ZHANG Ga is an internationally recognized media art curator. He is Distinguished Professor at China Central Academy of Fine Arts. He has also had appointments as Consulting Curator of Media Art at the National Art Museum of China, and Senior Researcher at the Media + Design Lab of EPFL | Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Associate Professor of Media Art at Parsons The New School for Design and was a Visiting Scientist at the MIT Media Lab and a Visiting Scholar at the Art and Art History Department of Stanford University, currently also a Senior Fellow at University of California, Santa Barbara. Among his numerous curatorial works, widely acclaimed projects include as Artistic Director and Curator Synthetic Times: Media Art China 2008, a Beijing Olympics Cultural Project, Translife: International Triennial of New Media Art 2011 and thingworld: International Triennial of New Media Art 2014, all organized by the National Art Museum of China. These large-scale exhibitions critically investigated and examined global media art trends, generated intellectual discourses about art, technology and culture, and have received wide acclaim including the New York Times, China Daily, Artforum, ArtAsiaPacific, and The Art Newspaper, among others.
He has been on many jury and consultation committees including the World Trade Center Artist Residency Program, Prix Ars Electronica, VIDA, and Franklinfurnace’s Future of the Present Award, among others. He also initiated and established in collaboration with Rhizome the Prix Net Award, recognizing the future promise of artists making outstanding work on the internet. From 2004 to 2006, together with Prof. Lu Xiaobo, he organized and curated the First, Second and Third Beijing International New Media Art Exhibitions and Symposiums, extending the global new media art discourse into mainland China. He has spoken widely on media art and culture around the world in venues such as Relive: The Third International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology Histories (keynote address, Melbourne), Modern Mondays (MoMA), National Art Center (Tokyo), Künsthalle Zurich, São Paulo State University (keynote address, São Paulo), South Australian Art Museum (Adelaide), and UC Berkeley. He has edited several books and authored essays that were published by The MIT Press (Synthetic Times, 2008, The Posthuman as A Condition of Art, OCTOBER #155, forthcoming), Liverpool University Press (translife, 2011, thingworld, 2014), and Tsinghua University Press (In the Line of Flight, 2006). He currently also serves on the editorial board of Leonardo Books, published by the MIT Press. Since 2015, he is Artistic Director at the Chronus Art Center, a Shanghai based, nonprofit art organization dedicated to media art.