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Celeste Viv Ly 厲奫 (b. 1999, Seattle) is a London-based interdisciplinary artist and writer inquiring into biotechnological processes, futurity, speculative mythscience, and intersubjective relations. Ly's practice encompasses time-based, sculptural, and multimedia installations, performance, software, curation, and text. Interweaving worldbuilding, language, organic-synthetic processes, and fictioning in dialogue with diasporic lifeworld and the technoscientific imaginary, their research and practice question and examine the artefacts of spatiotemporal interspaces, non-places, and the entanglement of human and more-than-human agencies in continual processes of becoming. Tracing the registers of harm and synergy on the body, and its Sisyphean cycles that entwine the nonhuman, symbolic, and sacrificial, their work renders how the in-between in peripatetic contexts and the exigent, political nature of risk could be potentialised to destabilise and transform intricate structures of the socio-cultural macrocosms we exist in.
Ly graduated with first class honours in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London and currently experiments with the convergence of art, biotech and material science at Royal College of Art.
Born on Coast Salish land (Seattle) and raised in Shanghai and Anishinaabe land (Michigan), Ly's work is catalysed by their nomadic upbringing, an architectural family background, and conundrums reflective of collective issues around precarity, displacement, violence, and agency. Various spaces are indexed and interpolated in their work — abject and surreal, transitory/perpetual, (im)material interspaces.
Ly is the co-founder of the curatorial platform Æon Project and the Currents artist collective. They have worked with Pace Gallery and various arts education programmes as a contributing writer, assistant, and educator. They have exhibited and performed internationally at TATE LATES: Beyond Surface // Tactile Presence (Tate Modern, London, UK, 03.2023), Interassemblages ⎏ Nodal Relay (ACUD Galerie, Berlin, DE, 2022), Hybrid Realities (Dyson Gallery, London, UK, 2022), 13festivalen (Konstepidemin, Gothenburg, SE, 2020), Generate! Festival for Electronic and Performance Art (Shedhalle Tübingen, Tübingen, DE, 2019) and so on. Their writings have been previously published in publications such as Pressing Matters and Lungs Project poetry anthology New Landscapes.
CV and work list PDF available upon request.