Elaine Gan is an artist-scholar who combines theory, research, and creative practice, and engages with the fields of digital humanities, visual arts, science & technology studies, and environmental anthropology. She follows things as small as rice seeds and as large as the Mekong river, as old as fungi and as new as chemical fertilizers, in order to understand the dynamics of epochal change. She is currently working on a book manuscript and a digital project that attends to the temporalities of multispecies coordinations in rice fields and how they come to shape ecologies and economies over longue durée histories.
Gan joins New York University in September 2018 as Faculty Fellow at the Center for Experimental Humanities. She will teach graduate courses on interdisciplinary methods, feminist science & technology studies, multispecies studies, Anthropocene/environmental discourse, and the art of making clocks and diagrams for worlds otherwise.
Prior to joining NYU, she served as art director for Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene (AURA) in Denmark, Mellon fellow in digital humanities at University of Southern California, and visiting researcher at the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies at UCLA. She is co-editor of an anthology, Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) and co-curator of an art and science exhibition, DUMP! Multispecies Making and Unmaking (Kunsthal Aarhus, 2015). Her scholarly work has been published in journals that include Environmental Philosophy, Journal of Ethnobiology, New Formations, and Third Text, and presented at venues that include Goldsmiths University of London, University of Chicago, UC San Diego, KTH Stockholm, Society for Artistic Research, and HKW Berlin, among others. Her artistic work has been exhibited in international art venues and has been awarded fellowships by the New York Foundation for the Arts, AURA, Jerome Foundation, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
PhD Film & Digital Media/Anthropology, University of California Santa Cruz
MFA Digital Arts & New Media, University of California Santa Cruz
BA Architecture, Wellesley College
Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of Art