Cheng Guo is a visual artist currently based in Shanghai. His practice explores the interrelation between individuals and mainstream/emerging technologies within a cultural and societal context. In 2012 he graduated from the Royal College of Art, London with a Master’s degree in Design Products. Cheng has worked as the Executive Director of Chronus Art Center in Shanghai, and as a visiting researcher at the Department of Environment & Health at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He has taken part in exhibitions, such as Machines Are Not Alone: A Machinic Trilogy (Chronus Art Center, Shanghai, 2018), The Ecstasy of Time (HE Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, 2017), and GAMERZ 11 (Aix-en-Provence, France, 2015).
Cheng's project developed during the fellowship - The Net Wanderer - seeks to reveal the entanglement of technology, culture and ideology behind China's internet infrastructure. Cheng aims to focus his research during the fellowship on the connection between the critical network gateways in China and the infrastructure running these gateways. The Net Wanderer is exploring questions such as: Where are the geographical locations of Chinese Internet gateways? What are the invisible infrastructures taking place that enable the visible activities of society to continue?