Yen Chun Lin 林彥君

Berlin | London | Taiwan

Yen Chun Lin (b.1990, Taiwan) lives and works between London and Berlin. In 2019, she graduated from MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University in London. The artist works mainly with sculptural installations that are activated by immersive soundscapes and speculative science. Forming from the fascination and fears of unknown phenomena in natural environments, her works investigate ambiguities and in-betweenness that are often devalued in assumed knowledge; situated between rational science and the classification of the unexplainable, supernatural, ethereal. Vibration, in sonic and tactile terms, shape our perception of reality. By tuning into quieter soundscapes, we could connect more with surrounding environments, perhaps, also with all beings from other dimensions of realities: expanding sensory perception (listening) as a way of caring.

Previously, she investigates the potential of dust as a sonic recorder that continuously records its surrounding environment. If vibrations in the air could be imprinted onto material matter, and those indexed patterns converted into sonic information, we would be able to hear unrevealed past that is not recorded in existing forms of archives - which she calls this hypothetical knowledge as ‘ambient truth’. The type of embodied knowledge that is experiential than informational.

Sprouting from her interests in sound, dust, ambient truth, sensory threshold, consciousness field and liminal spaces, Yen recently started a research platform ‘Here, a nut falls twice’. A platform experimenting with artistic practice: how empathy could be formed collectively by listening together and co-creating a shared ‘here’ through alternation in sensual perception. She believes this emotional connection has actual impacts on the material world.


2017 - 2019      Master of Fine Art, Goldsmiths University, London, UK
2015 - 2016      Fine Art Graduate Diploma, Chelsea College of Art, London, UK
2009 - 2013     Bachelor of Art in Product Design, Shih-Chien University, Taipei, Taiwan


2022     (upcoming) ‘Here, a nut falls twice’ performance, ICA, London, UK
2022     (upcoming) ‘Corporeality’ with Ana Pascu at Centrum Gallery, Project Space Weekend, Berlin, DE
2021      ‘Ambient Extraction: sedimentary soundscapes in dust’ with Alois Yang at Taipei Fine Art Museum for Taipei Art Award, Taipei, TW
2021      eternal_folder_001,, Online
2020 - Parallel Singing Stairs EP Launch, Cosmos Carl, online
2019      Ambient Extraction, Goldsmiths MFA Fine Art Degree Show, London, Uk
2019      Sendimentary Soundscape, DEMO Deptford Moving Image Festival, London, UK


2022      Group show ‘Materials for Virtue / Incandescent Flare’, Britta Rettberg Gallery, Munich, DE
2022      Installation performance for ‘Blue House’ project, X-site, Taipei Fine Art Museum, TW
2022      ‘Vertical ears’ participatory performance with Alois Yang at Yo-yuang ecological park,TW
2021      Staycation, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery & Sandwich Gallery, Bucharest, RO
2021      ‘Spirit and spirits’ at Apostasia: Rituals of Letting Go, Garage Gallery, Prague, CZ
2021      Conditions Studio end of year show, Whitgift Centre, Croydon, UK
2021      Performance presentation ‘Ambient Extraction - hearing landscapes from dust’ at ‘(Taking) Care in the Climate Crisis’ conference, CHASE Climate Justice, Online
2020     Hotel Happiness, online
2020     Screening at SlipStream, online fundraiser for Refugee Solidarity SE, UK
2020     Heterotopia, Oen Gallery, Kabelvåg, Norway
2018      Protocols of Uncertainty, Gossamer Fog, London, UK
2018      Gold X, Deptford X Fringe Festival, London, UK
2018      “...water jets were used at the four corners of the building.”, Former Newington Library Gallery, London, UK
2017      HASHTAG, MAFA Gallery, London, UK
2016      HOUSERULE summer residency show, The Rum Factory, London, UK
2016      Undergrads Degree Show, Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK
2016      Off-Site, Safe-house Gallery, London, UK
2016      Interim, Cookhouse Gallery, London, UK


2022      (up coming) ‘Shh…~ power of gentleness’ radio program with Oxi Peng, Cashmere Radio, Berlin, DE
2022     (upcoming) ‘Here, a nut falls twice’ research platform with Sara Sassanelli, London, UK
2022     (up coming) Sound Treats with Lithic Alliance – exhibition and performance at Zona Mista, London, UK
2019      Expanded Ecologies Event, Jupiter Woods, London, UK
2016      Feminism and Digital Art Conference, Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK


2021 Taipei Art Awards - Grand Prize


2022     Rupert Residency, Vilnius, LT
2021      Outsideinsideoutinsideoutoutsidein Residency, Dresden, DE
2021      Staycation, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery & Sandwich Gallery, Bucharest, RO
2021      School of Kindness Residency, Sofia, BULG
2020     Condition Studio Programme, London, UK
2016      Houserules Residency, London, UK


2022     Listening workshop ‘Ambient Knowledge’, BA Media Communication, Kun-Shan University, Tainan, TW
2022     Artist Talk – lecture performance, BA Architecture, Shih-chien University, Taipei, TW
2021      Collective dreamscape building workshop, Dresden, DE
2021      Collective napping workshop at Staycation Residency, Bucharest, RO
2021      Artist Assistant for Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Berlin, DE
2021      Artist collective at OUTSIDEININSIDEOUTINSIDEOUTOUTSDEIN residency, Dresden, DE
2021      Album art for: Aloïs Yang – Xïola Yin ‘Self-contained Illusion (The Peak)’ - link
2020     Artist Talk at First Year Studies Department, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, UK
2020     Leading crits group at Fine Art Graduate Diploma, Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK
2019      Lecture for creating writing at Fine Art Graduate Diploma, Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK


2020    ICA Daily newsletter, 23 November
2020     Art Asia Pacific July Issue - link
2018      Group show ‘Protocols of Uncertainty’ on Tzvetnik - link