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Remix: Recycling the 1990s in Chinese Digital Media

Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 1:00pm

Rockefeller Hall, 374
Central Campus

This talk formulates an approach to Trans-Asia Critical Humanities by showing how trans-local theory emerges and travels from situated ordinary experience to bring Asia in dialogue with the world. With a focus on how media forms are interconnected to tell stories of our contemporary time, I dive into Chinese digital media scenes to consider the theoretical potential of remix, a creative practice of recycling waste and fragments across media to transmit social memory and political consciousness. I discuss a cultural boom since the late 2010s, within which repressed stories of laid-off workers during China’s radical market transitions in the 1990s have been refashioned across all realms of media to critique the current economic crisis and labor precarity. By examining how the art of remix crosses spatial, temporal, medial, and ideological boundaries, I highlight its intervention in blasting open a trans-Asian history of disposability and forging new grounds of relatedness in the precarious global present. 

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Event Type

Lecture

Departments

Asian Studies, East Asia Program

Speaker

Shiqi Lin

Speaker Affiliation

Ph.D. Candidate, University of California Irvine

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