Byron Au Yong | YIJU:Songs of Dislocation

November 5 – December 30, 2004

Byron Au Yong’s collaborative multimedia installation YÍJÛ: songs of dislocation offers a poetic evocation of migration and travel, and an homage to his ancestors.

YÍJÛ: songs of dislocation reveals composer Byron Au Yong’s personal reflections about his family’s forced migration from China. Created with filmmaker Chishan Lin, media installation artist and photographer John D. Pai, and landscape architect Lorraine Pai, this installation transforms the Jack Straw New Media Gallery into a musical and visual sanctum that provokes visitors to think about migration and reflect upon travel.

Motivated by the regret of never learning music from his grandfather, a musician and teacher in China, Au Yong devotes this installation to constructing songs of memory and imagination fueled by his feelings of inheriting a broken lineage caused in part by the movement of being an American artist.


Byron Au Yong

Byron Au Yong composes songs of dislocation dedicated to intercultural collaboration and the places people call home. Works include Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas (Bumbershoot Festival of the Arts), Occupy Orchestra…