Celine Wong Katzman

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I'm a Singaporean-American writer, curator, and educator based in New York. My research is primarily concerned with time-based media, performance, and other forms critically engaged with new technologies. I am committed to supporting historically overlooked practitioners in these areas. Currently, I am completing a year-long curatorial fellowship at the Queens Museum.

I also work at the School for Poetic Computation where I have been a teaching assistant since February 2018. I assist the co-founder with developing and implementing the curriculum for a professional development class for artists. Our class is one element of a ten-week course including programming, electronics, poetry, and media art history and theory.

From June 2017 to December 2018, I curated and facilitated programming at bitforms gallery. I co-curated Outside the Palace of Heavenly Purity, a group exhibition presenting artists using speculative models to complicate prevailing narratives of globalization in Asia. I also curated the first commissioned artist project in the director’s office, The Pointer by Ryan Kuo, which addressed the construct of whiteness and its involvement in technological aesthetics and productivity. I invited American Artist to engage Ryan in a public discussion about their complementary approaches to whiteness and software interfaces. I organized several other events including an evening of performances by women of color in electronic music and a lecture by Casey Reas and Jeffrey Alan Scudder on the intersecting histories of drawing, animation, and coding systems.

In 2017, I co-founded EST (Eastern Standard Time) with artists Diane Zhou and Son Kit. We are a curatorial collective that questions the Western imaginary of Asia as a monolithic entity. While overly-expansive, orientalist definitions make it impossible to ascribe cultural, political, or geographical unity to Asia, we’re interested in its potential as a call to organize across a spectrum of experience. In 2018 we curated two exhibitions touching on these topics.

I hold a B.A. in Visual Art from Brown University, where I graduated in 2015 with honors. My writing appears in publications such as Rhizome, Art in America, SCREEN 介面, and recently in the catalog for the New Museum's The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics.


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