My name is XiaoQian. I am an artist and I create virtual persons.
For this website I created chinese virtual persons: Mu Yuming, Shaxpir,
Wang Shy, He Zhengjun, Yi Zhe and myself, XiaoQian.
I created all the virtual persons on this site
I also designed myself as a virtual person
I composed my personality
using real life information from different people
when the author poses as one of the characters
you suspect it's only a charade
but there is more mystery to it than what you can understand
it's an enigma that you can never solve
In fact I never chose the name XiaoQian
It was given to me
it's the name of a ghost
in chinese ghost stories
a female ghost,
a very attractive ghost
a ghost that doesn't
kill you
but who protects you
a love ghost
as a woman designing virtual persons
I only like to design men
here I designed five different men
and only one woman
I designed myself
as a woman
but who can tell
who I really am?
am I a woman
or a man?
am I a person
in real life
or am I just a ghost?
XiaoQian is a 2004 co-commission of New Radio and performing arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site.
The NRPA, Inc commission was made possible with funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
XiaoQian is also commissioned by The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam.
XiaoQian was partly made during a residency at Lijiang Studio, Kunming, China.
XiaoQian was created by XiaoQian in Amsterdam...
and programmed by Jean-Sébastien Senécal from Montréal.
All resemblance with existing chinese people is purely coincidental.
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