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 logic, speculative life and sensory systems often taking the form of objects, machines, installations and wearable. 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), Between Art Lab (Shanghai), Shenzhen Media Art Festival (Shenzhen), NTU Center for Contemporary Art (Singapore), the New York Science Museum (New York), SymbioticA at the University of Western Australia (Perth), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), Art Laboratory Berlin (Berlin), Matters of Activity, Cluster of Excellence, Humboldt University (Berlin). Most recently, she has begun investigations into data, networks and cyberspace.
She is an Assistant Professor of Media and Arts at Duke Kunshan University. She has lectured, held research positions at various institutions including Parsons New School for Design, New York University Shanghai, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen).
Vivian co-founded Shanghai-based trans-disciplinary design lab Dogma Lab with artist, designer, musician and professor Benjamin Bacon.