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Born and raised in Singapore, I received my B.A. in English Literature at Vassar College and my M.A. in Humanities at the University of Chicago. In the interim, I have worked in India, China and Australia, backpacked through Asia and Latin America and performed in the occasional circus show as a hula-hooper.
My critical eye ranges a gamut of cultural objects, from comic books to music, poetry to hip-hop. A deep love of language play occasionally leads me to James Joyce, Nabokov and Dr Seuss. Spanning contemporary literature, visual studies, sound studies and critical and cultural theory, my work often seeks to engage questions around textuality, embodiment and technology. Though my work encompasses several forms of media, my current research is motivated by the central question: How have new media and technologies reshaped and been reshaped by our embodiments? My interdisciplinary dissertation uses gesture as a nexus to explore the impact of new media technologies on human movement, creativity, expression and communication. Considering gestures as inscription and of inscription, this project maps transformations in the gestural from analog to digital forms of media. Each chapter traces the evolution of a particular mode of gesture (writing, drawing, performing, music production) from analog to digital media. Merging multiple discourses and forms of media, through this project I seek to map human embodiment in an era defined by digital technologies that have long been understood as disembodying.
I am the coordinator of the Graphic Narrative Project (graphicnarratives.stanford.edu), a Stanford Humanities Center Geballe Research Workshop, which has brought a slew of artists and scholars to Stanford to discuss the many iterations of graphic narrative – comics, animation, woodcut novels, manga, and so on. I am also working on an outgrowth of this project, an online, open-access journal called Emanata, for which I am a Managing Editor.
“Animating the City: Blu, Street Art and the Poetics of Visual Encounter.” Animation: an interdisciplinary journal. (Forthcoming: November 2013)
"Records that Play: The Present past in Sampling Practice." Popular Music, Feb 28 2009. Cambridge University Press
"Melos/Opsis/Lexis." (Keyword Glossary Article) The Chicago School of Media Theory. http://csmt.uchicago.edu/glossary2004/melosopsislexis.htm