Weili Shi

Developer

As a creative technologist, Weili designs through the media of digital technologies.

He creates unconventional experiences with the aim of provoking people’s consciousness. Weili excels at interactive installation, generative art, projection mapping and dynamic sound. While most of his works involve substantial use of technology, he always tries to base them on design thinking and his artistic aspirations, and infuse them with a dose of Zen mindfulness.

Among Weili’s works are a music generating system which improvises based on a human dancer’s real-time movements, a projection-mapped environment which imposes poetic alternative spaces onto and contrasting them with the physical one. He has invited people to observe a serene little universe revolving by itself, and to interfere with it to appreciate its rich dynamics. He has also built a Zen garden where almost every detail changes constantly, so that the audience has to decide whether and how to grasp, embrace, and enjoy the present moment. In his recent work, Shan Shui in the World, the information of the buildings in Manhattan, New York has been transformed into traditional Chinese shanshui (landscape) paintings by a custom algorithm.

Prior to joining Bluecadet, Weili received a MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design in New York. He also holds a M.Eng. in Computer Science and Technology from Tsinghua University in Beijing. Weili also teaches at Parsons School of Design.