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Hi, I am Q. Lei.

I am a Chinese curator and film director. I grew up in Shenzhen, which was only a tiny village adjacent to Hong Kong 40 years ago, but is now known to the world as the “Silicon Valley of China.”

At the moment, I am splitting my time between Berlin and Shenzhen for documentary projects and tech-art projects. In 2018, I received my PhD in Philosophy of Science from the EAS Department at Princeton University.

Welcome to my creative album.

Feature-length Documentary about children in Huaqiangbei, Shenzhen (in production)

Feature-length Documentary about children in Huaqiangbei, Shenzhen (in production)


The tech-art spotlight shines on Shenzhen this spring, a city once known for electronics manufacturing, the Maker Movement, and in recent years, as the “Silicon Valley of China.” In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Shenzhen, the Huaqiangbei Street Office and the Shenzhen Futian District Government collaborate with Berlin-based Chinese curator Q. Lei and digital artists from around the world in putting forth the first Digital Art Festival in the booming Asian tech hub.

#TechartWednesday features digital light painting by Berlin artist Julia Schäfer (@kopffarben). Together painter Julia Schäfer and media artist Johannes Schmidt developed a technique with which they create large-scale projected, live-drawn light paintings. With different musicians, they stage "visual concerts" in which music, light, painting, and animation get merged into a narrative, audiovisual experience. Only when it gets dark, light comes to life.