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ELAINE GAN

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ELAINE GAN is interested in mapping worlds otherwise. Her transdisciplinary practice combines methods from art, science, and digital/environmental humanities to study the timing and temporal coordinations of more-than-human socialities. Through writing, drawing, interactive media, and installation, Gan explores historical materialisms and temporal coordinations that emerge between species, machines, and landscapes, with a particular interest in plants and fungi.

Gan is an artist-theorist who teaches at New York University, Center for Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement (Graduate School of Arts & Science). She is co-editor of an interdisciplinary anthology, Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene (Minnesota, 2017) and currently directs Multispecies Worldbuilding Lab, an experimental podcast about climate change. Her academic writing has been published in journals that include Environmental Philosophy, New Formations, Social Analysis, and Catalyst. Her artistic projects have been exhibited internationally and have been awarded fellowships by the New York Foundation for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Currently, Gan is working on Time Machines, a book manuscript and digital project about the temporalities of multispecies interactions at the heart of historical and evolutionary change. It follows the cultivation of rice as a flowering grass, companion species, technoscientific seed, data, and patent.

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