Vivian Xu is a Beijing-born media artist, designer, researcher and educator. Her work explores the boundaries between bio and electronic media in creating new forms of machine and system logic, speculative life and sensory systems, often taking the form of objects, machines, installations and/or wearable. More recently, she has started to investigate issues surrounding data, networks and cyberspace. Her work has been presented at various institutions in China, the US, Europe and Australia, including the National Art Museum of China (Beijing), the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (Shanghai), the New York Science Museum (New York), SymbioticA at the University of Western Australia (Perth), the Max Planck Institute (Berlin), and the Humboldt University (Berlin).
Vivian co-founded Dogma Lab along with artist, musician Benjamin Bacon. Dogma is a trans-disciplinary design lab in Shanghai that is dedicated to creating experimental research at the intersection of design, technology, art and science.
Xu is currently an Assistant Professor of Media and Arts at Duke Kunshan University. She has lectured in various institutions including Parsons New School for Design, New York University Shanghai, Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received her MFA in Design + Technology from Parsons The New School for Design in New York.