Thesis: Biomedicine and Contemporary Art in the Sinophone Cultures (1989-Present)
In this thesis I focus on how biomedicine and biotechnology— understood as the technological use of biological reproduction and transgenic practices, and of biosecurity and life-control systems— transforms image making in the Sinophone cultures from the late 1980s to the present day. Looking at the practices of artists such as Li Shan, Lu Yang, Pei-Ying Lin, Candice Lin, and Jes Fan, I examine the ways in which these artists engage with knowledges of biotechnology and biomedicine, and the implications of these for gender, sexuality, race, subjectivity and the conception of ecology. I ask how the artists engage translocal knowledge and visual tropes in their diverse responses to the contemporary biotechnological condition, often uncritically seen as originating in ‘the West’. Further, I explore to what extent a post-anthropocentric ecological ethics is formed through the artists’ distinct means of engaging with the discourses of new biomedical technologies.
- PhD History of Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art
- MA History of Art, University College London
- Thesis: Connecting creative participants online and offline: The web-engaged projects of Ye Funa and Aspartime, supervised by Prof. Briony Fer.
- BA History of Art, University College London
- Autumn and Spring term 2019: Teaching Assistant for BA 2 Frameworks for Interpretation
- Spring 2020: Guest Lecturer, Global China (MA)
- ‘Gender in Chinese Contemporary Art’, Tate Research Centre: Asia, 2018
- ‘Doubting Sex: Examining the Biomedical Gaze in Lu Yang’s Uterus Man (2013)’, immediations. No. 17, 2020
- Dis(Embodying) the Biomolecular Sex: The Lapse of Identity in Jes Fan’s Hormone Works (2017-2018), The Courtauld’s Gender and Sexuality Research Group, 2020
- ‘Art after Pandemic: Reimagining Virus in Pei-Ying Lin’s Virophilia‘, Contemporary China Centre Blog, University of Westminster, June 23, 2021.
- Gender, sexuality, and race
- Feminist and queer technoscience
- Visual medical humanities
- Contagion, disease, and immune system discourses
- Sinophone studies, colonial histories, and globalisation
- Session Co-convenor, Viral Images: Art and Contagion. 2022 Annual Conference, Association for Art History.
- ‘Contagious Bodies: Epidemic Imaginaries and the Making of Queer Kinship in the Works of Candice Lin and Jes Fan,’ Princeton Art & Archaeology Graduate Symposium. 2022.
- ‘Performing a Viral Future: Immune Ecologies, Animacies, and the Making of the Microbial Body in Pei-Ying Lin’s Virophilia (2018-ongoing).’ Embodying Local Knowledges Critical Ecologies Symposium. Organised by Wanwu Group (City University of Hong Kong) and Taipei National University of the Arts. 13 November 2021.
- Panel co-convenor. Japanese Art in the Ecological Predicament: Collaborations in the Age of Crisis. EAJS conference, Ghent, 25-28 August 2021.
- ‘Performing a Viral Future: The Making of the Microbial Body and the Situated Knowledges of Virus in Pei-Ying Lin’s Virophilia (2018-ongoing)’, Rethinking Human-Nonhuman Entanglements Online Workshop, 27 March 2021.
- ‘Palaeontology of the Present: “The Roots of Life” in Li Shan’s Genetic Art’, Third Year PhD Symposium (The Courtauld Institute of Art), October 2020
- ‘Doubting Sex: Examining the Biomedical Gaze in Lu Yang’s UterusMan (2013)’, Dimensions of the Modern: Exploring Critical Approaches (The Courtauld Institute of Art), June 2019
- Co-organiser, ‘Wording Art History: Negotiating the Global and the Local’, 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
Other Academic Activities
- Editorial Board, immediations, the peer-reviewed postgraduate journal of the Courtauld Institute of Art, 2019
- Research Assistant to Dr Wenny Teo, Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Asian Art