Shu Lea Cheang
As an artist, filmmaker and networker, Cheang constructs networked installation and multi-player performance in participatory impromptu mode. She drafts sci-fi narratives in her film scenario and artwork imagination. She builds social interface with transgressive plots and open network that permits public participation.
Engaged in media activism for two decades (the 80s and 90s) in New York City, Cheang concluded her NYC period with the first Guggenheim museum web art commission/collection BRANDON (1998-1999). Cheang directed two feature films, Fresh Kill (1994, premiered at Berlin Film Festival) and I.K.U. (2000, premiered at Sundance Film Festival). Since her relocation to Eurozone in 2000, Cheang has been staging large scale performative works in various collaborations and taking on installation art projects including three part Locker Baby Project (2001-2012) and UKI viral performance viral game (2009-2014). Situating herself in post-crash BioNet zone, Cheang takes on viral love, bio hack in her current cycle of works.
In 2015, Cheang is scheduled to direct her third feature Fluidø, a cyber/cypher punk future-venture set in underworld Berlin.
Fluidø is virus, sex, hack, drug and conspiracy
Interview by Ruth Catlow, Denmark 2015
Camera: Elisabetta Saiu
Editing: Elisabetta Saiu
Produced by Barbara Scherfig
Copyright: Kulturværftet 2015
Interview. 12:06 min.