Winnie Soon (HK/DK) BBA MA MSc PhD | W:

Winnie Soon is an artist-researcher-coder-educator born in Hong Kong and is now living in Denmark. Their works engage with, and reflect upon, computational culture, infrastructure and algorithmic processes.


Associate Professor, Department of Digital Design and Information Studies, Aarhus University, DK.
Book Series editor, Software Studies, The MIT Press
Information Architect, A peer-reviewed journal about_, DK.
Co-Initiator, Code & Share [ ], DK.


2014-17 PhD Information Science (Thesis title: Executing Liveness: An Examination of the Live Dimension of Code Inter-actions in Software (Art) Practice), Aarhus University.
2008-09 MSc Digital Art and Technology (Distinction), iDAT, University of Plymouth, UK.
2006-08 MA Media Cultures (Distinction), School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.
2004-06 Diploma Graphic Communication, Hong Kong University SPACE.
1998-01 BBA Information Systems, Minor in Computing, City University of Hong Kong.


2017- 20 Assistant Professor, Department of Digital Design and Information Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark
2011-14 Adjunct Professor, Dept of Interactive Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, HK
2010-11 Professor, Dept of Interactive Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, HK.
2010-14 Visiting lecturer/Instructor:
City University of Hong Kong (SCOPE) (2012-14), University of Hull (2012), UK; Chinese Univerisity of Hong Kong, CUCSC (2011); International Education College (Wuhan, China) in collaboration with Australia Holmesglen Institute (2010); Wuhan University of Science & Engineering (Wuhan, China) in collaboration with Singapore Raffles Design Institute (2010).


2022-current PhD Assessment Committee, Graduate School of Arts, Aarhus University

2022- Adviser (Digital Development Project), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia.

2021- Series Editor, Software Studies, The MIT PRESS (w/ Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Jichen Zhu)

2021 Co-chair of the Critique paper/artefact section, Nordic CHI, Denmark (w/ Søren Pold and Ida Larsen-Ledet)

2019-current Visiting Researcher, Center for the study of networked image, London South Bank University, UK

2019 Research Fellow, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

2018-current Senior research affiliate, Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab

2018-19 Organizing committee, SummerPIT, Aarhus University.

2014-current Information Architect, A Peer-Reviewed Journal About, Aarhus University

2014 Organizing committee, Transmediale conference/workshop in Hong Kong.

2014 Visiting Researcher, SCM, City University of Hong Kong.

2013 MFA thesis committee panel, Savannah College of Art and Design (HK).


2021 Technical Reviewer, Arts and Humanities Research Grant (AHRC)

2021 Peer-Reviewer, Media International Australia

2021 Program Committee member/Peer Reviewer, ELO 2021 exhibitions

2021 Peer-Reviewer, Internet Histories

2020-current Scientific Committee, xCoAx

2019-current Advisor/Peer-Reviewer, A Peer-Reviewed Journal About, Aarhus University

2019 Peer-Reviewer, AI & Society: Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Communication (Special issue: Ways of Machine Seeing)

2018-19 Program Committee/Peer-Reviewer, International Conferences on <Programming>2019.

2017 Peer-Reviewer, Digital Creativity, Taylor & Francis.

2016 International Program Committee, ISEA 2016, Hong Kong.

2016 Program Committee, International Conferences on Live Interfaces 2016.


2022, Keynote, 10th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X, Portugal
2022, Speaker, Symposium on Experimental Publishing, the Centre for Postdigital Cultures (Coventry University)

