|I am Jaimey Hamilton Faris, an Associate Professor of Critical Theory and Art History, at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
|I write about contemporary art, global economics and global ecologies. For the past decade, I have been focused on art that brings visibility to global trade structures, culminating in my book Uncommon Goods (Intellect 2013) and articles in Art Journal, October, Contemporary Pacific, Art Margins and more. Recently, I've turned my attention to the relationship between global economic "flows" and the earth's own ecological cycles. I have been working on a new project, called Liquid Archives, which proposes a new "wet" aesthetics for the era of climate change, one based on the accumulating, absorbing, suspending, inundating energies of our 21st century ocean-atmosphere.
|In all of my work, I am motivated by a desire to understand how artists respond to the material histories and global networks . My past research was centered on the expanded art of the sixties: Assemblage, Fluxus, Happenings, Pop, etc., an era in which international systems of consumption and postwar capitalist economies were developed. Most of my current research now focuses on the contemporary art world's interest in global trade networks of the petro-capitalist system, especially as it meets the limits of climate change. How do artists explore the viability of cultural and environmental sustainability in our current economic and political model of a global, intermodal, commodity-driven world? How do they experiment with transforming it?
|Below is a selection of recent publications.