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After law school, qualifying for the Singapore Bar and a brief bout practising as a finance lawyer at a major law firm in Singapore and London, I decided to do something different and obtained a PhD in Film Studies from University College London (UCL), writing my doctoral thesis on digital cinema technologies. Prior to joining York, I held research posts as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Cambridge University (Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College), and as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at HUMlab (dually affiliated with the Department of Culture and Media), Umeå University, Sweden.
My academic honours include the Isaac Newton Trust Award, the Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) Award, the UCL Graduate School Research Scholarship, the UCL Graduate Open Scholarship, and the Singapore Academy of Law Prize (top final-year graduate of the class). I have also been involved in making film and media [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dv_Tsfi2Mn4], have had poetry published (most recently in a collection of haiku) and a short story in the Bridport Prize International Creative Writing Competition longlist (40 selected from 3,428 entries), and was once the national representative for Singapore in chess. I was also a member of the Cambridge Digital Humanities steering committee and co-organiser of the Cambridge Digital Humanities for Early Careers Researchers sub-network.
I have taught and lectured on various cinema and digital media courses, including convening and teaching a one-term module, "Coding the Frame: Space and Time with Digital Media" for the Screen Media and Cultures MPhil at Cambridge, and have supervised several MPhil essays and theses. I am also an Associate of the Higher Education Academy, upon successfully passing a 9-month course on higher education teaching accredited by the HEA.
Having lived in Cambridge, Umeå, Hong Kong, London and Singapore (and now York), I continue to maintain a wide business and professional network, including memberships in The Cambridge Network, the Society of Cinema and Media Studies, the Law Society of Singapore, and the Singapore Academy of Law. When not working and/or shuttling between Europe and Asia, I scuba dive and ski as much as I can while there are still fishes and snow left in the world. I also cook, run, sail and watch sports.
“Machinima, Frames, Surface, Camera: a tactical transect across today’s digital mediascape”, invited presentation at the Asia Research Institute cluster seminar, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 27 Jan 2013.
“Surface, Display, Life: The Digital Mediation of Space as Cinematic Display”, invited presentation at the Cinema Experiences: Immersive Pasts and Futures conference, Singapore, 31 Oct – 1 Nov 2013.
“Portable Eye: The Omnivision of the Mobile Camera”, invited lecture at the Digital/Moving Image and Networked Performance: on Cultural Transformations summer school, University of Warwick, 8-12 July 2013.
Social Media Knowledge Exchange (SMKE) Scholar presentation, invited presentation at the SMKE Conference (as SMKE Scholar), University of Cambridge, UK, 2-3 July 2013.
“Digital Humanities and the Winds of Change, They are A-Blowing”, invited presentation at the Media Places: Infrastructure|Space|Media conference, Umeå University, Sweden, 5-7 December 2012.
“‘Not Only To See All, But Also To See From Anywhere’: Space, Duration, and the Omnivision of the Mobile Camera”, invited lecture at the Wolfson College Humanities Society, University of Cambridge, UK, 30 October 2012.
“Finders, Users, Up-enders; or, Authoring Media in the Digital Age: Mash-ups, Crowd-sourcing, Machinima”, invited presentation at the Remix In Retrospect symposium, VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 21 Oct 2011.
“Virtual Worlds as Media Places” (co-presenter), invited presentation at the Media Places: From the Gardens of Versailles to Spatial Robots conference, HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden, 11 December 2010.
“Virtual Eyes: Seeing Through Digital Media”, invited lecture at the School of Film and TV, University of Shanghai, China, 16 September 2010.
“Camera Absent: The Poetics of Machinima and the Digital Culture of Virtual Filmmaking”, invited lecture at the School of Film and TV, University of Shanghai, China, 14 September 2010.
“‘The Human Inside of You’: Avatars and Posthumanism”, invited lecture presented at HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden, 20 April 2010.
Connecting the Dots: movement, space and the digital image[http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/2069/]
Convenor, Organiser (12 April 2013)
Successfully applied for CRASSH Conference Funding to conceptualise, initiate and put together a one-day international conference on space and the digital image. Speakers included Alan Blackwell (Cambridge), Seth Giddings (UWE), Aylish Wood (Kent), Chris Newfield (UCSB), and Trond Lundemo (Stockholm University).
Digital Bridges: “Have You Forgotten Your Password?”[http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/page/1180/digital-bridges.htm]
Project leader, managing the project and two postdocs (February - April 2013)
Knowledge exchange project working with playwrights and theatre practitioners on the role of the digital in society
Funded by the pilot Arts and Humanities Research Council Cultural Engagement Fund (£16,000)
Cambridge Screen Media Group[http://talks.cam.ac.uk/show/index/32448]
Co-convenor (with Prof. Emma Wilson) (Sept 2012 - April 2013)
Successfully applied for CRASSH Graduate/Faculty Research Group Funding to organise a seminar series on screen media and the body. Speakers included Stelarc, Kevin Brownlow, Steven Connor (Cambridge) and Chris Townsend (RHUL).
Using Social Media to Manage Real-Time Event Collaborations Across Mixed and Transmedial Realities [https://smke.org]
Organiser (February 2013)
Successfully applied for a Social Media Knowledge Exchange scholarship to organise two half-day workshops on developing and sharing effective practices, experiences, tools and platforms on managing real-time events across a range of social media
Putting Machinima In (or out of) Cinema: a roundtable seminar on films made in virtual worlds[http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/2003/]
Organiser (June 2012)
Conceptualised, initiated and organised a roundtable seminar for the Screen Media Seminar series at CRASSH with Professor Sarah Higley (University of Rochester) and Dr William Brown (University of Roehampton)
“Open Space/Singapore/Southeast Asia”,Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Curatorial Associate (Feb 2010-June 2010)
Helped in publicity and organisation of online art exhibition for the International Communication Association (ICA) conference in Singapore from June 22-26, 2010
HUMlab Science-Fiction Movie Series
Initiated, organised, marketed and facilitated a science-fiction film screening series, including group discussion, for university staff and students
Graduate Film Forum, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies (Institute of Advanced Studies, University of London)
Organised, marketed and facilitated a film forum, including a screening and group discussion, for graduate students as part of the IGRS Graduate Forum series
Cinephilia 3: From film to digital images: memory, exhibition, experimentation
Conference organiser (2004)
Organised third installment of the “Cinephilia”conference series held between UCL, New York University and the Universiteit van Amsterdam