Assistant Professor of Design
Jiayi Young is an Assistant Professor of Design at the University of California, Davis. Her inquiries lie within the emergent and experimental field of digital media with an emphasis on the cross-disciplinary areas of design that integrates the arts, the sciences with cutting edge technology. Her current research and creative work are focused on constructing data-driven sensor-enabled interfaces, installations, real-time projection graphics, participatory performances, and immersive environments in cultural and public places with a goal of creating generative energy to engage the public in social dialogue. Using multidisciplinary approaches, her work examines contemporary society including the culture of consumption, the programming and exploitation of the feminine, cultural assimilation, and personal identity. Leveraging social media, crowd-sourced media, and user-created content, she set up scenarios and create conditions to make visible empathetic relationship between people in the presence of contemporary culture. Her work invites the public to participate in order to come in close contact with an experience that engages the rethinking of the human condition. Jiayi Young has published and exhibited nationally and internationally, including Ars Electronica, the International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA); the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA); Hall of Science, New York; the United Nation’s Fourth Conference on Women, Beijing, China; the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; and Moltkerei Werkstatt, Cologne, Germany.
Using multidisciplinary approaches, her work examines contemporary society including the culture of consumption, the programming and exploitation of the feminine, cultural assimilation, and personal identity. Young is deeply invested in exploring the place of the “self”, as we attempt to balance technology with questions about the human condition.
Born and raised in Shanghai, China, her work also responds to the changing visual culture in contemporary Chinese society. Her research is supported by practice in three broad categories of studies: installation, mapping, and projection in cultural and public spaces.
Data Mapping of 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Twitter Activity
Djerassi Scientific Delirium Madness 3.0, 2016
CuriOdyssey Museum, 2016
Pence Gallery, 2017
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – San Francisco, 2017
Encountering danse macabre: Negotiating Mortality through Viscosity of Time
Phase I: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Performance Center, UC Davis, April 6, 2016
Multi-dimensional Mapping of Migration Tracks of Pelagic Species
Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia, 2012
Moltkerei Werkstatt, Cologne Germany, 2013
University of Florida, 2017
In December 2015, Jiayi Young placed second in the Technarte world-wide competition for an artist residency at the Roque de los Muchachos
Observatory, Spain – home to one of the most extensive fleets of telescopes in the world. The competition is sponsored by Technarte, an independent privately owned research laboratory investing in and promoting the
integration between art, science and technology. The organization received 150 proposals from 40 different countries. Young’s project, titled “Message in the Sky La Palma”, proposes to create a public participatory
installation that uses astrophysics research data to shape an immersive interactive environment where human aspiration finds inspiration,
companionship, and escape.
This past fall (Fall 2015), Jiayi was a finalist in the SMAC public artwork
competition. Please visit this website for further information.
In 2016, Jiayi Young, along with colleague Professor Glenda Drew, and students Michelle Lee (undergraduate student), Darin Reyes (recent graduate) received the Crocker Art Museum ArtSpots commission totaling $31,800 to create two installations specifically for children five and under in the museum’s public spaces. The project is a part of a larger project being funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).