Xinpeng Zhao is an interdisciplinary designer and researcher of artificial objects and experiences in daily life, based between London and Beijing.
Her previous education includes photography, graphic design, and social design. Outside of her academic studies, Xinpeng has interned in the field of graphic design and publishing. Meanwhile, this mix of skills and knowledge is driven by diverse research, drawing on a wide range of research methods, including but not limited to discursive design, speculative design, anthropology and sociology. After she completed her undergraduate studies in Art Design at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, she continues her research on borders and urban landscapes while continuing her studies at the Royal College of Art. Her graduate project at the RCA combines coding, 3D data-collecting technologies and narratives of identities and landscapes that hold complex meanings.
Her recent research focuses on barriers and the disappearance of nearby in a specific place to explore the relation between the human body and identity, place and non-place. She translates in-depth research into meaningful narratives. Largely concerned with how to use design methods to intervene in urban space and the issues of society, so that to provoke discussion in a playful manner through objects and spaces. Her self-construct interconnected systems generally manifest in interactive installation and digital images, in which she envisions a potential coexistence between post-humans and the surrounding environment.
Royal College of Art | MA Information Experience Design, 2022 - 2023
Central Academy of Fine Art | BA Art Design, 2017 - 2021
The Nudity of Oyster, The Hidden Manifesto, Gallery 46, London, 2022
Urban Blue Screen, Ready to Go, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing
Cubicle, From Vision to Fruition: Documentary Exhibition of Higher Art Education, Shanghai, 2019
He and There, Urban Spirit - Archives of contemporary public design, 798 Beijing, 2018