Sougwen Chung is a New York based multidisciplinary artist and researcher. She was a former research fellow at the MIT Media Lab as well as an artist-in-residence at Google and New Inc., the cultural incubator for the New Museum. She addresses the similarities between person-to-person and person-to-machine communication using hand-drawn and computer-generated marks.
Her speculative critical practice includes performance, drawing, still images, sculpture, installation, and robotics. She was one of three artists chosen in 2017 to take part in a new collaboration between Nokia Bell Labs and NEW Inc. to aid artists utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as robotics, machine learning, and biometrics.
Technology is seen by Sougwen Chung as a collaborator as opposed to a tool. Today’s technology is fluid, responsive, and editable for the artist rather than fixed. The responsiveness of technology serves as a crucial foundation for Chung’s collaborative work with AI and robotics.
In 2014, she was selected as one of the Top 20 New Visual Artists by Print Magazine. For her work on “Drawing Operations,” Chung was given the Japan Media Art Excellence Award in 2016. She was Artist in Residence at Google, Eyebeam, Japan Media Arts, and Pier 9 Autodesk.