Alice Yuan Zhang 张元 (she/her) is a migrating artist, educator, and cultural organizer, born in Dalian, China and currently living in Los Angeles. She hosts socioecological entanglement in layered realities across digital browsers and AR as well as embodied exercises and in-person exchanges. Her research-based participatory practice traverses themes of ancestral remembering, speculative pedagogy, and networked solidarity. Alice is the co-founder of virtual care lab, an open assemblage of people learning to trust each other in remote connection.
Keith Lafuente (b.1992) is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer. His work addresses fundamental questions of identity and desire, using fashion and drag for their intimate relation to the body. His fashion presentations combine clothing, storytelling, and performance to show queer Asian-American identities in flux: navigating between invisibility and hypervisibility, history and fantasy, necessity and pleasure. In drag, Lafuente goes by the name Mahal Kita, which is the Tagalog phrase for "I love you."
Mengqi chen is a Cologne-based 3D Artist, resident of @http_shanghai
徐冠宇 Guanyu Xu (b.1993 Beijing) is an artist currently based in Chicago and a lecturer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Influenced by the production of ideology in American visual culture and a conservative familial upbringing in China, Xu’s practice extends from examining the production of power in photography to the question of personal freedom and its relationship to political regimes. He negotiates this from the perspective as a Chinese gay man. In his work, Xu migrates between mediums like photography, new media, and installation. These movements operate similarly to his displaced and fractured identity.
He is the winner of the CENTER Development Grant (2021), Hyéres International Festival Prize (2020), PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai Exposure Award (2020), Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Annual Competition (2019), Lensculture Emerging Talent Award (2019), and Kodak Film Photo Award (2019).
He has received artist residencies including ACRE (Chicago, IL), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), and Light Work (Syracuse, NY). His works have been exhibited and screened internationally including the Aperture Foundation, New York; ICP Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; New Orlean Museum of Art, New Orleans; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Wesleyan University, Middletown; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Mint Museum, Charlotte; 36th Kasseler Dokfest, Germany, and others. His work can be found in public collections including The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, and New Orleans Museum of Art. His works have been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, ArtAsiaPacific, The New Yorker, W Magazine, Harper's Magazine, Musée Magazine, Dazed China, Der Greif, and China Photographic Publishing House.
atasha Tontey is an artist working in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Her artistic practice predominantly explores the fictional accounts of the history and myths surrounding ‘manufactured fear.’ In her practice, she observes any possibilities of other futures that are projected not from the perspective of major and established institutions, but a subtle and personal struggle of the outcasted entities and beings. Her work has been shown at Singapore International Film Festival (2021), Performance Space 2021, transmediale 2021, Kyoto Experiment 2021, Asian Film Archive (2021), Polyphonic Social by Liquid Architecture (2019) amongst others.
In 2020 she received the HASH Award from ZKM and Akademie Schloss-Solitude and currently
a fellow for Human Machine of the Junge Akademie at Akademie der Künste Berlin 2021-2023.
Umber Majeed (b. New York, 1989) is a multidisciplinary visual artist. She received her MFA from Parsons the New School for Design in 2016 and graduated from Beaconhouse National University in Lahore, Pakistan in 2013. Her writing, performance, and animation work engage with familial archives to explore Pakistani state, urban, and digital infrastructure through a feminist lens.
