世界の終り…

When you are lost in the desert, it is like entering Haruki Murakami’s hard-boiled wonderland. Or maybe this is the end of the world?

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A glimpse of the future?

These surreal scenes of the flooded Toronto Islands are providing a glimpse of what the future may look like.

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Ready to be great again!

In the realm of alternative facts, things are ready to be great again.

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Speculative Histories

In a photo-essay that seeks to bring “future-oriented fictions and urban-centred theories of China and India” together, historian Kavita Philip writes about my photos, along with those by Dipti Desai. “How might we think dialogically about the material geographies of China and India, while not overplaying the familiar comparative analytics of borders and populations, communism and democracy, economic and cultural difference? How might we think in the longue durée about Asian urban and rural change without being overly formalist about theories of development?” >>> READ MORE >>>

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Science of Giants: China and India in the Twentieth Century (Volume 1, 2016)

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Cities in Ruins

UofT Magazine features my research and artistic practices. >>> READ MORE >>>

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When lightning strikes twice

This past January, the 80-year old Jinno-san was evicted by the government for the second time in his life. He moved into this apartment in central Tokyo five decades ago in order to make way for the construction of the main Olympic Stadium for the 1964 Games. Yet, in order to build the new stadium for the 2020 Olympic Games, the entire 1964 resettlement neighborhood, along with Jinno-san’s old home and shop, will have to be demolished soon.

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Old Walls, New Surveillance, and Global Anxieties

The ruins of this advanced warning radar station make us think of another Cold War ruins seven thousand kilometers away… >>> READ MORE >>>

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A Dialogue between Landscapes

Today is the last day of my exhibition at the Museum für Asiatische Kunst, one of Berlin’s state museums. This five month exhibition has been an innovative and experimential project in that my photographs of China’s post-socialist urban transformation are in dialogue with several traditional-style Chinese landscape paintings from the 1960s. Among other things, the exhibition shows contrasting landscapes, media forms, early/post-socialist modernity, and utopian/dystopian visions. Here are the links respectively to the exhibition website and a write-up by the Munk School.

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When Art Meets Scholarship in the Age of Digital Production

In a recent interview with Dissertation Reviews, I chat about my various visual art ventures and how they interact with my scholarship…  >>> READ MORE >>>

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Debris of Fake History

Here are some images about the manufacturing of military spectacle ahead of China’s V-Day military parade. Hidden in the mountains of Hebei is this defunct PLA military base that has recently been turned into movie props for an anti-Japanese propaganda film. The site, which contains fake war ruins as well as real military ruins, is now a post-production ruin.

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