Zinnia Wang

Transtechnology Research,
Room B312 Portland Square,
University of Plymouth,
Drake Circus,
Plymouth,
PL4 8AA.

Email: xiaorong.wang@plymouth.ac.uk

Bio

Zinnia Wang is a doctoral researcher at the TransTechnology Research, Department of Art, Design and Architecture at Plymouth University. Before joining TT Research, she worked as a curator, jewellery designer, project manager(PMP), and dancer for the past decades, and her dancing photograph on the cover of the Royal Academy of Dancing was published in 1997.

Her earlier research focused on the entanglement of the transfer of tacit knowledge within the apprenticeship and practice with jewellery making as a craftsman. With more than 20 years of dancing experience from basic ballet techniques to Chinese ethnic and folk dance since childhood, she considered dance as a mindful communication through movement and training is essential for drilling the personal body in every aspect of the craft. She began to pay attention to the knowledge transfer among different individuals under the mode of “precept and deed”, especially the tacit knowledge inhabited by personal experience, know-how, and skills. She developed a multidisciplinary knowledge base integrating the fundamentals of humanities and social science through her double postgraduate degree study in Knowledge Management (NUAA,2012) and Innovation Management(Goldsmiths,2021). Her current passion shifts to curating, activating, and sustaining contemporary art toward innovative exhibition-making in the post-digital era.

Curatorial Projects

Maize Maze: immortality experiment, contemporary art exhibition at Copeland Gallery, London, 2023

Maize Maze: Immortality Experiment, curated by Zinnia Wang, is a thematic and collaborative exhibition that offers a glimpse of our daily life in the post-digital era. The concept of the exhibition is inspired by a phenomenon: maize mazes that appear and disappear naturally. This idea was further addressed as a lens through which to spectacle the transformation that intergrowth with digital technologies and inhabited in contemporary art forms.

Through the Garden Gate, contemporary Jewellery Exhibition at Zhijian Gallery, Shanghai Deqiu Cultural and Creative Park, China, 2023

Through the Garden Gate Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition in Deqiu, Shanghai is co-curated by Professor Norman Cherry and Professor Kezhen Wang, with Zinnia Wang as an assistant curator. The concept of the public garden is an established part of the cultural history of China and many countries in the West. Historically such gardens have been places of rest and recuperation, places for leisure and exercise, and also of learning about flora and fauna.

Perception, contemporary art exhibition at Koppel Gallery, Oxford Street, London, 2021

This exhibition, entitled ‘Perception’ is about critical thinking on how we perceive the world. We start our journey with the assumption that perception cannot exist without being separated from matter. Then, the expression of dreams, memories, and emotions constantly probes the proposition that perception is being given and constructed. Finally, we will move towards the end of the world and experience the cycle of life. As René Descartes claimed, matter occupies physical space, and mind, consciousness, and thinking could be perceived infinitely.