Winnie Soon

Assistant Professor, PhD Student

Winnie Soon is an artist-researcher who resides in Hong Kong and Denmark. She has a MA from School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong and a MSc from Institute of Digital Art and Technology, Plymouth University in UK, and 10 years experience as a programmer, designer, information architect and project manager in both corporate and educational settings. She has recently completed a PhD at the Center for Participatory IT (School of Communication and Culture), Aarhus University with the topic “Executing Liveness: An examination of code inter-actions in software (art) studies”. 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 approach spans the fields of artistic practice and software studies, examining the materiality of computational processes that underwrite our experiences and realities in digital culture. Her projects and lectures have been presented internationally at museums, art festivals, universities and conferences, including but not limited to Transmediale2015/2017 (Berlin), ISEA2015/2016 (Vancouver, Hong Kong), V&A Museum (London), ARoS Aarhus Art Museum (Aarhus, Denmark), 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 and The University of Hong Kong.

Winnie’s current research focuses on Computational Thinking and Empowerment, working on a book project with Geoff Cox titled “Aesthetic Programming: A Handbook of Software Studies, or Software Studies for Dummies”.

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

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