|I am Jaimey Hamilton Faris, Associate Professor of Critical Theory and Art History, at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. I write about new visual approaches to global systems, infrastructure and ecologies.
For the past decade, I have been focused on art that represents global trade structures and capital infrastructure, culminating in my book Uncommon Goods (Intellect 2013) and articles in Art Journal, October, The Contemporary Pacific, Art Margins and more. This research focused on the historical legacies of expanded art of the sixties (Assemblage, Fluxus, Happenings, Pop, etc.,) at the beginning of a globally integrated economic and financial infrastructure.
Recently, I've turned my attention to understanding how this infrastructure incites climate change and climate injustice. I have been working on a book project called Liquid Archives, Liquid Futures, which proposes an hydro-aesthetic approach to climate change, one based in understanding both the archive of colonial capital damage and the creative potential of the immersive, accumulating, absorbing, and suspending energies of our ocean-atmosphere to shape new futures.
In all of my work, I am motivated by a desire to understand the potential of creative responses to the fluxes of an interconnected world.
Based in Honolulu for 12 years, I co-founded and co-directed a non-profit arts project space, OFF[hrs], directed UHM's artist residency program, curated solo and group exhibitions, and organized 2011 alterna-APEC events during the APEC summit in Honolulu. I am heading the 2018-19 International Cultural Studies Research Group on Liquid Futures, and I serve on the Art Advisory Council for State Foundation for Culture and the Arts.
Since 2008 I have also been interviewing Hawaii's artists and am currently working on establishing a digital archive for oral histories of the islands' artists. My recent articles on art in Hawaii include: "Finding Futures of Hawaii," and "Restructuring Place in Hawaii." See more and find links below.
I have received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Hawaii, College of Arts and Humanities; the Faculty Diversity Award, University of Hawaii’s Commission on Diversity; the Junior Faculty Research Award; the Technology, Society and Innovation Grant, from the University of Hawaii, Research Council; I have been recognized for my community organization work by the Hawaii People’s Fund and have been a Critical Studies Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art and Writer in Residence at Banff Center for Arts and Culture, and VASE visiting scholar at University of Arizona.
Liquid Archives Liquid Futures: Re-imagining Climate Change
Inundation: Art as Affective Response to Climate Change
Entangled Lines: The Climate is Woven
In Suspense: Tales of Oil Plumes, Stranded Containers, Mermaid's Tears, and Derelict Fishing Gear