2021, Speaker, Creative Coding symposium together with Creative Coding Utrecht (CCU), Werkgebouw Het Veem in Amsterdam.
2021 Speaker, Aesthetic Programming , Technologies in Practice, IT University of Copenhagen (w/ Geoff Cox)
2021 Moderator, Symposium: Knowledge Asymmetries in the Age of Machine Learning, organized by Writing Machine Collective (HK)
2021 Presenter, (Still) Working with generator, as part of The Work of Art Without Original, LIMA, The Netherlands
2021 Presenter, Digital Arts: Digital Power – Intersectional Resistance, Advocacy, and Activism in International Feminist Techno-Decolonial Art (w/ Helen Pritchard), SIGGRAPH 2021
2021 Presenter, “ Liveness across networked infrastructures“, Packaging Across Networks.
2021 Presenter, “ Aesthetic Programming” (w/ Geoff Cox), Coding Literacy, Practices and Cultures, A networked series of research colloquiua.
2021 Presenter, “Messy Imaginaries: Diagram as an image of thought“, SCREENWALKS, organized by The Photographer’s gallery and Fotomuseum Winterthur.
2021 Presenter, Book launch: Aesthetic Programming, HaCCS Lab (w/ Geoff Cox).
2021 Moderator, Artificial and generated text, ELO 2021, Aarhus.
2021 Keynote speaker, Transdisciplinary New Media in (Post)Humanities, European Humanities Conference, Portugal.
2021 Invited Speaker, Exploring data with Critical Technical-Art Practice, Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh.
2021 Presenter, The Art of Fixing Code | Book Launch >>Fix My Code<<, ZKM (w/ Cornelia Sollfrank, Janine Sack, Morgane Stricot, Matthieu Vlaminck and Annet Dekker)
2021 Invited Speaker, Queer Operating Systems and Affective Infrastructure (w/ Cornelia Sollfrank), Technische Universität Dresden.

2020 Presenter, Forkonomy() project (w/ Lee Tzu-Tung), C-Lab, Taiwan.
2020 Invited Panelist, Computational Art & Data Science, Data Science Conference Europe 2020.
2020 Presenter, “Software Art Practice in Aesthetic Programming“, EASST4S Prague 2020.
2020 Presenter (w/ Pablo Velasco), Critical Interface Analysis workshop, Aarhus University
2020 Invited Speaker, Artist talk, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Poland
2020 Invited Artist/Speaker, Critical Coding – Josephine Bosma in Conversation with Nancy Mauro-Flude and Winnie Soon, LIMA Online, Amsterdam
2020 Invited Panelist, Webinar Crisis Education /// Critical Education, ArtEZ University of the Arts.
2020 Moderator, Transmediale workshop and panel on Research Networks , Berlin

2019 Invited Speaker, Unerasable Characters in Machine Learning, Goldsmiths, University of London
2019 Invited Speaker, Contemporary Art Talk, Goldsmiths, University of London
2019 Invited Speaker, Vocable Code-Unfinished Code-Queer Code, STWST48x5 as part of Ars Electronica, Linz.
2019, Invited Guest Speaker, Unerasable Characters in Machine Learning, Digital Culture class @ AU, Aarhus
2019 Invited Presenter, Tracing the Unerasable Images, National College of Art and Design, Dublin
2019 Presenter, Aesthetic Coding in Machine Learning @ Code & Share [5], Aarhus
2019 Presenter, “Operationalizing (un)desirability: What Images Want?” (w/ Magdalena Regina Tyzlik-Carver), The web that was: archives, traces, reflections, University of Amsterdam.
2019 Invited Speaker, “Generating operative images in Artistic Practice”, Visual Culture and Computational Thinking, AU Summer School, Denmark
2019 Invited Speaker, “AaBKC Talk” (w/ Ceci Moss), Aarhus Center for Visual Art, Aarhus, Denmark
2019 Invited Panelist, “Stop Making Sense“, 18th Media Art Biennale WRO 2019, Poland
2019 Invited Speaker (with Sarah Schorr), Inevitable Ends, Meditations on Impermanence, Moesgaard Museum, Denmark
2019 Invited Speaker, Card Decks as Method – Strategies for Interface Critique, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick
2019 Invited Speaker, Symposium – Screenshots: Desire and Automated Image, Kunsthal Aarhus
2019 Invited Panelist, “The Practice of Erasure” in the panel of ‘Building Archives for Evidence and Collective Resistance‘, Transmediale2019, Berlin
2019 Presenter, ‘The feeling of (un)predictability in machine learning and text generation’, Machine Feeling Public Programme, University of Cambridge, UK

