Mengtai Zhang (b.1990, China) is an artist currently based in New York. His works appear as ambivalent allegories of power, where personal and sociopolitical factors encounter. He uses different media to create works that challenge and question cultural norms, censorship, and the interaction between individuals and the environment. Currently, he concentrates on how sound would interpret the historical and phenomenal representation of labor, space, and cultural recognition.
Mengtai has exhibited internationally, including MOCA Shijiazhuang in Shijiazhuang, Handshake 302, Art Shenzhen and Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in Shenzhen, Space Heater Gallery, Issue Project Room, ChaShaMa, Humble Arts Foundation, Mise_en_PLACE, and Fridman Gallery in New York, and Sound and Music Computing conference in Espoo.
MFA Sound Art, Columbia University, New York, US (in progress)
MFA Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York, US
BA (Hons) Fine Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK
'Casual Contradictions', MOCA Shijiazhuang, Shijiazhuang, China
Group Shows/Performances/Video projections:
'Practice x Wind: Book Launch', Artists Space, New York, US. In collaboration with Chi Po-Hao.
'Sound Art MFA Thesis Exhibition 2018', Columbia University, New York, US. Video projection for graduating student Lemon Guo's installation.
'MFA Sound Art First Year Show', Columbia University, New York, US. In collaboration with Qubit.
'Ellen Arkbro/Deradoorian/Qasim Naqvi/Lemon Guo', Ambient Church, New York, US (video projection for Lemon Guo's music performance)
'Polyfold Presents: Lemon Guo, Eivind Opsvik, Setzler/Uesaka', The Drawing Room, New York, US (video projection)
'Sound Art Winter Exhibition', Fridman Gallery, New York, US
'Do You Know or Not?', Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture; Shenzhen, China (performance)
'Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture: Cities, Grow in Difference', Nantou, Shenzhen, China. Presented 'Hu Bei' in the section of Hubei 120 (湖貝生死進行時).
'Unnamed Screening 001', Unnamed Gallery, New York, US
'Columbia Composers and Sound Art', Issue Project Room, New York, US
'Black/White and Wire', Mise_en_PLACE, New York, US. Organized by Sforzando Composers' Collective. (video projection)
'Collaboration Across Borders', The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, New York, US (video projection)
'Liminal', ChaShaMa, New York, US. Organized by Qubits.
'Works in Progress: Ecological Approaches in Thinking and Making', Prentis Hall, Columbia University, New York, US (video projection)
'MFA Sound Art in The Library', Music & Arts Library, Columbia University, New York, US
'Creative Climate Awards', Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Human Impacts Institute, New York, US
'Seeing Sound', Humble Arts Foundation, Online Gallery
'Sounds of War', Artosino Gallery, New York, US (graphics)
'Abc Art Book Fair', Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China. Collaboration with Huang Cheng. Album ‘Hubei’ included in the event.
'Sound and Music Computing 2017', Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
'Sound+ Environment 2017', Hull University, Hull, UK
'Cognitive Dissidence', Ray Smith Studio, New York, US
'In Plain Sight', Space Heater Gallery, New York, US
'Art Shenzhen 2016', Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, Shenzhen, China
'Gallery Show and Presentation - Melissa F. Clarke', School of Visual Arts, New York, US. Organized by Visible Futures Lab.
'Goldsmiths BA Degree Show', Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK
'1296-4107, Goldsmiths', University of London, London, UK
Talks & Lectures:
'Everyday Trace', National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. Organized by Po-hao Chi. Workshop lecturer.
'Lightscape Salon', Now Phenomenon Space, Shenzhen, China. Organized by Handshake 302. Workshop.
'Baishizhou Soundscapes', Handshake 302, Shenzhen, China. Workshop.
'Listening to Baishizhou', Now Phenomenon Space, Shenzhen, China. Organized by Shenzhen Planning Bureau, Shenzhen Center for Design, Future+ and Handshake 302. Guest speaker.
'Aesthetic Justice', Hi Contemporary art Salon, Shenzhen Museum, Shenzhen, China. Organized by Xie Wendi. Main speaker.
Awards and Residencies:
'Dean’s Travel Grant', Columbia University, New York, US.
'Culture and Technology', Silver Award, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China, iMatch, Taiwan. Collaboration with Po-hao Chi.
'Arts Inter-Program Scholarship', Columbia University, New York, US.
'Alumni Award', School of Visual Arts, New York, US.
'Hand Shake 302', Residency, Shenzhen, China.