Kuai Shen is a naturalist and ant lover. His hybrid installations explore the interspecies relationships in the natural/artificial continuum inspired by ants and by the subjective intertwining of parasites, microorganisms and viruses.
He holds a BA in digital arts from University San Francisco de Quito, an MA in media arts from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, and an MA in Game Design and Development from the University of Applied Sciences Cologne. His artistic research about ants has been published by the University of Colorado in the book “Biologically-Inspired Computing for the Arts” of 2010, in the Leonardo MIT Journal for the Siggraph 2011, as well as in the Acoustic Space Journal for the 5th Renew Media Art Histories conference in 2013. His work has been showcased in William Myers’ book, “Bio Art: Altered Realities”, published by Thames & Hudson London in 2015.
In 2013 he received a honorary mention in hybrid art at Prix Ars Electronica and was also awarded the same year with the Edith-Russ Haus Medienkunstpreis. In 2014 he obtained the Cynetart Förderpreis der Sächsischen Kunstministerin for his research and installation “Playing with ants & other insects”. In 2016 he won the Bridge Art and Science Stipend from the Intermedia department at Michigan State University, where he is developing a new project based on the antibiotics of ants.