Jingiing Shen

Jingiing Shen

Velocity and the Creative Imagination in China

Art in a time of speed, rapid urbanization and globalization.

Research Project Summary: 
Jingiing Shen’s thesis argues that there is an unique opportunity here to see how the very speed of change has affected contemporary art and artists in China – as well as acknowledging how older ideas of Chinese art still inveigle themselves and reappear transformed in new ways. Despite the fast changing speed in China, little in-depth research has been conducted on this theme in the context of contemporary art. This lack of research has led artists and researchers to ignore the significant role that velocity played in the history of Chinese contemporary art.

Jingjing Shen is interested in producing new visual experiences and new forms of communication and interaction. Her work spans various media in visual communication, including photography, collage, lighting and moving image. Considering the latest achievements of contemporary science and technology, she concentrates on the expansion of the human wealth of aesthetic experience. She is currently studying at Royal College of Art, and she obtained her BA at Glasgow School of Art. She always observes ideas from daily life, to create and crystalise the moment when the human’s desire becoming ambivalent and complex.

Supervisors: Professor Bashir Makhoul, Vice Chancellor and Professor George Barber, Research Degrees Leader