About

Yuguang (YG) Zhang is a New York-based creative technologist, new media artist and a research resident of the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University.

An ex-software product manager and artistic director, he took a leap of faith from his mid-career, in pursuit of a vision that embraces the co-existence of human and intelligent machines. Using networked devices and machine learning, he explores ways to makes physical and digital avatars for sentient algorithms in an age of autonomous computing systems.

His current practice, which incorporates interactive media, kinetic installation, and live performance, focuses on the reciprocal relationship between human and technology, the connections people make with tangible and intangible AI, and the cultural, societal & ethical shifts that come along. His works have been showcased at the NYC Media Lab Summit, New Inc., CultureHub, La MaMa, Movement Research, Battery Dance Festival, The Center at West Park, The SHIM, and Processing Foundation community conference in New York, NY, Cycling ‘74 Expo in North Adams, MA, and Fu:bar art festival at Zagreb, Croatia. He has been actively engaged in traditional West African music and dance performance since 2014, and he is a contributor to the open source machine learning library ml5.js.

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Residencies / Fellowships

2020
Virtual Performance Residency, The Center at West Park, New York, NY
Research Resident, Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University, New York, NY
M·U·S·E (Multi-Use Space for Experimentation) Residency at Danspace Project, New York, NY



Awards / Grants

2019
NYCDH Digital Humanities Graduate Student Project Award, First Prize, New York, NY



Selected Exhibitions / Performances

2020
MASS (Connectedness), B·O·N·D International Virtual Live Performance Festival, Shanghai / New York. Oct 1 - 2
(Non-)Human, The SHIM/Masters Show, Artsy, New York, NY. Jul 1 - Sep 29
Networked: CUT, Movement Research, New York, NY. Jun 30
Generative Photography, Re-Fest, CultureHub, New York, NY. Mar 12 - 14
3 AM, EdgeCut, New Inc., New York, NY. Feb 27
Machine Timing, RE•WORK Deep Learning Summit, San Francisco, CA. Jan 30 - 31

2019
3 AM, The Paper Box, Brooklyn, NY. Dec 6
Dissolved, /’fu̧:bar/ Glitch Art Festival 2019, Zagreb, Croatia. Oct 5 - 11
Machine Timing, NYC Media Lab, New York, NY. Sep 26
Cats, Cycling ’74 Expo, North Adams, MA, Apr 27
Matchman, Processing Community Day at The New School, New York, NY. Feb 9

2018
The Invisible Bird, ITP Winter Show, New York, NY. Dec 16 – 17
Haunted Museum, NYU GMTWP, New York, NY. Oct 27
Duniyama, Wula Drum and Dance Retreat, Pocono Valley, PA. Sep 15

2017 and earlier
Walk with Me, Guangzhou International Media Harbor, Guangzhou, China. Dec 31, 2017
Dununbe, The 4th Shenzhen Drummer Festival, Shenzhen, China. Aug 6, 2016
Sewa Concert Tour, Lai Kok Community Hall, Hong Kong. Dec 20, 2015



Artist Talks

2020
Panel Talk - 2020 vs. Creativity, B·O·N·D International Virtual Live Performance Festival, Shanghai, China. Sep 18 (Chinese)
Artist Interview: Generative Photography, Re-Fest 2020, CultureHub, New York, NY. Mar 12
Artist Talk: Generative Photography, Arts at University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI. Feb 24
Generative Photography: From Pinhole to GANs: an ongoing experiment to find emotional impact for machine-generated visuals, Processing Community Day NYC, The New School, New York, NY. Feb 8
GAN-Movie: An experiment on Using Machine Learning to Generate Short Film, Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, New York, NY. Feb 3



Publications / Press

2020
(Non-)Human, Heavy Iridescent Issue One: Consciousness, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Could AI be the future of Art?, by Sarah Wilson, RE•WORK

2019
Foot Roller, Adjacent Issue 6, ITP & IMA, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU