Weidi Zhang, Beijing, 1991.
Weidi Zhang is an LA-based new media artist and researcher. Her current research and media art practices investigate A Speculative Assemblage – interactive image-data-based visualization of a human-machine reality in the context of data visualization, responsive Intelligence system design, and immersive media. Her works are featured at international venues, such as the SIGGRAPH Art Gallery Best In Show, ISEA, Times Art Museum (CN), Japan Media Arts Festival, Lumen Prize (UK), SIGGRAPH ASIA, IEEE VISAP, Planetarium 1 (RUS), Zeiss-Planetarium (GE), Society For Arts and Technology (CAN), and others. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in the Media Arts and Technology Program and a graduate researcher in Experimental Visualization Lab. She lectures at UC Santa Barbara and The Ohio State University. She holds her MFA degree in Art + Technology at the California Institute of the Arts and a BFA degree in Photo/Media at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Ray is an interactive multi-modal Intelligent system that is designed to re-interprets Rayograph, a modern image-making technique, through visualizing the hidden information of live streaming video in the context of AI and surveillance. In the art installation, the intelligent system RAY constantly observes audiences via a camera and translates the live streaming data of audiences into an ever-evolving semantic Rayograph in real-time.