Marc Lee (born 1969) is a Swiss media artist. He is creating network-oriented interactive art projects, interactive installations, media art, internet art, performance art and video art since 1999. He is experimenting with information and communication technologies and within his contemporary art practice, he reflects creative, cultural, social, economic and political aspects.

His works are exhibited in major Museums and new media art exhibitions including: ZKM Karlsruhe, New Museum New York, Transmediale Berlin, Ars Electronica Linz, HMKV Dortmund, HeK Basel, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Read_Me Festival Moscow, CeC Dehli, MoMA Shanghai, ICC Tokyo, Nam June Paik Art Center, Media Art Biennale and MMCA Seoul.

He is lecturing, teaching and holding workshops about art and software art in many schools including the China Academy of Art (CAA) Hangzhou, Strelka Moscow, Shanghai Institute of Visual Art (SIVA), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) Seoul and ZHdK Zurich.
Marc Lee he has won many prizes and honorary mentions at international festivals, including “Interaction” and “Software” Awards at Transmediale Berlin and the Social-Media-Art-Award at Phaenomenale Wolfsburg.

His art projects are in private and public collections like the Swiss Confederation Federal Art Collection Bern, HeK Basel, Fotomuseum Winthertur and the ZKM Karlsruhe.

Education (Selection)

2000-2003, Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), Switzerland, “New Media” Department
1995-1999, Basel University of Art and Design (FHNW), Switzerland, “Installation” Department

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Year Current and Upcoming Exhibitions
Farewell Photography - No Image Is an Island, Port25 - Raum für Gegenwartskunst Mannheim and Bookstore Thalia at Paradeplatz, City Centre Mannheim, Germany
09.09.2017 - 05.11.2017
DEMO DAY, Kunstraum LLC, Brooklyn New York, USA
24.09.2017 - 29.10.2017
GLOBAL CONTROL & CENSORSHIP, Nová Synagóga / Kunsthalle, Zilina, Slovakia
14.10.2017 - 6.12.2017
RIXC Art Science Festival, Center for New Media Culture, Riga, Latvia
19.10.2017 - 26.11.2017
Open Codes, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Deutschland
20.10.2017 - 05.08.2018
Doomsday - end without end, Natural History Museum, Bern, Switzerland
09.11.2017 - 8.11.2022
Aestetic of Changes, MAK - 150 Years of the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria
15.12.2017 - 15.04.2018

Previous Exhibitions (Selection)

