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Juror Feature

Mengtai Zhang and Lemon Guo

We caught up with both AIVA jurors to get their opinions on the use of emerging tech and new forms of media, a look into their creative processes, and insight into what they look for in entries at the Davey Awards.

Mengtai Zhang is a multidisciplinary artist. Employing sculpture, sound, and simulation technology, his work creates ambivalent allegories of power, where personal and sociopolitical factors encounter each other. Mengtai’s works have been presented internationally, including IDFA (Netherlands); Sundance Film Festival, New York Fashion Week, NYCEMF, ChaShaMa, Humble Arts Foundation, and Fridman Gallery (US); Times Art Museum, Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (China). 

Lemon Guo is an interdisciplinary artist, composer, and vocalist from China. Drawn to the visceral and evocative nature of the voice, she creates voice-based performances and installations that explore things that haunt her and wouldn’t leave her alone. She has performed and exhibited her works internationally, in places such as Rubin Museum of Art, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (US), BBC Radio 3 (UK), and International Computer Music Conference (KR). 

Together, Mengtai and Lemon created and produced the VR film Diagnosia. With direction by Mengtai and sound and music design by Lemon, the immersive short takes viewers through Mengtai’s own memories of being incarcerated in a military-operated Internet addiction camp in Beijing in 2007. Diagnosia played in the New Frontiers section of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

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