Born and raised in Hong Kong, Winnie Soon is an artist-researcher interested in queering the intersections of technical and artistic practices as a critical/feminist/queer praxis, with works appearing in museums, galleries, festivals, distributed networks, papers and books. They have won various academic and art awards, including the Winner of The 2018 Aarhus University Research Foundation PhD award, the Top-Ranked LABS Abstracts 2017 of Leonardo, Expanded Media Award for Network Culture at Stuttgarter Filmwinter — Festival for Expanded Media, WRO 2019 Media Art Biennale Award, the Public Library Prize for Electronic Literature (short-listed), and the Special Mention and Silver Award of IFVA – Media Art. They are the co-initiator of the art community Code & Share [ ] and co-editor of the Software Studies Book Series at MIT Press. Researching in the areas of software studies and computational practices, they are currently based in Denmark and working as Associate Professor at Aarhus University.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Winnie Soon 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 (Aarhus University). Their research and practice intersect media/computational art, software studies, cultural studies and code practice, specifically concerning digital censorship, data politics, real-time processing/liveness, invisible infrastructure and the aesthetics of code.
Winnie’s 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, HK IFVA awards, Hong Kong Microwave International Media Arts Festival, and among others. They are the co-author of 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). They are also the series editor of Software Studies, The MIT Press (together w/ Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun and Jichen Zhu)
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”. Artistically, they received the Expanded Media Award for Network Culture at Stuttgarter Filmwinter — Festival for Expanded Media, WRO 2019 Media Art Biennale Award, the Public Library Prize for Electronic Literature (short-listed), Literature in Digital Transformation in 2019, and the 26th ifva awards (Special Mention) in 2021.
Currently, They are Associate Professor in the Department of Digital Design at Aarhus University, and actively providing and maintaining two ongoing software art services: net art generator (w/ Cornelia Sollfrank and Gerrit Ché Boelz) and Queer Motto API (w/ Helen Pritchard).
Contact: wsoon[at]cc[dot]au[dot]dk OR siusoon[at]protonmail[dot]com