Shu Lea Cheang

Shu Lea Cheang

Fellow: Awarded 2020
Field of Study: Fine Arts

Competition: US & Canada

Shu Lea Cheang is an artist and filmmaker.  Cheang constructs networked installation and multi-player performance in participatory impromptu mode. She drafts sci-fi narratives in her film scenario and artwork imagination. She builds social interface with transgressive plots and open network that permits public participation. Her genre bending gender hacking art practices challenge the existing operating mechanisms and the imposed boundaries of society, geography, politics, and economic structures.

As a net art pioneer, BRANDON (1998-1999) was the first work of web art commissioned and collected by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.  She crafts her own genre of New Queer SciFi Cinema with her feature length films FRESH KILL (1994, cybernoia), I.K.U.(2000, cyberpunk) and FLUIDØ (2017, cypherpunk).   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. She represented Taiwan with 3x3x6, a mixed media installation  at Venice Biennale 2019. She is currently working on UKI, an interruptive cinema and UNBORN0x9, a hacking performance with Future Baby Production.

Photo Credit: Taipei Fine Arts Museum

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