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T O N G   L A M

Copyright Tong Lam . All rights reserved.
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I’m a history professor at the University of Toronto and a visual artist. I write and make art about city, spectacle, and technology. These days, I especially focus on infrastructures, ruins, and information. Is it possible to rethink the relation between politics and aesthetics though infrastructures and ruins? Can these spaces help us to imagine a post-neoliberal future? How do data publics and social imaginaries constitute one another? To engage these questions, I deploy history, ethnography, and visual arts in my practice. My current research projects, for example, focus on the poetics and politics of new infrastructural spaces colloquially known as “science parks”, and of old socialist industrial ruins in China. As well, I use photographic and cinematographic techniques to interrogate issues of global political-economic transformations and China’s breakneck development.