A dancer, choreographer, new media artist, she founded YILAB in 2005 in Taiwan.
SU began her artistic career in 1998 as the dancer in Taipei Dance Circle and later in Kobalt Works (Belgium), enjoy performing and traveling around the world. In 2005, SU Wen-Chi founded YILAB, an experimental group of new media and performance artists working on integrating new technology with the performing arts, and seeking to present new performing formats. With the concept that in any given work, there is no single central media but instead a lot seemingly similar yet contradictory ideas. Each of the artists participating in the creation is an independent individual with the freedom to put forward various perspectives to explore the core of the proposition in the work. Combining the concepts and forms of new media and performing arts, SU attempts to rethink the possibilities of performing arts from the perspective of new media, extending the controversy and reflection of contemporary art in the face of the impact of digital technology.
Over the years WenChi and YiLab. have presented LOOP ME (2009), ReMove Me (2010), W.A.V.E. (2011-2014), Off the Map (2012), Unconditional Love and Fact (2017), Infinity Minus One (2018), Anthropic Shadow (2019) and WAVE ∞ (2020). They are invited by Taiwan International Festival of Arts, Taipei Digital Arts Festival, New Horizon of Taiwan New Media Art Exhibition (Hong Kong), Asian Arts Theatre (Gwangju), Arcadi Hors Saison (Paris), SCOPITONE (Nantes), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), STUK (Leuven), LEAP Gallery (Berlin), Potsdamer Tanztage (Potsdam), InShadow (Lisbon), Kalamata Dance Festival (Kalamata), Mapping Festival, La Bâtie (Geneva), among others. As one of the iconic group in this field in Taiwan, they are awarded Outstanding New Media Award 2012, and Bronze Award of sound design / Gold Award of the Alternative Design in the World Stage Design 2017.
As individual artist, SU collaborates actively with the local and international arts communities. She participated in the research of Watch & Talk Belluard Bollwerk International Festival (Fribourg), GVA Sessions: Choreography in the Quantum Space (Geneva), and RAM Dance-Tech Workshops with YCAM (Bristol). She choreographed for Indonesian Opera Gandari (Closing of Frankfurt Book Fair, 2015) and L'Après-midi de la Gravité (Quanta Tech Art & Performance Festival, Taipei 2010. Recently, she gave lecture and workshop in Indonesian Dance Festival- Dance Workshop (Bogor, 2016), New Works Forum: Multimedia & Dance Dialogue (West Kowloon Cultural District, HK, 2016), Body & Matter: Science/Performance (TNUA / Center of Art and Technology 2017), C-Lab / Taipei Contemporary Culture Lab. and Science&Society Summit in National Taiwan University 2018. She is awarded the Jury's Special Award by Taishin Arts Award in 2009 and is the artist-in-research of EMPAC / Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY in 2020. In 2021, SU Wen-Chi’s collaboration with Swiss skincare house LA PRAIRIE was exclusively presented during Art Basel Miami Beach.
2021 Moving Towards the Horizon _ LA PRAIRIE X WEN CHI SU
2021 Black Hole Museum + Body Browser
2020 WAVE ∞
2019 Anthropic Shadow
2018 Infinity Minus One
2017 Unconditional Love and Fact
2015 Gandari _ Tony Prabowo (Indonesia)
2015 Reguiem _ Taipei Dance Circle (Taiwan)
2012 Off the Map
2011 W.A.V.E. Berlin
2010 ReMove Me
2009 LOOP ME
2019 "Infinity Minus One", Finalist of Taishin Art Award 2018
2017 "W.A.V.E."- World Stage Design, Alternative, Gold Award
Designer: SU Wen-Chi, CHANG Yung-Da
2017 "W.A.V.E."- World Stage Design, Sound Design, Bronze Award
Designer: CHANG Yung-Da
2015 Accelerate@CERN Taiwan / Swissland
2013 4th Digital Performance Art Award, Silver Award, Taiwan
2013 "Off the Map" - World Stage Design, Stage Design Final list,
Designer: WU Chi-Tsung.
2012 The scholarship for New Media Art/Performance, The Ministry of Education, Taiwan
2012 Outstanding New Media Award, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts ,Taiwan
2011 PAR (Performing Arts review, Taiwan) People of the year 2010
2010 “ReMove Me” - Nomination for the 10th Taishin Performance Art Award Taiwan
2009 The Jury's Special Award, the 9th Taishin Art Award, Taiwan
2009 “LOOP ME” - Nomination for the 9th Taishin Performance Art Award Taiwan
2020 EMPAC / The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, NY USA
2019 EMPAC / The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, NY USA
2018 Performance Space, Critical Path, Sydney, Australia
2018 Le Phénix, Valenciennes, FRANCE
2017 Artist-in-Residence of the National Performing Arts Center - National Theater & Concert Hall, Taiwan R.O.C.
2016 Accelerate@CERN, Geneva Switzerland
2012 Watch&Talk, Belluard Bollwerk International Festival in Fribourg, Swissland.
2012 National Council of Cultural Affaires of Taiwan: Residence Artist in Paris, France.
2009 Taipei International Artists’ Village: Artistic residence in CCD Beijing China.
2008 Paris City Hall and Cite Internationale des Arts: Residence Artist in Paris, France.
2007 National Council of Cultural Affaires of Taiwan: Residence Artist in Paris, France.
Practice-led PhD (ongoing), Drama, Theatre and Performance, University of Roehampton, London UK
MA, New Media Art, Taipei National University of the Arts, TAIWAN
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