Winnie Soon

Assistant Professor

Winnie Soon

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Winnie Soon is an artist-researcher whose works intersect media art, software studies, cultural studies and coding practice. She has awarded the Top-Ranked LABS Abstracts 2017 by Leonardo and the Winner of The 2018 Aarhus University Research Foundation PhD award with the thesis titled “Executing Liveness: An examination of code inter-actions in software (art) practice”. Artistically, she has received the Expanded Media Award for Network Culture at Stuttgarter Filmwinter — Festival for Expanded Media and Public Library Prize for Electronic Literature, Literature in Digital Transformation in 2019. Currently, she is Assistant Professor at the Department of Digital Design and Information Studies in Aarhus University, teaching Aesthetic Programming and Digital Culture.


Informed by the cultural, social and political context of technology, Winnie’s work examine the cultural implications of technologies in which computational processes and infrastructure underwrite our experiences, which are ever more programmed. Her works explore themes/concepts around computational culture, specifically concerning internet censorship, data circulation, real-time processing/liveness, infrastructure, the culture of code practice. Her projects and lectures have been presented internationally at museums, art festivals, universities and conferences, including but not limited to ZKM, The Photographers’ Gallery, Transmediale2015/2017/2019 (Berlin), Electronic Literature Festival2018, ISEA2015/2016 (Vancouver, Hong Kong), Stuttgarter Filmwinter — Festival for Expanded Media, WRO Media Art Biennale, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum (Aarhus, Denmark), Moesgaard Museum, Si Shang Art Museum (Beijing), Pulse Art + Technology Festival (Savannah, USA), FutureEverything Art Exhibition (Manchester), The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale, Hong Kong Microwave International Media Arts Festival, Taipei National University of Arts, Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design and The University of Hong Kong.


Winnie’s current research focuses on aesthetic coding in the realm of software studies, working on two books titled “Aesthetic Programming: A Handbook of Software Studies” (with Geoff Cox) and “Fix My Code” (with Cornelia Sollfrank). Recent contributions to publications include “Execution” in Posthuman Glossary (with Critical Software Thing), ‘Executing Microtemporality’ in Executing Practices and “API practices and paradigms” in First Monday (with Eric Snodgrass).


Research interest: Artistic Practice/Research, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing in Art and Culture, Software Studies, Internet/Software/Media Art, Humanistic/Exploratory/Aesthetic Programming.

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