Nostalgia for the Future: Contemporary Chinese Video Art


Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants


Art History


My dissertation project will offer a historical overview of the emergence of experimental video, followed by its development and maturation as a vital category within contemporary art making in China today. I contend that these works embody a spatial dimension, capturing everyday interactions and observation, along with direct relationships to their makers’ immediate surroundings and social conditions. In light of major investments in telecommunication, logistics, and artificial intelligence technologies, artists employ video as an extension of their own spatial experiences, imagining the future, or future-based notions of time and space, living in a culture where physical space and interactions are becoming increasingly obsolete.