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Winnie Soon

Assistant Professor

Winnie Soon

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Winnie Soon is an artist-researcher whose works intersect media/computational art, software studies, cultural studies and code practice. She has been 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, WRO 2019 Media Art Biennale Award and Public Library Prize for Electronic Literature (short-listed), Literature in Digital Transformation in 2019. She is a member of Critical Software Thing Collective, co-founder of NN Cluster at Aarhus University, senior research affiliate of the Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab, Information Architect and advisor of A Peer-Reviewed Journal About. Currently, she is Assistant Professor in the Department of Digital Design and Information Studies at Aarhus University, teaching Aesthetic Programming and Digital Culture.

Winnie’s artworks and research dedicate to the the cultural implications of technologies where computational processes and invisible infrastructure are increasingly manifesting our programmed experiences. Her works deals with topics/concepts around computational culture, in particular regard to automated censorship, data circulation, real-time processing/liveness, invisible infrastructure and the culture of code practice. Her projects have been presented and exhibited internationally at museums, art festivals, libraries, universities and conferences, including but not limited to ZKM (DE), RMIT Gallery (AU), The Photographers’ Gallery (UK), Transmediale2015/2017/2019 (DE), Electronic Literature Festival2018, ISEA2015/2016 (CA, HK), Stuttgarter Filmwinter — Festival for Expanded Media, WRO Media Art Biennale (PL), ARoS Aarhus Art Museum (DK), Roskilde Library (DK), Moesgaard Museum (DK), Image Galleri (DK), Si Shang Art Museum (CN), Pulse Art + Technology Festival (US), FutureEverything Art Exhibition (UK), 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 computational art practice and critical machine learning, 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: Research through creative and critical practice, (Critical) Machine Learning in Art and Culture, Software Studies and Criticism, Computational/Internet/Software/Media Art, Humanistic/Exploratory/Aesthetic Programming.

More info: http://siusoon.net/ and http://aestheticprogramming.siusoon.net/

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    Winnie Soon, Time, Code, and Poetry

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    Executing Uncertainties

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    Throbber: Executing Micro-temporal Streams

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