Mengtai Zhang was born in Shijiazhuang, China, and currently lives in New York. He is an 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. Employing sculpture, sound, video, and digital technology, his works create ambivalent allegories of power, where personal and sociopolitical factors encounter each other. Mengtai's works has been presented internationally, including MOCA SJZ (Shijiazhuang, China, 2014), Handshake 302 (Shenzhen, China, 2016), Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (Shenzhen, China, 2017), Sound and Music Computing (Espoo, Finland, 2017), New Interfaces for Musical Expression (Virginia Tech, US, 2018), International Computer Music Conference (Daegu, Korea, 2018), SNAP (2018, Shanghai, China), Space Heater Gallery, Issue Project Room, ChaShaMa, Humble Arts Foundation, Mise_en_PLACE, and Fridman Gallery in New York.
MFA Sound Art candidate, 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
'Sonic Traces', SNAP, Shanghai, China, 2018.
'Casual Contradictions', Museum of Contemporary Art Shijiazhuang, Shijiazhuang, China, 2014.
Selected Group Shows & Performances:
'UNCOMPRESSED未压缩_Vol.6', 3LD Art & Technology Center + 3-Legged Dog Media & Theater, New York, US.
'International Computer Music Conference', Daegu Art Factory, Daegu, Korea.
'>19980', Montez Press Radio at Mathew Gallery, New York, US. In collaboration with Lemon Guo and Lee Gilboa.
'New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival', Abrons Art Center, New York, US.
'SIGNAL: Tri-State Juried Exhibition', Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, US. In collaboration with Lemon Guo.
'New Interfaces for Musical Expression', Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, US.
'Practice x Wind: Book Launch', Artists Space, New York, US. In collaboration with Chi Po-Hao.
'Ellen Arkbro/Deradoorian/Qasim Naqvi/Lemon Guo', Ambient Church, New York, US. Video projection for Lemon Guo's music performance.
'Sound Art Winter Exhibition', Fridman Gallery, New York, US.
'Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture: Cities, Grow in Difference', Nantou, Shenzhen, China.
'Columbia Composers and Sound Art', Issue Project Room, New York, US.
'Black/White and Wire', organized by Sforzando Composers' Collective at Mise_en_PLACE, New York, US.
'Collaboration Across Borders', The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, New York, US. In collaboration with Lemon Guo.
'Liminal', ChaShaMa, New York, US. Curated by Qubits.
'Creative Climate Awards', Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Human Impacts Institute, New York, US. In collaboration with Lemon Guo.
'Seeing Sound', Humble Arts Foundation, Online Gallery.
'Sound and Music Computing', Aalto University, Espoo, Finland.
'In Plain Sight', Space Heater Gallery, New York, US. Live electronics performance with Alexandra Wisniewski and Scott Ferguson.
2016 and Before
'Art Shenzhen 2016', Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, Shenzhen, China, 2016.
'Gallery Show and Presentation - Melissa F. Clarke', Visible Futures Lab at School of Visual Arts, New York, US, 2015.
'1296-4107', Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK, 2014.
Talks & Lectures:
'Everyday Trace', organized by Po-hao Chi at National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.
'Lightscape Salon', organized by Handshake 302 at Now Phenomenon Space, Shenzhen, China.
'Baishizhou Soundscapes', Handshake 302, Shenzhen, China.
'Listening to Baishizhou', Now Phenomenon Space, Shenzhen, China. Organized by Shenzhen Planning Bureau, Shenzhen Center for Design, Future+ and Handshake 302.
'Aesthetic Justice', Hi Contemporary art Salon, Shenzhen Museum, Shenzhen, China.
Awards and Residencies:
'Impact Artist Residency', Human Impacts Institute, New York, US. In collaboration with Lemon Guo and Li Jing.
'Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship', Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University, New York, US.
'Dean’s Travel Grant', Columbia University, New York, US.
'Culture and Technology', Silver Award, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China, iMatch, Taiwan. In 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 Program', Hand Shake 302, Shenzhen, China.