Ellen (Jing) Xu grew up in Hulunbeier in Inner Mongolia, the most northern city in China. She received her MFA in Photomedia from the University of Washington in 2016 and holds a dual degree in Sculpture and Law from Xiamen University in China. She has attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. Ellen received the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists Scholarship, and was recently a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center and Wassaic Artist Residency Program.
Elizabeth Mputu is a Florida native of Congolese descent. They studied Performance Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and prior to that they attended DePaul University. Their work mostly focuses on the artist's ability to grapple with sexuality, gender, the taboo, health, healing and African spirituality filtered through the performative and digital medium. They hope the findings of their investigations, as defined by the multi-dimensional and biographical pieces they create whether by video, web or physical will be considered THOTful contributions to the archive of the human condition.
Wong Ping is one of Hong Kong’s most exciting emerging artists. His animations have been commissioned by M+, NOWNESS as well as Prada. He recently received one of Perspective’s ’40 under 40’ awards for his work. Moreover, Wong recently held a residency at the Chinese Centre for Contemporary Art (CFCCA) and has exhibited internationally in Manchester, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Berlin and Paris, amongst other locations. His animated films have been presented at numerous festivals internationally, from Belgium and the UK to Mexico and Australia, receiving reviews in LEAP, ArtAsiaPacific and other publications. Wong’s work is held in several permanent collections including M+, Hong Kong.
Aleson, Donovan, and Van Citters collaborate to create interactive installations, with a focus on digitally mediated space in relation to the physical body. The artists have exhibited at various venues throughout the Northwest and online including the Unstitute, Hedreen, Black Box Portland, Glass Box, Seattle Art Museum, Art Hack Day Seattle, Decibel Festival, and the Jack Straw New Media Gallery. With national and international showings including Design Basel at Basel Switzerland, Currents New Media, and 29 Rooms in New York.
Rick Silva's images, videos, websites explore notions of landscape and wilderness in the 21st century. His work has been shown in exhibitions and festivals worldwide, including Transmediale in Germany, Futuresonic in the U.K and Sonar in Spain. His projects have been supported through grants and commissions from organizations such as Rhizome and The Whitney Museum of American Art. Recently WIRED called his videos “glitchy, curious things—some mesmerizing, some arresting.” Silva lives in Eugene Oregon, where he teaches Digital Arts at the University of Oregon.
Lauren Halsey was born in Los Angeles, California in 1987. She holds an MFA from Yale University (2014) and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts (2012). Halsey recently completed a residency at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2014-2015) and is the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Award (2014) and an Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship (2013). She builds fantasy sculptures and environments that remix ephemera she gathers in her neighborhood with ancient Egyptian architectural styles, hyperreal nature, technicolors, outer space, and Funk.