Vivian Li was born in Guangzhou, Southeast China in 1998. She moved to Toronto in 2014. She studied various media, including video, photography and graphic design. At university, her research and practice focused on Chinese traditional culture and the relationship between self-awareness and new media trends. Vivian is motivated to learn and develop her skills by traveling around the world and integrating her experiences of different cultures into her artwork. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, she has been honing her video skills as an editor in a media company. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in Digital Media at Ryerson and continues to develop her skills and gain more industry experience.
Why did you get involved in this project?
I was invited by Midi. She asked me if I was interested in this project. Since I finished my school work in mid-April, I had a lot of leisure time. I also wanted to take this opportunity to challenge my creativity and find a way to have fun during the quarantine.
Did the one week turn-around for the work help or hinder your creativity?
I think it helped my creativity. Even though it’s hard to shoot video when space is restricted due to covid-19. My house and the text still inspired me a lot.
How did you feel about working on a project where you didn’t know who you were collaborating with?
That was my first time working with people that I didn’t know. I was curious about how they would interpret the footage and I excitedly waited for the video to be completed.
Has being involved in the project changed your thoughts on creativity?
Yes. Before this project, I thought I needed to know people well before starting to work together. However, I found that even if we don’t know who we are collaborating with, we can still produce interesting work at the end.
If you worked on several videos, what kept you coming back for more and how many did you do?
I enjoyed contributing to this project but since I had a summer internship, I could only work on one video. I wish I had more time. I believe it was a great opportunity to sharpen my creativity and improve my editing skills.