Majeed has shown in venues across Pakistan, North America, and Europe. Her solo exhibitions took place at 'In the Name of Hypersurface of the Present', Rubber Factory, NY (2018) and 'Trans-Pakistan Zindabad (Facts about the Earth)', 1708 Gallery, VA (2021). Recent group exhibitions include; ‘The Divided Self’, The Slought Foundation, Philadelphia (2012), “The Museum: Within and Without”, The State Hermitage Museum, St.Petersburg, Russia (2015), 'Promises to Keep', apexart,
New York (2017), 'Witness- Karachi Biennale', Karachi, Pakistan (2017), ‘Volumes- Queens International 2018’, Queens Museum, New York (2018), and "Phantasmapolis – 2021 Asian Art Biennial”, Taiwan (2021) She is a recipient of numerous fellowships including the HWP Fellowship, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon (2017), Refiguring Feminist Futures Web Residency, Akademie Schloss Solitude & ZKM, Germany (2018), and the Digital Earth Fellowship, Hivos, the Netherlands (2018-19), and Technology Residency, Pioneer Works, NY (2020). Her work has been acquired by several private collections, including the Lekha and Anupam Poddar Collection at the Devi Art Foundation in Gurgaon, India. She lives and works in New York, USA and Lahore, Pakistan.
Bahareh Khoshooee is a multidisciplinary artist born in Tehran, Iran in 1991, the year the Internet was made available for unrestricted commercial use. She uses digital time-based media in presenting work that fuses video, projection mapping, sculpture, text, sound and performance to explore the un-capturable qualities of her diasporic body, fragmented culture, and transnational identity. She harvests personal memories and cultural references (both Iranian and American) to compose fabricated spaces, hybrid characters and fantastical circumstances. In her work, Khoshooee examines the ways in which our identities are documented, surveilled and simulated through measurable physical biometrics as well as metadata analytics. She is particularly fascinated by out-of-context information and outlier data that are often overlooked and marginalized. Through the layering of deep fake animations, AI generated poetry, web-appropriated visuals and performing in front of the camera both IRL and in video game simulations, she unflattens and expands the dimensions of herself as an act of resistance against the biased and systemic profiling of intersectional bodies. Khoshooee attended Skowhegan School of Art and Painting in 2018, received her MFA in Studio Art from the University of South Florida in 2017, and her BA in Industrial Design from the University of Tehran in 2014. She has presented her multimedia installations at Baxter St CCNY, The Elizabeth Foundation for The Arts (The Immigrant Artist Biennial), The Orlando Museum of Art, NADA MIAMI 2018, Elsewhere, Housing, and Rawson Projects.
Xiaowei R. Wang is an artist, writer, organizer and coder. Their collaborative project FLOAT Beijing created air quality-sensing kites to challenge censorship and was an Index Design Awards finalist. Other projects have been featured by the New York Times, BBC, CNN, VICE and elsewhere. Their most recent project, The Future of Memory, was a recipient of the Mozilla Creative Media Award. They are the author of the book Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Other Stories of Tech In China's Countryside and one of the lead facilitators of Logic School,
an organizing community for tech workers.
Qianqian (Q) Ye is a Chinese artist, creative technologist, and educator based in Los Angeles. Trained as an architect, she creates digital, physical, and social spaces exploring issues around gender, immigrants, power, and technology. She is a recipient of the Mozilla Creative Media Award, CLTC Cybersecurity Arts Grant, and the City of Oakland Cultural Fund. Qianqian is the Co-Lead of p5.js, an open-source art and education platform that prioritizes access and diversity in learning to code in the Processing Foundation. She currently teaches creative/critical coding at USC Media Arts + Practice.
Annette Hur was born in South Korea and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Recent exhibitions include solo/group exhibitions at Hesse Flatow, Ross + Kramers, Assembly Room, Wallach gallery, Gavin Brown Enterprise, RegularNormal, Urban Zen, Times Square Space in New York; Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey; West Chester University in Pennsylvania; Heaven Gallery, Chicago Artists Coalition, Boundary in Chicago. Hur’s work was featured in Friend of The Artist Volume 11, Create! Magazine issue 13, New American Paintings issues 134 & 135,
the online art publications: Bad at Sports and Third Coast Review, the online news: NewCity Art, ADF Magazine, Naeil News, The preview, Sisa today. Hur was a nominee for Rema Hor Mann Grant in 2019, a resident of BOLT Residency at Chicago Artists Coalition in 2016-2017. Hur holds a BA from Ewha Women's University(2008), BFA(2015) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and MFA(2019) from Columbia University.