2018 Panelist, ‘Tracing the (un)deisrable image’, The Self In-formation: Structured Selves and Algorithmic Bodies, Digital Culture Conference, Leuphana University.
2018 Presenter, ‘Computational Throbbing and Affective Waiting’, Affects, Interfaces and Events Conference (with Søren Rasmussen), AU
2018 Moderator, Blockchain values, transmediale2018, Berlin
2018 Invited panelist, Procedural values, Brandenburg Center for Media Studies, ZeM, Potsdam
2018 Guest Speaker, Humanistic and Computational Thinking Through Practice, School of Creative Media, City University of HK

2017 Invited panelist, generator/generating discourse, Karlsrhe University of Arts and Design, Germany
2017 Presenter, Screen Shots: Critical Codes of Capture, RIXC ART SCIENCE FESTIVAL, Latvia
2017 Panel, The Purpose of the Future University, Aarhus University
2017 Guest Speaker, Why Code? Why Program? Why Create? Digital Living Research Commons, Aarhus University, DK
2017 Guest Speaker, Digital surveillance in China: From the Great Firewall to the social credit system, DataLAB, Aarhus University, DK

2016 Presenter, Overwhelming Imagination, Si Shang Art Museum Art Conference, Beijing, China
2016 Presenter, Live Interfaces 2016, Sussex, UK
2016 Panel + Presenter, ISEA2016, Hong Kong
2016 Presenter, Execution (ver 0.2), Malmo, Sweden
2016 Guest Speaker, Executing Queries, Language + Code, Aarhus University, DK

2015 Presenter + Workshop co-leader + Conference co-organizer, Execution (ver 0.1), Aarhus, DK
2015 Guest Speaker, Life and Death in Software, Digital Culture (master class), Aarhus University, DK
2015 Guest Speaker, Network materiality and temporality (master class), Hong Kong University
2015 Guest Speaker, Discussing Software thro the art of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement. AU, DK.
2015 Presenter, Nonhuman Participation: a materialist perspective on execution. Aarhus University, DK.
2015 Panel, Transmediale Festival, Germany.

2014 Guest Speaker, Artist talk: From net art to software art. University of Warsar, Poland.
2014 Guest Speaker, Collaborative and Collective [Artistic] Research, AVA (master class), HKBU, HK
2014 Presenter, New Materialist Methodologies: Gender, Politics, The digital, Barcelona
2014 Guest Speaker, Net Art: Data Hacking, Coding and Critical Thinking. Videotage Summer Sch, HK.
2014 Presenter, A matter of Design STS conference. Milano, Italy
2014 Presenter, Urban Transformation, technology and participation symposium in Aarhus University, DK.
2014 Guest Speaker, Aesthetics Design. Aarhus University, Denmark

2013 Guest Speaker, Interdisciplinary Practice and Artist Collaboration, AVA (master class), HKBU, HK
2013 Speaker & Facilitator, UnDo Knowledge. JCCAC, Hong Kong
2013 Speaker, UnDo Facebook. K11 Art Mall, Hong Kong
2013 Artist /Speaker, Seminar on Network Art and everyday life. Taipei National University of the Arts

2012 Speaker, Workshop leader. Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong.
2012 Speaker, Artist Showcase Conference Future Everything, United Kingdom.
2012 Artist, Artist Forum. The 17th Incubator For Film and Visual Media in Asia.
2012 Invited Artist & Panel. Why we need the Arts, Lingnan Arts Festival.

2011 Moderator. Gaming & Living in an Alternate Reality, Social Media Week.
2011 Artist Forum. Computational Thinking In Various Art Forms. Writing Machine Collective.

