In this very nourishing talk, Snow Yunxue Fu and Wade Wallerstein explained the concept of liminality in the digital world. 

The word liminal is often used to discuss the sublime within digital space and the VR experience, conjuring up notions of time, space, and perception, and echoing the experience of the sublime in nature.

20.08.26 Agora Talk: Snow Yunxue Fu talks about the Liminality of Digital Art

Snow Yunxue Fu is a US-based Chinese-born New Media Artist, Curator, and Assistant Arts Professor in the Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Using topographical computer-rendered images and installations, her practice merges historical, post-photographic, philosophical, and painterly explorations into the universal aesthetic and definitive nature of the techno sublime.

With a background in painting, Fu remains the youngest artist collected by the National Art Museum of China. She sees her transition into new media as a natural extension of her conceptual research in which she draws parallels between the physical, metaphysical, digital, and multi-dimensional spaces. Fu’s artwork has been shown internationally in solo shows, group exhibitions, screenings, and festivals including the New York Gallery of Chinese Art, New York; Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy; Pioneer Works, New York; NADA Art Fair, New York; Sedition, Hong Kong; Arebyte Gallery, London, UK; Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, Shenzhen, China; Current Museum of Art, New York, Thoma Art House, Santa Fe; Currents Santa Fe New Media Art Festival, New Mexico; The Wrong Biennale, the Internet, and etc. Her work has also been collected by the Currents Museum of Art in New York.

Her work reviews and interviews have been covered in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Arebyte on Screen, Sedition, the St. Louis Magazine Art Review, Guangzhou Today’s Focus in China, and etc. She participated in residencies such as the Hatch Residency through the Chicago Artist Coalition, Biocultura Residency in Santa Fe NM, Lexington and Concord Artist Residency in Illinois, and Estudio Nómada’s Mas els Igols Residency in Barcelona, Spain. She has given lectures and presented on her work and research in conferences, symposiums, and institutions around the world including International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), SIGGRAPH, SIGGRAPH Asia in Brisbane Australia, the Chinese-American Art Faculty Symposium, Veritas Forum, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Chicago, and China Academy of Art.

20.08.26 Agora Talk: Wade Wallerstein , founder of Silicon Valet

Wade Wallerstein is an anthropologist from the San Francisco Bay Area. His research centres around communication in virtual spaces, new phenomenologies made possible by the digital, and the relationship between digital visual culture and contemporary art.

Wallerstein is the founder and Director of Silicon Valet, a virtual parking lot for expanded internet art, where he runs an exhibition platform and digital artist residency program. He is also Co-Director of TRANSFER Gallery in Los Angeles, which is an exhibition space devoted to simulation and other computational art forms. Wallerstein is a member of the UCL Multimedia Anthropology Laboratory, Clusterduck Research Network, and also serves as the Technology & Events Curator at the Consulate of Canada in San Francisco.

Most recently, he has curated an online exhibition alongside Faith Holland, Lorna Mills & designed by Kelani Nichole entitled “Well Now WTF?” featuring over 120 artists working with digital material. Wallerstein’s curatorial work has been featured in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Dazed, Canadian Art, AQNB, Elephant, the Los Angeles Times, Elle, Vogue, 4 Columns, the Japan Times, It’s Nice That, and more.

About Silicon Valet

Founded in 2019, Silicon Valet is a virtual parking lot for expanded internet practice, serving as a global hub for artists working with the internet and digital materials. In addition to an online exhibition program and near-daily Instagram showcase platform, Silicon Valet offers a virtual residency program that provides one artist at a time the opportunity to experiment with algorithmically determined & feed-based display environments.

WNWTF Website
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►► Music jingle by Samm Anga

What did we learn?

  1. The difference between Liminal, Liminality and Liminoid.
  2. What Snow Yunxue Fu refers to the “Techno Sublime”.
  3. A furtive look on the vast domain of Digital Curation.
  4. How the Internet and social media can amplify your reach.

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Artist’s Portfolio

Working primarily with 3D software, Fu creates scenes of experimental abstraction that translate the concept of liminality into the digital experience.

About the video © Snow Yunxue Fu, 4.34 min. video “Trench 1 (VR walkthrough recording excerpt)” (2019). Courtesy of the artist.

-Trench 2 (VR)
-Trench 1 (VR)
-Karst 1 (VR)
-Karst 2 (VR)
-Karst 3 (VR)
-Conjoin (Chapter 1)
-Conjoin (Chapter 3)
-Fire Line Studies
-Ground Fires
-NYU Solo Show Installation Documentations

© Couresy of the artist Snow Yunxue Fu

What’s Next for Snow Yunxue Fu?


  1. is currently showing her work right now at Planets Domes and Bask, Santa Fe Currents New Media Festival, Santa Fe, New Mexico 
  2. is part of a group show with Codame on NewArt.City
  3. mid-September, discover Snow’s work Fire Line Studies, 2020 SUPERNOVA Festival, in Denver 
  4. mid-September Snow will be part of two Curated programs for 2020 SUPERNOVA Festival called “Space Dust” and “Future Tense”

Inaugural Show is now available in AR.  Snow’s work is now at Tate Modern ;o) thanks to Electric Artefacts.

⚡️ Try now at home!

Digital Curator’s Portfolio

Wade Wallerstein, CURATING THE DIGITAL (2018) © Courtesy of the curator.

Well Now WTF? 

#WellNowWTF is curated by @asugarhigh@lorna.mills, & @habitualtruant. Exhibition design and installation by @kelaninichole. Includes a kick-ass essay by @sethwatter.

© Snow Yunxue Fu, artwork part of  Well Now WTF exhibition in “Burn it Down” by Silicon Valet. Courtesy of the artist, Silicon Valet
© Courtesy of the artist @ziyang_wu_art’s “A Woman with the Technology.”

What’s Next for Wade Wallerstein?

Dismal Sessions 001 – 021   Opening 4 September 2020

Follow @SiliconValet for the next show opening on 4 September, online of course! Discover @most_dismal_swamp on  @Courtesy of Silicon Valet

Dismal Sessions is an ongoing series of dank mixes, fermented visions, sacred texts, trash vector collect calls, ambient occlusions, cursed ASMR, sublime leaks and bad datasets; an ecstatic content collapse. The Dismal Sessions are audio-visual artefacts by various visual artists, musicians, DJs, avatars, producers, machines, sprites, poets, homies, and more. This virtual exhibition brings together the first 21 Dismal Sessions. It is a sprawling underground festival in which to immerse; a thick tangle of uneven and combined heresies in which to lose yourself.

Emphasising the murky boundaries between platform-mediated realities, the diverse range of practices represented in the Dismal Sessions ferment a post-digital conspiracy. Shiny renders clang dissonantly against deep-fried aesthetics in multi-modal works whose variegated roots reach towards cataclysmic and sometimes blasphemous understandings of contemporary culture. Built upon the long and fractalized histories of countless subcultures, subreddits and subterranean secrets, the Dismal Sessions sprout from the disasters and dissociation that define being in the world today.

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