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Yixuan Shao’s practice is one of listening before it is one of making —— listening, not only as a physiological function but also as a subjective internal experience. She creates installation works using spatialized sound, image, and writing to gauge the physical space while inviting the viewers to take parts with their own subjectivities. Audio as a material, its substance, vibrational property, and auditory procedure, are emblematic information to process other tangible materials. Her sculptures are inner sounds materialized in visual forms. Stretched out and slowed down in time and space, these objects speak their alter-egos in noise and silence —— two contradicting yet connected margins in soundmaking. 

Shao has exhibited at the Wallach Art Gallery, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Block Gallery, Arts Letters & Numbers, Spectrum, Lenfest Center for the Arts, The FRONT Arte Cultura, the Semana Internacional de Improvisación in Ensenada, Mexico, the Athenaeum Art Center, and the Conrad Prebys Music Center. She is collaborating with Michael Joo’s Studio to create a body of sound and video works. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Composition at UC San Diego and MFA in Sound Art at Columbia University. She is the cofounder of Alchemyverse, an artist collective which is in residency with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.


2021      MFA, Sound Art, Columbia University, School of the Arts, New York, NY

2019      BA, Composition, University of California, San Diego, CA


Solo Exhibition

2020      -spillage, Arts Letters and Numbers, New York, NY


Selected Group Exhibitions

2021      Sound Art MFA Group Exhibition, Fridman Gallery, New York 

2021      I thought it was a drought, Yonkers, NY 

2021      PPE, LeRoy Neiman Center Gallery, New York, NY 

2021      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY 

2021      First-year MFA Show, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY

2020      Out of Darkness, Block Gallery, commissioned by Raleigh Arts, NC

2019      Memory Is A Silence: Sound Art In the Library, The Gabe M. Wiener Music & Arts Library, New York



2020      Source Materials, Spectrum, New York

2020      Columbia Composers and Sound Artists, Lenfest Center for the Arts, New York

2019      Semana Internacional de Improvisacion, Esenada, Mexico

Professional experience

2021      Artist Talk “Living (in) Materials”, Columbia University, Computer Music Center, NY

2021      Collaborator in SENSORY MERIDIAN, Kavi Guta Gallery, Chicago

2020      Sound engineer and acoustic consultant, Michael Joo Studio, NY

2020      Teaching Assistant for Sound Art Studio III, Columbia University , NY 

2020      Cofounder of Alchemyverse (且用), artist collective, NY

2020      Visiting artist for Sound/Interactive Media I & II, taught by Liz Philips, SUNY Purchase


2021      Co-resident, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Governors Island

2021      Co-resident, La Wayaka Current, Chile/London

2020      Sound Art Teaching Fellowship, Columbia University

2020      Arts Inter-Program Scholarship, Columbia University

2020      Artist in Residence, Arts Letters and Numbers 

2019      Arts Inter-Program Scholarship, Columbia University

2019      The Farrell Prize, UC San Diego Department of Music


Public Engagement

2021      UNSUNG STORIES: Women at Columbia's CMC 

2021      Columbia’s 2021 visual arts class returns to Columbia in Wallach’s First Year MFA exhibition, Columbia Daily Spectator, NY

2020      MFA Spotlight, Artforum, NY

2019      UC San Diego composer uses the sounds of the sea to inspire conservation, San Diego Union Tribune, San Diego

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