Minister of Loneliness is a collaborative project including live music performance with animation installations and live art performances, expressing individual and communal interactions facing mental health lapses. The performers involved have personal experiences facing these challenges, and this project is here to tell these stories in an abstract yet immersive and honest way.
Animation by Shiyi Li Composed and directed by Gloria Yehilevsky Performed by Aisling Reilly (double bass), Gloria Yehilevsky (Percussion) Collaborated artists Patrick Yang and Shiyi Li(live collage), Mengxia Liu (live illustration) Technical director Chong Shi (marbling)
In this project, we demonstrated the
relationship between women mental health and social environment. Nowadays,
there are still many stereotypes of women, and social unfair treatment for
women, such as fat feminism emerged because of social judgement about female
overweight bodies. In this project, animator Shiyi Li and Musician Gloria not
only express their dissatisfaction about these emotions and issues, but also
presented how women feel and challenge this problems.
Inspired by Sergei Eisenstein, animator Shiyi
Li combines montage's narrative approach with abstract visual language. Also, inspired
by Len Lye's experimental animations A colour box and Norman Mclaren's dots, Shiyi
combined abstract geometric shapes with composite materials to conveys the charm of the music. In the four chapters of the story, mixed
with animations, live collage performance, projection animation combined with
live drawing performances. Not only experiment animation poetic narrative
approach, but also explore how live collage and live drawing, those mixing
media combine together can tell a story as well.
Finally, as part of the performance Shiyi
and Gloria, a female group, will be present on stage telling a story of a women
who from self-denial to positive.
Exhibition & Performance
Birmingham Royal Conservatoire 2018/2019,
Expended animation conference in University for Creative Arts (2019) with very welcoming audience.
Biennale Internationnale Design Saint-Etienne in France 2019
Overlap Animation Show&Tell/ Flatpack Film Festival 2019
Conventry Biannale of Contemporary Art 2019
PGVIM International Symposium Bangkok 2019