writing & talks
|My writing in general focuses on issues of global trade networks and systems, trans-cultural appropriation, globalization, environmentalism, and sustainability in contemporary art, especially in the Asia-Pacific context. I have published articles in October, Art Journal, and Art Margins. My book, Uncommon Goods (Intellect 2013) explores the use of everyday goods and situations in contemporary art practice in response to expanding definitions of the commodity in the nineties.
|In all of my work, I am motivated by a desire to understand how artists respond to the material histories and networks of transnational global trade. Part of my research is 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 are some of my past publications: books, articles, art reviews, and talks.