Jennis Li Cheng Tien. Dissipation, 2015
  • During her residency, Jennis Li Cheng Tien worked on two projects, To various degrees and Remember the city by the colours, in which she emphasises the importance of the river in the urban fabric and how it conditions the city’s inhabitants. In Girona she carried out an artistic intervention entitled Dissipation, in which four ice blocks melt into the Onyar River as a metaphor for the human desire for permanence in the world and the inevitable course of nature.
  • landscape, urban fabric, river, artistic intervention, ice blocks, action.

  • Jennis Li Cheng Tien | Dissipation, 2015

    During her residency with the creative research grant awarded by ETAC (Cross-Border Contemporary Art Space) at Le LAIT (Laboratoire Artistique International du Tarn), Albi, France and at Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona, Spain, she researched the territory thoroughly and produced series of certain elements that define the two cities. She created two projects, To various degrees and Remember the city by the colours in which rivers ending up defining and modelling the landscape and its inhabitants.

    She also carried out an ephemeral artistic intervention in the river, entitled Dissipation. She placed four ice blocks in Onyar River, made from water collected from the river itself. She then filmed the physical transformation of the ice blocks as they melted and merged with the river. The duration of the intervention was conditioned by the length of time needed by the ice blocks to melt and be consumed by the seemingly gentle current of the river. With the materialisation of this action through video and drawings, the artist aims to portray the human desire for permanence in the world and the inevitable flux of nature.

    Dissipation, 2015


    Video, Inkjet printing on acid-free paper
    and Inkjet-printed white painting on acid-free and wood-free paper.

    Varying sizes

    Exhibition and creative process


    Jennis Li Cheng Tien

    Taiwan, 1983
    Lives and works in Berlin

    Jennis Li Cheng Tien works on the basis of knowledge of particular places, seeking out their specific stories and characteristics and adapting her visual artistic practices to the context. Through a series of languages her work is aimed first and foremost at creating a sensory experience on an initial physical, aesthetic level, without attaching too much importance to the potential ideological side.

    She investigates repetition and difference through the exploration of templates and urban planning, and how they directly influence the urban landscape and our perception of this landscape. This enables her to find out about and compare cities of diverse cultural origins and to create her conceptual and visual vocabulary. She contacts local residents and encourages them to participate, observing how her work gradually takes on different forms.

    Jennis also creates series in which the main theme is the questioning of personal identity and its ephemeral nature in our time. This draws her to digital recycling, offering a satirical take on how society’s perception of beauty is influenced by the digitally altered images.

    Her works take the form of site-specific installations, objects, photographs and videos in which she takes great care of the aesthetic aspect of the images.

    She holds a Diploma in Interactive Media Design from Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore (2003) and a Master’s Degree in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies from the Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany (2010).

    Jennis Li Cheng Tien has exhibited her work at Le LAIT Art Centre in Albi, France (2015); in “What it is about when it is about nothing”, at the Mizuma Gallery, Singapore (2015); in “Solatge” at the Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona, Spain (2015); in “No Templates” at Addaya, Contemporary Art Centre, Alaró, Spain (2014); in “Paradís terrenal” at the RDV Gallery, Nantes, France (2014); in “Corrent continu” at the Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona, Spain (2014); in “Hinterlandmark” at Addaya, Contemporary Art Centre, Alaró, Spain (2014); in “LOOP tamtamART Taipei.IPIX”, Taipei, Taiwan (2014); in the JUSTMAD 5 Emerging Art Fair, at the stand of Addaya, Contemporary Art Centre, in Madrid, Spain (2014); in “To repeat but not replicate” at Babel Kunst, Trondheim, Norway (2013); in “UTOPIA Senatsreservenspeicher”, Berlin, Germany (2013); in “The Cloud Connection”, at Turtlelab, Berlin, Germany (2013); in “Status (2) Künstlerhaus Bethanien”, Berlin, Germany (2013); in “The Garden of Eden” at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2012); in “It’s simply an exhibition of works on paper” at Addaya, Contemporary Art Centre, Alaró, Spain (2012); in the ASYAAF: Young Artists Art Festival, Seoul, South Korea (2012); and in “zu.sammeln to gather a Bedrohte Baudenkmäler in Deutschland”, Biedenkopf, Germany (2010), among others.

    She has completed the following artist residencies: Studio Residency at Grey Projects, Singapore (2015); ETAC, Le LAIT Art Centre, Albi, France (2015); ETAC, Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona, Spain (2015); SI Arts Grant, Singapore International Foundation, Singapore (2013); LKV Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Trondheim, Norway (2013); Addaya, Contemporary Art Centre, Mallorca, Spain (2012); Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt art iT Scholarship, Berlin, Germany (2011), and Re-thinking Home, Eigenbetrieb der Stadt, Biedenkopf, Germany (2010).