Since 1995, my transdisciplinary production deals with energy transfers and their singular
qualities. From one medium to another, through reality and the virtual, from one body to another,
what is gained, what is lost? How are the particular states of matter transferred and perceived?
As a little girl, I used to read my father's science fiction books. I didn't understand it all but learned a valuable lesson; Languages create possible worlds and project them into our mind. Sometimes, they are transformed in realities by multiple means.
By using different mediums - virtual reality, interactive soundscape, video installation, printed narrative, drawings and performed music - multiple doors of perception are opened for the public to engage in. The first cycle Enter Me Tonight was on human reproduction, the second V.DREAM on our brain, the commander and the possible lucid dreamer and now H.E.A.R.T.H. concentrates on our heart, our primary beat, our connectedness, synchronicity and love possibilities.
Li Alin, born in Montreal, is a Canadian and French interdisciplinary artist. She worked with, among others: Société of Art and Technologies (Montréal), Recombinant Media Labs, (San Francisco), Parc d'Aventures Scientifiques (Mons), European Media Arts Festival (Osnabrück), Inter Society for Electronic Arts (Paris), Festival du nouveau cinéma (Montréal), ZKM, Center for Arts and New Medias (Karlsruhe), and the Canadian Cultural Centre (Paris).
In 1996, she created her first new media art project; Eugenie a notorious Internet sperm bank supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Cultural Center of the Canadian Embassy in Paris. For 20 years, she reflected on the topic of new technologies of human reproduction by using different mediums (performances, installations, novels, poetry, music and videos) to create new narrations and conceptions on the subject next to reaching out new audiences.
In 2016, the cycle on human reproduction was closed by the creation of Enter Me Tonight (EMT) a Virtual Reality installation. First published as a book, EMT is also taking form in sculptures, prints, and a series of reading-performances presented in galleries and art centers worldwide. The VR installation EMT has been presented at the Haus der Elektronischen Künste in Basel, at Cynetart in Dresden, at REpublica in Berlin and Digifest in Toronto amongst others.
Her next VR installation V.DREAM, received a grant from The Canada Council for the Art in 2018 and opened up a new cycle on perception, reality, and dreams. V.DREAM is a laboratory for inducing lucid dreaming using Virtual Reality. It was internationally premiered at the Digital Art Biennial in Montreal in June 2018 and presented among others at presented at the Digital Arts Biennial in Marseille, at Temps d'images in Düsseldorf at the Geneva International Film Festival and at the Recombinant Festival in San Francisco.
Her latest work H.E.A.R.T.H supported by the Canada Council for the Art, is a sound specific interactive sound installation. Heartbeats from 2 visitors are monitored and amplified by drums, creating a constantly changing polyrhythmic soundtrack until their heartbeats eventually synchronize into a single pulse. This installation complete the trilogy on evolution strategies. It will premiered at the fondation Made in Cloister, December 9th 2022, in Naples.