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Curriculum Vitae

curriculum vitae

As an interdisciplinary artist, curator and researcher, my interests include art theory, cultural studies, digital media, exhibition design, participatory photography, and contemporary visual culture — mostly focusing on East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Europe in general. I work with graphic arts, digital photography/video, information design, performance, and web design (including learning management systems/LMS).

education + awards

2018–present (UK)
MANCHESTER SCHOOL OF ART — PhD Candidate in Art and Design

  • Manchester Metropolitan University Vice Chancellor PhD Scholarship
  • Research: ‘Reframing the ASEAN discourse by way of participatory photography and curatorial collaboration’ (Practice-led PhD)
  • Supervisors: Dr Beccy Kennedy, Dr Sian Bonnell, and Ms Jane Brake
  • Awarded with various funding grants for international conferences

2014–2018 (Hong Kong)
HONG KONG BAPTIST UNIVERSITY — Postgraduate Research

  • HKBU Haimen Institute of Science and Technology Studentship Award
  • Research: ‘Photographing the ASEAN: a participatory project in Manila’ (Pending Submission)
  • Supervisors: Professor Ian Aitken and Dr Cherian George
  • Awarded with various funding grants for international conferences

2011–2012 (UK)
UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER — Master of Arts (MA) in Visual Culture with Merit

  • Postgraduate Scholarship Award, British Council & IELTS
  • Dissertation: ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines: A visual culture and critical analysis of state and social media interventions in nation-building and subject formation’ (awarded with Distinction)
  • Supervisors: Dr Marquard Smith and Professor Harriet Evans
  • Awarded with Merit; Awarded with a Certificate of Recognition by the Philippine Embassy

2001–2006 (Philippines)
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES DILIMAN — Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art Studies (Interdisciplinary Track)

  • Undergraduate Thesis: ‘Computer graphic design and billboard advertising: technology, social production, and industry (Case study of EDSA – Metro Manila)
  • Thesis Advisers: Dr Flaudette May Datuin and Dr Ana Maria Theresa Labrador
  • College Scholar Recognition, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (2002)

other institutions attended

2019 (Estonia)
NORDIC SUMMER UNIVERSITY

  • Summer School Theme: Artistic Research – Performing Heterotopia
  • Circle 7 Theme: Absences and Silences

2017 (Italy)
EUROPEAN MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION DOCTORAL SUMMER SCHOOL

  • Summer School Theme: Contemporary Issues in Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies
  • Host Institutions: Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy & European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)

2017 (Italy)
ACADEMY OF GLOBAL HUMANITIES AND CRITICAL THEORY

  • Academy Grant 2017 (Full Award)
  • Summer School in Global Studies and Critical Theory Theme: Sovereignty and Social Movements
  • Host Institutions: Universita Di Bologna (Italy), Duke University (USA) & University of Virginia (USA)

2017 (Philippines)
VARGAS MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES DILIMAN

  • Visiting Researcher Project: Photographing the ASEAN: PhotoVoice as research method, