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Zhang Ga is an artist and director of the Netart Initiative, a loosely knit, open source-based, hub-styled, forum-oriented, action-enabled consortium. He studied art in China, continued his art education at the Berlin Academy of Arts in Germany (UdK) with a DAAD fellowship and holds an MFA from the Parsons School of Design in the US. Zhang Ga lives and works in NYC where he is a faculty member of the MFA Design and Technology Program at Parsons School of Design; he also is a visiting lecturer in Computer Graphics and Interactive Media at Pratt Institute. In 2004, he was the Artistic Director of the First Beijing International New Media Arts Exhibition and Symposium, a two-year-long project he initiated and co-organized with Prof. Lu Xiaobo, vice dean of the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University.