Jori Snels is a PhD candidate at Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis in the Media Studies Department of the University of Amsterdam. She is working on a research project titled Gazing Ahead: China’s Imagined Futures in Digital Art. She graduated in 2018 from the research master (MPhil) Art Studies at the University of Amsterdam, for which she wrote a thesis about the conceptualization of the digital in Chinese digital art. She has published ‘The politics of aesthetics, space and community’ (2018) on Cao Fei’s digital artwork Same Old, Brand New in peer-reviewed journal Art and the Public Sphere, as well as ‘Collaborations between dissidence and obedience’ (2017), on collaborative alternative art practices in the GDR, in Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis.
China is leapfrogging into a digital future. While Western depictions of China’s future tend to be dystopian and those of the Chinese government utopian, this project examines the alternative imaginations of the future that exist in Chinese digital art. It asks: how do Chinese digital art works imagine and construct different futures for China, and what are their social and political implications? The project studies what imaginations of future hyper-urbanization, body modification, and surveillance are anticipated and aspired to in Chinese digital art and analyzes them using posthumanist theory and object-oriented ontology.
2019 - present: University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam - PhD in Media Studies (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis)
2015 - 2018: University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam - MA Art Studies (cum laude)
2011 - 2014: Utrecht University, Utrecht - BA Language and Culture Studies (major: Modern art, culture, and history).
2019: Promoties in de Geesteswetenschappen, NWO
2017: A.S.C. Academy Studiefonds, Stichting A.S.C. Academy
2017: Horizonfonds, University of Amsterdam
2013: DIA-Stipendium, Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam
2013: Erasmus Scholarship, European Commission
2018: ACGS Conference, Global Critical Pedagogies
2017: ACGS Conferewnce, Postcolonial Mediations: Globalisation and Displacement
2016: ACGS Conference, Where Are We Now? Temporalities of Globalisation
2015: Artist Collaborations in the Soviet Union and the GDR, The Wende Museum, Los Angeles, USA
2015: Face to Face, The Wende Museum, Los Angeles, USA
2013: Vieren en Vergaderen. Het Duitse Huis Verhaalt de Vrede, Grand Hotel Karel V, Utrecht (in collaboration with Utrecht University and Utrecht Archives)