elaine gan

Elaine Gan

Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher (2017-2019)




Elaine Gan is an artist-scholar who is interested in multispecies assemblages and how they coordinate through timing. Her ongoing book/digital project Time Machines follows six kinds of rice and maps the conjunctures of more-than-human socialities that trigger historical change and, more broadly, a new epoch named the Anthropocene. Time Machines is a multi-sited study that analyzes the temporalities of miracle rice and the Green Revolution, deepwater rice along the Mekong river, frozen rice in a seed vault in Svalbard, and wild rice in northern California, among others, in order to understand the formations of worlds otherwise.

Gan’s work combines theory, research, and creative practice, and critically engages with the fields of digital arts and humanities, science & technology studies, and environmental anthropology. She is currently a Mellon postdoctoral research fellow in Digital Humanities at University of Southern California. She has also served as art director for the Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene (AURA) project in Denmark, an initiative funded by the Danish National Research Foundation to advance studies of human disturbance and feral ecologies. Recently, she co-edited the anthology Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) and curated an art and science exhibition titled DUMP! Multispecies Making and Unmaking (Kunsthal Aarhus, 2015). Her writings have appeared in academic journals that include Environmental Philosophy, New Formations, Third Text, and Social Analysis. Art and design achievements include fellowships from the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in New York, as well as international exhibitions.

website  http://elainegan.com