Artist: Xiaowei Wang

Exchange: Mongolia

Xiaowei R. Wang is a designer working at the intersection of participatory geography and design computation. Her work applies the logic of ecology broadly, seeing spatial relationships as the foundation of socioeconomic and environmental systems, experimenting with open source technologies in developing world contexts.

Wang’s recent projects include a geospatial drone strike platform for the UN Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism, and The Nomad, The Technologist, a design fiction centered on urban growth in Mongolia. Her project with Deren Guler, FLOAT Beijing, was an INDEX Design Award Finalist and used community do-it-yourself electronics workshops and kites to monitor air quality. Wang’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, including Beijing Design Week’s Advanced Computational Research exhibition and HkW, Berlin. Wang holds a BA from Harvard College and an MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She currently calls Oakland, California her home.

The Latest from Xiaowei Wang

Bringing rain, Receiving gifts

Hello, sain bainuu! Or, Сайн байна уу if we’re being proper about our script usage. Like a lot of Soviet influenced countries, Mongolia uses Cyrillic script to phonetically spell out the language. The change in language, weather and time zone makes Mongolia feel like...

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Nomadic Maps and Outward Journeys

It’s hard to believe that a year ago I was just beginning to think about a project in Mongolia. There’s a lot of built up anticipation in these next two weeks before I leave, much of it to do with my long-standing interest in Mongolia… Coming from regional planning, I...

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Explorations of an American Artist as Cultural Diplomat

San Jose is a great place. I've been living in the Bay Area since February and I've made it down to San Jose, California only once previously, for the ZERO1 LAST Festival. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, I was living on the East Coast, where cities are denser and...

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