The systems, conceptions, and histories we apply as universal norms today remain largely tied to one dominant paradigm of thought. Consequently, perimeters of creative inquiries are often pegged to what is in vogue within these presumed centers; artists/theorists feel the pressure to legitimize their practice through fashionably-Western philosophies; the study of other indigenous traditions are circumscribed to disciplinary silos; and cultural specificities existing beyond the dominant worldview are often flattened or glossed-over during theoretical expositions.
My doctoral research therefore advocated for a decentralized and ontologically pluralistic art-world, while envisioning experimental art praxis as a laboratory to reflect, experiment with, and nurture practices and theories from alternative metaphysical worldview. To be clear, these efforts to surface metaphysical orientations that became exoticized and overlooked in discourse is neither an attempt to eulogize their idiosyncrasies, nor to merely emancipate them from subjugation. Rather, it is to bring these discussions into the capacitating context of experimental art for critical evaluations, towards shaping a more judicious body of discourse that is better aligned to local realities, as well to expand future possibilities of our shared world.
"Difference is not something to be imposed (by forcing the Chinese [or other "other-ed" "others"] to play the role of the other par excellence) nor something to be leveled at all costs ( in the name of a humanist universalism, too immediate and too lazy) - but something to be made intelligible." -- François Jullien (2000)
Based on this starting point, I take an interdisciplinary, medium-agnostic, and hands-on experimentation towards building concrete ways in which this advocacy may take shape, not just within academic discourses but in our daily lives.
Envisioning experimental media art praxis as a potentiating action research platform to critically reflect upon, dialogue with, and experiment with alternative cultural modalities of being that have often been left unvoiced and misunderstood by dominant narratives of our shared world.
Investigations on how distinct value systems and ontologically determined conceptions such as Art, Creativity, and human selfhood, influences the developmental trajectories of Artificial Intelligence, as well other human-computer-interaction modalities.
Advocacy toward expanding the global art-world discourse and trends to be more equitably global through artistic and research-driven initiatives, multifaceted curriculum, and alliance building.
How can we effectively build, manage, and nurture a more empathic & considerate digital communities on the WWW and (proto-)Metaverses, by engaging it as a site of action research and discourse generation
Building empathic & relationally focused hybrid environments to enhance online-onsite interactions.
Collective expansion of Art-world discourse
At the New Vision Arts Festival, HKACT! Act 10. DAEDALUS DRONES, curated by Osage Foundation (November 2021, @ Asia Society HK)
An intro to the curatorial direction for "Foundation: A web3 media art festival" (September 2022, @ Videotage + Distant.Gallery)
Introduction to the design concept of "Foundation: A web3 media art festival" (March 2023, @ Videotage + Distant.Gallery)
AI and the Arts: Dramatic Changes and Impacts
A video excerpt on the need to examine systemic issues inherent in human societies via new technological frames enabled by AI as contextual mirror (March 2023, @ Asia Society Southern California)