August 19, 2020No Comments



Mutations of Presence, Re: Memory, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Norway, 2020


Flora Rearing Agricultural Network, In the Name of Flower, Pearl Art Museum, Shanghai, 2020


Flora Rearing Agricultural Network, Haus der Kunst, Munich, 2020

July 1, 2020No Comments

~ ( distance ) in place ~

Corpus I from the series ( distance ) in place, 2020, graphite on paper | collaboration with D.O.U.G._5. All images courtesy of the artist.

As external realities we once knew have dissolved and fragmented over the span of months, a sudden reframing of intimacy has become inevitable. Enforced cohabiting with loved ones or strangers; check-ins over apps that mediate care; video encounters that relay oddly official views of hitherto-private spaces—all interactions now manifest with a prickling sensation of detachment in escort.

Sougwen Chung’s drawings, wandering and languid, signal a search for intimacy without the privilege of physical proximity. Each was created in collaboration with a robotic arm (which Chung christened “D.O.U.G._5,” for “Drawing Operations Unit Generation 5”) and made in response to her ongoing experience of self-isolating—to give shape to what the artist describes as a “surreality around distance.” The arm, a gradually evolving machine Chung has been drawing alongside since 2014, runs on a recurrent neural network trained to recognize and generate repeated gestures and patterns found in Chung’s artwork.

However, this unit departs from previous models that interpreted non-representational, expressionist linework, and instead processes Chung’s own sketches of human figures; it is newly tasked with sensing and rearticulating these skeletal traces, which it carries out in unpredictable and fallible ways. On paper, although we see the combined renderings of two symbiotic presences—one sun-seeking, one non-sentient—meeting on the same plane, the markings of one are indistinguishable extensions of the other’s. The hybridized bodies are somewhat spectral, murky negotiations that materialize freely over time and space.

In this gesture-sharing lies a longing for touch—that simple, now precious commodity—but also a kernel of conjurable futures. Our current systems of communication, in this era of profound unrest, beg for more than disruption, but a restart. How can we decenter the individual human being and renounce habitual conditions that lead to continuous drain and existential distress, and instead generate possibilities for collective nourishment, action, and change?

Chung’s practice—having moved far beyond simplifying binaries of real and artificial, human and machine—urges the poetic promise of mechanical and artificial systems to imagine forms of closeness in an increasingly estranged world. A result of the human sensorium through and through, her works double down on the entanglement of all bodies (biological, mechanical, and otherwise), never really disembodied but always becoming.
Sougwen 愫君 Chung is a Chinese-Canadian artist and (re)searcher based in New York. Chung's work explores the mark-made-by-hand and the mark-made-by-machine as an approach to understanding the dynamics of humans and systems. Chung is a former research fellow at MIT’s Media Lab and a pioneer in the field of human-machine collaboration. In 2019, she was selected as the Woman of the Year in Monaco for achievement in the Arts & Sciences.
Claire Voon is a Singaporean freelance writer who covers contemporary art in Chicago, with a focus on historically underrepresented artists and their practices. She was formerly an assistant editor at Chicago magazine and a staff writer at Hyperallergic. Her journalism and criticism has also appeared in publications including the New York TimesARTnewsArtsyNew York Magazine, the Offing, and the Brooklyn Rail.

May 21, 2020No Comments

〰️ views from somewhere 〰️



During quarantine, I've been gazing at the city through its public cameras, searching for absence of crowds. It’s an activity that offers some small assurance that people outside of my periphery might be staying safe at home, and the sense that I am there, somehow. .


About three years ago I was looking for crowds, in Omnia per Omnia we traced the machinic gaze of the same public cameras as the brush strokes of 20 robotic swarm units. The physical movement of the collective, now dispersed.



In the past, the movement of my robots were linked to the motion of a crowd, and now the multiple views of the city offering a sense of connection without proximity. These words by Haraway resonating differently — .


To explore a "collective subject position that promises a vision of the means of ongoing finite embodiment, of (drawing / making) living within limits and contradictions — of views from somewhere.” .


And some closing words about landscape drawing by Berger.



📷: @mynameiscutter .

