My research is concerned with the history and present of artistic authorship, with a focus on interactions between China and the West. My theoretical interests revolve around the critical distinctions of high and low, true and fake, art and commodity, originality and imitation, and, conceptual and manual labor, and thus my work focuses on objects and practices at the boundary of these categories. I have written on product placement in the Hollywood film industry, popular culture and public space in postcolonial Hong Kong, performance art and consumer rights activism in 1990s Beijing, and American trademark law and experience design. More recently, my work has focused on image-making practices at the heart of modern and contemporary encounters between China and the West.
Rhetoric Dept. | University of California - Berkeley
Presentation: "Lantern Slide Moments and the Taught Subject, 1906 and 2006"