Koala Yip is the Communication Chair of Sir Edward Youde Scholars Association (SEYSA). She is a practising artist and educator in multimedia performance and she was graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Art. She is also the first artist to present interactive performance broadcasted live in China’s national television channel during the 4th China International New Media Short Film Festival “KingBonn Award” Ceremony. She has been doing creative research on the mapping of medical imaging outputs in performance and installation.
Koala works across different media, such as installation, performance, and moving image. She often views medical images like MRIs, PET scans and microscopic prints through her artist lens to address the notion of contemporary corporeality. Her art pieces were also presented in many different places, likes KUMA Art Museum Estonia (2013), Macao Science Center (2011), Performance Studies International (PSI), Beijing International New Media Arts Exhibition (2004), Digital Cultural Lab, UK (2005), Subtle Technologies Conference (Toronto), Interactive Laboratory at Göttelborn in Germany, International Dance and Technology Conference, Los Angeles Woman’s Theatre Festival, Philadelphia Fringe Festival and MIT/CalArts Collaboration of Wearable Technology.
Koala owns numerous awards and scholarships, including Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Fellowship, Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, Emerging Interface Award, David and Edith Sinaiko Frank Graduate Fellowships for Woman in the Arts, Jacky Chan Charitable Foundation Scholarship, American Dance Festival Video Documentation, California Arts Council, APA Director’s Prize, and had won the Best Performance Award from the Bauhinia Cup Hong Kong Dance Championship. She also received Certificate of Commendation from Mayor of City of Los Angeles.
Koala's performance works have been quoted in books such as A Performance Cosmology: Testimony from the Future, Evidence of the Past (Routledge, 2006) edited by J. Christie, R. Gough, D. P. Watt; Contemporary Performance Almanac (UK, 2014); and Manifest der Interaktionskunst by Johannes Birringer (PoCul, 2014).