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 recognization. He is a current MFA Sound Art candidate at Columbia University, and holds a BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, and an MFA in Fine Arts at School of Visual Arts.


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 (2015 – 2017)

BA (Hons) Fine Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK (2010 – 2014)




'Casual Contradictions', MOCA Shijiazhuang, Shijiazhuang, China


Group Shows/performances/video projection:


'Ellen Arkbro/Deradoorian/Qasim Naqvi/Lemon Guo', Ambient Church, New York, US (video projection for Lemon Guo's Performance)

'Polyford', 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 (site-specific performance)

'Hu Bei', in the section of Hubei 120 (湖貝生死進行時), Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture: Cities, Grow in Difference, Shenzhen, China

'Unnamed Screening 001', Unnamed Gallery, New York, US (screening)

'Columbia Composers and Sound Art', Issue Project Room, New York, US

'Black/White and Wire', Mise_en_PLACE, New York, US (video projection)

'Collaboration Across Borders', The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, New York, US (video projection)

'Liminal', ChaShaMa, New York, US

'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)

'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  


'Melissa F. Clarke presentation', School of Visual Arts, New York, US


'Goldsmiths BA Degree Show', Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK

'1296-4107, Goldsmiths', University of London, London, UK


'Public or non-public', Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK


Curatorial Projects:


'Eroticaaa: The Lure', Cotton Candy Machine, New York, US


'1296-4107', Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK


Talks & Lectures:


'Everyday Trace', National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan


'Lightscape Salon'Now Phenomenon Space, Shenzhen, China

'Baishizhou Soundscape', Handshake 302, Shenzhen, China

'Listening to Baishizhou', Now Phenomenon Space, Future+ and Handshake 302, Shenzhen, China

'Aesthetic Justice', Hi Contemporary art SalonShenzhen Museum, Shenzhen, China


'Erotic Art Salon', Yang’s Studio, New York, US


Awards and Residencies:


'Culture and Technology Silver Award', Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China, iMatch, Taiwan

'Arts Inter-Program Scholarship', Columbia University, New York, US

'Alumni Award', School of Visual Arts, New York, US


'Hand Shake 302', Residency, Shenzhen, China