Sophie Guo

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Sophie Guo

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Thesis title: Biomedicine and the posthuman in East Asian art and visual culture since 1990

Supervised by Dr. Wenny Teo and Dr. Jo Applin 

This thesis investigates the multifaceted intersections between biomedical discourses and East Asian art in a transnational context. Drawing on a series of case studies in relation to the theories of the posthuman, feminist materialisms and queer studies, this thesis looks at the ways in which Asian artists take on biomedical disciplines and the related visual strategies— including biotechnology, medical imaging, and neuroscience— in their diverse constructions of posthuman subjectivities. It considers how artists turn to biomedical technologies in imagining an interconnected, post-anthropocentric world; how biohacking, freak science and amateur experiment operate as strategies for the non-specialist artists’ to resist the misuse of biotechnology for the purpose of controlling life; how artists use the paradoxical mix of the representations of a gender-neutral body and the female reproductive organs to critique the biologically-deterministic gender essentialism; and how the development of reproductive technologies shapes the cultural imagination of a post-gender world.

Education                                       

  • PhD History of Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art (2017- present)
  • MA History of Art, University College London (2014-2015)
  • Special options: Art as Theory: the Re-making of Criticism with Prof. Briony Fer; Politics of the Image: Germany 1890 to 1945 with Prof. Frederic Schwartz
  • Thesis: Connecting the creative participants online and offline: The web-enaged projects of Ye Funa and Aspartime, under Prof. Briony Fer.
  • BA History of Art, University College London (2011-2014) 

Research Interests

  • East Asian art and visual culture 
  • Eco-aesthetics
  • Transnationalism 
  • Feminist techno-science studies 
  • Medium theory 

Conferences 

  • Co-organiser, ‘Wording Art History’, Modern and Contemporary Postgraduate Colloquium at The Courtauld Institute of Art, 17 March 2018
  • ‘With or without nature?- Ecological criticism in Wen-ying Tsai’s Cybernetic sculpture system’, 2018 EACS conference, University of Glasgow  

 

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