Xin Wei Sha

Director (FSC) & Professor
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Director (FSC) & Professor
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TEMPE Campus
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5802
Director (FSC) & Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
TEMPE Campus
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5802
Director (FSC) & Professor
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TEMPE Campus
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5802
Director (FSC) & Professor
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TEMPE Campus
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5802
Director (FSC) & Professor
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Affiliated Faculty
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Senior Sustainability Scientist
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Director (FSC) & Professor
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Director (FSC) & Professor
TEMPE Campus
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Biography

Sha Xin Wei is professor and director of the School of Arts, Media + Engineering (AME) at Arizona State University. He directs the Synthesis Center for responsive environments and improvisation with colleagues in AME and affiliate research centers.

From 2005-2013, Sha was the Canada Research chair in media arts and sciences, and associate professor of fine arts at Concordia University in Montr�al, Canada. From 2001 to 2013, he directed the Topological Media Lab (TML), an atelier-laboratory for the study of gesture and materiality from computational and phenomenological perspectives. He established the TML at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001, and moved the lab to Montr�al in 2005 with the support of the Canada Fund for Innovation and the CRC.

Sha's research concerns ethico-aesthetic improvisation, and a topological approach to morphogenesis and process philosophy. His particular areas of study include the realtime, continuous mapping of features extracted from gestural instruments (such as woven or non-woven fabrics) into parameters modulating the continuous synthesis of video, sound, and physical or software control systems. This technical work supports the expressive improvisation of gesture in dense, palpable fields of sound, video and structured light, and animated materials.  

Shas art research includes the TGarden responsive environments (Ars Electronica, Dutch Electronic Art Festival, MediaTerra Athens, SIGGRAPH), Hubbub speech-sensitive urban surfaces, Membrane calligraphic video, Softwear gestural sound instruments, the WYSIWYG gesture-sensitive sounding weaving, Ouija performance-installations, Cosmicomics Elektra, eSea Shanghai and the IL Y A video membrane, and Einsteins Dreams time-conditioning instruments. Sha collaborated with choreographer Michael Montanaro and the Blue Riders ensemble to create a stage work inspired by Shelley's Frankenstein, with experimental musicians, dancers and responsive media.

Sha co-founded the Sponge art group in San Francisco to build public experiments in phenomenology of performance.   With Sponge and other artists, Sha has directed event/installations in prominent experimental art venues including Ars Electronica Austria, DEAF / V2 The Netherlands, MediaTerra Greece, Banff Canada, Future Physical United Kingdom, Elektra Montr�al, and eArts Shanghai.  He has also exhibited media installations at Postmasters Gallery New York and Suntrust Gallery Atlanta. These works have been recognized by awards from major cultural foundations such as the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology; the LEF Foundation; the Canada Fund for Innovation; the Creative Work Fund in New York; Future Physical UK; and the Rockefeller Foundation. 

Sha was trained in mathematics at Harvard and Stanford Universities, and worked more than 12 years in the fields of scientific computation, mathematical modeling and the visualization of scientific data and geometric structures.

In 1995, he extended his work to network media authoring systems and media theory coordinating a three-year-long workshop on interaction and computational media at Stanford. In 1997, he co-founded Pliant Research with colleagues from Xerox PARC and Apple Research Labs, dedicated to designing technologies that people and organizations can robustly reshape to meet evolving socio-economic needs.

MIT Press has recently published Sha's book, "Poiesis, Enchantment, and Topological Matter."

Education

Mathematics, Harvard University and Stanford University

Research Interests

Responsive environments, critical study of media arts and sciences,  phenomenology of performance,  technologies of performance,  gesture, movement, realtime media, computational media.

Process philosophy, philosophy of technology, science and technology studies. Applications of: differential geometry, topological dynamical systems, measure theory, physics.

Research Activity

  • Sha,Xin Wei*. CHIF: Startup for Hosting Research Clusters at Synthesis (ASUF 30005923). ASU FDN(1/1/2014 - 12/31/2015).

Courses

Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
AME 484 Internship
AME 590 Reading And Conference
AME 593 Applied Project
CSE 599 Thesis
AME 792 Research
AME 799 Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
AME 484 Internship
AME 599 Thesis
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
AME 494 Special Topics
AME 499 Individualized Instruction
AME 590 Reading And Conference
AME 592 Research
AME 593 Applied Project
AME 598 Special Topics
AME 792 Research
AME 799 Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
AME 484 Internship
AME 494 Special Topics
AME 530 Exp Media Method I
AME 590 Reading And Conference
AME 598 Special Topics
CSE 599 Thesis
AME 792 Research
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
AME 484 Internship
CSE 584 Internship
CSE 599 Thesis
AME 599 Thesis
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
AME 394 Special Topics
AME 499 Individualized Instruction
AME 531 Exp Media Method Theory II
AME 590 Reading And Conference
AME 592 Research
AME 593 Applied Project
AME 691 Seminar
AME 790 Reading and Conference
AME 792 Research
AME 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
AME 484 Internship
AME 530 Exp Media Method I
AME 590 Reading And Conference
AME 592 Research
AME 593 Applied Project
CSE 599 Thesis
AME 792 Research
AME 799 Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
AME 484 Internship
CSE 584 Internship
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
AME 484 Internship
AME 499 Individualized Instruction
AME 531 Exp Media Method Theory II
AME 590 Reading And Conference
AME 592 Research
CSE 599 Thesis
AME 691 Seminar
AME 792 Research
AME 799 Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
AME 484 Internship
AME 530 Exp Media Method I
AME 590 Reading And Conference
AME 592 Research
AME 593 Applied Project
CSE 599 Thesis
AME 784 Internship
AME 792 Research
AME 799 Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
AME 484 Internship
CSE 584 Internship
AME 799 Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
AME 484 Internship
AME 531 Exp Media Method Theory II
AME 590 Reading And Conference
AME 592 Research
AME 593 Applied Project
AME 599 Thesis
CSE 599 Thesis
AME 792 Research
AME 799 Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
AME 385 Collab Projects & Research I
AME 484 Internship
AME 492 Honors Directed Study
AME 493 Honors Thesis
AME 494 Special Topics
AME 530 Exp Media Method I
AME 590 Reading And Conference
AME 592 Research
AME 593 Applied Project
CSE 599 Thesis
AME 792 Research
AME 799 Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
AME 484 Internship
CSE 584 Internship
AME 799 Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
AME 484 Internship
AME 493 Honors Thesis
AME 531 Exp Media Method Theory II
AME 590 Reading And Conference
AME 592 Research
AME 593 Applied Project
AME 599 Thesis
AME 792 Research
AME 799 Dissertation