Sound Studies Group

This is the Sound Studies Group at the SUSTech School of Design, Shenzhen. It is led by Dr. Qiushi Xu and Dr. Marcel Zaes Sagesser. Our research focuses on sound in relationship with technology, the environment, and human listening. It includes sound technology, sound studies, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), sound design, philosophy of science and technology, spatial audio, interactive audio, and creative media. The output of this team is published in prestigious international journals, at domestic and international conferences, and at international exhibitions and concert halls.

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Yiyuan Bai

How to explore the possibilities in life and nature?

Yiyuan Bai, as an interdisciplinary material maker, focuses on making sustainable materials and tends to develop materials into products, accessories or art installations according to their own characteristics. In the last two years, her works have won awards at the 6th EPACC Environmental Protection Art Creation Contest, at CADA Japan Concept Art Design Competition, and at the 5th Hong Kong Contemporary Design Award. Besides, she has been shortlisted for the Hyundai Awards for Excellence in Sustainability & Creative Practice and for the Green Concept Award.

Yiyuan Bai holds a postgraduate degree in textile from the Royal College of Art in London, where she focused on making sustainable materials from herbal medicine, beans, sodium alginate, tree leaves and other natural sources. She applied her bio-design and CMF expertise to craft bio-materials and explored the effects of natural dyeing on herbal medicine.

Since late 2023 she has been working as an interdisciplinary research assistant for Prof. Enza Migliore’s Materialities Research Group as well as Prof. Marcel Sagesser’s Sound Studies Group. In this position, she is working on a project that explores the city through its physical and mediatic materialities.
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