Gary Zhexi Zhang is an artist and writer interested in socio-technical objects. His current work explores decentralised organisations such as swarms, mycelia and markets within the context of aesthetics, cryptography and work. He works with film, installation and software. 

Recent projects and exhibitions include Cross-feed at Glasgow International 2018, vdrome.org (online), Vorephilia: The Opera at the Cambridge Junction, ALL CHANNELS OPEN at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire (2017) and Hereafter at The White Building, London (2017). He has recently held residencies at PRAKSIS, Oslo; SPACE Art & Technology, London; BALTIC, Gateshead; CCA, Glasgow and Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn. As a writer, Zhang has published essays and criticism magazines including Frieze, Elephant, FOAM, Fireflies, and King’s Review.

 

Selected Exhibitions
04.2018 / Cross-feed, duo exhibition with Aniara Omann, Market Gallery at Glasgow International 2018
07.2017 / Hereafter, Group Exhibition, SPACE Art & Technology at The White Building, London.
02.2017 / ALL CHANNELS OPEN, Group Exhibition, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge.
09.2015 / Would You Like Help?, Group Exhibition, EMBASSY Gallery, Edinburgh.

Selected Screenings
09.2018 / ‘Parasite (物流)’, Swamp School, Lithuanian Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale
05.2017 / Body and Camera Film Festival, Mana Contemporary, Chicago.
04.2017 / Filmideo 2017, Index Art Centre, New Jersey.
02.2017 / Open Screening, Whitechapel Gallery, London.
11.2016 / Tenderpixel 2016 Shortlist, The Horse Hospital, London.
08.2016 / Mount Florida Screenings, Glasgow.
04.2016 / PRAKSIS @ Oslo Open, Atelier Nord X, Oslo.
12.2015 / MONO4.1, hosted by Rafal Zajko, Ciné 13 Theatre, Paris.
10.2015 / Tenderpixel 2015 Shortlist, Institute of Contemporary Art, London.

Residencies and Awards
2019 / Harvard Film Study Center Fellowship.
2019 / UK Associate Artist Residency, Delfina Foundation.
2018 / MIT Journal of Design and Science (JoDS) essay award.
2018 / Honorable mention, MIT Harold and Arlene Schnitzer award.
2017 / Grant, the Elephant Trust.
2017 / Graduate fellowship, MIT Department of Architecture.
2017 / Residency, CCA Creative Labs, Glasgow.
2017 / Residency, Connect/Exchange at BALTIC, NewBridge Project and Northern Film & Media.
2017 / Residency, Space Art + Technology.
2017 / Residency, Wysing Poly.
2017 / Residency, PRAKSIS Oslo ‘Posthumanism and New Technologies’.
2016 / Santander Scholarship, Darwin College, Cambridge.
2015 / BREESE LITTLE Prize for Art Criticism: Volume X.

Performances, Presentations and Conferences
10.2018 / ‘Net Work’, Dutch Design Week Antenna programme, Eindhoven.
09.2018 / ‘Aesthetics of Decentralization’, Swamp School, Lithuanian Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale.
09.2018 / ‘Systems Aesthetics’ RIXC Art Science Festival, “Global Control”, Riga.
08.2018 / (workshop co-lead) ‘Internet as a City’ at Decentralized Web Summit 2018.
04.2018 / Opening panel discussion, Glasgow International Festival, Reid Building.
06.2017 / ‘Erotics of the Interface’, in conversation with Prof. Beryl Graham, Stuart Hall Library.
05.2017 / ‘A tapeworm without a gut’, performance in conjunction with Jenna Sutela’s solo exhibition at Titanik Gallery, Turku, Finland.
04.2017 / ‘Beyond Telepathy’, performance and in-conversation at Somerset House, with Jenna Sutela, Jamie Sutcliffe and Luciana Parisi, organised by Taru Elfving.
11.2016 / ‘Meeting the Machine Half-way, symposium organised with David Blandy and Larry Achiampong at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire.
10.2016 / ‘Posthuman PechaKucha’, an interdisciplinary symposium organised at the 2016 Cambridge Festival of Ideas.
04.2016 / ‘The Aesthetics of Derealisation’, conference presentation at ART MONEY CRISIS, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge.
05.2016 / ‘Network Nature: Metabolic Machines’ – conference presentation and screening at “Speeding and Braking: Navigating Acceleration”, Screen and Audiovisual Cultures, Goldsmiths.

Education
2019 / S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2016 / M.Phil University of Cambridge
2015 / BA Glasgow School of Art
2014 / Diploma in Urban Theory, Mejan Arc

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