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/physical space, the aesthetics of rough/smooth, and the act of looking versus consuming.
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. Even one minute away from the phone seems unbearable. Inspired by artists and writers like Byung-Chul Han and Hito Steyerl, I question if the habit of swiping online turns the act of looking into soulless consuming, and influences our sensibility to experience our surroundings. Using psychogeography as my methodology, I navigate around unfamiliar spaces and collect quick impressions that characterize the space through photography. I then rearrange these images into different abstract configurations. Doing so, I am interested in re-imagining the 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.