Lee Tzu-Tung(李紫彤) is a conceptual artist whose art practice combines academic research with political activism. Her recent works focus on how one can survive, manipulate, regain autonomy through their political identities, with a special focus on the hegemony of Chinese Sino-centrism, the trauma of modernity and the current epistemological injustice. She surfs with performances, web-art, installations, fictional and experimental films and plays along the borders of contemporary art, academia, and politics. Tzu Tung experiments how art as a method can test and decolonize the contemporary form of art, technology, and authorities.
Lee Tzu-Tung was awarded the Experimental Film funds from the National Cultural Art Foundation in Taiwan. Her political work includes organizing monthly conferences at Café Philo Chicago and Café Philo New York, working with the political youth NGOs Overseas Taiwanese for Democracy, and editing the bilingual political magazine NewBloom. She is also the leader and visual designer for a rally of 200 people Anti Box Education, 40 cities wide rally Equality of Same-Sex Marriage in Taiwan, the organizer of indigenous protest Passage of Time in 2016. Furthermore, she is also part of a panel committee for art and indigenous issues in North American Taiwan Study Association and served in 2017 on the Jury Committee Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival(TIEFF).
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2022 Master of Science, Art, Culture, and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Boston USA. [anticipated completion May 2022]
2017 Master in Fine Art in Film, Video, New Media and Animation, School of Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago USA.
2013 Icelandic and Culture International Course, University of Iceland. Reykjavik, Iceland.
2012 Cour de civilization de la Sorbonne, Sorbonne IV. Paris, France.
2012 Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics, National Taiwan University. Taipei, Taiwan.
AWARDS & GRANTS
2019 <City Flip-Flop: Stained> Annual Exhibition, Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab, exhibition nominated in Taishin Art Award
2019 <Relocating Divinity: Being an Atheistic Theist>Waley Art Gallery, Taipei, exhibition nominated in Taishin Art Award
2019 Global Fellowship(on behalf of Tinyverse and ARThon community), DWeb Camp.
2019 Experimental Film Grant, National Culture and Arts Foundation.
2017 Experimental Film Grant, National Culture and Arts Foundation.
2016 Special Selection, GagaOOLala Queer Film Festival.
2014 The New Artist Society Full Merit Scholarship, School of Art Institute of Chicago.
2010 First Prize Winner, National Taiwan University’s Film Festival.
2009 First Prize Winner, National Taiwan University’s Film Festival.
2008 Sophomore Literature Prize, National Taiwan University.
2018 Residency Unlimited. New York, USA.
2017 Ce’po Art Center. Hualien, Taiwan.
2016 ArtScape Gilbart Point Residency Artist. Toronto, Canada.
2019.11 <Positive Coin> reported by Taiwan 9 main television news channels: CTITV, SETN, CTV, TVBS, TTV, FTV, USTV, CTS, and EBC.
2019.09 <GhostKeepers> reported by the Ministry of Culture news
2018.01 Daybreak Project <Interview: Lee Tzu Tung>
2016.01 <Appendectomy Project Reaches Its Goal: Passing the New Voting Law>, by Lin Gin Tong, Liberty Times Newspaper, 2016/1/18
2016.01 <Taiwanese Artists Overseas Supporting Appendectomy Project >, by Su Fun Her, Liberty Times Newspaper, 2015/1/10
2015.12 <Lee Tzu Tung, a political artist in the New Media field> by Brian Hioe, New Bloom Online Magazine, 2015/12/13
2009.07 Hearing the diminishing DDGP through her Film>, by Lee Min-Tsone, Cue Magazine, 2009 July, Issue 1
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & SCREENINGS
2020 Online Exhibition, <ANTART> University of Lisbon
2019 Group Exhibition, <Sensefield> Taiwan Association of Visual Ethnography, Bopiliao, Taipei, Taiwan. (also as the curator )
2019 Group Exhibition, <City Flip-Flop: Stained> Annual Exhibition, Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab (C-Lab), Taipei, Taiwan.
2019 Group Exhibition, <Relocating Divinity: Being an Atheistic Theist>Waley Art Gallery, Taipei.
2019 Group Exhibition, <Interminable Prescriptions for the Plague> Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei.
