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Sian Fan

Country: UK


Sian Fan is an interdisciplinary artist working in London. Her work combines movement, the female body and technology to explore embodiment, spirituality and human experience in the digital age. Drawing on her background in contemporary and aerial dance she suspends, fragments and augments the body via choreography and digital techniques. She works across mediums, combining the physical and the virtual through sculpture, performance, animation, moving image and virtual and augmented reality.

Coming from a mixed background (Chinese and British) her work meditates on her own fragmented sense of identity, exploring what it means to exist in an in-between state. Via her work she delves into her complicated connections with her own heritage, reflecting on Asian diaspora, Imposter syndrome and mixed identities. She seeks to explore, expose, and expand these thresholds of human identity where one exists as both and neither at the same time.

By extension she is fascinated by virtual identities, and in how we construct virtual bodies which exist in hyperspace beyond our physical bodies. She is concerned with the complexities of spiritual experience and with being human in our increasingly digitised and hyperconnected world. Through her work she hopes to discover new ways for us to coexist with technology.


Deity (2022)

Sian Fan is an artist based in the UK who works across sculpture, performance, film and animation to consider the ways in which virtual and image technologies affect our physical experiences. Deity is a digital performance that combines live motion capture with physical movement.

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