LiQin Tan

LiQin Tan has portrayed his inventive and autodidactic energy as an artist, educator and researcher for three decades while teaching in China, Canada, Singapore, and the U.S.A. He has pioneered the "Digital-Primitive” and “Digital Nature” concepts, which have won great acclaim and a number of awards from both American and international art scenes. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally in both solo and group shows. Tan is a co-director and a professor of art at Rutgers University-Camden. Tan’s art research since 2000 has focused mainly on the merging of conceptual animation, animation installation, interactive animation, and digital prints on rigid materials.

technology can be intensely cathartic

Mike Sweeney interviews
LiQin Tan


Our art co-editor, Mike Sweeney, recently had this exchange with LiQin Tan, Issue #16’s featured artist. Here’s what he had to say about the cultural and political context for his work, his working process, and some of the technical challenges of his animation installations… Read more


Refractive Brain Therapy Series

By LiQin Tan

This project consists of a few large digital-brain prints on metal, which are placed into large, water-filled vats. These “brains” are accompanied by 3D animation played on LCD monitors, while the faces bask in the large vats of water…
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