Yingjia (Lemon) Guo is an interdisciplinary sound artist, composer, performer, ensemble director, and audio technologist from China. With a background in Chinese folk music and social psychology, Lemon holds an MFA in Sound Art from Columbia University and a BA in composition from University of Virginia. Drawing from environmental data and ethnomusicological research, her recent works often creates intimate yet distant listening situations that fluctuates between experimental music, installations, immersive theater, and a utopian folk choir.
In these situations of entanglement, the performers and the viewers are trapped as one, between comfort and anxiety. The work often explores subjects that she is deeply conflicted with, such as the smog pollution and the replaced identities of Chinese folk music. Perhaps the failure to find a solution or even form an opinion about these issues has unconsciously tempted her to lure other people into the same affliction. The process usually starts with an idea, and evolves around bodies, voices, and technology in a collaborative space, towards a sense of beauty that feels urgent.
Currently based in New York, Lemon has performed and exhibited in Asia, North America, and Europe, in institutions such as Rubin Museum of Art, Katonah Museum of Art, Issue Project Room, Fridman Gallery, Ambient Church, 3-Legged Dog Art & Technology Center (New York), EcoSono Festival of Environmental Music and Sound Art (Alaska), New Interface for Musical Expression (Virginia), International Computer Music Conference (Korea), Chronus Arts Center (Shanghai), Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (Shenzhen/Hong Kong), Madrid International Film Festival (Spain), and OTO Asobi B-side (Tokyo).