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Student Profile: Pinyao Liu

October 14, 2021
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Interactive Arts & Technology master's student in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

Pinyao Liu is a media artist, researcher and Mixed Reality developer, working at the intersection of art and emerging technology. His work has been exhibited at the 13th Shanghai Biennale with an exhibition at Shanghai contemporary art museum Power Station of Art.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

Because when I was doing my mitacs globalink research internship, I met my current supervisor and we found each other a great match

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

We are leveraging Virtual Reality technology to foster human connection and positive emotions.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

Working with self-driven peers and amazing profs here

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.

I received a $15,000 graduate fellowship award from Mitacs. When I was attending class remotely in Shanghai during Covid, the awards helped support my research and design, and one of my interactive artwork "breath of light" ended up being exhibited at the 13th Shanghai Biennale

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PROGRAM/POSTDOC POSITION TO SOMEONE STILL SEARCHING FOR A PROGRAM OR POSTDOC POSITION?

You can't find a better program across the country that weaves technology and art together so well.

 

Contact : pinyaol@sfu.ca

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