New Placement

Goldsmiths, University of London

Original image courtesy of Yuhang Zhang

We are delighted to announce the recipient of the Asymmetry PhD Scholarship for the ‘Advanced Practices’ programme, in collaboration with the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Yuhang Zhang, a writer and researcher based in Guangzhou, China, has been selected Asymmetry’s second PhD Scholarship following an international Open Call earlier this year. Yuhang will begin his four-year placement in October 2022.

The Asymmetry PhD Scholarship at Goldsmiths, an academic opportunity within the field of artistic practice and cross-cultural research, is aimed at practitioners who identify with Greater Chinese and Sinophone culture and heritage, based in the region or internationally. The Scholarship is one of four Asymmetry initiatives taking place in London in partnership with leading UK institutions, including Whitechapel Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery, and most recently, The Courtauld Institute of Art, announced earlier this year.

Awarded to one successful candidate per academic year, the Scholarship covers the full four years of the ‘Advanced Practices’ PhD programme, including tuition fees, monthly rent, and living and research costs.

Committed to supporting art professionals who identify with Sinophone culture and heritage, Asymmetry seeks to situate its Fellows and Scholars at the helm of curatorial and academic thinking, supplying them with access to a global artistic community and the necessary tools to develop their creative practice within world-renowned academic institutions.

Yuhang Zhang’s research and fiction writing centres around theory-fiction and occultures, looking into urban infrastructures and media landscapes in posthumanist contexts and narratives.


The MPhil/PhD and M.Res ‘Advanced Practices’ programme at Goldsmiths engages with recent developments in how ‘research’ is operating in creative practices. Through an interrelated programme of teaching, projects and collaborations, the course encourages practitioners to respond to the growing importance of practice-driven research within knowledge production, public exhibiting, and cultural organising. ‘Advanced Practices’ is geared towards advancing the grounds for different forms of practice, from artistic to infrastructural. Animated by concepts that vary from anthropology as cultural critique, curatorial knowledges to the exhibitionary matrix, amongst others, the programme encourages applicants to invent new methodologies, reframing and expanding the notions of ‘practice’ beyond forms of making or performing.

Goldsmiths is a national leader in many subject areas and ranks in the top five UK universities for Art & Design in the QS World Rankings.

Goldsmiths, University of London


Yuhang Zhang (b. China) is a writer and researcher based in Guangzhou, China. Yuhang received a BA in Liberal Arts from Durham University and an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London.

With Xingyun Wang and Chu Zhou, he co-initiated Djinn Puddle, an online Theory Fiction project. From 2018 to 2022, Yuhang worked on the curatorial team of de Art Center (Beijing). He has co-curated The Pineal Eye (2021), a bid winner and research-based exhibition project supported by Goethe-Institut Peking. He has contributed to Qilu Criticism, Daoju, and The First Trans—Southeast Asia Triennial research exhibition series. I: Repetition as a gesture towards deep listening (2021) for reviews and fiction writings.