About Qian Xu

Art, cat, plant, and bed.

Qian Xu (CN, b.1990) is a multidisciplinary artist currently based in Karlsruhe, Germany. She studied industrial design (B.Eng., 2012) and software engineering with a focus on interaction design (M.Eng., 2014) at Zhejiang University, China. In 2021, she completed her degree at Interface Cultures (MA). Through her artistic practice, she experiments with creating novel and poetic interactions and combines cultural elements into her artworks, which have been exhibited in international art festivals such as the Ars Electronica Festival (AT) and the Speculum Artium Festival (SI).


MA, Interface Cultures, University of Art and Design Linz
(2015 – 2021)
Focus: Interactive Media Art

Visiting Researcher, IAMAS Japan
(2018.03 – 2018.07)
Focus: Interactive Media Art, Interactive Installation

M.Eng., Software Engineering, Zhejiang University
(2012 – 2014)
Focus: Interface Design, Human-computer Interaction

B.Eng., Industrial Design, Zhejiang University
(2008 – 2012)
Focus: Interactive Product Design

Group Exhibition

2021 Ars Electronica Festival, Linz ATPrivate Garden

2021 Speculum Artium Festival, Trbovlje SLPrivate Garden

2016 Ars Electronica Festival, Linz ATSUAN

2016 Back to the Future, bb15, Linz ATSUAN

2010 A Life with Future Mobile Computing, Business of Design Week, HKS-FUN

Work Experience

Exhibition Production & Artist Assistant
Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau: The Artwork as a Living System, 2022, ZKM Karlsruhe DE

Exhibition Production & Graphic Design
MADE IN LINZ, Ars Electronica Festivcal Campus Exhibition, 2017, Linz AT

Product Manager & UI/UX Design
Taobao Mobile, Alibaba Group, 2011-2012, Hangzhou CN