Born and raised in Tianjin, China, Yixuan Shao moved to the United States at the age of 15. She is interested in how sound shapes a space, layers and morphs itself with other mediums such as (recycled) textiles, video projection, lighting and olfactory properties. She intends to address sonic signifiers of passive relations and bodily discomfort by generating knowledge/ awareness through relations and ecocultural dialogues.
Yixuan studies music composition at University of California, San Deigo, with Lei Liang, Katharina Rosenberger, and Rand Steiger. She attended sound studies and improvisation seminars and has performed with Mark Dresser, Stephanie Richards, and Sarah Hankins. Recent collaborations include: sound installation 摩,挲 (Caress) with media artist Nasim Biglari, sound installation Millennium Fantacy with Calit and Scripps Instution of Oceanography, large-scale outdoor sound installation Relative Silence at UCSD's Geisel Library, among others.
*The name of this website, Nicole Faramita, is an alias Yixuan assumed since the age of 14 when she first started having an online presence. Now it has become for her as a personality, a palette, and a mean to explore the many possibilities in a digitized world.