Winnie Soon is an artist-researcher whose works intersect art, cultural studies and programming practice. She is Assistant Professor at the Department of Digital Design and Information Studies in Aarhus University, teaching Aesthetic Programming and Digital Culture. She resides in Aarhus and Hong Kong.
Winnie Soon has a MA from School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong (2008) and a MSc from Institute of Digital Art and Technology, Plymouth University in UK (2009). She has completed a PhD at the Center for Participatory IT (School of Communication and Culture), Aarhus University with the topic titled Executing Liveness: An examination of code inter-actions in software (art) practice (2017).
Informed by the cultural, social and political context of technology, Winnie Soon’s work approach spans the fields of artistic practice, media art, software studies, cultural studies and computer science, examining the materiality of computational processes that underwrite our experiences and realities in digital culture via artistic and/or coding practice. Her works explore themes/concepts around digital culture, specifically concerning internet censorship, data circulation, real-time processing/liveness, infrastructure, the culture of code practice, etc. Her projects and lectures have been presented internationally at museums, art festivals, universities and conferences, including but not limited to ZKM, The Photographer’s Gallery, Transmediale2015/2017 (Berlin), Electronic Literature Festival2018, ISEA2015/2016 (Vancouver, Hong Kong), V&A Museum (London), ARoS Aarhus Art Museum (Aarhus, Denmark), Si Shang Art Museum (Beijing), Pulse Art + Technology Festival (Savannah, USA), FutureEverything Art Exhibition (Manchester), The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale, Hong Kong Microwave International Media Arts Festival, Taipei National University of Arts, Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design and The University of Hong Kong.
Winnie Soon’s current research focuses on Exploratory and Aesthetic Programming for arts and humanities, working on two books titled Aesthetic Programming: A Handbook of Software Studies, or Software Studies for Dummies (with Geoff Cox) and Fix My Code (with Cornelia Sollfrank).