© XI 2019 

artist statement.

Tactile, sensuous duality and dynamism holds my primary interest. In the contemporary bleakness of black and white thought, this is my combat. this is my indulgence.

The opacity of “subversion” must exit my vocabulary. Specificity, I must afford.

 

 

Kelly Xi designs immersive installation experiences to challenge audiences towards a culture she hopes to be more inclusive, curious, and open-minded. Xi is undaunted to tackle media at the scale of bio-augmented ecologies, unorthodox materiality, emerging technology, and embodying tragicomic heroes of absurdism, but remains petrified by basic interpersonal interactions due to her strangeness spillover & absent confidence.

 

An encyclopedic background in media, contemporary art, science, and service compels her to prize visual tactility and sensuous engagement, celebrate absurdity + aberrance,

  • aggregate & appropriate references with quenchless demand 

  • design for the arts in a multiplatform experience-oriented perspective

  • facilitate production + logistic workflows with technical command and tenacity, as a resourceful, adaptive problem-solver w/ uncompromising work ethic.

 

and yes, write with impassioned vehemence.

education.

UNION COLLEGE | SCHENECTADY, NY | 2017

BA Biology, Digital Media

skills.

stack.

Cinema 4D

After Effects

Premiere Pro

Photoshop

Illustrator

Audition

Processing

Arduino

VDMX

experience.


Who I've collaborated with: ABSTRKT.world, Paradice Palase, REUNION, Raw Haus, JunxionNYC, XOXA NYC, Lightning Society, Pixellated, NYC Bass Collective, Caden NYC, Fang the Great

Venues: SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Secret Project Robot, Google HQ, NY VR, Paper Factory Hotel, House of Yes, Rosegold, The New Work Project, Projective Space, The Keep, Superchief Gallery, Terra Firma, Tender Trap; Paris: Le Hasard Ludique

Independent Installation Artist & VJ | Brooklyn, NY | Dec 2016 - present

Live Compositor | ART404 | New York, NY | Oct 2017 - present


VR artist collective member and resident expert in VDMX, TouchDesigner and live performance visuals with programmed audioreactivity, e.g. performances at Google VR Creativity and at NY VR. Helped develop VR livestream workflows synthesizing OBS streaming with VDMX compositing and capturing realtime Tiltbrush feedback and 360° video. 3D motion graphics sequence animation for VR film "Hiraeth."

Art Department Assistant Production Designer | FOOD NETWORK | New York, NY | Oct 2018 - present


Fabrication, design, research + sourcing, logistics execution, facilitation, culinary craft stylist, set stylist-- for on-camera art assets on Food Network's The Kitchen. Highly organized and resourceful, flexible problem-solver with uncompromising work ethic. Backend software accountant for Art Department.

Curatorial Assistant | THE UNTITLED SPACE | New York, NY | Sept 2017 - Nov 2018


Worked closely with the Director on exhibition production, installation, fabrication, cataloguing, arthandling, registry, research, PR, and artist communications. Materials sourcing and set-building for two SPRING/BREAK art fair booths, as well as Special Projects floor sales. InDesign preparation of sales and marketing materials. Wordpress site and Artsy platform maintenance. Event production coordinator. Friendly, resourceful service, plus highly-efficient at tackling organizational and database duties.

Bartender | BUEN PROVECHO | Isabel Segunda, Vieques, PR | Nov-Jan 2016

| PARADA: NEW PERU | Walnut Creek, CA | Jun-Sept 2015

| THAI THAI BISTRO | Schenectady, NY | Jan 2014-Jun 2015

Concierge | EL BLOK HOTEL | Esperanza, Vieques, PR | Nov-Jan 2016

Overnight Shrimp Packer | MOLOKAI BROODSTOCK CO. | Molokai, HI | Dec 2014-Mar 2015

Server | ZAKI KABOB HOUSE | Berkeley, CA | Sept 2012-Aug 2013

Web Media Intern | JOINN INNOVATION | Richmond, CA | Summer 2013

Public Health Intern | Tulare County Health & Human Services | Visalia, CA | Summer 2012

select exhibitions.

2018

Relixx | BUSHWICK OPEN STUDIOS | BROOKLYN, NY | Sept 2018

curator and artist exhibiting 'Cognitive Dissonance' experiential installation

MIND GLITCH | 457 Broome | NEW YORK, NY | Aug 2018

'crypt.tn' experiential installation 

PARADICE PALASE ANNIVERSARY| Secret Project Robot | BROOKLYN, NY |June 2018

'SMOMID' audio-interactive live visuals, collaboration w/ Nick Demopoulos

2017

RAW HAUS 'Brooklyn Creative'| The New Work Project | BROOKLYN, NY | Sept 2017

'Seamless Integration' projection-installation 

SWEET 'ART Presents: GAME FACE | Ugly Duck Gallery | LONDON | Jul 2017

'esc Room' immersive installation

PUT TOGETHER | Crowell and West Galleries | SCHENECTADY, NY | May 2017

'The Pleasures Gain Intensity When Fewer and Far Between' immersive installation

STEINMETZ SYMPOSIUM | Crowell and West Galleries | SCHENECTADY, NY | April 2017

'Personhood' immersive projection-installation

SARATOGA ARTS 120° Intercollegiate Regional | SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY | Feb 2017

'Personhood' single-channel video

2016

VISUAL UNION: Homecoming Art Show | SCHENECTADY, NY | Oct 2016

'Angiosperm Dreams' audiovisual projection-mapped perfomance

STEINMETZ SYMPOSIUM | Mandeville Gallery | SCHENECTADY, NY | April 2016

'Screen series' C prints