Ruyun Xiao is an artist, writer, researcher, exhibition designer, and illustrator from China. She explores the concept of bodily knowledge through performative form. Her imaginative process embodies herself in first-person memories, stories, and myths. She produces frameworks, and instruments to choreograph experiences of the unknown. Using writing as the foundation, she engages with performance, design, publication, and sound to communicate sensorium ways of knowing and unknowing.

Xiao is currently based in London, United Kingdom. She recently graduated from the Critical Curatorial Cybernetics research master pragram at Haute école d’art et de design(HEAD), Geneva, Switzerland. She also works virtually as a 2D designer at Ralph Appelbaum Associates in New York City. She received an MFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute in 2018, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the Maryland Institute College of Arts in 2016, and a BA in Advertising from the Beijing University of Technology in 2015.

performances, exhibitions
Writing, Publishing

Space of Resistance

Publication, Research

Space of Resistance is a 4-volume publication. It is the result of 2 years of research during graduate school.

Space of Resistance investigates, through the lens of institutional critique and questioning urbanization, how design can become the acts of resistance against capitalist structures of cultural institutions? Through a multi-disciplinary practice, include communications design, along with spatial and curatorial practices, Space of Resistance generates structures that construct the resistance,  questions the existing discipline, and defines a collective of epistemologies about our global environment.