Designer | Theorist
Strategist  | Project developer

yinaiwen.com
+31 84224508
yinaiwen.info@gmail.com

Yin Aiwen

Education

2017

The New Normal post-graduate program, Strelka Institute, Moscow, RU

2011 - 2013

Visual Strategy (Design), Sandberg Insitituut Amsterdam, NL

2006 - 2010  

Visual Communication, Beijing Insititute of Fashion Technology, CN

Work Experience

2022

Pathway Leader (Head of Department)
Situated Design Department of Master Institute of Visual Cultures (St.Josst Master), Avans Creative Innovation, The Netherlands

2022

Founder & Director
Stichting NextKin

2020

Strategist
theCurrent.is a social and online education platform for the higher education of art

2019 - present

Co-initiator & System Designer
Commons.Art (commoning the art economy through blockchain technology)

2019 - 2020

Researcher
Cultural & Creative Industries research group
Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology,
Avans University for Applied Sciences, NL

2019 - present

Graduation Curatorial Tutor
Master Institute of Visual Cultures (St.Josst Master), Avans Creative Innovation, The Netherlands

2018 - present

Initiator, Project Developer, Research lead
Urbanizing the digital (research on digital space for long-term collective interests )

2018 - present

Initiator, director
 ReUnion (P2P Care platform for bottom-up safety net and sustainable economy)

2017 - 2018

Co-founder & design lead
Phi (blockchain platform for decentralized renewable energy communities)

2016 - 2017

Initiator & curator
Monolithm (platform for designer film)

2013 - present

Owner
Studio Yin Aiwen

2009 - 2011

Co-founder, Designer
ShuangMu Studio (Self-publishing agency for digital community)

Award & Fellowship

2022

Bitcoin KB7 fellow

2019

INFORM prize for Conceptual Design 2020, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, DE

2019

European Stack Residency at Trust (Berlin), DE

2019

Residency at ZK/U Berlin (fully funded by Mondriaan Fonds), NL/DE

2018

What Design Can Do Climate Action Challenge, NL

2017

“The Recalibrated Institute” Research Fellowship (US/EU), ArtCenter/SF, US

Funding & Commission

2019

Beyond the Nuclear Family, Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst, NL

2019

ReUnion Network, Creative Industries Fonds, NL

2018

Poiexixx (now ReUnion), Creative Industries Fonds, NL

2018

Prototyping Future Energy with HSE, Creative Industries Fonds, NL

2016

The Curious Casebook of Chinese Network, Creative Industries Fonds, NL

2015

The Massage is The Medium@DePunt, Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst, NL

