a cyber-habitat of

Jingtian Zong


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Jingtian Zong is an artist-researcher who roams the wormholes of technology, memory, censorship, and invisible bodies through a diasporic feminist perspective.

Jingtian graduated from NYU Shanghai with a BS in Interactive Media Arts (IMA) in 2019, reflecting on
and queer representation. Awarded an IMA fellowship, she stayed in Shanghai for three years, during which she
erased faces in socialist China,
on unoccupied post-pandemic streets,
signs of micropolitics in local neighborhoods, and
with academic red tape.

In the summer of 2022, Jingtian relocated to California for her MFA studies in Environmental Art and Social Practice (EASP) at UC Santa Cruz. As part of her migration, she lived and investigated
in the American highway dream. 

Jingtian’s most recent work focuses on alternative cyberfeminist imaginations. Combining artistic research, writing, and
, she questions how cyborgs and glitches would survive a tightened cyber-ecology, inviting awareness and workarounds on censorship-induced data loss for a sustainable feminist future.



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Born in Hefei, Anhui, China. Currently based in San Francisco, California.



+ EDUCATION

University of California Santa Cruz (MFA Candidate Environmental Art and Social Practice)     2022-now

New York University Shanghai (BS Honors Interactive Media Arts)     2015-2019

New York University (study abroad)     2017-2018

University College of London (summer programme)     2017



+ PEDAGOGICAL PRACTICE 

Teaching Assistant, UC Santa Cruz, CA     2022.09-now

Science Internship Program Mentor (project), UC Santa Cruz, CA     2023.06-2023.08

Interactive Media Arts Fellow, NYU Shanghai, SH     2019.09-2022.08

Transmedia Art Instructor, Oriental Danology Institute, SH     2019.07-2020.09

Winter Teaching Camp Mentor, PEER China, Hunan     2015.12-2016.01



+ CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE

Research Assistant & Gallery Host, Institute of Contemporary Arts at NYU Shanghai, SH     2022.02-2022.07

Curatorial Intern (project), Himalayas Museum, SH     2016.12-2017.02



+ SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2023 Futurescapes, Institute of the Arts and Sciences, Santa Cruz

2023 Environmental Art and Social Practice Salon, Mary Potter Sesnon Gallery, Santa Cruz

2022 Stepping Through, Gravy Gallery, Santa Cruz

2021 Identity Removing System, Hefei Museum of Contemporary Art, Hefei

2021 Beacon of Signs, Free-Down Space, Shanghai

2021 Unlinked, NYU Shanghai, Shanghai

2020 Console.log, West Bund Art Center, Shanghai

2020 Periferias Festival, Marvão, Portugal

2019 IMA Capstone Show, NYU Shanghai, Shanghai

2019 CINEMQ Screening No.28: KIN, Shanghai

2019 Critica Festival, Shanghai



+ CONFERENCE & WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS

Future Nostalgia and Present Utopia: Reimaging Futurism in Film and New Media. University of Pittsburgh, September 23–24, 2023.

Decolonizing Digital Archives. Critical Media Lab, Basel Academy of Art and Design FHNW, August 21-25, 2023.



+ PUBLICATIONS

Work-in-progress essay on Chinese cyberfeminism, data loss and alternative historiography. Feminist Media Histories, winter 2024.



+ INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS

Production Assistant (project), North Kingdom, SH     2019.07-2019.08

Creative AR Intern, AIWAYS, SH     2019.01-2019.04

Video Production Intern, MANA, SH     2018.09-2019.01

Post Production Assistant (project), Aronson Film Associates, NY     2018.01-2018.05



+ FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS & AWARDS

2023 Create Grant, Arts Council Santa Cruz County

2023 Arts Dean’s Fund for Equity and Excellence, UC Santa Cruz

2022 Coha-Gunderson Prize in Speculative Futures, UC Santa Cruz

2022 Arts Research Institute Graduate Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz

2019 Latin Honors: Magna Cum Laude, NYU Shanghai

2019 Founders’ Day Award, NYU

2019 Audience’s Choice Award, NYU Shanghai Undergraduate Research Symposium

2017 - 2018 Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund Scholarship, NYU Shanghai

2015 - 2018 Dean’s List for the Academic Year, NYU Shanghai

2015 Freshman Merit Scholarship, NYU Shanghai



+ OTHER EXPERIENCE

2021 Peer Reviewer, NIME Conference, Shanghai

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