#omniaperomnia #viewsfromsomewhere #humanmachinecollaboration #DrawingwithDoug #DonnaHaraway

May 4, 2020No Comments

〰️ a vial of invisible ink 〰️

Missing this peaceful moment from my last performance. I like that the image captures the inherent stillness of the process of drawing. Despite uncertainty, the lines are grounding.
I'm slowly working on a tele-present version of the performance while sheltering in place during the lockdown and hope to share some of the feeling of this space with you soon ~
#DrawingwithDoug #humanmachinecollaboration #sougwenchung #iching #telepresence #performanceart #humanrobotcollaboration

April 27, 2020No Comments

〰️ Flora Rearing Agricultural Network 〰️

I've been recording my EEG data while meditating a few times a day in isolation. When I do, I see visions of microbial cells, vertiginous circuits, plants / machines co-naturality. .
Preparation for an upcoming tele-present performance ~
Music by @aquarianyes

#florarearingagriculturalnetwork #farmingwithfran #drawingwithfran #humanmachinecollaboration #flora #eegmeditations

March 4, 2020No Comments

〰️ Flowering Venus fly trap in winter 〰️

( Noticing attunes us to worlds otherwise )

Conservation status: vulnerable
Reproduction: sexual and asexual
Carnivorous plant
Lifespan: 20 years .

March 4, 2020No Comments

〰️ drawing as co-presence 〰️ .

Thinking about starting a drawing live stream from my studio in Brooklyn, a space to draw together as I iterate and experiment with new performance concepts around telepresence and sound meditation.

How can we create a collective space of exploration, care, and sanctuary without physical proximity? .

February 26, 2020No Comments

〰️ mutations of desire 〰️ .

🌹 as simulation, mutualism, mutation, process, and memory .
~ Photograph I took in 2013 of vines from my ancestral village near Guangzhou, China

~ Process artefact from upcoming project exploring biometrics and digitized organic material .
~ Slow motion capture of a bee pollination in Lahore, Pakistan

~ Drawing study (for an upcoming dataset)

~ Diagram from Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Bio-technology, and the Mutations of Desire by #LucianaParisi .

February 25, 2020No Comments

Meet the three women of the year in Monaco

Published Wednesday 8 May 2019 - 10:58 AM Harsh Biyani

150 guests gathered on Saturday night at the Oceanographic Museum to pay tribute to the work of three women who dedicate their lives between art and science.

She always sees bigger, always more beautiful! Cinzia Sgambati-Colman, president and founder of the “Woman of the Year, Monte Carlo Award”, organized the 8th edition of her annual event on Saturday night at the Oceanographic Museum.

And for this 2019 edition, the theme chosen was “Art & Science”, inspired on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. During the evening, sponsored by the Walgreens Boots Alliance, the public discovered the three women who received the awards. It is Sougwen Chung (Chinese-Canadian) Monte-Carlo Award “Woman of the Year” 2019; Elena Rossoni-Notter (Monegasque) Prix Monte-Carlo “Woman of the Year” – Monaco; Special award for her entire career in Orlan (French).

Prince Albert II met with the laureates who told him about their career, alongside Cinzia Sgambati-Colman and Ornella Barra, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance.

Sougwen Chung won the Monte-Carlo Woman of the Year Award in 2019 for her artistic work. Multimedia artist of Chinese origin, who grew up in Canada and lives in New York. She has been working with robots since 2015, exploring the links between “handmade” and design machines, to understand the relationship between humans and computers. Chung is an artist-in-residence at Google and in the cultural incubator at New Museum, New Inc. and a former academic researcher at MIT Media Lab. In 2017, she was one of three artists selected to participate in a new partnership between Nokia Bell Labs and New Inc. to support artists working with emerging technologies.

Elena Rossoni-Notter, Director of the Museum of Prehistoric Archeology of Monaco, received the Monte-Carlo Woman of the Year Award – Monaco, for her commitment, tenacity, research, discovery and dissemination of archaeological research on the territory of Monaco. Elena Rossini-Notter started working at the museum in 2014 as an archaeologist. She made several excavations in Monaco. She was appointed Director of the Museum in April 2018.

Orlan received the Monte-Carlo Award “Woman of the Year” – special award for her career. Avant-garde, a pioneer in the field of art, science and technology, the artist uses her body as a creative material and source of inspiration. Operated, scanned, remodelled in 3D, virtualized, this body questions, provokes. With a French robotics company, Orlan has designed a robot in her image: Orlanoïde.




— Sougwen 愫君 Chung is a

Chinese-born, Canadian-raised 

artist & (re)searcher 

based in New York.

— Sougwen 愫君 Chung is a Chinese-born, Canadian-raised artist & (re)searcher based in New York.

— Sougwen 愫君 Chung is a Chinese-born, Canadian-raised artist & (re)searcher based in New York.

— Sougwen 愫君 Chung is a Chinese-born, Canadian-raised artist & (re)searcher based in New York.


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