Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy, Art, & Critical Thought: The European Graduate School
Master of Arts in Literature: Nanyang Technological University
Master of Arts in Media Philosophy (with distinction): The European Graduate School
Bachelor of Communications (Honors), 2nd Upper: Nanyang Technological University
 
   
The European Graduate School: Europäishe Universität Für Interdisziplinäre Studien,
Saas Fee, Switzerland
2009
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy, Art, & Critical Thought
  • Dissertation director: Avital Ronell,
  • Committee: Larry Rickels & Josh Eidem
  • Additional readers: Wolfgang Schirmacher & Werner Hamacher
 
Significant courses:  
  • Media, Philosophy & Psychoanalysis with Slavoj Zizek;
  • Philosophy, Ethics, Art with Alain Badiou;
  • Finitude in Philosophy, Literature and Art with Avital Ronell;
  • Exteriority: Blanchot, Foucault and Levinas with Werner Hamacher;
  • Experimental Cinema with Barbara Hammer;
  • Schopenhauer and Contemporary Philosophy with Wolfgang Schirmacher;
  • Art, Community and Freedom with Jean-Luc Nancy;
  • Homo Sacer with Giorgio Agamben;
  • Cinema for the New Millennium with Peter Greenaway;
  • Heidegger: Philosophy and Art with Chris Fynsk;
  • Audiovisual History and Technoculture with Siegfried Zielenski.
  • Gilles Deleuze and Science with Manuel DeLanda;
  • Experimental Architecture with Lebbeus Woods;
  • Political Activism: Multiplicity and Empire with Michael Hardt
 
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore   
2008
  • Master of Arts in English Literature
  • Thesis Supervisors: Brendan Quigley & Neil Murphy
 

Teaching Assistantships:

 
  • Singapore Literature with Tamara S. Wagner
  • Singapore Literature with Sim Wai Chew
  • Introduction to the Study of Literature with Terence Dawson
 
The European Graduate School: Europäishe Universität Für Interdisziplinäre Studien,
Saas Fee, Switzerland
2006
  • Master of Arts in Media Philosophy (with distinction)
  • Thesis supervisors: Wolfgang Schirmacher & Avital Ronell
  • Teaching Assistant for Werner Hamacher – 2005/6
 
   
   
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Supervision

Doctoral dissertation:

Abbéy Odunlami (December 2015 – present), with Hubertus von Amelunxen
Joel Gn (21 January, 2016), with Ingrid Hoofd


Masters thesis:

Chan Yin Wan (3 August, 2014), with Wolfgang Schirmacher


Doctoral defense committee for The European Graduate School:

Mariela Yeregui (21 July, 2015), with Geert Lovink & Hubertus von Amelunxen
Isabel Löfgren (21 July, 2015), with Geert Lovink & Hubertus von Amelunxen
Amarjot Johal (5 August, 2014), with Alain Badiou & Wolfgang Schirmacher
Daniel Tutt (4 August, 2014), with Alain Badiou & Larry Rickels
Dustin Hellberg (11 January, 2014), with Wolfgang Schirmacher & Christian Baier
Geoffrey Bell (7 August, 2012), with Wolfgang Schirmacher & Vincenzo di Nicola
Sean Smith (6 August, 2012), with Wolfgang Schirmacher & Julia Hölzl
Barbara Fornssler (5 August, 2012), with Wolfgang Schirmacher & Julia Hölzl


Doctoral defense committee for the National University of Singapore:

Gulizar Haciyakupoglu (26 April, 2016), with Nele Lenze & Nazri Bahrawi


Teaching Experience     
               

Fellow of Tembusu College, The National University of Singapore

  • September 2011 to present
  • Selected courses:

    Writing Women

    This seminar meditates on the relationship between women and writing: not just the reduced visibility of women writers, nor merely the mis-representation of women in writing, but the question of what it means, what is it, to write?, alongside how one is supposed to write. And if the mind and body are intertwined, this suggests that writing is a technology that potentially brings forth one’s body. Thus, this seminar opens the possibility that writing is an imaginative challenge to normativity, to authority, to the power of origins: of the potentiality of writing (écriture) as a cry (cri), perhaps even an ethical scream.