Year Previous Exhibitions (Selection)
201721th International Video Festival Videomedeja, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina in Novi Sad, Serbia
2017TOPOPHILIA, Farmhouse Nørager, Nees, Denmark
2017FILE, Electronic Language international Festival SESI Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil
2017Non-Places, Galerie b, Stuttgart, Germany, (solo)
2017Kinemathek, dokKa - dokumentarfestival, Karlsruhe, Germany
2017GLOBAL CONTROL & CENSORSHIP, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia
2017BBK - Kunst Quartier, Push | 30. European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany
2017Extraordinary Travel, Festival ZERO1, La Rochelle, France
2017Papierkörbin, Sechseinhalb, Zürich, Switzerland
2017The Unframed World, HeK, Basel, Switzerland
2017Festival for expanded media, 300. Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart, Germany
2016The Show Must Go On, Situations, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, (solo)
2016New GamePlay, Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2016Biennial Update_6/ NTAA, Zebrastraat, Ghent, Belgium
2016PHOTOFAIRS, Shanghai, International Art Fairs, Shanghai, China, (solo)
2016Cinnamon Colomboscope, Former General Post Office, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2016Salle del Castillo, Festival IMAGES, Vevey, Switzerland
2016GROSS, Museum der Kulturen, Basel, Switzerland
2016Echtzeit-Vermessung, Noseland, Zofingen, Switzerland, (solo)
2016TV Bot 3.0, Dock18, Zürich, Switzerland, (solo)
2016Fluss der Bilder - Bilderfluss, Federal Media Centre, Berne, Switzerland
2016Nguni Arts and Craft Center, Masiphumelele, Sun Valley, Cape Town, South Africa
2016Video-Tour, ZHAW University Library, Winterthur, Switzerland, (solo)
201518th Japan Media Arts Festival, National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
2015Festival for expanded media, 28. Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart, Germany
2015Realtime stories, Aktionshalle, roten Fabrik Zurich, Switzerland, (solo)
2015Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial, Ekaterinburg, Russia
2015Digital | Analog: Indifferenz, Riesa Efau Motorenhalle, Dresden, Germany
2015Public Space_s, 11th Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athens, Greece
2015dokKa Festival Karlsruhe, Kinemathek, Karlsruhe, Germany
2015Poetics and Politics of Data, HeK, Basel, Switzerland
2015GLOBALE: Infosphäre, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
2015Phaenomenale 2015, Science Center phaeno, Wolfsburg, Germany
2015Tan Kan Kee Art Center, Jimei X Arles: East West Encounters International Photo Festival, Xiamen, China
2014Get It Louder, Sanlitun Village, Beijing, China
2014C(h)roma Show, gallery SKE, Bangalore, India
2014Pic-me, Link Point, Brescia, Italy, (solo)
2014Federal Office for culture of Switzerland, Swiss Art Awards, Art Basel, Switzerland
2014The value of the present moment, Rhine river, Eglisau, Switzerland, (solo)
2014Moving uyuni, salar de Uyuni, Central Altiplano, Bolivia
2014Festival for expanded media, 27. Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart, Germany
2014Robot night, Clubraum, Rote Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland
2013Connecting_Unfolding, MMCA - National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea, (solo)
2013Generation i.2, Edith Ruß House for Media Art, Oldenburg, Germany
2013FLASHBACKS, Stadtgalerie, Berne, Switzerland
2013From Chongqing to 重庆, Organhaus Art Space, Chongqing, China, (solo)
2013Public Domain Show, Aarau, Berne, Geneve and Zurich, Switzerland
2013Inter[in]venção / Inter[in]vention, Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, Portugal
2013Digital Art Works. The Challenges of Conservation, House of Electronic Arts, Basel, Switzerland
2013Inter[in]vention, Sammlung ZKM, Évora, Spain
20123 Arbeiten: Anflug - Schlagzeilen - Orte, Galerie b, Stuttgart, Germany, (solo)
2012Le CArTe pour Center dˈArts et de Technologies, Lausanne, Switzerland
2012Ocean Waves - South Pole - Birdˈs Nest - GPS Image walk, POT, Kassel, Germany, (solo)
2012Cod.Act, Espace Multimédia Gantner, Bourogne, France
2012Digital Art Works, The Challenges of Conservation, CEAAC, Strasbourg, France
2012Digital Art Works, The Challenges of Conservation, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
2011Together in Electric Dreams, House of Electronic Arts, Basel, Switzerland
2011Poolloop ˈ11, Kunstraum Starkart, Zurich, Switzerland
2011Gateways. Art and Networked Culture, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
2011media donkeys, mobile formate, Martuel, Switzerland
2011ULTRA SOZIAL, Dock18, Zurich, Switzerland
2011Festival for expanded media, Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart, Germany
2011Reflective Interventions 2011, Gallery Art Claims Impulse, Berlin, Germany
2011Public Domain Jam, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland
2011IMAGINING MEDIA, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
2010Fine Art Auction, Dock18, Zurich, Switzerland
2010tweakfest 10 - TRADE, Old Stock Exchange, Zurich, Switzerland
2010IMAGINING MEDIA, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
2010Beam me up, [plug_in], Basel, Switzerland
2010Test_Lab - Tools for Propaganda, V2, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2009YOU_ser 2.0, Celebration of the Consumer, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
20094 Question & Pairs, Ada Ranga Mandira, Bengaluru, India, (solo)
2009Uncharted, Santralistanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
2009Dinner Show, Dock18, Zurich, Switzerland, (solo)
2009FINDET NICHT STATT, Rote Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland
2009Pyramid, public space beside Banaswadi Railway Station, Bengaluru, India, (solo)
2008Youniverse, III International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville, Sevilla, Spain
20085th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2008Intrude; Art & Life 366, Zendai Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Shanghai, China, (solo)
200812th International Video Festival Videomedeja, Museum of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia
2008Data meanings, Rencontres Internationales, Paris-Villette, Paris, France
2008Newsroom - Newsbots, Dock18, Zurich, Switzerland, (solo)
2008Federal Office for culture of Switzerland, Swiss Art Awards, Art Basel, Switzerland
2008Expo Transmedios, Tijuana, Mexico
2008Broadcast Yourself, with, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK
2008MAPPING 08ˈ Festival, Centre d’art contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
2008Digital Playground - Hack the City!, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
2008YOU_ser. The Century of the Consumer, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
2007Sie nennen es Realität, HMKV Phoenix Halle, Dortmund, Germany
2007Shift Electronic Arts Festival, Shift, Basel, Switzerland
2007Im Westen nur Neues, Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich, Switzerland
2007Radio-Bot News, Live on Radio LoRa 97.5 MHz for 10 days daily at 12am and 11pm, onair, Switzerland
2007Tweakfest, Zürich, Switzerland
2007Breaking The News, Dock18, Zürich, Switzerland, (solo)
2007Algorithmic Revolution, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
2006404 Objects Not Found, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
2006Sofatrips, Dock18 Room for New Media Cultures, Zurich, Switzerland, (solo)
2006Sichtbarkeiten, Edith Ruß House for Media Art, Oldenburg, Germany
2006CaC & CeC, Carnival of e-Creativity, India International Center, Delhi, India
2006Viper 06 Art Festival, Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland
2006Enseigner/Produire, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
2006Algorithmic Revolution, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
2005Radio-Bot News, Live on Radio LoRa 97.5 MHz for 14 days daily at 12am, onair, Switzerland
2005Mapping new Territories, with, Neue Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland
2005ImageForum, with, Tokyo, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Japan
2004Tainment, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK), Berlin, Germany
2004Switch Award 2004, Museum for Communication, Bern, Switzerland
2004News iˈm Lovin it, Foyer of the Swiss TV (SRF), Zürich, Switzerland, (solo)
2004Garage 2004 Festival, Stralsund, Germany
2004Viper 04 Art Festival, Theater, Basel, Switzerland
2004Wozownia Art Gallery, Presented from the Transmediale Festival, Torun, Poland
2004Virtually Swiss, Presented from [plug_in] for Jiff Mind, Jeonju, Korea
2004Fly Utopia!, Transmediale.04 Festival, Berlin, Germany TV, OKB TV Chanel Berlin broadcast 6 days and each day 2 hours Live, onair, Germany
2004Algorithmic Revolution, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
2003Art Bit Collection, ICC, Tokyo, Japan, [plug_in] Forum for new Media, Basel, Switzerland, (solo)
2003Ars Electronica, CODE Campus, Linz, Austria
2003Young Swiss Interactive, Metaworx, Basel and Geneva and Zürich, Switzerland
2003Viper 03 Art Festival, Theater Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2003Dialog Festival 03, Alte Kaserne, Winterthur, Switzerland
2003Thinkquest, Migros, Zurich, Switzerland
2003Galerie Binz 39, Diploma Exhibition ZHdK ˈHeimapparatˈ, Zurich, Switzerland
2003Bienal de Video y Nuevos Medios, Museo de Arte Contemporàneo, Santiago de Chile, Chile
2002Open_Source_Art_Hack, Zenith Media Lounge, New Museum, New York, USA
2002digital-is-not-analog 2002, San Bartolomeoˈs Church, Campobasso, Italy
2002Transmediale.02 Festival ˈGo Public!ˈ, Berlin, Germany
2002Read_Me Festival 1.2, Macros-Center, Moscow, Russia
2002Kontrollfelder, Hartware Medienkunstverein (HMKV), Dortmund, Germany
2002Flag Art Festival, World Cup Stadium, Seoul, Korea
2001Viper 01 Art Festival, Theater Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2001Kulturwochen Sursee 01, Stadtcafe, Sursee, Switzerland, (solo)
2001Clone-it, [plug_in] Forum for new Media, Basel, Switzerland
2001Made in Korea, Ilmin Museum, Seoul, Korea
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Academic activities and Artist talks (Selection)

