American artist Shu Lea Cheang (b. 1954) is regarded as a pioneering figure in internet based art, Cheang's multimedia approach is at the interface between film, video, internet-based installation, software interaction and durational performance. Employing multidisciplinary techniques, Cheang's works explore issues that are in a state of constant flux, including racial relations, the ecological impact of humans, the ethics of biotechnology, and sexual politics. Cheang seeks to challenge the positions taken by the popular media, institutions and the government.

Cheang's networked assemblages and multi-player performances are either choreographed or delivered in impromptu set-ups. Drawing on imaginary science-fiction narratives and transgressive subplots, to invite if not coerce public participation. Cheang concluded her 20 years spent in New York with BRANDON (1998-1999), the first Guggenheim Museum web art commission/collection. Cheang relocated to Europe in 2000, where she has since initiated several collectives to pursue large scale collaborative performative works, while still focusing on her own cross-gender-genre approach to art. Proclaiming the Net has crashed, Cheang moves on to invent BioNet where she finds viral love and hacks the ‘bio-tech’ in her current cycle of work.

Shu Lea Cheang lives and works in Paris, France.

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Recent Activity

Exhibitions

2014
Composting The Net
DAKAR Biennale, SN
2013
Composting the City / Composting the Net
Transmediale , Berlin, DE
2012
Baby Work
ZERO1, San Jose, US
2011
UKI viral performance
Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, ES
2010
Agliomania
Wealth of Nations, Spike Island, Bristol, UK
2007
MobiOpera
Sundance Film Festival, Utah, US
2005
Baby Love
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR
2004
FLUID
Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, NO
2003
Garlic=Richair
Venice Biennale, Venice, IT
2001
Baby Play
NTT[ICC], Tokyo, JP
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