+ Projects, Taipei, TW, 'Extrastellar Evaluations III: Entropy: 25800 — Yin-Ju Chen Solo Exhibition'
2016
  • Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, UK, curated by Ying Tan, 'Extrastellar Evaluations II – A Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems'
  • KADIST San Francisco, CA, US, curated by Marie Martraire, 'Yin-Ju Chen: Extrastellar Evaluations'
  • SF Cinemtheque and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, US, curated by Steve Polta, 'AS ABOVE, SO BELOW: Works by Yin-Ju Chen'
2015
  • IT PARK, Taipei City, TW, 'Action at a Distance - Yin-Ju Chen Solo Exhibition'


Selected Group Exhibitions

2024

  • Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taipei City, TW, Night Dream - 2024 Treasure Hill Light Festival'
  • Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei City, TW, 'Forward-Backward of History: Time-Image of Relational Re-construction'
  • SculptureCenter, Small World Cinema, NY, US *tour - Taipei Biennale: Small World
2023

  • The Power Station of Art, the 14th Shanghai Biennale: Cosmos Cinema, Shanghai, CN
  • Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei Biennale: Small World, Taipei City, TW
  • GES-2, 'The Sunset Fired a Hundred Suns', Moscow, RU
  • The Brooklyn Rail at the Industry City, 'Between Waves', NY, US
  • Macao International Art Biennale, MO
  • Microscope Gallery, NYC, USA. 'Dweller on Two Planets'
  • Tate Modern, Starr Cinema, UK, 'Exterior: The Science of Collective Consciousness'
  • West The Hague, NL. 'Part One of Many Parts: Looing at Video Art - WEST x LI-MA'
2021
  • Centre Pompiduo-Metz, Metz, FR, Tour: '2020 Taipei Biennale -- You and I Don't Live on the Same Planet'
  • Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei City, TW, 'Art Histories of a Forever War: Modernism between Space and Home'
  • Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei City, TW, 'The Modern Exorcist'
  • IMPAKT Foundation, Utrecht, NL (online), 'Weird Gnosis'
  • Hsinchu 241 Art Gallery, TW, 'Herbal Urbanism Hsinchu: Margins of the City as Method'
  • Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), CN, 'Space Oddity'
  • Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, KR
2020
  • Taipei Biennale: You and I Don't Live on the Same Planet, Taipei, TW
  • Kaohsiung Public Library, 'The Synchronic Encounters between Art, Technology and Mysticism', TW
  • The 7th Mediations Biennale – Events Horizon, PL
2019
  • K4 galleri/ STRUKTURA, Oslo, NO, 'Yin-Ju Chen - Extrastellar Evaluations III : Entropy : 2580'
  • ACUD Kino, Berlin, DE, 'To Other Shores: On Techno-Sinofuturism and AI Artist Bots'
  • Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), TW, 'Co/Inspiration in Catastrophes'
  • Long March Project, CN, 'The Deficit Faction'
  • Waley Art, TW, 'Relocating Divinity: Being an Atheist Theist'
  • Women Make Waves Taiwan and The Other Cinema, TW, 'Ebbs of Mothers, Flows of Daughters'
  • FOCUS #13 FLUX DE MÈRES, REFLUX DE FILLES, Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris, FR
  • The 5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, RU
  • TheCube Project Space & Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain, TW&LU, 'The Ouroboros'
  • Metropolitan Museum of Manila, PH, 'Gendered Bodies in Southeast Asia', curated by Fang-Tze Hsu and Tessa Maria Guazon
2018
  • EX!T 9 - Experimental Media Art Festival in Taiwan 2018: WHITEUMENTA, Taipei, TW
  • 2018 Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
  • Tantacle, Bangkok, TL, 'Metropolis of the Future: A futurology Study of Asian Mega-Cities', screening program, curated by Nobuo Takamori
  • The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan Biennial, curated by Chou Yu-Ling
  • Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, TW, 'Tomb of the Soul, Temple, Machine and Self', curated by Alice Nien-Pu Ko
  • Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, Vijfhuizen, NL, 'The Mindful Intervention', curated by Kerstin Winking
  • Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, RU, 'General Rehearsal: A show in three acts from the collections of V-A-C, MMOMA, and KADIST'
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, RS, 'TRACE: Wayfinding in Contemporary New Media Art', curated by Dejan Grba, Anna Novakov, and Yvonne Senouf
