How to be a Former Idol(2020)

Illogical Innocence (2019-2020)

Performance, video, zine, mix-media installation, novel

Illogical Innocence is a performative project about an autobiographical avatar of myself, which is composed by on-site and online performances, a tutorial video to be the avatar, a novel, as well as other supporting visual materials generated by DeepFake or taken by me. 


Living in Asia and immersing in the kawaii culture for years, the idol culture for me, has been a taken-for-granted existence. In this love-and-hate relationship, I was a fan, an idol wannabe, and a researcher at the same time. As I relocated to the United States, I found that all my life experiences within this Asian-specific industry were no longer transferable.Thus I created a persona who is a former idol, and made a series of materials including her Instagram account, music videos, daily snapshots on backstage. I use this persona to talk to random people on Tinder and compulsively throw questions about idol groups according to designated pattens, trying to provoke the potential understanding or pre-existing framework of Asian girls. 

I further archived the messages on Tinder and turned the FAQs as a tutorial titled How to be a Former Idol, to provide similar experience to the viewers.


* Illogical Innocence (2020) is a collaborative project on SpeakAIR during residency.

* Music video and fancam by request.


不合逻辑的天真(2019-2020)


《不合逻辑的天真》是带有自传性质的表演项目,主要由线上及线下表演,小说,文档,教程视频,及一系列用DeepFake生成或亲身拍摄的补充视觉材料组成。

打开Tinder,地点设置联合广场,距离两公里,你便有机会捕捉到一个退役偶像,“我”,更精确地,我的偶像人格”ヤスミン”。在亚洲长大以后,偶像文化对我来说,成了理所当然的存在——我是粉丝,是文化研究者、同时也是憧憬成为偶像、参加甄选会的小女孩。但来到美国后,一切都不一样了,与“偶像”有关的,习以为常的生命经验不能再轻易被阐释、被转移。于是我根据过往积累的档案材料,创造了虚拟人格”ヤスミン”,她拥有自己的偶像时期的音乐视频,自传、演出录像,Instagram账号,语言模式。大多数时候她活跃在Tinder上,根据定下的规则来回复信息。有时她回答对偶像行业的疑问,有时直率的反问更是一种回击。我试图以建构的个体身份去切入对于东方的刻板印象,或是被“男性凝视”理论掩盖的力量。

同时我将现场表演时收到的Tinder消息整理成库,挑选出询问频率较高的问题,制作成教程视频并分发,无法亲临现场的观众均可在自己的移动设备中成为ヤスミン。

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