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Art - PhD/MPhil

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Full time

Research title:

How Contemporary (Green Screen) Artists process their image prototypes in their practices


Haiyu is a painting based artist and a practice-based PhD candidate based in the School of Art at ECA.

Haiyu holds an MA in Painting from The Royal College of Art in London after he finished his BA in Fine Art from The University of Jiangnan (China). His works has presented in several exhibitions include: Mad gallery digital exhibition (Milan), Backward Reading (508 
gallery London), Backward Reading (508 Gallery London), Artworks Open2019 (Barbican), Playground V.2 (London), Snapshot (Hockney Gallery 
London), BP Portrait Exhibition (London), Identity: Flesh, Soul, Time (No Space Gallery/ Online), Fold Gallery: MA Painting of RCA 2020 (London), Phase Transition 2020 (Shanghai), International Young Art Festival (Hangzhou, China), Counter-part Art (Ediburgh), Artworks Open2022 (Barbican).


Temporality Research Cluster Discussion - ECA Main building (17th Nov 2022).


His research question explores: How Contemporary (Green Screen) Artists process their image prototypes in their practices.

He attempts to use his own practices as a locus to examine a group of contemporary artists who shares commonalities in the representation with his works. He uses 'green screen' as a powerful metaphor for these artists' simulation and sifting based on post-internet image material and their Photoshop-like layered mode of creation.  From a visual phenomenological perspective, it mainly reflects a montage of sutures; a marginalised collection of poor images; a decontextualised way of self-reconfiguration; flatness juxtaposition; technologised mimicry and observation. He believe the bodily fragments in the 'Green Screen' works can be used as a facialised visual authority by the visual creators as a field of self-imagination and sociocultural integration. The post-body discourse invades the production of images through these artists in a form distinct from the cybernetic and technical body.