Sha Xin Wei
Director School of Arts, Media + Engineering, Arizona State University
Sha Xin Wei is Professor and Director of the School of Arts, Media + Engineering at Arizona State University. He also directs the Synthesis Center for transversal art, philosophy and technology at ASU, and is a Fellow of the ASU-Santa Fe Institute Center for Biosocial Complex Systems. Dr. Sha’s core research concerns a topological approach to poiesis, play and process. His art and scholarly work range from gestural media, movement arts, and realtime media installation through interaction design to critical studies and philosophy of technology.
Trained in mathematics at Harvard and Stanford Universities, Dr. Sha has pursued speculative philosophy, experimental art, and visionary technologies that are reciprocally informed to equal depth and poetry. In 2001 Sha established the Topological Media Lab as an atelier for the study of gesture and materiality. From 2005-2013 as Canada Research Chair in media arts and sciences and Associate Professor of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University in Montréal, he led the TML creating responsive environments for ethico-aesthetic improvisation.
Sha has published in the areas of philosophy and media arts, science and technology studies, performing arts research, and computer science, including the book Poiesis and Enchantment in Topological Media (MIT Press).