kay (k) zhang


Kay is a sonic artist who explores around the topics of in-betweenness through sound, performance, curation and research. Their curatorial work lends itself with ‘learning by doing’ methods, experimentation which are intertwined with transdisciplinary art.

They work within various projects and coordinate different platforms and have an interest in intercultural identities, queer feminist theories and sound ecologies. Kay is dedicated to explore and engage with by using sound performance knowledges, curating experiences through works of sound art (field recordings), collective listening and care practices.

Kay is a founding member of Kollektiv international Totem (KIT), River Oracle, The Alchemists’ Bruit and ARKA.

Kay fosters collaborations within disciplines, trying to create bridges (in)-between them.

Kay is part of the newly formed curatorial team at Les Complices*

wanna collaborate? send mail


Le Grand Plongeon 
Pôle Nord, Le Locle 
9 February 2024, 19h

“Schimelrych bis Chrottehalde”
Kunst und Natur in Laufenburg» Rehmann Museum Laufenburg in collaboration with Jurapark Aargau
Opening 22 March 2024
Exhibition 23 March- 27 September 2024 
Performance with Riikka Tauriainen 

«Experimental Ecology»
Opening, 5 April 2024
Exhibition 6 April - 24 November 2024
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen

Saturday, 01. June 2024
ab Kreuzlingen Hafen
14.00 - 16.30 Uhr

Sunday, 02. June 2024
ab Stein am Rhein
15.30 - 18.00 Uhr

Register here: https://www.noeise.ch/show-item/3-see/

detalk #4 
kollektiv totem with Mélia Roger 
5 - 7 June 2024

Free Flow Festival
19 - 23 June 2024

SommerAkademie Paul Klee 
Finding our feet
10 - 19 August 2024 

Rümlingen Festival
Blind test
25 - 26 August 2024
Kollektiv Totem & Hyper Duo

Les Complices* 
31 August 2024

past highlights


archipel festival
19h - 23h, 31 March 2023
kollektiv international totem

the alchemists’ bruit

20h, 11 April 2023
das institut
tribute films by Maya Deren


12 & 13 May 2023
Blue Ocean Theatre and Gallery – Maritime Museum, Hong Kong
kollektiv international totem
hosted by project21st

check out the making of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztAvzaGM9CI


journey to the electrical unconscious

22nd, 23rd & 24th June 2023  
Walcheturm Zürich  (CH)

31st Oktober 2023
Camerata, Musiikitalo, Helsinki (FI)

Charles Quevillon, concept & composition
Nuriia Khasenova-Kay Zhang-Léo Collin, performance
Leandro Gianini, light Concept

Documentation by Dave Masu
Video of the performance
password: ELECTRIC

Experimental Ecology

August 24th - Ocotober 29th 2023
KBHG Stiftung, Basel (CH)

Plankton Imaginary by Riikka Tauriainen and Meike Vogt
In Collaboration with Marine Biologist Marta Musso, Installation Sound and Visual Projection by Melo Chua and Sound Design and Composition by Kay Zhang
Voice by tracy september

Organized by
Martina Huber and Gianni Jetzer, Curators
Meret Jaggi, Assistant curator
Kulturstiftung Basel H. Geiger | KBH.G

Sommerakademie Paul Klee

Finding our Feet
August 12th - 19th 2023
Bern (CH)

Coordinator: Andrea Thal

Les Complices*

Sommerfest // in-transit dreaming
August 26th & 27th 2023

Anwandstrasse 9
8037 Zürich

design: Engy Mohsen

PC: alicia olmos ochua

Werkshau Kanton Zürich

with Riikka Tauriainen

Ecotone Encounters
September 28th - 8th October 2023
Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich (CH)

detalk series#4 with tracy september

October 4th – 6th 2023
Residency in Budapest 2022
with Riikka Tauriainen, Landis & Gyr Stiftung 
AQB, Budapest

Ecotone Encounters

October 7 2022 -  December 4 2022
Friedrischafen Museum 

Bern Musik Festival 

September 11 2022
Kollektiv international Totem 


the alchemists’ bruit
CD release // wide ears record

detalk series II 

Brietingersalon, Zürich
Kollektiv international Totem 

June 1 2022 Lara Stanic 
August 22 2022 Vivian Wang
September 22 2022 Cinna 

River Oracle

collaboraton between Paloma Ayala, Anne-Laure Franchette and Riikka Tauriainen, with sound by Kay Zhang and Melo Chua.

May 8 2022 - June 26 2022
cynotypes, sound interactions with piezos, printed beanbags with headphones
Radius CCA Delft & Sedhalle Zürich.


May 4 5 6  2022
Theater am Gleis Winterthur  
Kollektiv international Totem

May 10 11 12 13  2022
Kunstraum Walcheturm Zürich
Kollektiv international Totem

Medusen/the hamster and the dame

April 10 2022
Volkbühne Berlin //
BAM festival
Kollektiv international Totem