TIANYU QIU, b. Dec. 15, 1988, Changchun China, an interdisciplinary artist, curator and designer currently based in New York City. His interdisciplinary practice on performative acts, interactive installations, videos, photography, drawings and writings, where he constructs situational projects involved with public and social engagement, and raises questions to provoke political and social phenomenon. He also experiments with technologies and media to examine and approach the complexity of power and value by re-creating culture entities through narrations. He often proposes constructed conditions of any living bodies in relationship to their situations, their environments, their societies and their systems, which all relate to the indirect way of addressing totalitarian and authoritarian repressive power that would fundamentally interact with the audiences and viewers psychologically and physically. The psychological and physical impact often comes from the idea of potentiality and possibility, what lays between the happening and the not-yet-happened, which leaves the viewers in the wonder of imaginations and questioning.
He performed his piece Game I at the Itinerant Performing Art Festival 2017 in both Queens Museum and Bronx Museum of Arts. In 2018, Tianyu presented the paper he wrote about his situational project Dark Matter at the CAA Annual Conference in Los Angeles.
Tianyu deeply focuses on the exploration of space and the constructed situation that affects the bodies within space, which relates to his theater directing and designing background. Tianyu has also won the Best Scenic Design Awards in both Broadway World Awards and Black Theater Alliance Awards in 2015.
In 2018, Tianyu started Yolk Studio LLC, which focuses on exhibition curation, design, and production. In 2019, he co-founded OUT OF NOWHERE, LLC, which dedicates to produce forefront art and cultural projects that engage and embrace the audience of our time.
Tianyu received his BFA degree in theater from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and MFA in Fine Arts at Parsons the New School of Design, where he was rewarded with the President Scholarship.