Peixuan Qiu / MAOYI
(b, 1993, CN)
Maoyi is a visual, sound artist, thier practice draws on text, sound, video, and performance on topics related to critical spatial practices and somatechnologies. Their research spans queer migration and feminist somatic practice, alternative space-making in East Asia and Southeast Asia and they organize social investigative projects around censorship structure and systems.
Their work often engage with multimedia sonic essay, through essayistic texts, by the form of audiovisual performance and sonic fiction, they consider how words can be combined with and interpreted through sounds and images to create rich multi-sensory narratives, to deliver poetic relations to political urgencies with affective speculation. Working between silence, speech, and music, they stage and pose questions around transparency and opacity, becoming invisible and speaking up, camouflage and assemblage.
Maoyi’s practice play with vocal delivery, writing for the ear, sonic composition, and sound design. By experimenting with a range of short audio genres—”Moth”-style live storytelling, audio documentary, and audio fiction—through both individual and collaborative projects. They sometimes engage with the practice of writing and sound into the research of the moving body.
Maoyi obtained a Master in Art Praxis from the Dutch Art Institute in 2022, and is a founding member of the queer feminist collective Q-Space (2016-.....) in Beijing, China. Since 2022, as a member of Soupspoon collective based in Rotterdam.