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Ivan Cheng focuses within his practice on misunderstanding, abrasion and desire in the act of reading, often gesturing towards systems of power and reproduction. He also works as a performer, clarinettist, curator and writer. He holds an MFA in Critical Studies (Sandberg Instituut), having previously studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Text-based performances have been commissioned or presented in various institutions and spaces, including Oude Kerk (Amsterdam), Nacionalinė dailės galerija (Vilnius), Carriageworks (Sydney), Federation Square (Melbourne), Belvedere 21 (Vienna), MuHKA (Antwerp), Beursschouwburg (Brussels), SMC/CAC (Vilnius), Frans Hals Museum (Haarlem), EYE Filmmuseum (Amsterdam), Campbelltown Arts Centre (Sydney), Turner Gallery (Tokyo), Grace (Athens), Kantine (Brussels), De Appel (Amsterdam), Unsound Festival (Krakow), Saint-Etienne Design Biennial, Kunstmuseum Bonn and Q18 (Köln). He also works as a performer, clarinettist, curator and writer. Since 2015, he has worked in a curatorial capacity at The Watermill Center alongside Noah Khoshbin and Robert Wilson, and since 2017 bologna.cc in Amsterdam