Sijiang Chen, born in south-west China, artist and the lead singer and songwriter of the indie band Hiperson.
2015 Hiperson (band), No Need for Another History, studio album released on Maybe Mars
2016 Hiperson, Europe tour of 16 cities
2018 Hiperson, She Came Back from the Square, studio album released on Maybe Mars
2019 WIP Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2019 Hiperson, Hiperson Evening, curated event, Chengdu, China
2019 Hiperson, Four Seasons, EP released on Damnably
2019 Pandora, online exhibition, No Space
2020 Snapshot, Hockney Gallery, London, UK
2020 Seeable and Sayable, online exhibition, No Space
2020 Hiperson, Bildungsroman, studio album releasing on Maybe Mars
2020 The Lounge, ongoing long-term project of a staying/exhibiting space, in collaboration with NU Space, Chengdu, China
Seeing and hearing have never been so urgent for me before, although I’ve been working with them for some time. As one of the many international students in London, I am so encouraged by the intensity of the English language and contexts to dive down deep into the ocean of shapes and sounds and meet, freshly, sometimes oddly, with clusters of fish of suggestions and meanings. As an individual artist and the lead singer and songwriter of the Chinese indie band Hiperson (originally meaning saying hi), I have been working with different media, and more importantly, in multiple scenes with people from around the world.
If I have to say one sentence to express my interest in artistic creation it would be: I am interested in the paradox that contradictions and fractures of cognition exist in a continuous world of action: if humans are alike, why would people end up with intolerant worldviews towards each other? If humans are, basically, absolutely unique individuals, how could any actions be taken to reach any consensus? The apparent paradox is in deep the dialectics driving and demanding my practice.
I am interested in the historical and contemporary examples of the idea of nature and the symbolic and constructive aspects of human society and knowledge, and I consider that how my practice could tap into them in an intimate and alternative way. My practice is often driven by imaginations where reality goes upside down in a poetic and crazy way, no matter if they turn out to be images, songs, performance, or installations. However, I see these illusions as ways in which reality would express itself at its boundaries, and my work is to channel them to the audience. And this reality, accompanied by the digital culture which you, the audience, is experiencing right here right now, and the changing tides of the international environments given the current pandemic situation, is whispering by my ears about future projects.
Medium:Pastel and mixed media on plyboard
Aether in Spring
Medium:Oil on canvas
Medium:Charcoal and mixed media on canvas
The music video officially releases and becomes viewable at 10.30 (GMT+1) 16, July 2020.
Our Ballad is the second single of Hiperson 2020 album Bildungsroman.
Music video by Hiperson and Havoc Studio
Song and choreography by Sijiang Chen
Composed and performed by Hiperson
Whistle by Yinan Ji
Speech by Lisheng Zhang and written by Sijiang Chen
Produced by Yinan Ji
Recorded by Nanni Johansson at Hansa Studios, assisted by Frida Claeson Johansson
Mixed by Bin Fan
Mastered by Matthew J Barnhart at Chicago Mastering Service