Drawing Operations (Duet) is a performance centered on a drawing collaboration between human and machine.

In this duet, Sougwen and Drawing Operations Units: Generation 1&2 create an improvised drawing corresponding to 3 themes, tracing a narrative of human and machine; Mimicry, Memory and Future Speculations.

Each thematic chapter showcases an evolving robotic behavior linked to the artist's explorations of art and AI.

The 25 minute performance is accompanied by a visual projection and an original score by Aquarian.

The work is part of an ongoing series of Drawing Operations projects by Sougwen Chung.


a collaborative duet between human & machine

 Collaboration is an exercise in behavioral empathy

PRAXIS: Drawing might always be anticipation, and to see a drawing, may trigger a foreseeing, which turns the empirically false observation into a speculatively true one.

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Chapter 1


Drawing Operations Unit: Generation 1 mimics the artist’s gesture by seeing through an overhead camera, and analyzing the movement through computer vision software. The result is a synchronicity of movement between artist and machine, captured as a drawing artifact. We use drawing to denote ourselves; our existence within a scene.

We use drawing to denote ourselves; our existence within a scene.








Chapter 2


Drawing Operations Unit: Generation 2 is linked to a neural net trained on extracted gestures from the artist’s previous drawings. The work speculates on artificial creativity and robotic memory.

Continued research focuses on the analysis of the visual style of historic artists and approaches to translating style into gesture, as well as the study of colour palettes in an artists works from which robotic arm will be able to select live. 









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Exhbition & Performance

Drawing performances are 25 minutes in length. The collaboration is entirely improvised and showcases a process of human & robotic co-creation.

Drawing Operations Duet debuted at the Art Science Museum in Singapore as part of Global Art Forum: I am not a Robot.

Drawing Operations is part of an ongoing body of work supported by New Museum, Japan Media Arts Residency, Bell Labs E.A.T. Residency, and more.






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works by sougwen

Entangled OriginsProject type

F.R.A.N. Flora Rearing Agricultural Network (2020)exploring machine and flora as part of a sympoietic, self-supporting networked system with human as gardener.

Exquisite Corpus (2019)a performance installation exploring human, machine, and ecological bodies

Omnia per Omnia (2018)a painting performance with a robotic swarm connected to the flow of a city

Into The Light (2019)an audiovisual AR installation

Artefacts (2019)a human and machine collaborative drawing

Drawing Operations (2018)a human and machine collaborative duet

Drawing Operations (2017)a human & machine drawing collaboration involving memory.

Drawing Operations (2015)a human & robot drawing collaboration involving mimicry

Chiaroscuro (2013)a spatial interplay of light and shadow as an immersive installation

Preparatory Gestures (2017)a series of sculpture studies in VR

Mycelia (2018)a series of sculptures inspired by bio-inspired cognition

Ecdysis (2013)a study in performative architecture

High Tide (Étude Op. 2, No. 4)a painting exploring the dynamics of change

The Limitless, The Absolute (2017)a painting inspired by the 八卦 Trigrams of the IChing

Cardia (2012)a short film depicting a transgression from interior to exterior

Apolysis (2014)a short film in collaboration with Clint Mansell

Untitled (Étude Op. 1, No. 1-4)a series of drawings exploring synesthesia

Chiaro Oscuro Prototypesa series of form studies with paper

Topographies (2015)a series of paintings inspired by nature and flow states

Dénouement (Recurrent fevers of unknown origin)




Sougwen 愫君 Chung is a Chinese - Canadian artist & (re)searcher based in London / New York / Hong Kong.

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

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

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


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