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"My task is to solve a puzzle with another puzzle that can't be seen, be touched, but to feel."

Otay:onii (Lane Shi) is a multifaceted artist originally from Haining, China, currently based in NY. Her artistic practice spans across music, sound design, installation art, and film composition. She is the lead vocalist and keyboardist of the punk spit band Elizabeth Colour Wheel (US).

Otay’s work has received recognition and accolades, including the bronze prize for "Best Female Vocalist" from Global Music Awards, and "Best Sound" from the Audiovisual Arts Industrial Incubator Awards. Her recent music video "Un deciphered" was an official selection at the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific Film Festival. Her installation performance piece Unwrap! debuted at the Ming Contemporary Art Museum in Shanghai in 2021, alongside a series of improvised sound pieces at Himalayas Museum, FanRong Museum, and more.

Her critically claimed album NAG was released on ShadowTrash TapeGroup (US) in 2018, MíngMíng 冥冥 on WV Sorcerer Productions (France+China) in 2020, which was honored No.1 in RYM China session 2021, and her newest record Dream Hacker 夢之駭客, which was released on Bié records (China) in February 2023 and has received attention from press outlets such as Pitchfork (US), NPR (US), and The Threads Radio (UK).

Onii left footprints in renowned institutions, venues and festivals such as Harvard University whrb 959fm in 2020 and Currents FM in 2021, SXSW US and Roadburn Festival (Netherlands) in 2023. Her written script for the self-produced music video "Un deciphered" was featured by Bié records, and under their curation, her ritual improvisation documentary across the Tibetan plateau was presented at Le Guess Who Cosmos Global in 2022.

Her artistic practice is characterized by an experimental approach that defies genre boundaries, exploring electronic, ambient, sound collage, and noise, with the aim of breaking down the structures that limit creative expression and achieving a bodily connection through the synchronization of the heart and mind. She believes in echoes, and the potential of "solving a puzzle with another puzzle that can't be seen, be touched, but to feel."

Awards & Honors (Selected)

