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Sougwen Chung

Sougwen Chung is an award-winning artist who uses hand and technologically-reproduced marks to explore communication between people and machines.

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Sougwen Chung explores marks made by hand vs. made by machine as an approach to understanding the interaction between humans and computers. Her speculative critical practice spans installation, sculpture, still image, drawing, and performance.

Chung received Japan Media Art’s Excellence Award in 2016 for her project, ‘Drawing Operations’. She has been awarded Artist in Residence positions at Google, Eyebeam, Japan Media Arts, and Pier 9 Autodesk. In 2014, she was selected as one of the Top 20 New Visual Artists by Print Magazine.

Sougwen’s multidisciplinary work has been exhibited internationally, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Geneva, The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the NTT Intercommunication Center (ICC) in Tokyo, and The Drawing Center in New York. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, the BBC, The New York Times, Fast Company, Wired, Endgadget and USA Today.

As one of the pioneering artists of her generation, Sougwen’s art challenges the imagination through its minimalist yet dramatic form. Sougwen’s art speaks of movement and change and reflects images of nature in a truly modern setting.

  • Pioneering Artist in Human & Machine Collaboration

  • Former Artist & Research Affiliate at MIT Media Lab

  • Current Artist in Residence at Bell Labs

  • Founding member of The New Museum's E.A.T. Experiments in Art & Technology

  • Drawing, Installation & Technology #drawingwithdoug

Chung’s Awards & Residencies:


  • Bell Labs Artist in Residence in partnership with New Inc, E.A.T. and New Museum (NJ)

  • Japan Media Arts Artist in Residence (Tokyo)


  • Google Artist In Residence (SF)

  • Excellence Award (Entertainment Division), Japan Media Arts Festival


  • Visiting Artist, Social Computing, MIT Media Lab


  • Inaugural member of The New Museum's NEW INC


  • New Visual Artists, Top 20 artists under 30, Print Magazine


  • Ghostly Visual Music Collaborative, Eyebeam, New York, New York

Chung’s Selected Exhibitions:

  • 2018 Drawing Operations (Performance), Global Art Forum: I am not a Robot (Singapore Edition), ArtScience Museum, Singapore

  • 2018 Omnia per Omnia, Only Human, Mana Contemporary, New Jersey   2017 Open Space, NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo, Japan

  • 2017 Mytheme (Étude Op. 4), Naturalismo Digital, Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico City

  • 2016 Chiaroscuro, Nonspaces/Yokyerler Exhibition, Akbank Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey

  • 2016 Drawing Operations Unit: Generation 1, Skyroom Performance, New Museum, New York 

  • 2016 Drawing Operations Unit: Generation 1, Ubiquitous Humanity, The Annex, Hong Kong 

  • 2016 Imaginary Blueprints, Drawing Sound III: Composing the City, Drawing Center, New York, New York

  • 2016 Coalesce, RESOUND, Simons Center Gallery, Stonybrook, NY

  • 2016 Drawing Operations Unit: Generation 1, Japan Media Arts Festival Showcase (Excellence Award Winner), National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan

  • 2015 Drawing Operations Unit: Generation 1, NEW INC Showcase, Redbull Studios, New York, New York

  • 2015 Praesentia, NEW INC Demo Day, New Museum Skyroom, New York, New Yor

  • 2014 Ecdysis, Drop Everything, Galway, Ireland

  • 2014 Ecdysis, Communikey Festival, Black Box Theatre, Denver Colarado

  • 2014 Ecdysis, 319 Scholes Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

  • 2013 Chiaroscuro, Mapping Festival. Museum of Contemporary Art, Geneva, Switzerland

  • 2013 Chiaroscuro, Public Functionary, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • 2013 God Mode, 319 Scholes, Brooklyn, New York

  • 2013 Hacking Arts, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • 2012 Chiaroscuro, Of Art and Artifice, Art Directors Club, New York, NY

  • 2011 Sprawl, Devotion Gallery, Brooklyn NY

  • 2010 The Shift Exhibition, 319 Scholes, Brooklyn NY

  • 2010 Sounds Like, ICFF, New York, NY

Chung’s selected speaking and teaching:

  • 2017 Project to Support Media Arts Creators, Portal Point Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

  • 2016 Speaker, Playgrounds Festival, Amsterdam, Netherland

  • 2016 Speaker, Panic Room, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • 2016 Collaborative Presentation, Translation, Media, & Music (Talk with Luisa Pereria ), Loop Festival, Berlin, Germany

  • 2016 Panel, AV Exchange, Loop Festival, Berlin, Germany

  • 2016 Panel, RESOUND, Simons Center for Physics, Stonybrook, NY

  • 2016 Speaker, SXSW Analog, Austin, Texas

  • 2016 Speaker, OFFF Quebec, Montreal, Canada

  • 2016 Speaker, Tribeca Film Institute Interactive, NYC, NY

  • 2016 Speaker, Gray Area Festival, San Francisco, California

  • 2016 Speaker, Facets Conference, NYC NY

  • 2015 Speaker, FITC Tokyo, Japan

  • 2015 Speaker, FITC Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • 2015 Speaker, Toca Me, Munich, Germany

  • 2014 Keynote Speaker, Internetdargma, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 2014 Speaker, Camp Festival, Calgary, Alberta

  • 2014 Speaker, OFFF Cincinnati, Ohio

  • 2014 Keynote Speaker, FITC Toronto, Ontario

  • 2014 Guest Lecturer, ITP Master Class, New York, New York

  • 2014 Panelist, “Wrapping the world with light”, SXSW, Austin, Texas 

  • 2014 Speaker, FITC Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • 2014 Speaker, Alphaville Exchange Festival, London, England

  • 2013 Speaker, OFFF Mexico City, Mexico

  • 2013 Workshop Leader, Drawing & ProjectionMapping, OFFF Mexico, Mexico City, MX

  • 2013 Speaker, OFFF Barcelona, Spain

  • 2013 Speaker, Musical Mapping, Geneva, Switzerland

  • 2012 Speaker, Of Art and Artifice, New York, New York

  • 2010 Panelist, The Digital Creators Panel, Michigan

  • 2010 Panelist, Future of Design PSFK NY Design Week, New York, New York

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