Shiyi Li is a Chinese visual artist, animator and illustrator currently based in Birmingham.
Shiyi Li, Dreamerfly, installation view Thirteen ways of Looking, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum (2020)
Shiyi Li’s work encompasses collaborative performances including contemporary jazz music, multi-screen animation projections, digital media and a live art performance.
In the 2018-2019 season, Shiyi and Gloria’s first collaboration ‘Minister of Loneliness,’ garnered international acclaim in both the contemporary art and music industries, includes Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2019 (France), Coventry Biennale of Contemporary Art 2019 (The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, UK), PGVIM 2019 International Symposium (Bangkok, Thailand) and Strength & Sensitivity: Chicago (Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago, USA).
‘Minister of Loneliness’ is a 15-minute live performance, music composed by America musician Gloria Yehilevsky and visual created by Chinese artist Shiyi Li. It includes live cross-genre music, live camera animation, multi-screen projections, and combining prepared and live art forms into immersive live performances. The concept of creating a work of art which communicated psychological hardships we shared since having emigrated into new cultures. ‘Minister’ began with a narrative, a non-musical, non-artistic concept, but a shared emotional experience. Collaborators included Aisling Reilly on double bass, Dingli Yang contributing live collage, Mengxia Liu with live illustration, and Andrew Woolcock playing percussion.