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), Rotterdam, NL
  • Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 'Transmediale - Face Value', Berlin, DE
  • Media Art Centre Now & After, 'OSMOSIS Russia -DATA MANIA', Moscow, Ru
2017
  • Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW), NYC, US, 'FIELD MEETING Take 5: Thinking Projects', curated by Leeza Ahmady
  • 2017 Osmosis UK Screening & Exhibition, UK,'Digital Break: New Perspectives on Taiwanese Moving Image', curated by Wen-Chi Wang
  • Polymer, Taipei, TW, 'Video on the Road', curated by Kuo I - Chen
  • City Gallery Wellington, 'Occulture: The Dark Arts', curated by Aaron Lister, NZ
  • EXiS: Experimental Film & Video Festival in Seoul, KR, curated by Lois X Wang-- "Digital Break: New Perspectives on Taiwanese Moving Image"
  • Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, TW, curated by Manray Hsu, 'The South: an Art of Asking and Listing'
  • The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMoFA), Taichung, Taiwan, TOUR: 'No Such Thing As Gravity', curated by Rob La Frenais, with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool, UK
  • Times Museum, Guangzhou, CN, curated by Nikita Yingqian Cai, 'The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away'
  • MILL6 Foundation, Hong Kong, curated by Mizuki Takahashi, 'Line of Times'
2016
  • FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool, UK, 'No Such Thing As Gravity'
  • Liverpool Biennial 2016, curated by many curators, Liverpool, UK
  • Post Territory Ujeongguk, Seoul, KR, curated by Juri Cho, 'Research, RE: researched'
  • PACE Gallery, Beijing, CN, 'Not Early Not Late' 
  • 20th Biennale of Sydney, curated by Stephanie Rosenthal, Sydney, AU
  • GAMeC - Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, IT, 'Xiaoyu Weng – Soft Crash'
  • Neptune, HK, Curated by Inti Guerrero, 'Stars and Monsters'
  • Crosstalk Video Art Festival, Budapest, HU
  • CROSSROADS 2016, San Francisco Cinematheque, CA, US
  • Berlinale 2016 Foreum Expanded: Traversing the Phantasm, Berlin, DE
2015
  • e-flux, NYC, US, 'corruption: Everybody Knows..' ,Curated by Natasha Ginwala
  • NEoN Digital Arts Festival, Scotland
  • The Cube, Taipei City, TW, 'The Starry Heavens Above and the Moral Law Within'
  • Asia Culture Center (ACC), Gwangju, KR, 'Interrupted Survey (Fractured Modern Mythologies)', curated by Anselm Franke & Heidi Ballet
  • VIDEOEX - Experimentalfilm & Video Festival, Zurich, ZH
  • Ilam Campus Gallery, Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ, 'Language is a Virus', curated by Jamie Hanton
  • Refusalon, San Francisco (CA), US, 'Provisional Heaven', curated by Anna Novakov
  • Kadist Foundation, San Francisco (CA), US, Tour - 'A Journal of the Plague Year. Fear, ghosts, rebels. SARS, Leslie and the Hong Kong story'
2014
  • Power Station of Art, Shanghai, CN, Shanghai Biennale 2014 - Social Factory
  • Arko Museum, Seoul, KR, Tour - 'A Journal of the Plague Year. Fear, ghosts, rebels. SARS, Leslie and the Hong Kong story'
  • Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei City, TW, 'The Return of Ghosts – 2014 Taiwan International Video Art'
  • TamtamArt Taipei, Taipei City, TW, 'It's Not A Real Film'
  • Wei-Li Yeh Studio, Yangmei, TW, 'Dead Souls at the Test Drive'
  • The Cube, Taipei City, TW, Touring - 'A Journal of the Plague Year. Fear, ghosts, rebels. SARS, Leslie and the Hong Kong story'
  • The Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, CN, 'the 2nd CAFAM Biennale - The Invisible Hand: Curating as Gesture,' Curated by Weng Xiaoyu
2013
  • 'Utopien vermeiden' - Werkleitz Anniversary Festival, curated by Anselm Franke, Halle, DE
  • Kino Moviemento Berlin, curated by Madeleine Bernstorff, DE, 'Counterplanning from the Kitchen'
  • ParaSite, HK, 'A Journal of the Plague Year. Fear, ghosts, rebels. SARS, Leslie and the Hong Kong story'
2012
  • Ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano, IT, 'In the Wintry Thicket of Metropolitan Civilization'
  • University of the Pacific's Reynolds Gallery, Stockton (CA), US, 'houseWORK: feminist art in context'
  • Mindpirates Projektraum, Berlin, DE, 'Arcane of Patterns - Inceptive of Rythm, an Order and Summon'
  • Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei City, TW, 'Taipei Biennial 2012 - Death and Life of Fiction'


