I am an artist (BA Art UCLA 2007, MFA with critical theory emphasis UCI 2013) and scholar (BA English UCLA 2007, UC Berkeley PhD candidate). My artistic practice encompasses a wide range of media and material techniques, including sculpture, digital video, performance, and in-situ genres that investigate situated knowledge in various stages of transcultural processes, and the history of ideas in an age of globalization. From 2005-2007 my interdisciplinary artwork through UCLArts consisted of a contemporary tour of the 18th century European Grand Tour, coalesced through artifacts, rubbings, photography, and essays. From 2007 onwards, I have focused on intercultural issues in Japan, the US/Mexican border, and migrations of gesture in everyday life and cyberspace.
My MFA thesis installation used multiple taxonomies of video sequences to investigate muscle memory as socio-cultural memory across various communities of practice, from salsa dance to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The primary questions in my artwork from 2010-2013 have been about the role of sensorimotor embodiment as cultural knowledge (ie, learning and the transmission of techniques) and the cultural formation of a complex sociogeny in global contexts.
Since 2013 my attention has shifted to scholarly inquiry as a Chancellor's fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, I am working on intellectual histories of embodiment primarily between Western Europe and Japan. My current thesis in writing includes an archeology of sensory knowledge at the intersections of sociocultural anthropology and philosophy of mind from the early modern period to the present in the Western tradition. The latter half of my project articulates the relationship that these discursive theories have to concrete forms of material culture, aesthetic objects, and somatic repertoire. A part of my dissertation focuses on Japanese tea ceremony schools, and the production of subjectivity and varieties of conviviality established through commensality.