Lingxiang Wu is a Chinese queer visual artist currently based in Toronto, and he received his MFA degree in Interdisciplinary Master’s of Arts, Media, and Design at OCAD University in 2019. Wu experiments with various mediums such as photographic collage, video, animation, and installation. The topics of Wu’s interest include digital/urban space, the seduction of ambiguity, and contemplative experience.
My work investigates the relationship between images and us across physical and digital spaces. Today's digital communication platform performs like a giant meat market within the phantom of Neoliberal capitalism. Visual content is stripped naked to accelerate information exchange, thus stimulating instantaneous gratification of desire. Images are now atmospheric, creating strong wind gusts with bold-lettered messages, coming at us from all angles to sway our alignment. The aggression makes the creation of the self/subjectivity impossible. As both consumers and creators of digital images, we are progressively pushed and pulled into the mode of self-exploitation. Performing as the self-optimized project within the capitalist machine of overproduction and overconsumption. I adopt psychogeography as my primary methodology to explore urban and digital spaces while encountering and collecting images. Collected images are then fragmented and reconstructed into distinct contemplative visual experiences through the medium of collage, video, animation, installation, and web-based projects. I am interested in re-imagining the digital/urban space into dynamic landscapes where viewers can look into and dwell within.