Celine Wong Katzman


I am a Singaporean-American curator, writer, and educator based in New York. I am Curator at Rhizome, which supports born-digital art and culture through commissions, exhibitions, preservation, and software development. I also serve as one of seven co-directors at the School for Poetic Computation, a cooperatively organized and teacher-run school exploring code, design, hardware, and theory through the lens of artistic intervention. Previously, I was a NYSCA Curatorial Fellow at the Queens Museum and a gallery assistant at bitforms gallery.

I am interested in thinking expansively and critically about technology and science by supporting creative practitioners experimenting with new media, particularly those who engage in a thoughtful and community-oriented approach. My commitment to these ideals, and to supporting historically marginalized artists, extends beyond my intellectual pursuits; I consider fair labor practices and transformative justice as essential, and inextricable from my work.

My writing appears in publications such as The Nation, Art in America, Rhizome, as well as in the New Museum's exhibition catalog, The Art Happens Here: Net Art's Archival Poetics and Paper Monument's Best! Letters from Asian Americans in the arts. I hold a B.A. in Visual Art with honors from Brown University, where I have been a guest lecturer, in addition to Bard College, the School of Visual Arts, and New York University.

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Select projects:

Wet Networks, Queens Museum, 2021
A group exhibition presenting artifacts and commissioned projects from Shu Lea Cheang's "Geek Camp" at experimental farm and cultural center, CycleX, featuring Tecumseh Ceaser, Nabil Hassein, Melanie Hoff, Christopher Lin, Jan Mun, and TJ Shin.

consider the scallion, 2020
A risograph anthology, co-edited with Diane Zhou, featuring a constellation of artists' reflections on the elusive, intricate nature of the scallion (each book includes a special bleached paper made from scallions!)

Five Contortions, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 2018
A group exhibition, co-curated with Diane Zhou and Son Kit, engaging the East Asian femme body as a site of visibility, labor, agency, and exploitation, confronting notions of personhood in the face of dehumanization.

Outside the Palace of Heavenly Purity, bitforms gallery, 2018
A group exhibition, co-curated with Diane Zhou and Son Kit, presenting artists using speculative models to complicate prevailing narratives of globalization in Asia.

The Pointer, bitforms gallery, 2018
A solo exhibition by Ryan Kuo including three new software commissions which address the construct of whiteness and its involvement in technological aesthetics and productivity.

Chavez / Hatakeyama / Park / Tamirisa, bitforms gallery, 2018
An evening of performances by four artists whose sound-based practices span electroacoustic improvisation, audiovisual composition, and building experimental controllers and software.

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