Year Academic activities and Artist talks (Selection)
2017Meet the Artist – Social Media Art, eine virtuelle Reise durch soziale Netzwerke, Kino Xenix, Zurich, Switzerland
2017Workshop, Game Design, ZHdK Zurich, Switzerland
2016ART TALKS, Social Media Art, Art Department, FHNW Basel, Switzerland
2016Workshop 'Making Your Own Net Art', Cinnamon Colomboscope, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2016Public Conversation with Sebastian Schmieg, Cinnamon Colomboscope, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2016Workshop Artistic practices and social media, Desmond Tutu Center, Cape Town, South Africa
2015Lecture, Virtual trip through social networks, Strelka, Moscow, Russia
2015Kybernetik Seminar, Department of Art & Media, ZHdK Zurich, Switzerland
2014Symposium 'Farewell New media Art', China Academy of Art (CAA), Hangzhou, China
2014Workshop 'Art and social media', Galerie b, Stuttgart, Germany
2013Workshop and Curator/Artist talk, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
2013Workshop and Presentation, Organhaus Art Space, Chongqing, China
2012Four site-specific works, POT, top e.V, Kassel, Germany
2012Abfall + Kunst, Department of Cultural Analysis, ZHdK Zurich, Switzerland
2011Media Hacking, Workshop for Students, SIVA Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, Shanghai, China
2011Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China
2011Minsheng Art Museum Shanghai, China
2011Collecting: Discussion of collecting and preserving digital art, Haus EK, Basel, Switzerland
201124. Stuttgarter Filmwinter - festival for expanded media, Stuttgart, Germany
2010Media Hacking, Workshop for Artists, Cultural Center, Ahmed Shawky Museum, Cairo
2010Teaching net art and hacking for 6 months at the Department Media Arte, ZHdK Zurich
2010Test_Lab - Tools for Propaganda, V2_, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2009The Freedom of Art in the Digital Era, ZKM Lecture Hall, Karlsruhe, Germany
2009Srishti School of Art, Bangalore, India
2009Carnival of e-Creativity, Sat Tal, Uttarakhand, India
2008Pacte Multimédia, Geneva, Switzerland
2008Querblicke, N|W FH, Department Media Art, Aarau, Switzerland
2008Basics Festival, FH Salzburg, Department MultiMediaArt, Salzburg, Austria
2007Tweakfest, Zurich, Schweiz
2007Tag der offenen Tür, University of Art Zurich, Department Media Art, Zurich, Switzerland
2006Art Center Nabi and in the Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, Korea
2006Last Late Multi Media Show, Dock18, Zurich, Switzerland
2006Multimedia camp (MMK), Labin, Croatia
2006go west - Festival of Fine Arts, Toni-Areal, Zurich, Switzerland
2006CaC & CeC, Carnival of e-Creativity, India International Center, Delhi, India
2006Edith Ruß House for Media Art, Oldenburg, Germany
2006Viper 06 Art Festival, Basel, Switzerland
2005Kunstraum Walchenturm, Zurich, Switzerland
2005pitzquit, HGK Zürich, Switzerland
2005[plug_in] Forum for new Media, Basel, Switzerland
2004Viper 04 Art Festival, Basel, Switzerland
2003, [plug_in] Forum for new Media, Basel, Switzerland
2003Viper 03 Art Festival, Basel, Switzerland
2002Transmediale.02 Festival 'Go Public!', Berlin, Germany