2022 Silicon Valley Asian Pacific Film Festival - Official Selection - Un deciphered


2022  Fear Faire Film Festival - Official Selection - Un deciphered

2020   International Sound and Film Music Festival - Official Selection - Shaoxing Nomad 

2019 Paris Lift-Off - Official Selection - Shaoxing Nomad

2018 Rome Prisma Film Award - Semi-finalist - Shaoxing Nomad


2018 Independent Talent International Film Festival - Finalist - Shaoxing Nomad

2018 Istanbul Internationla Experimental Film Festival - Official Selection - Shaoxing Nomad


2018 AMII Work Fest - Award Winner of Best Sound - Therapy Room

2018 American Track Music Award 2018 - Award Winner of Best Independent Artist - Dent - So Red

2018 Global Music Award 2018 - Award Winner Bronze Prize of Best Female Vocal - Dent - Sorrowful Seed

2018  Logcinema Music Film Festival 2018 - Award Winner of Best Original Song - Sorrowful Seed

Global Music Award 2018 - Award Winner of Best Lyric/Songwriting - So Red

2017   ReAnima Animated International Film Festival 2017 - Best Music Video - Sorrowful Seed

2017   Aug. LINOLEUM Festival - Official Selection - Therapy Room

2017   Jan. Seoul International Cartoon & Animation - Official Competition - Sorrowful Seed

2017   Jan. Berlin World International Film Festival/ ACT HRFF - Official Selection - Dystopia Rooms

2016   Song Of The Year- Semi-Finalist- Dent

2016   Dec. VOID - International Animation Film Festival, Copenhagen - Official Selection - Therapy Rooms

2016   Dec. Berlin World International Film Festival - Official Selection - Dystopia Rooms


2016   Nov. Barcelona Planet Film Festival  - Official Selection - Therapy Room + Dystopia Rooms

2016   Sep. Hollywood International Moving Picture Film Festival - Award Winner- Dystopia Rooms

2016   Feb. Holland Animation Film Festival(HAFF) - HAFFTube - Official Selection - First Breath

2016   March. Laurie Anderson Award Women in Music Technology Award- Berklee College of Music Electronic

Production& Design Achievement Awards Spring 2016

2015   March. Laurie Anderson Award Women in Music Technology Award- Berklee College of Music Electronic


Production& Design Achievement Awards Spring 2015

2005   Oct. Certificate Grade 8 (top 9) Specialty Pianist - Arts Grade Examination of China

2002   May. Hualian—Coca Cola Piano Contest First Prize-State Host China

* Un deciphered, Shaoxing Nomad film and sound by Lane Shi Otayonii.

  First Breath, Dystopis Rooms, Therapy Room film by Qieer Wang, sound by Lane Shi Otayonii.








Finalist - Independent Talents Internati
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Electric Short Film
Paris Lift-Off Film Festival Online 2019

Selected Press

BBC, Rolling Stones, NPR, Pitchfork, Boston Globe, Decibel, Metal InjectBoston Hassle, Brooklyn Vegan, Vogue China, Kerrang, Stereogum, Revolver, AV Club, Art Voice, Allston Pudding, Toneglow, Sputnik, Yoho Girl(China Innovation magazine), East Coast Sentinel, Travel Weekly, News Universe


2015 May Naked Winger multi-media/interactive solo exhibition, Stovefactory Gallery, Charlestown, Massachusetts

2017  May Voice on Whether There Was a Bell or Whether I knocked exhibition by Stephen Vitiello at ICA,Virginia Commonwealth University

2018  July. Sound for New York CrowdArt Daydreaming exhibition, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China

2019  Automaton Alive performance show, Chameleon Gallery on canal, NY

2019  Automaton Alive solo performance show, Wonderville, NY

2019 Sound composer, editor and performer for Carol Szymanski show "He Said I Thought", Signs and Symbols, NY

2019 Invited performer for Carol Szymanski + Barry Schwabsky + Joan Jonas joint book launch, Bar Laika(e-flux), NY

2020 December. Who’s Not Broken?, StudioGallery Project Space, Shanghai

2021  May. MíngMíng: Heart Cruise, Tank Arts Center, Shanghai

2021 July. Extro-Language World II, Fanrong. Museum, Suzhou

2021 Aug. Rituals in Rituals of the Future, Himalayas Museum, SH

2021 Nov. Unwrap!, Ming Contemporary Museum of Art, SH

2023 May More Than A Human, Blanc Art Space A1, Beijing

Shows (selected)

2017 Otay:onii at the Cloud Club, Boston
2018 Otay:onii at New England Underground Festival 3, Boston
2018 Otay:onii at Fuzzstival Music Festival, Boston
2020 Otay:onii at Harvard University whrb 953fm (online radio show)
2020 Otay:onii at AM Art Space, Shanghai, China
2021 Otay:onii at OK Center, Guangzhou, China
2021 Otay:onii at Currents FM, New York, US (online show)
2021 Otay:onii at Hong Kong Community Radio (online show)             
2021 Otay:onii at Ex:In, Chemnitz, Germany (online show)
2022 Essential Tremors at Knockdown Center, New York, US
2023 Otay:onii at Arkaoda, Berlin, Germany
2023 Otay:onii at SXSW 2023, Austin Texas, US
2023 Otay:onii at Roadburn Festival, Tilburg, Netherlands

2023 Otay:onii Europe Tour with Hypnodrone Ensemble
2023 Otay:onii at Berghain Kantine
2023 Otay:onii at The Meadows Brooklyn NY US
2023 Otay:onii at TV EYE, Brooklyn, NY US
2023 Otay:onii US East Coast Tour with Tashi Dorji
2023 Otay:onii at Casa de Popolo, Montreal CA
2023 Otay:onii at Essential Tremors Festival, Canberra + Sydney, AU
2023 Otay:onii US West Coast Tour with Fitn3ss
2023 Otay:onii China Tour with GongGongGong

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