Shu Lea Cheang

Shu Lea Cheang is a multi-media artist working in the field of net-based installation, social interface and film production. Her net installation works are in the permanent collections of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, NTT [ICC], Tokyo, and the Guggenheim Museum: (Bowling Alley, 1995; Buy One Get One, 1997; and Brandon, 1998-1999).

She has made two theatrical feature films: Fresh Kill, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 1994 and was included in Whitney Biennale (New York) in 1995; and I.K.U., produced by Tokyo's Uplink, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000. Her recent installation and web projects include BabyPlay (NTT [ICC], Tokyo, 2001), Garlic=RichAir (Creative Time, New York, 2002), Burn (Venice Biennale, 2003), Milk (56K Bastard TV, 2004), and BabyLove (Palais de Tokyo, 2005).

She has co-founded several collectives: Kingdom of Piracy (based in net space since 2001); Mumbai Streaming Attack (based in Zurich since 2003); and TAKE2030 (based in London since 2003). In 2007 she launched “MobiOpera”, a collective public cinema made with mobile phones at the New Frontier, Sundance Film Festival. She is currently developing “LOVEME2030”, a series of multi-screen-based installations set in Metropolis Europa.


Coming Home

1995, 05:00 minutes, colour, Japanese with English subtitles

Fingers & Kisses

1995, 04:00 minutes, colour, English

Sex Bowl

1994, 07:00 minutes, colour, English

Sex Fish

1993, 06:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Straight women, gay porn, and the scene of erotic looking
by Laura U. Marks. Jump Cut, Mar. 1996, no. 40.
Shu Lea Cheang's Genre-Bending Affirmations
by Lucinda B. Furlong. Art Journal, Winter 1995, v. 54, no. 4.
Redesigning Women at The Illustrated Woman: The Second Annual...
by Douglas Fogle. Video Networks, Apr. 1994, v. 18, no. 2.
Sexual Hybrids: From Oriental Exotic to Postcolonial Grotesque
by Laura U. Marks. Parachute, Apr. 1993, no. 70.
Nouvelles Chines: Introduction
by Bérénice Reynaud. Nouvelles Chines, 1993. Paris: Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, 1993.
In the Name of Desire
by LaRose Parris. Color Life: The Lesbian, Gay, Twospirit + Bisexual People of Color Magazine, May Spring 1992, v. 1, no. 1.
Dismything Objectivity: Buffalo's Video Festival of New Journalism
by Richard Thompson. The Independent, June 1990.
Alternating Currents: ...Will be Televised: Video Documents from Asia
by Claire Aguilar. Afterimage, Dec. 1990, v. 18, no. 5.
Document & Dream
by Dan Walworth.
Social studies: Social Engagements: Women's Video in the '80s...
by Lorraine Kenny. Afterimage, May 1987, v. 14, no. 10.