I am the 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 urban planning’s influence on 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 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.

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.  I am also interested in large scale advertising displays (billboards, screens, hoardings) in Asian cities and what they tell us about spectacle in the neo-liberal city.

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