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Shu Lea Cheang

Artist representing Taiwan at the 58th Venice Biennale

Shu Lea Cheang / © Photo: Jackie Baier

Shu Lea Cheang is an artist and filmmaker working with various art mediums and film formats, including installation, performance, net art, public art, video installation, feature length film and mobile web serial. Her artistic pursuits demonstrates an imagination and desire to cross the boundaries of society, geography, politics, and economic structure, thus redefining genders, roles, mechanisms, etc.

As a net art pioneer, her BRANDON (1998-1999) was the first web art commissioned and collected by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Her network installations, including Bowling Alley (1995, Walker Art Center, USA), Baby Love (2015, Palais de Tokyo, Paris), often employ electronic interactive devices to construct open networks that permit public participation. Her multi-player participatory networked performance, including Moving Forest (2008, transmediale, Berlin), UKI (2009-2016) with transgressive plots are realized in collective impromptu mode. She drafts sci-fi narratives in her film scenario and artwork imagination, crafting her own “science” fiction genre of new queer cinema, terming them eco-cybernoia (FRESH KILL, 1994), scifi cyberpunk (I.K.U., 2000), scifi cypherpunk (Fluidø, 2017). From homesteading cyberspace in the 90s to her current retreat to post-netcrash BioNet zone, Cheang takes on viral love, bio hack in her current cycle of works.

Born in Taiwan in 1954, lived in New York City for two decades, Cheang is currently residing in Paris.

Further information:
Website of Shu Lea Cheang

(Press information. © Photo: Jackie Baier)

58th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia

11 May - 24 November 2019

Venue: Palazzo delle Prigioni

Artist: Shu Lea Cheang

Curator: Paul B. Preciado

Commissioner: Taipei Fine Arts Museum

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