Celine Wong Katzman


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 am also a guest lecturer at the School for Poetic Computation, where I started working as a teaching assistant in February 2018. My workshops support a ten-week course including programming, electronics, poetry, and media art history and theory.

From June 2017 to December 2018, I worked 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 electronic music performances 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 experiences. 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 Rhizome, Art in America, The Nation, and recently in the exhibition catalog for the New Museum's The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics.

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