Zhang Ga studied art in China, continued his art education at the Berlin Academy of Arts in Germany (HDK) with a DAAD fellowship and holds an MFA from the Parsons School of Design in the US. He has exhibited in Europe and America in ephemeral domains as well as in tangible spaces; curated exhibitions, organized conferences and digital salons; written on new media art practice; and served on juries for media art grants. In his own art practice he is more interested in the nuances of interpreting neon signs than displaying the currents of electricity.
Zhang Ga lives and works in New York City where he is a professor at the MFA Design and Technology Program at the Parsons School of Design; he also is a visiting lecturer in Computer Graphics and Interactive Media at Pratt Institute. He was nominated for the Rockefeller New Media Arts Fellowship and a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Net Art Curatorial Initiative. In 2004, he was the Artistic Director of the First Beijing International New Media Arts Exhibition and Symposium, a two-year-long project he initiated and co-organized with Prof. Lu Xiaobo, vice dean of the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University.
More information about The Peoples' Portrait is available on thing.net.
Every month from March 2001 to February 2006 an artist was invited to present their work in the form of a “Gate Page” on artport. Each of these pages functioned as a portal to the artist's own sites and projects.
Wherever necessary and possible, these works are made functional through emulation and reconstructions from the Internet Archive. Not all of them have been restored to their original state and their conservation is ongoing. You can also view the original Gate Pages archive to see how they were presented at the time of their creation.
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