Justin Charles Hoover (胡智騰) works with the time-based visual arts, community engagement and collective social actions. As a Chinese-Russian-American, Hoover tells old stories in new ways, looking at issues of displacement, language failure, and cultural disjuncture. He is an avid student of Kung Fu for its meditative, spiritual, physical and diasporic elements. Since 2004, Hoover has worked as a curator and gallery director, focusing on participatory design and community engagement as well as empowering audiences through exhibitions, public programs, festival and special events. These range from conventional white wall shows in museums, to black box screenings, popup happenings, performances, and art in alternative contexts including a variety of public space, garages, former military forts and a sea cave.
Hoover holds bachelor degrees in Peace Studies and French Literature from Colgate University, a Master Degree in New Genres Fine Art from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Master Degree of Public Administration of International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Hoover has performed, curated, and exhibited at numerous venues around the world including the 2016 Sculpture Quadrenniale Riga, Latvia; 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale as an artist featured in the US Pavilion (Design Action for the Common Good); the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the 2011 Art Life Festival in Guangzhou, China; Werkstattkino, München, Germany; 2011 Time-Based Art Festival at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the Berkeley Art Museum, and many other venues.