Tong Lam is a historian and visual artist with research and creative projects on infrastructure, ruins, and information. His current projects focus especially on the historical development of special zones in socialist and postsocialist China. He has also exhibited his photographic and video works internationally. Lam is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto.

Futures and Ruins: The Politics, Aesthetics, and Temporality of Infrastructure

Future and ruin are two intricately linked concepts. Especially in the age of a growing planetary crisis, conceptualising the future often anticipates ruination whereas ruins are symbols of abandoned futures. Nowhere is this paradox manifested more profoundly than in China’s recent frenetic development. In less than four decades, China has transformed from a predominately agrarian […]

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