Publication

2020

The Reversed Tandem (forthcoming), Journal of Design and Science, MIT Press, US

2020

Platform as Aesthetic Generator, so-far.online (forthcoming), SG

2019

The Curious Casebook of Chinese Meme War, Attenzione, AUS

2018

Urbanizing the Digital: Call for Action, Volume Magazine, NL

2017

Moving Away From East and West, issue “Export”, Fabrikzeitung, CHE

2016

Platform as aesthetic generator (in Chinese), Insitute of Network Society, CN

2016

HD is the new A4, Metropolis M, NL

Lecture & Workshop

2020

Economia 2020, NL

2020

re:publica 20 ASAP, DE

2020

Transmediale E2E symposium, DE

2019

PRIMMER 19, Design Future Initiative & Parsons New School, US

2019

Redistributing care, Global Carework Summit, CA

2019

Reconfiguring Territories Spring School 2019, FI/EE

2019

Reimagine family with blockchain, SXSW festival, US

2018

Designing the Social in Energy Cooperative, Fab City Summit Paris, FR

2018

Design is too white, Designplatform Rotterdam & Het Nieuw Instituut, NL

2013

Shows of Reality, Pangea, Faena Art Center, ARG

Exhibition

2020

Shanghai Biennale, Power Station of Art, CN

2020

Solo exhibition, Gfkz, DE

2019

Reprodutopia, Droog Hotel, NL

2018

Munka/Work (Marx 200), abq Project Space, HU

2018

Living with the water, Museum of Architecture and Design, SI

2018

Videoart of Yin Aiwen, Museum Hilversum, NL

2017

Dutch Design Week, NL

2015

Mindful Sunday, Droog Hotel, NL

2014

World Design Capital, SA

2014

Chaumont Design Graphite, FR

2013

The Pop-up Expo, TodaysArt Festival, NL

Relationship-focused design is a research and design proposal which Yin started from 2012, and have been directing Yin’s practice since. Relationship-focused design encompasses three research brancheswhich tackles design’s relationship with technology (medium), with(post-)colonialism, and with art, respectively. The three branches converge at the over-all analysis about the entanglements between design and capitalism. Which lead to the proposal to transit design practice from mass communication to focusing on interpersonal relationship.In 2011, Yin moved to the Netherlands for her master degree. As someone who leave China for the first time in her life, she had difficulties in English and participating the discourses. As a result, she was often chewing the classroom discussions in the classroom for days, and then respond to her fellow students at once in the final presentation, through performance or installations. While enjoying the nuanced skills for internal communication that she’s learning from, she was asked to do something that can communicate to a wider audience, as she was graduating.The reasonable ask prompt her to reflect on the nature of design, why and how it always demands recognition from the mass, and what does it mean if design can be practiced on a personal scale — and how. This opened a long-term research for Yin. In 2013, she wrote her first thesis“Design for a Known Audience: How Design can Formulate a New Social Structure” to articulate her points, and created a performanceinstallation which offer a visceral experience of the theory.

Relationship-focused design is a research and design proposal which Yin started from 2012, and have been directing Yin’s practice since. Relationship-focused design encompasses three research brancheswhich tackles design’s relationship with technology (medium), with(post-)colonialism, and with art, respectively. The three branches converge at the over-all analysis about the entanglements between design and capitalism. Which lead to the proposal to transit design practice from mass communication to focusing on interpersonal relationship.In 2011, Yin moved to the Netherlands for her master degree. As someone who leave China for the first time in her life, she had difficulties in English and participating the discourses. As a result, she was often chewing the classroom discussions in the classroom for days, and then respond to her fellow students at once in the final presentation, through performance or installations. While enjoying the nuanced skills for internal communication that she’s learning from, she was asked to do something that can communicate to a wider audience, as she was graduating.The reasonable ask prompt her to reflect on the nature of design, why and how it always demands recognition from the mass, and what does it mean if design can be practiced on a personal scale — and how. This opened a long-term research for Yin. In 2013, she wrote her first thesis“Design for a Known Audience: How Design can Formulate a New Social Structure” to articulate her points, and created a performanceinstallation which offer a visceral experience of the theory.

Our Stories

Harum et neque voluptate voluptatem
01
Harum et neque voluptate voluptatem aut quis culpa modi. Enim similique provident et libero quod magni soluta. Repudiandae deserunt architecto itaque repellat perfe
February 22, 2019
5 Principles Of Effective Web Design
Qui unde velit voluptatem architecto qui sequi et delectus. Dolore at quia et tempora maiores qui vel ipsam voluptas. Cupiditate qui vel. Placeat dolor ex voluptas architecto sit. Ea ad deserunt dicta et. Asperiores veniam voluptatum odio veritatis alias nihil. Dolor libero fac
February 22, 2019
15 Best Blogs To Follow About Web Design
Maxime repellendus beatae asperiores. Est sapiente a et consectetur quo voluptate explicabo quis. Dignissimos error esse sapiente aperiam amet eum perspiciatis. Dolor totam voluptatum veritatis ex assumenda ut assumenda accus
February 22, 2019
14 Common Problems with modern Web Design
Est aperiam dolores fuga ut id. Itaque et minima quae similique aliquid. Est tempora aliquam quasi nihil dolores ut blanditiis dolor. Laboriosam omnis quae accusamus totam a totam eius. Est ad ea est autem ut iusto sed velit et. Possimus quos hic dolo
February 22, 2019
10 Quick Tips About Blogging
Sit quam quae perferendis harum amet dolorum possimus minus. Occaecati magnam animi quasi dolor quae et aut. Autem voluptas alias nobis in odit. Aperiam harum eum modi neque. Ipsum iusto beatae et esse nobis illum hic natus. Sapiente non cumque quia facilis. Quo est odio culpa eaque sit ipsum mol
February 22, 2019