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Sougwen Chung

speaker location icon New York, USA

Award-winning media artist exploring Human / Robot Collaboration & Virtual Reality

Artist in Residence at Google, Bell Labs & New Museum

Former Artist & Researcher at MIT Media Lab

Sougwen Chung is an internationally renowned multi-disciplinary artist, who uses hand-drawn and technologically-reproduced marks to address the closeness between person-to-person and person-to-machine communication. She is a former research fellow at MIT’s Media Lab, and current Artist in Residence at Bell Labs and New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.

In 2016 Sougwen was an Artist in Residence at Google, exploring innovative ways to utilize virtual reality as a medium for storytelling and rapid prototyping.  Concurrently, her project Drawing Operations, a Human & Robot Collaboration exploring performance and machine learning, won the Japan Media Arts Award in for Excellence in Media Arts.

Sougwen’s multidisciplinary work has 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. Her work and has been featured in  The New Yorker, The New York Times, Fast Company, Engadget 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. 

Speaking Topics

– The impact of Virtual Reality & artificial intelligence on creativity

– Human & Robot collaboration in science, art, and technology

– Diversity and inclusion in STEM

– Creating successful interdisciplinary environments

Our Comment

"Sougwen’s work encourages a dialogue on blurring the separation between different forms of artistic media. Her work is modern, exciting and will influence other artists for years to come."

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