I'm Xiaowei R. Wang, a designer, artist, thinker, dreamer and programmer. I make work that centers around community empowerment, technology and ecology. My work is driven by a deep seated belief in the political power of presence, in dissolving the universal and categorical. What keeps me up at night: what it means to live in an age of technological anxiety.
I do this through by cultivating and nourishing community, making public art, data visualization and holding community art workshops. I believe in the constantly collaborative process of research, design and knowledge building. Occasionally I make objects, but Douglas Huebler's words reasonate for me in "The world is full of objects, more or less interesting; I do not wish to add any more."
Currently/lately: Working on some Sinofuture food recipes, serve as the Creative Director at Logic Magazine, occasionally contribute to Radii China, finished a web residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude/ZKM, thinking through the fabulous work of Sylvia Wynter for an online class at BUFU's WYFY school, and getting a PhD at UC Berkeley where I am part of the National Science Foundation's Environment and Society: Data Science for the 21st Century Research Traineeship.
Some of the prior projects I've worked on have been a finalist for the INDEX Design Awards, featured on CNN, NYTimes, Method Science Quarterly, VICE Magazine, NYTimes, IEEE Spectrum,Harvard Design Magazine and the BBC. Or, watch me ramble about the type of things I'm interested in like the future(s) of the internet(s) for IAM@Tate Exchange, talking about neoliberalism, China, the internet and economics speaking at the Asian Art Museum and babbling about how art intersects with landscape and citizenship on CNN.
You can zoom and rotate the landscape or press "R" to toggle colors, "W" and "S" to toggle between plan and section view. The terrain model is Landers, CA (34.2661° N, 116.3922° W), a place at the intersection of many ley lines. The elevation information is from ASTER GDEM