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Chantal Meng

I’m a visual artist, researcher, and part-time faculty at Parsons
The New School, specializing in urban and visual culture, media ecology, and atmospheres of architecture. My focus is on the light

at night and the perception of darkness in urban environments.

I earned an MA in Photography + Urban Cultures (Sociology)
and recently completed my Ph.D.
(Media, Communication,
+ Cultural Studies), both at
University of London.

My research takes a practice-based approach, working with photography and drawing. My current project, ‘Building Shadows,’ revisits our understanding of shadow and shade in urban
To find out more about my dissertation, ‘Light at Night:
What is
the Matter with Darkness,’ click here.

I’m also the founder of the Night Drawing project, where
I host
public events that invite participants to reimagine urban
darkness through sketching.

I’ve been honored with the Stuart Hall Ph.D. Scholarship, 
a Doc.Mobility Fellowship from the Swiss National Science
Foundation (SNSF), and a Fulbright award. Prior to my

academic journey, I co-founded the studio POL and the art

space Grand Palais in Bern, Switzerland.

Say Hi! via email and/or follow me on Instagram.

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