Chris Zhongtian Yuan

Cloudy Song

Shot in Somerset House’s cavernous vaults, Chris Zhongtian Yuan’s black and white 16mm film, Cloudy Song follows the quest of a future exile to recover their memory with the help of a somewhat ineffectual ‘care robot’.

This work is part of the PATH AI commissions created by artists and researchers Nouf Aljowaysir, Juan Covelli, and Chris Zhongtian Yuan for the PATH-AI residency programme. The works reflect on the creative potential, challenges and limitations of human-AI relationships.


Connecting ideas related to music and memory with the Chinese diaspora, Cloudy Song is partly soundtracked by a scrambled bank of AI-generated music as well original music from Wuhan musician Lu Yan. The film builds a compelling narrative using dialogue, fragments of human voice, and ghostly visuals.

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Chris Zhongtian Yuan is an award-winning UK-based artist whose practice spans video, sound, text, and performance.

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Artwork Credits

    Director, Writer, Editor, Sound Design & CGI:

    Chris Zhongtian Yuan


    Linjing Peng

    Director of Photography:

    Tom Wright

    Digital Producer:

    Helena Geilinger

    Project & Studio Coordinator:

    Harry Leek


    Pang Shengyong

    Production Assistant:

    Chris Foye

    Lighting Assistant:

    Chris Stone

    Camera Assistant:

    Chris Connatty

    Script Proofreader:

    Emily Trenholm

    Location Manager:

    Laurent John


    Courtesy of Somerset House

    Artist acknowledgements:

    Steven Bode, Susanne Clausen, Mick Grierson, Claire Gould, Emma Hannon, Eno Inwang, Mike Jones, Cai Kai, David Leslie, Waitz Li, Peter Mackenzie, Leonara Manyangadze, Marie McPartlin, James Wright, Diane Willow & Lu Yan


    Original Music: Lu Yan / Hardcore Raver in Tears "New Everlasting Regret" (2022) © A Company of Taihe Music Group. Music Clips for AI Regeneration: "Dolmen Music" (1981) by Meredith Monk “Unhome” (1972) by Hugh Masekela "My 1997" (1992) by Ai Jing "Cloudy Day" (1999) by Karen Mok.

    Archival Footage:

    Li Juchuan

Somerset House Team


    Marie McPartlin (Director of Studios), Emma Hannon (Head of Studios), Ruth Lie (Senior Creative Producer), Leonara Manyangadze (Senior Programmer), Huw Thomas (Producer), Laurent John (Somerset House Studios Programme Coordinator), Harry Leek (Studio Coordinator), Eno Inwang (Studios & Digital Administrator)


    Estela Oliva (Head of Digital), Helena Geilinger (Digital Producer), Patricia Hernandez Colin (Production Assistant), Anna Dobos (Filmmaker)


  • Supported by the Economic and Social Research Council.
  • Commissioned by Somerset House in partnership with The Alan Turing Institute and UAL Creative Computing Institute.
  • Developed in residence at Somerset House Studios

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