Awards and Honorary Mentions (Selection)

  • Bogdanka Poznanovic Award for the best video installation, live piece, software, on 21st Videomedeja (2017)
  • Social Media Art Award, Phaenomenale, Wolfsburg, Germany (2015)
  • Japan Media Arts Festival, Art Division, Jury Selection, Tokyo, Japan (2014)
  • ZKM Stipend, Karlsruhe (2010)
  • Pro Helvetia Residency in Bangalore, 6 month (2009)
  • SuMa Award, Berlin, Germany (2008)
  • Netart Award, Hamburg, Germany (2008)
  • Japan Media Arts Festival, Recommendation by the Jury Review Committee (2008)
  • Pacte Multimédia, Geneva, Switzerland, Recommendation by the Jury (2008)
  • Viper International Award, Category 'Transposition', Basel, Switzerland (2006)
  • Switch Award 2004, Nomination, Bern, Switzerland (2004)
  • tpc CreaTVty award of new media, TPC Zurich, Switzerland (2003)
  • Förderpreis, Award of University of Art and Design, HGK Zurich, Switzerland (2003)
  • Honorary Mentions, media art festival Ars Electronica Prices, Linz, Austria (2003)
  • Transmediale Award in the category 'Software', Berlin (2002)
  • Transmediale Public Vote Award in the categories 'Interaction' and 'Software', Berlin, Germany (2002)
  • Transmediale 'Honorary Mention' in the category 'Interaction', Berlin, Germany (2002)
  • Read_Me Festival, 'Honorary Mention', Moscow (2002)
  • Viper Swiss Award for 'Newcomers', Basel, Switzerland (2002)
  • Europrix Student's Award, Europrix (2001)

Publications (Selection)

Works in Public Collections

  • Pic-me Screencast, HeK Collection, Basel, Switzerland (2017)
  • Tracenoizer, HeK Collection, Basel, Switzerland (2017)
  • TV Bot 3.0 Election (first edition), Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2016)
  • Pic-me, ZKM Collection, Karlsruhe, Germany (2016)
  • SECURITY FIRST, ZKM Collection, Karlsruhe, Germany (2016)
  • TV Bot 2.0, property of the Swiss Confederation, Federal Art Collection Bern, permanent loan to HeK, Schweiz (2014)
  • TV-Bot, Screencast, Ricola Collection, Switzerland (2011)
  • Breaking The News - Be a News-Jockey, ZKM Collection, Karlsruhe, Germany (2010)
Image Marc Lee