Selected Publications

2022
2020
2016 2015 2013 2012
  • Invited writer:'Three Options', Modern Art Bimonthly, Taipei Fine Art Museum, TW
2004-2009 2006

Lectures/ Teaching Activities

2023

2022
  • The Modern Exorcist Artist Talk, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, TW
2020
  • Piracy, Radiowave & Bubble #3: Chen Yin-Ju + Alice Ko, Open-Contemporary Art Center (OCAC), Taipei, TW
  • The Coexistence of the Virtual and the Real: Altered States of Consciousness, School of Film and New Media, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, TW
2019
  • "Have We Really Seen it?", School of Film and New Media, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, TW
2016
2015
  • Tainan National University of the Arts, "Action at a Distance: a Non-Scientific Method and Practice", TW
2012
  • Taipei Fine Arts Museum, "Alienation, Fascination, and Expectation", Taipei City, TW


Text & Interview

Texts are in different languages: Chinese (CN), English (ENG), Dutch (NL), and Japanese (JP)

  1. You and I Meet in the Garden of the Universe, NOWNESS, Shanghai, Mar 22, 2024
  2. The Whole Technoshamanism Catalogue – Curatorial Project by Alexander Burenkov, Umnigo, Vol. 86, English Edition, October, 2023
  3. Reimagining Astrology: Yin-Ju Chen's Dirty Chemistry, by Zian Chen, Jiazazhi,vol. 1. Online version: Feb. 3, 2023 (CN)
  4. Mysticism returns: Yin-Ju Chen sees time as a shape of mandala, The Art Newspaper China, Dec 17, 2021 (CN)
  5. PRŌTOCOLLUM 2019/20: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON VISUAL VOCABULARY
  6. Ghost Month Special | The Art of Shamanic Journey and Its Inside View, by Xiao Xiao Yan, Artouch, Aug, 2019 (CN)
  7. Ghost Month Special | The Interpretation of the Witch's Language:Yin-Ju Chen and Zarina Muhammad to redifine the Aesthetics of Witchery,Soma Liang, Artouch, Aug, 2019 (CN)
  8. NOTES ON PSYCHEDELICS II: INSIDE A MEMORABLE FANCY: Yin-Ju Chen's Multiple Realities, by Xiaoxio Yan, ARTCO, Jan, Vol 316, 2019 (CN)
  9. Dual Insight: on 'Yin-Ju Chen - Notes on Psychedelics II: Inside a Memorable Fancy' and 'NIU Jun-Qiang Solo Exhibition', by SUN Song Rong, Artalks/ Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture, Feb 2019, TW (CN)
  10. 'Witte stenen betoveren Kunstfort Vijfhuizen', by Jaap Timmers, Haarlems Dagblad, Jul 26, 2018 (NL)
  11. Yin-Ju Chen Extrastellar Evaluations III : Entropy : 25800, by Guo Juan, ArtReview Asia, Spring, 2018 (ENG)
  12. CHEN YIN-JU'S MYTHOLOGICAL BRICOLAGE’--Aesthetic Strategy in Extrastellar Evaluations III: Entropy: 25800, by Xiaoxiao Yan, ARTCO, Feb, vol 305, 2018 (CN)
  13. OCULA REPORT: ACAW FIELD MEETING Take 5: Thinking Projects, OCULA, 2017, HK (ENG)
  14. Occulture: The Dark Arts, Bruce E. Phillips, Artlink, Oct 18 2017, AU (ENG)
  15. Cover Story: Yin-Ju Chen, INVISIBLE LINKS, Duan Ziying, ARTCO, May, vol. 296, 2017, TW (CN)
  16. A Taiwanese Artist Explores Quantum Physics and the Forces Seen and Unseen that Shape Human Life, by Bridget Gleeson, ARTSY, Oct 2016 (ENG)
  17. Profiles: Yin-Ju Chen, "Arcane Analyses", by Kerstin Winking, ArtAsiaPacific, Vol. 100, SEP/OCT, HK/AU/US (ENG)
  18. “Yin-ju Chen: Invisible Links“, by DUAN Ziying, LEAP - The international Art Magazine of Contemporary China, AUG 2016, CN (CN & ENG)
  19. "Nervously looking forward": Liverpool Biennial's Flashback Episode — Reviewed, Maja Lorkowska, The Double Negative, UK (ENG)
