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Tigris Li

Updated: May 29, 2020

What is the weirdest meal you’ve had during quarantine?

Not sure if this would be classified as weird (?), I didn’t have any kind of pasta sauce or pesto left, BUT I did have some chilli sauce so I ended up mixing it with some spaghetti. Ouff, let me tell you - it was a really great decision haha! I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have it a few more times.

How would you describe yourself as a creative?

Definitely quite eclectic, with a ranging interest from fashion, art direction, to building robots and electronics. My practice mainly comprises of building interactive and tactile experiences through physical & creative computing, and producing 3D animated works in the digital sphere. Ultimately, I would say that I design moments in time.

How are you currently feeling about the global pause?

It all seems a bit surreal. In all honestly, I’ve never been more conscious of my own race before – particularly as I grew up in Montréal, Canada which is a city that is extremely multi-cultural and diverse.

Being heavily westernized and growing up in a city as such, my race was never a factor that I was reminded of so it’s been, quite frankly, the only truly odd feeling I’ve had to confront during these times.

Long term, how do you think this will affect the industry?

I see art and design as utilitarian with the ability to prompt society and forge community cohesion.

I think in many ways, this pandemic has fostered globalization to strengthen our social relationships. Especially with the challenges of social distancing, everyone has their unique ways of going about it and coping with it.

But in terms of the industry and as a designer – we employ design thinking to tackle big problems through a solution-based lens. Right now, we are facing quite the tremendous challenge and I don’t think we can really foresee where this will lead us to, but I do believe in the tenacity of our creative industry to be innovative to find effective solutions to meet our needs as we tackle this day by day.

What are you doing daily to maintain your focus and energy, to continue to create?

I don’t know how to explain this other than to say that I’m essentially a toddler haha – I tend to focus best when I’m moving about or multi-tasking because it puts my mind in this ‘lucid daydreaming’ state.

I have a bicycle in my flat, which was for a previous project, and I either ride it or start climbing on furniture in my living room.

I sound like a monkey haha but I guess I thrive most in a bit of my own absurdity. I also definitely slot in some dance breaks throughout my days (which is super important in my opinion) !

Can you please explain your work situation; either work that you’re currently creating, or work that has been affected by COVID-19?

Currently navigating “online art school” so uni has definitely been interesting to say the least! At the moment, I’m lucky that the majority of my work is dependent on my laptop and I’m not pursuing any large-scale installation type projects. So in those regards, I have still been able to continue onwards with my work – both for uni and freelance.

What don’t you miss about pre-Corona life?

Oh geez … what DON’T I MISS ?! I miss everything but I suppose one thing I kind of don’t miss is walking behind ‘slow-walkers’ or maybe that’s an issue of mine and I’m just a furiously fast walker.

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