China Blue is interested in how our world is built from our sensations and perceptions and how this emerging umwelt provides not only a basis for exploring the inner world of the mind, but also how technological extensions of our senses, provide a way to transcend their limits. Her work enhances the audience’s perceptual world through her investigations and explorations into bioacoustics, ultra and infrasonic sampling devices, brain wave monitoring, and robotic sensory avatars.
China Blue is “defining a brain aesthetic,” Elsa Cameron, Founder of the SFO Museum, San Francisco, CA
“China Blue’s work… has returned to the subject matter of nature in an effort to find either
new meaning or create new metaphors…”
Jill Conner, New York Editor, Whitehot Magazine and contributor to Art in America and Sculpture
“China Blue (is) a forerunner in the … contemporary sound art movement.” Edward Rubin, Sculpture magazine
RISCA Panel: The panel was unanimously enthusiastic about awarding this applicant the Fellowship Award.
The works employ technology in new and interesting ways and this application was the only one to explore robotics.
China Blue is an art pioneer who has been nominated to a two year Artist-in-Resident with the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute at the Rhode Island Hospital. This residency is a role created for her and a unique one in Rhode Island. China Blue has received three NASA/RI Space Grants. One was for her research of the sound created by NASA’s Vertical Gun. The Vertical Gun is a three meter tall meteorite impact simulator which shoots particles at Mach-10. Her project is the first proposal to study sound in the facility which has been in existence for 50 years. She is also the first person to record the Eiffel Tower in Paris and discover her sound. Her award of a Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, Fellowship was based on works that not only “employ technology in new and interesting ways” but was the “only one to explore robotics,” said the panel.
As a pioneering internationally exhibiting artist in 2013 China Blue was the US Representative at Tokyo Wondersite’s Experimental Art Fair and in 2008 at OPEN XI in Venice, Italy an exhibition held in conjunction with the Architecture Biennale. In 2012 her exhibition at the Newport Art Museum “Firefly Projects” was nominated the “Best Museum Show Nationally by the International Association of Art Critics.
Reviews of her work have been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Art in America, Art Forum, artCritical and NY Arts to name a few. She has been interviewed by France 3 (TV), for the film “Com-mu-nity” produced by the Architecture Institute of America and was the featured artist for the 2006 annual meeting of the Acoustic Society of America. She has been an invited speaker at Adobe, Creative Tech Week, Harvard, Yale, MIT, Berkelee School of Music, Reed College and Brown University and an adjunct professor and Fellow at Brown University in the United States. She is an adviser to Rhode Island Congressman Langevin’s Committee for Art & Culture and the state’s Art and Health Committee as well as the Founder and Executive Director of The Engine Institute.
“It is not about recreating beauty or capturing the accident but an intentional embrace of a condition.” Ai Weiwei