i spend my time moving in and between contemporary practice, research, and journalism. 

practice ︎ my current focus is THE YOUNG BODY UNIVERSE, a multi-year series of enactments spanning new media, performance, video, and interactions, exploring the spaces that the deviant avatar can occupy. my practice was initially in photography, using experimental documentary and ethnography to consider, in particular, how gender and queerness are articulated. i then wrote, made films and performances, before embarking on the UNIVERSE in 2021. from the ages of 12-19 i was an actor and performer; these early experiences have led me to come full circle in my practice. for a full list of my projects, see here.

research ︎ my practice complements my research, which currently takes the form of a phd at freie universität berlin. my research explores recursivity between technology and the east asian non-male, queer, and/or femme body. using daoist philosophy as grounding material, the research then threads feminist and queer theroy, and performance and media studies, as a means of mapping the sensibilities and relations of the techno-body. i am just in my first year of research, so i expect this area to grow much more extensively. my B.A. was in international relations and communications and media studies at tufts university, and my M.A. was in visual and media anthropology at freie universität berlin.

journalism ︎ in 2022, together with sudhir vadaketh and tsen-waye tay, and in response to the lack of independent media in singapore, we co-founded jom, a long-form magazine. you can find my journalistic and documentary work in the form of essays, photography, and video for both jom and others, here. i’ve been particularly engaged with the topics of gender, queerness, inequality, mental health, the media, and surveillance. for any jom-related inquiries, please email me at charmaine@jom.media.

i’ve also worked as a university lecturer and in a commercial studio, among various other forms of labour; my C.V. is here.

please reach out via email at psxcharmaine@gmail.com. i am also on instagram at @psxcharmaine.