  20. An Interview with Yin-Ju Chen, Kadist Artist in Residence 2016, US/FR (ENG) (video)
  21. Biennale of Sydney: Embassy of Spirits - Roundtable Discussion, by Stephanie Rosenthal & Biennale of Sydney and , AU (ENG)
  22. Artists share their spiritual stories at Sydney Biennale 'Embassy of Spirits', by Rachael Kohn, RN, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, AU. Radio interview click here. (ENG)
  23. The Starry Heavens above, and the Moral Law within: A Conversation with James T. Hong & Yin-Ju Chen, by the CubeProject Space, Feb 2016, the News Lens Taiwwan (CN)
  24. Honored mentioned: 2015 Taiwan Independent Art Scene, by Mio Iwakiri, artscape, Dec 15, 2015, JP (JP)
  25. 'Drug relativism: the Starry Heavens above, and the Moral Law within -- Yin-Ju Chen & James T. Hong', by SUN Song Rong, Artalks/ Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture, September 2015, TW (CN)
  26. 'Drugs as a Preamble: the Starry Heavens above, and the Moral Law within -- Yin-Ju Chen & James T. Hong', by Tsai Jia-Zhan, Artist Magazine, vol. 484, Sep 2015, TW (CN)
  27. 'Notes on Drugs,' by Ho Yi, Taipei Times, Aug 12, 2015, TW (ENG)
  28. 'The Starry Heavens Above and the Moral Law Within - Yin-Ju Chen & James T. Hong,' by Enkaryon, Art Plus, Vol. 46, August 2015, TW (CN)
  29. 'Yin-Ju Chen – Irrational Gravity,' by CHOU Hsin-Ning, Artalks/ Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture, June 2015, TW (CN)
  30. 'Artists' Science', Column/ Conference Room, LEAP - The international Art Magazine of Contemporary China, Vol. 158, May/ June 2015, CN (CN & ENG)
  31. Contemporary Art--Artists File IV, published by ART BOX International, vol. 24, May 2015, JP (JP)
  32. The Montage of Interstellar: Yin-Ju Chen's Action at a Distance and the history of Evil, by SUN Song Rong, Artalks/ Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture, April 2015, TW (CN)
  33. 'Huamn, Nation, and Celestial Body -- the Unmeasurable Mystery' , by WU Jia-Xuan, Artitude, Vol. 67, April, 2015, TW (CN)
  34. ‘The Only Insight is Discrepancy: The Trinity in Yin-Ju Chen's Action at a Distance',by Rikey CHENG, Artist Magazine, vol. 479, April, 2015, TW (ENG)
  35. New Zealand / Taiwan Combination, by Warren Feeney, EyeContact, 7 April 2015, NZ (ENG)
  36. ‘History Glowing with the Stars’, Art World, Vol 292, December 2014, CN (CN)
  37. 'A User Guide to Internal Maps', by Rikey Cheng, Artitude, Vol. 63, December, 2014, TW (CN)
  38. ‘Is the Modern Monster Showing Up More Clearly?’, By Chen Kuan-Yu, Artist Magazine, Vol. 450, November 2012, TW (CN)
  39. ‘Taipei Biennial 2012": Modern Monsters/ Death and Life of Fiction’, by Xiaoyu Weng, LEAP - The international Art Magazine of Contemporary China, December 2012, CN (CN & ENG)
  40. ‘A Destiny Made into Aesthetic: Chen Yin-Ju Discusses Two Artworks The Turner Archives and One Universe, One Nation, One God’, By Chen Kuan-Yu, Modern Art Bimonthly, Vol.164, October 2012, TW (CN)
  41. ‘7 Picks from Cinematheque's 2012 Crossroads Film Event’, by Jackson Scarlett, 7x7SF - Art + Culture, May 12, 2012, US (ENG)
  42. ‘Bumper Corp of Local Asian-American Docs’, by Mara Math, Cine Source – a forum for moving image  makers, March 2010, US (ENG)
  43. ‘Film Fest Spotlights Asian American Experience’, by Sura Wood, SF ART Monthly, SF ARTS.ORG, March 2010 | Vol. 21 | no. 9, US (ENG)
  44. ‘Frames of Fear’, by Jill Conner, Entrepreneur Magazine, Afterimage, US (ENG)

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