Lingxiang Wu is a Chinese 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 works explore contemporary life that is integrated seamlessly between urban and digital spaces, attempting to get a grasp of the reasons behind those fleeting moments of boredom, feelings of misfit, and anxiety of not being productive under the phantom of a highly connected contemporary digital network. Inspired by Byung-Chul Han and Hito Steyerl, I question if Neoliberal Capitalism transforms our surroundings with the aesthetic of the smooth, and traps us within the cycle of overproduction and overconsumption. We lose control over our time; we barely linger in space; we hardly make meaningful connections. Digital visual contents adopt the pornographic characteristics that toy with our desire. Offering quick pleasure, then returning us to the mode of production, until we reach a systemic collapse. The act of looking becomes consuming.
Using Psychogeography as my methodology, I walk and linger around unfamiliar urban/digital spaces and collect quick impressions of the place. These images are later modified and transformed into different abstract configurations in various mediums such as collage, videos, animation, installation, and web-based art. Doing so, I am interested in re-imagining the digital/urban space into dynamic landscapes where viewers can look into and dwell within as if they are walking in space, encouraging a more active way of looking. Offering my work as a pathway to create what Byung-Chul Han described as a "contemplative lingering."