2019 Group Exhibition, <Why did you Come to Taiwan?>. Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei.
2018 Group Exhibition, <The Impossibility of Form>. Cuchifritos Gallery. New York, USA.
2018 Group Exhibition, <Mashes of the Afternoon>. 136 Lawrence Residency. New York, USA.
2018 Solo Exhibition, <Writing the Time Lag>. Ce’po Artist Center. Hualien, Taiwan.
2018 Screening, <Writing the Time Lag>. Indigenous Art Festival. Hualien, Taiwan.
2017 Group Exhibition, <Delicate Failure>. Flux Factory. New York, USA.
2017 Screening, <Taiwan as Practice, Method and Theory>. Stanford University. California, USA.
2016 Group Exhibition, <Waveforms> Tom Robinson Gallery. Chicago, USA.
2012 Group Exhibition, < Pop Art Factory >, Taiwan Visual Art Gallery. Taipei, Taiwan.
2010 Screening, < Director’s Dream>, National Taiwan University Film Festival. Taipei, Taiwan.
2009 Group Exhibition, < Doppelgänger >, Taiwan Visual Art Gallery. Taipei, Taiwan.
SELECTED PUBLIC SPEECH & LECTURES
2019. 12 Lecture, <Identity>. Talkan University. Taipei, Taiwan.
2019. 4 Speech, <Film Equality>. Fembook. Taipei, Taiwan.
2019. 3 Speech, <ARThon>. Open Culture Network for Humanity and Arts. Taipei, Taiwan.
2019. 2 Lecture, <Intersectionality of Gender>. National Chengchi University. Taipei, Taiwan.
2018. 12 Speech, <Art as Decolonizing Method>. Tafalong Kapah. Hualien, Taiwan.
2018. 12 Speech, <Art as Decolonizing Method>. Cafe Philo. Taipei, Taiwan.
2018. 10 Lecture, <#GhostKeepers>. Parsons School of Design. New York, USA.
2018. 10 Field Trip Lecture, <#GhostKeepers>. The Evergreen Middle School for Urban Exploration. New York, USA.
2018. 10 Field Trip Lecture, <#GhostKeepers>. Pratt Institute. New York, USA.
2018. 01 Artist Talk, < Constructing the Contemporary Epistemological Justice through Art Practice >. ETAT Art Forum. Taipei, Taiwan.
2018. 01 Public Lecture, < Constructing the Contemporary Epistemological Justice through Art Practice >. Taipei Contemporary Art Center. Taipei, Taiwan.
2017. 11 Artist Talk, < Occupy the Politics of Art >. Returning to the Island of South: Performance Art Festival. Hualien, Taiwan.
2016. 11 Lecture, <Art and Politics in Taiwan>. School of Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, USA.
2016. 06 Artist Talk, <Occupy the Politics of Art - Translation>. North American Taiwanese Studies Association at University of Toronto. Toronto, Canada.
2016. 03 Public Lecture, <Branding for Congressman>. Island Forward group class at University of Michigan. Michigan, USA.
2016. 02 Speech, <A year after SunFlower Revolution>. Café Philo at Chicago. Chicago, USA.
2016. 02 Grad Artist Talk, <Occupy the Politics of Art>. School of Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, USA.
2016. 01 Speech, <Branding for Congressman>. Café Philo at New York. New York, USA.
2015. 11 Artist Talk, <Occupy the Art Circle>. ETAT Art Forum. Taipei, Taiwan
2015. 11 Speech, <Always a queer in Cannes Festival>. Women Make Waves Film Festival Taiwan. DanSui, Taiwan.
2014. 07 Public Lecture, <Participatory Video>. Tibet World. Dharamsala, India
ACADEMICAL PRESENTATTION & PUBLICATION
2019. 07 Conference Paper, <Revisit: Participatory Art as Commoning Practice >, International Convention of Asian Studies, Leiden University
2019. 02 Online Columns, <Creating a Utopia on the Margin of Empires>, Film Taiwan.
2017. 11 Conference Paper, < Political and Epistemological Justice in the Practice of Decolonizing Taiwanese Contemporary Art>. America Anthroplogical Assoication
2017. 05 Book, <Translation>. Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection
2016. 06 Conference Paper, <For A New Nation-State Sovereignty , Taiwan’s Indigenous Independency>. North American Taiwanese Studies Association, University of Toronto, Canada
2016. 04 Conference Paper, <Decolonizing Art School: Learning from Indigenous Activists Movement>. Going Off (Shore) A Learning Symposium, Chicago, USA
2016. 08 Online Columns, < Occupation of Ketagalan Boulvard as an Act of Transcending Laws>. New Bloom magazine
2016. 01 Online Columns, < Land fight in Hualien>. New Bloom magazine
2015. 11 Online Columns, <Taiwan’s indigenous Independency against Xi-Ma meeting>. News Lens Online Newspaper
2015. 10 Online Columns, < The Transformation of Chinese Landscape Painting >. New Bloom magazine