Christopher Chan

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

California, Berkeley, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 10102

Approve Date

April 8, 2021

Project Title

Chan, Christopher (California, Berkeley, U. of) "Crafting for the Enemy to Come: The Politics and Poetics of “Green” Infrastructures as Techno-Aesthetic Strategies of Ecological Futures in Taiwan"

Addressing climate change is widely understood to be the paramount challenge for humanity and the planet for the coming century, yet solutions to the “energy problem” of reducing carbon emissions require not only the adoption of “green” energy technologies, but also the transition to “green” cultures and social imaginations of ecological futures. My research explores how techno-aesthetic strategies are employed in Taiwan to construct such a transition by examining the politics and poetics of green energy infrastructures through the figure of Taiwan’s environmental artists. My project situates the socially-engaged environmental artist as the new subject of power and possibility within the energy transition and strategic production of green urban ecologies as infrastructural sites that operate with the new logics of a contemporary existential struggle: one that is simultaneously political, technological, and ecological.