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Celeste Viv Ly 厲奫 (b. 1999, Seattle) is a London-based interdisciplinary artist, researcher, 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.
Currently experimenting with the convergence of art, biotech and material science, Ly has graduated with first class honours in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London and holds an MA in interdisciplinary art practice from Royal College of Art.
Ly is the co-founder of the curatorial platform Æon Project and artist-run initiative O-O-O, and the current artist in residence at Posthuman Research Sound Laboratory Residency and AI Research Group with Foreign Objekt initiative. They have worked with Pace Gallery and arts education programmes as a contributing writer, assistant, and educator.
Recently shortlisted for Somerset House Studios x CCI Creative Technologies Fellowship (UK, 2023), they have exhibited and performed internationally at TATE LATES: Beyond Surface // Tactile Presence (Tate Modern, London, UK, 2023), Subterranean Organ (The Crypt Gallery, London, UK, 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), The Truman Brewery, Staffordshire St, Ugly Duck Bermondsey, Electrowerkz, and so on.
Their writings have been previously published in publications such as Pressing Matters and Lungs Project poetry anthology New Landscapes.
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.
CV and work list PDF available upon request.