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Ian Cheng first studied cognitive science in California before switching to artistic practice in New York. The development of live simulations—a digital process for the production of potentially infinite and unpredictable animations—is at the heart of his works.Their course is calculated in real time so that image and sound are deformedand transformed live. The animated live simulations represent a possibility to rethink the relationship between humanity and the environment, as well as to playfully make (un-) imaginable evolutions tangible.
Cheng lives and works in New York. Currently he is presenting a new series of work in his solo exhibition Emissary in the Squat of Gods at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2015). Recent solo exhibitions include: Real Humans, with Wu Tsang, Jordan Wolfson, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf (2015); Ian Cheng, La Triennale di Milano, Milan (2014); Baby feat. Bali, Standard (Oslo), Oslo (2013); Entropy Wrangler, Off Vendome, Düsseldorf (2013); Too Humans All Too Humans, Vanity, Los Angeles (2013); and This Papaya Tastes Perfect, Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club, Miami Beach (2011). Recent group exhibitions include: Taipei Biennial – The Great Acceleration, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei (2014); Phantom Limbs, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London (2014); chatbots, tongues, denial, and various other abstractions, Bortolami Gallery, New York (2014); Season Eight: Pierre Huyghe, The Artist’s Institute, New York (2014); 12th Lyon Biennial – Meanwhile, suddenly, and then, Le Sucriere, Lyon (2013); Freak Out, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York (2013); ProBio, Expo1, MoMA PS1, New York (2013); and A Disagreeable Object, SculptureCenter, New York (2012).