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Winnie Soon

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Winnie Soon

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Denmark-based Hong Kong artist-researcher Winnie Soon focuses on critical technical practice. Her works explore automated censorship/erasure, data politics, real-time processing/liveness, invisible infrastructure and code practice in computational culture.

Winnie has a background in Information Systems and Computing (City University of Hong Kong), Media Cultures (School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong), Digital Art and Technology (University of Plymouth), and has a PhD in Software (Art) Practice. Her research and practice intersect media/computational art, software studies, cultural studies and programming practice, where projects have been presented and exhibited internationally at museums, art festivals, libraries, universities and conferences, including but not limited to ZKM, RMIT Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, Transmediale, Electronic Literature Festival, ISEA, Stuttgarter Filmwinter, WRO Media Art Biennale, Roskilde Library, Image Galleri, Si Shang Art Museum, Pulse Art + Technology Festival, FutureEverything Art Exhibition, Ars Electronica, The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale, Hong Kong Microwave International Media Arts Festival, and among others. Her current research focuses on critical technical practice, 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), “Throbber : Executing Micro-temporal Streams” in Computational Culture Journal and “API practices and paradigms” in First Monday (with Eric Snodgrass).

Winnie 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”. She 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. Currently, she is Assistant Professor in the Department of Digital Design at Aarhus University.

Research interest: Research through creative practice, Artistic research/practice, Critical Technical and Feminist Practice, Machine Learning, Software/Data/Infrastructure/Algorithmic Studies and Criticism, Automation & bots, Open Source/Computational/Digital Culture, Censorship & data politics/activism, Humanistic/ Aesthetic Programming/Coding literacy, Computational/Internet/Software/Media Art

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

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