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  Clark Buckner " Among all the “post-conceptual” projects undertaken at MISSION 17, none has borne the mark of conceptual art’s legacy as obviously as Michael Zheng’s As The Butterfly Said to Chuang Tzu. Within the framework of my curatorial practice, the show marks something of a limit, which defines the “conceptual” within the “post-conceptual.” Nevertheless, aspects of the show were decidedly beautiful. Zheng’s articulation of his ideas remained rooted in, and dependent upon an aesthetic encounter. And the intellectual enjoyment provided by the show often had a distinctly affective quality. Despite its epistemological orientation, one might say, the show was poetic. As the Butterfly Said to Chuang Tzu thus provides a rich occasion to explore the relationship between ideas and aesthetic enjoyment in contemporary art. Does the media matter in Zheng’s work? Does it merely serve ideas, which otherwise remain independent of it? If not, what is the relationship in Zheng’s art between thought and aesthetic enjoyment? And what does this imply about the force of concepts in art today? -- excerpt from the essay by Clark Buckner" "The Artist, the Sage, and the Butterfly: Ideas and Aesthetic Enjoyment in 'Post-Conceptual' Art", essay for As the Butterfly Said to Chuang Tzu

Terri Cohn, "Perception and the Art Object: The Art of Michael Zheng", catalog essay

Hou Hanru, Michael Zheng, "Objectivity, Absurdity, and Social Critique: A Conversation with Hou Hanru", Yishu Magazine, September/October, 2009
2021 Raymond Lam, 'Art, Culture, and Healing the World: A Conversation with Haema Sivanesan', Buddhistdoor Global, February 1, 2021
2019 Marina DiMaio, 'Buddhism, Contemporary Art and Social Practice', Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies, November 27, 2019
2014 Peter Cavagnaro, 'Deity, Demon, and Teacher :: Thoughts on an Intervention with Michael Zheng', Berkeley Art Museum blog
2012 Jennifer Barrett, 'Museums and the Public Sphere', page 156, Wiley Blackwell
2011 Anna Pulley, 'Making Out in Public: A Guerrilla Performance', The BayCitizen, March 30, 2011
  Simone Kraft, Interview with Michael Zheng, 25 Bilder Sekonde, 2011
  Miguel Canseco, 'Ciudad hecha arte: Bienal de Vancouver', Siglo Nuevo, 2011
  Satri Pancak, 'Keeping an Eye on Surveillance", 2011
  de.paperblog.com, Das Ende allen Luxus, September 3, 2011
2010 Reyhan Harmanci, 'Performance Art Finds New Audiences', The BayCitizen, June 21, 2010
  Reyhan Harmanci, "'imPOSSIBLE!' show of young Chinese Artists", San Francisco Chornicle Visual Arts Pick, Feburary 12, 2009
2008Nadia Ismail, "Born in China, Made in USA", a lecture by Nadia Ismail at the Videonale / Elektronenströme, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany, 2008 (Original in German with an English translation)
2007 Terri Cohn, "Michael Zheng at Mission 17", Sculpture Magazine, March

Urllike Merten, "Die Szene bebt!", NRZ, September 5, Germany

Pamela Broszat, "Kreativer Humus", NRZ, September 10, Germany

Von Marie Fleischhauer, “ Düsseldorfer Kunst aus dem Off”,Rheinische Post, September 6, Germany
Scott Oliver, "Michael Zheng at Mission 17", Shotgun Review, June 27

Colin Berry, "Michael Zheng at Mission 17", Artweek, September

Reyhan Harmanci, "The Caretakers: 'Four on One'", San Francisco Chronicle, August 10

Michael Leaverton, "Curator Vs. Curator", SF Weekly, August 1

Art For Sale! selected as the No.2 "Best Art Shows of 2005" by Pravda Magazine, Lithuania.
2005Milda Kuizinaite, Lietuvos Rytas, (on Art For Sale!), Sostine p.8, September 29, Lithuania

Jolanta Proskute, Lietuvos Zinios , (on Art For Sale!), p.14, September 30, Lithuania

Colin Berry, Artweek, p.13-14, October

Maggie Knowles , "Home Videos - The 2005 Biennial", The Portland Phoenix, Issue April 8 - 14

Lucy Martin, "Michael Zheng's Banners", Inside San Francisco Art Institute, May 27, 2005 Vol. 1 No. 4.

Yin-Ju Chen, Artists Magazine, June, 2005, Taiwan
Radio Interviews

  Interviewed by Pheonix Catsinger on "Liquid Konspiracy" of KUSF-in-exile, August 10, 2014, on the occasion of my performance at Berkeley Art Museum, "What do you see with your eyes closed?" I entered after about 10 minutes of introduction by the hostess on the new discoveries on meditation. The interview is 120minutes long.

  [sic], my run-ins with yoga, meditation, etc. 2019 (Available on Amazon.com)

As the Butterfly Said To Chuang Tzu,
a project with MISSION17, 2006 (download for free.)

Michael Zheng: Selected Works (2001 - 2006), self published with Lulu.com.

The Universe Is Built On A Plan, published by SAVVY Contemporary, 2012

Nomadic Settlers - Settled Nomads, a project of Kunstraum Bethanien / Kreuzberg and SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin, published by Revolver Publishing, 2011

Positioning Osmotic Impulses, a project of SAVVY Contemporary, 2012

Multiple Realities, a project with F2 Gallery, Beijing, China, 2008