Image Description: Qianqian, a non-binary Chinese person with black short hair, wearing a black tank top, standing next to an apple tree, with a lush garden in the background.




Qianqian (Q) Ye (she/they) is a Chinese artist, creative technologist and educator based in Los Angeles (Gabrielino-Tongva Land). She is the p5.js Co-Lead at The Processing Foundation. She teaches as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at USC Media Arts + Practice and also at Parsons School of Design. She was born and raised in China and moved to the US in 2012. Trained as an architect, she creates digital, physical, and social spaces exploring issues around gender, immigrant, power, and technology.

Her current practice focuses on alternative community building, technology against misinformation, the Chinese language system, and re-imagining gender in a non-western narrative. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Architecture from ZJUT. Her works have been shown at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Ecobuild London, Killscreen Magazine and various exhibitions in US and China. She worked at a number of design practices internationally, from the US (NIO, Gehl Studio), Denmark (BIG, SHL), to China (Vector Architects).

Selected Awards and Grants


Community Building Award, Mozilla Foundation (With Processing Foundation +

CLTC Cybersecurity Arts Grant, University of California, Berkeley


Creative Media Award, Mozilla Foundation (With Xiaowei Wang)

Individual Artist Grant, City of Oakland Cultural Funding Grant (With Tiare Ribeaux + Xiaowei Wang)


Processing Foundation Fellowship

Group Exhibitions


WORLDING PROTOCOL, Gray Area Festival, Oct, 2021

REPLICANTS, Epoch Gallery, Oct, 2021 - Jan, 2022

Power Of Community: Chinatown Then and Now, SFSU Fine Arts Gallery

Altar-n8 Realm AR Exhibition, SF API Cultural Center United States of Asian America Festival, May 30 - Aug 31, 2021

E-GO, CounterPulse, San Francisco, CA, Apr 1, 2021

Pieces of Me, Transfer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


a verb as proxy for place, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Talks, Interviews, Workshops, Press


Disruption Network Lab: Powers of Truth, Build Your Own Word workshop, Future of Memory, Berlin DE

Mutek Festival, Build Your Own Word workshop, Future of Memory, Montreal CA

Revisions: Decoding Technological Bias, Gray Area + Goethe Institut San Francisco + City Light Book, San Francisco, CA

RethinkAI Summit, on The Future of Memory

Mozilla Festival, Amsterdam, NL


Workshop: Reimagine Gender, Reinvent Chinese Character - at B4Bel4b Gallery , Feb. 2020.

Art Show “女 Nǚ: Other Half of the Sky” - by RADII , Feb. 2020.


Interview with Qianqian Ye - by Google Design Notes Podcast , Oct. 2019.

Workshop: Digital Weaving, Physical Computing - at WCCW, Oct. 2019.

Interview with 2019 Fellow Qianqian Ye - by Processing Foundation, Aug. 2019.


Issue Twenty-Five: Art - by The Adroit Journal, May. 2018.

ART: Alone Not Alone - by The Offing Magazine, Apr. 2018.

ART FOR AWKWARD AND LONELY PEOPLE - by Forth Magazine, Mar. 2018.

VR Supper Club Interview - by Kill Screen, Jan. 2017.

Planning By Doing - with Gehl, Jun. 2016.

¡A todo pedal! - with Gehl, Apr. 2016.

SAM: Super-Agri-Mart - with Droog, Sep. 2014.

To Be Destroyed - by Museum of Contemporary Art, Sep. 2014.