2010 Invited Speaker, Interactive Design Seminar. This Happened, Hong Kong.
2010 Artist, Finalist Showcase Discussion. The 15th Independent Film & Video Awards.

2008 Artist, Finalist Showcase Discussion. The 13th Independent Film & Video Awards.


2021 Special Mention, Media Art Category. The 26th ifva Awards, HK.
2019 WRO 2019 Biennale Award, 18th Media Art Biennale WRO 2019.
2019 Public Library Prize for Electronic Literature (short-listed), Literature in Digital Transformation (funded by the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces)
2019 Expanded Media Award for Network Culture at Stuttgarter Filmwinter — Festival for Expanded Media

2018 The Winners of the 2018 Aarhus University Research Foundation PhD Award
2017 Top-Ranked LABS Thesis Abstracts. Leonardo: The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology
2012 Silver Award, Interactive Media Category. The 17th Incubator For Film & Visual Media in Asia, HK.
2012 Winning Team, 48 hours Midata Hackathon, Open Data Institute, London.
2010 Special Mention Prize, Interactive Media Category. Independent Short Film & Video Awards, HK.
2008 Finalist, Single-Screen based Interactive Category. Independent Short Film & Video Awards, HK.


2021 Aarhus University Strategic Funds (Co-Pi on SHAPE- Shaping Digital Citizenship) (5m kr)
2019 AUFF Publication Funds (for the book Fix my Code), Aarhus University (35,000 kr)
2019 AUFF Publication Funds (for the book Aesthetic Programming), Aarhus University (40,000 kr)
2019 Academic activities funds: Humans and IT research programme, Aarhus University. (40,000 kr)
2019 Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark. (10,000 kr)
2018 AUFF Mobility Grant, Aarhus University (42,000 kr)
2018 Academic activities funds: Humans and IT research programme, Aarhus University. (43,000 kr)
2016 Travel funds: Graduate Art School, Aarhus University.
2016 Book project funding: Executing Practices. Participatory IT, Aarhus University.
2015 Project Funding: Execution workshop/seminar. Aarhus University, Denmark.
2014-16 PhD Scholarship. Participatory IT, Aarhus University.
2013 Project Funding: UnDo Knowledge. Lingnan University, Hong Kong.
2013 Art Commission: The likes of Brother Cream Cat. Arnolfini, United Kingdom.
2012 Art Commission: Thousand Questions. Microwave International New Media Arts Festival.
2012 Art Commission: Emotive Expression. Lingnan University, Hong Kong.
2009 Project Sponsorship: VoxBox. GroundWorks: United Kingdom.
2008 Scholarship: Thomas Fowler for graduate study. University of Plymouth: UK.


2013 Taipei National University of Arts, Taiwan.
2009 Center for contemporary art Tou Scene, Norway.


AUTUMN/2020 neural magazine issue 67, interviewed by Rachel O’Dwyer
4/2020 Dagens netkunstner: Winnie Soon by & Søren Pold
11/2019 En digital drøm om tab af kontrol – Interview med Kristoffer Ørum og Anders Visti  by Christian Salling,
02/2019 All I know is what’s on the internet, The Burlington Magazine
10/2018 The Photographers’ Gallery’s digital curator on the impact of the internet on photography, It’s Nice That
05/2018 Aarhus Universitets Ph.d.-priser 2018: Winnie Soon by Aarhus University
10/2017 Get to know your colleagues, Interview by Aarhus University
06/2016 Aarhus University in Denmark
02/2015 WP finanse and Polskie Radio in Poland
08/2014 Mr. Wolf online magazine, Interview
04/2014 BBC news, Interview
2/2013 CR2 (903), Radio Interview:《集雜志》訪問
12/2013 ARTTECH 科・藝派對
06/2013 CR2 (903), Radio Interview: 《集雜志》訪問
06/2013 RTHK, Radio Interview: 文化快訊
11/2012 Milk Magazine, Interview