Winnie Soon (she/they, b. Hong Kong) 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). Her research and practice intersect media/computational art, software studies, cultural studies and code practice, specifically concerning automated censorship, data politics, real-time processing/liveness, invisible infrastructure and the aesthetics of code.
Her 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, Hong Kong Microwave International Media Arts Festival, and among others. Her current research focuses on critical technical-art practice, working on 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).
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. She received the Expanded Media Award for Network Culture at Stuttgarter Filmwinter — Festival for Expanded Media, WRO 2019 Media Art Biennale Award and Public Library Prize for Electronic Literature (short-listed), Literature in Digital Transformation in 2019. Currently, she is 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). (2020)