Ju-Pong works at the intersection of the aesthetic and the ecological, the performative and the archival, sound and moving image, the narrative and the lyric, media and unmediated presence. An avid knitter, her life entwines multiple strands as an interdisciplinary media and performance artist and educator, immigrant, feminist, mother, compost enthusiast and gardener, and perpetual researcher curious about relationships between land and language, humans and all beings. She is currently working on a doctorate in environmental studies at Antioch University New England, developing ways of cultivating intergenerational forms of audiencing science fiction and collectiely re-storying our beloved places.
MFA in Intermedia, University of Iowa
BA in Comparative Literature, Indiana. University
Areas of Expertise
Interdisciplinary Art, Social Practice, Video Performance, Ecojustice and Sustainability Education, International Feminism, Decolonial Ecocriticism
Stories feed me. Words sing to me, images enthrall me, and music inspires me. I see myself as a conduit for the stories that need to be told; I make community by knitting together stories of many voices. My questions revolve around relationships between human and the more-than-human. I explore these questions from my evolving identities—as a feminist, mother, sister, and daughter; as an immigrant resistor of assimilation; as a student of decolonization, postcolonial and indigenous cultures; as an activist-researcher in solidarity with the global climate justice movement. We are in a crisis of existence—the destruction of the earth, the massive loss of millions of species and potentially the end of our own species, brought about by the fragmented and failing systems that humans have created in the name of “progress.” Crisis is the context in which my current inquiry emerged, inspired by viewing the BBC TV series, Doctor Who, with my teen-aged son. Sitting with him, I wondered, how might we experience sci-fi and cli-fi as conjuring devices or objects of imagination? Can viewing in companionship help us collectively envision new ways of living and loving, regenerative webs of caring and obligation? I am currently working on a PhD in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England, developing ways of cultivating intergenerational forms of audiencing science fiction and collectively re-storying our beloved places.