About

I am a postdoctoral fellow at Media@McGill at McGill University and was previously the inaugural  CLIR/JHI postdoctoral fellow in Digital Humanities at the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto. I received my Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto in 2016 and am currently revising my manuscript, Obsolescing Futures, that establishes the influence of urban planning and changes to Chinese art by drawing parallels between artistic practices, representations of the capital’s infrastructure, and alternative ways of seeing the city created by artists and filmmakers based in Beijing. My dissertation: Infrastructures of Critique: the Art and Visual Culture of Contemporary Beijing (1979-2012) investigated forms of urban infrastructure and artist’ practices subvert and critique Beijing’s urbanization through representations of this infrastructure.  In my research I examine the intersections and interactions among urban infrastructure (roads, garbage, fiber-optic cable), contemporary art, and visual culture.

My DH projects include an Augmented Reality mobile application for restaging early Chinese performance works from the 1990s using GIS locational data, archival photographs, and online exhibition software. In my second book-length project: Sino-Automobilities I am examining how luxury car culture in the Sinophone world (e.g. Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada) functions as media, projecting information, protocols, and ways of communicating between drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

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