Yan Da

Member since November 24, 2010

Yan Da is a Beijing/New York based artist/designer in new media production, motion graphics, sound and photography. He is currently creative director at New Media Art Center in Crystal Film TV & Media Technologies Co., LTD, which specializes in new media solution for large-scale performance and events. Yan is the founder/director of NovaTrio, a new media ensemble based in New York. Yan has performed and lectured in concert halls and institutions across China and U.S., including Symphoy Space(New York), Brown University, Manhattan School of Music, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Henan Art Center, Central Consevotry of Music, Cenral Academy of Art, Tongji University and Fudan University. He is among the first to design and perform integrated reactive media in classical music recital in China. Yan hold an MFA(+Honors) in Digital + Media at Rhode Island School of Design and studied in Multimedia & Electronic Music Experiments program at Brown University. Yan got (MA) architecture and (BA) visual communication at Tongji University (China). Yan was also a full time lecturer in Digital Media division at Tongji University. Meanwhile, he was a freelance designer for Shanghai Media Group, British Council China and Motion Magic Studio. Yan was self-taught in musicology and piano. Later, inspired by Herbert von Karajan's visual virtuosity in conducting music, he developed a gestural methodology that he termed as "post-conducting" in many of his works, which appear as an intricate "map" of human gestures and music. He frequently projects these works into the context of nature, urban space and network. His MFA thesis on gestural visual music was published by VDM and available globally on Amazon. His art works have been exhibited internationally at Shanghai Biennial Academic (China), Shanghai EXPO 2010 UN Pavilion, Gasteig Cultural Center (Germany) and RISD Museum (USA). His photography are published in printed and online media globally, including AIA (The American Institute of Architects), PHAIDON(UK), Modern Design Magazine(Spain) and Shanghai Translation Publishing House. Besides, Yan also compose experimental music diligently and co-host one of the largest Chinese contemporary music forum. darajan2.com novatrio3.com