Eu Jin Chua

Senior Lecturer

Email: echua@aut.ac.nz

Qualifications:

http://bbk.academia.edu/eujinchua

Biography:

Eu Jin's studio training is in architecture, with a period spent in practice specializing in 3D architectural modelling, and he currently writes and conducts research in the area of art and architectural theory and film theory. He is also active as a curator and programmer of moving-image art, and has worked on exhibitions and screening programmes for various cultural institutions in New Zealand and the UK. He served as research assistant on the film 'Derek' (a biographical documentary of Derek Jarman, directed by Isaac Julien), which screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2008 after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival and the Serpentine Gallery. He was also assistant curator on 'Figuring Landscapes', an exhibition of contemporary artists' film and video which premiered at ArtSway and Tate Modern in 2008 and toured venues in the UK, Ireland, and Australia -- <http://www.studycollection.co.uk/figuringlandscapes/index2.html>.  In 2014, he curated a segment of the exhibition 'Other Waters' for Te Tuhi Center for the Arts, Auckland. He is currently working on a new exhibition titled 'Clockpunching: Rhythm and Labour from Len Lye to Post-Recession', which will feature recent local and international works that depict work rhythms in the age of post-recessionary neoliberalism. He is also working on a doctoral thesis titled 'The Cinematic Expression of Nature: Reading Film Theory after the Ecological Turn', which re-reads foundational film theory concepts in the wake of recent ecological thought.  

He has published in 'Postmodern Culture', 'Screening the Past', 'The Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature', and in various edited volumes.  He served as the London reviews editor of 'Critical Quarterly' from 2008-2009, and is associate founding editor of the 'Moving Image Review and Art Journal', the first peer-reviewed scholarly journal on artists' film and video: <http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals>
He sits on the Steering Group of the London-based Artists' Moving Image Research Network.

He previously taught at Unitec, Auckland; Syracuse University, London campus; Birkbeck College at the University of London; and the University for the Creative Arts in Kent and Surrey.

In 2017, Eu Jin will be convening the annual Australasian conference associated with the architecture journal 'Interstices', tentatively themed 'Spinoza: Arts, Affects, Architectures'. <http://interstices.ac.nz>  This is the long-gestating result of a summer spent a few years ago at the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University where he became a big fan of the seventeenth century Dutch-Jewish philosopher Benedict de Spinoza. 

Eu Jin was grew up partly in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and partly in Auckland, New Zealand, spent a number of years in London, and, as yet another side interest, he researches the condition of globalized cosmopolitanism and migrancy (being from everywhere and nowhere).