    On Blindness


    This seminar attempts to explore the relationality between seeing and knowledge. It begins with a meditation on the phrase "seeing is believing"; and questions the privileging of sight over all the other senses. Through a close reading of various texts, seminar participants will explore the relationality between sight and blindness—are they necessarily antonyms, or are they always already a part of each other? And if they are intimately related, what are the implications on knowledge? Are we all potentially blind to our own insights?

    Singapore as ‘Model’ City? (co-designed and taught with Margaret Tan)

    Singapore: a 'global city', a 'city in a garden', a 'city of 6.9 million' ... what do these and other ‘models’ say about Singapore and its relationship to its past and future? This course facilitates critical and multi-disciplinary engagement with the imagination and organisation of Singapore as city. Students will examine visible aspects of the urban environment together with what is (treated as) invisible, and explore what is at stake in meeting Singapore's ambition within its borders and beyond. The module culminates in an ‘intervention project’ — in conjunction with researchers at the Singapore-ETH Centre's Future Cities Laboratory — that allows students to situate ideals of the liveable, sustainable, inclusive, etc. city in particular urban sites. Students, in small groups, will engage with a particular site or situation in the urban environment and then design and document an intervention project that brings ideals, opens questions about the notion, of a liveable city in relation to material realities.

 

Research Fellow: Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University

  • August 2009 to August 2011
  • Selected courses: Sympathy for the Devil; on Reading, Literature, and Art & Reading Texts: Advanced Critical Theory
  • Honours Thesis Supervision: Kwok Yijun, Veronica Lee, Roslin Tan, & Cody Liew. (all 2010/11)

Teaching Fellow: English Division, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University

  • Jan 2008 to June 2009
  • Selected course: What is Cinema

Teaching Assistant: English Division, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University

  • Jan 2006 to Dec 2007
  • Singapore Literature with Tamara S. Wagner
  • Singapore Literature with Sim Wai Chew
  • Introduction to the Study of Literature with Terence Dawson

Teaching Assistant: The European Graduate School

  • Sept 2005 to August 2006
  • Exteriority: Blanchot, Foucault and Levinas with Werner Hamacher

Relief Teaching: Catholic Junior College

  • Jan to April 2005
  • General Paper Enrichment Classes

Relief Teaching: CHIJ St. Joseph’s Convent                  

  • Jan to March 1998
  • English and English Literature at Sec 3 level
  • Co-form tutor

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Research Interests

Post-structural philosophy with an emphasis on the seduction of communication and literature.

The virtuality of the real and the real of the virtual: rhizomatic networks and the simulacra.

The masochistic contract

Popular culture and its perverse core

Ethics and pre-relational relationality

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Media Experience

Partner: The Plastic Troika                                                      2007 - 2009

  • Pro-bono branding alliance
  • Creation of brands
  • Creation of publics and management of the media in which the brand communicates with its publics.

Selected Clients

  • Singapore Women’s Everest Team

Senior Writer: The Enigmatic Army                                         2006 - 2009

  • Creation of the brand The Enigmatic Army and the personas associated with the label
  • Creation of publics for the bands associated with the record label

 Selected Bands

  • La’Dies
  • Tripartite Conspiracy
  • Labyrinth[5]
  • MAsquer
  • Crazimals

 Owner: Leitmotif                                                                      2000 - 2004            

  • Conceptualization of advertisements
  • Copywriting
  • Art Direction
  • Account management
  • Co-ordination of production of advertisements

Selected Clients

  • Punch Video (S) Pte Ltd
  • LK Communications Pte Ltd
  • Mezzotint Design Consultants
  • Shin’st

 Internship: Ogilvy & Mather Singapore                              Jun – Dec 2003

  • Copywriter
  • Selected jobs: Canon, ESPN, NIKE, The Economist, DHL

 Selected Media Awards

  • Wildcard – Short & Sweet Singapore 2007
    Pure Sugar: Play
    Co-written with Esther Tan
    Performed at The Arts House (22 April, 2007), Singapore.
  • Special Jury Mention – Sidewalk Cinema, Wien 2006
    NeKan She Ma: Film
    Co-written and co-directed with Kenny Png.
  • Finalist – Crowbar Awards 2004
    Ambient media advertisement for The Economist
    TVC for Ministry of Community Development and Sports
  • Bronze – Crowbar Awards 2003
    Ambient media advertisement for AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research)
  • Nomination - Creative Circle Awards Singapore 2003
    Canon radio advertisement campaign
  • Bronze – Creations Awards 2002
    Poster for the Singapore Anti Narcotics Association

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