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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 teaches at New York University, Center for Experimental Humanities at the Graduate School of Arts & Science. She is co-editor of an anthology, Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene (Minnesota, 2017) and co-curator of an artscience exhibition, DUMP! Multispecies Making and Unmaking at Kunsthal Aarhus (2015). Her scholarly work has been published in journals that include Environmental Philosophy, Journal of Ethnobiology, New Formations, and Third Text. Her artistic work has been exhibited in international art venues and has 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 change. It follows the cultivation of rice, a flowering grass and one of our oldest companion species.

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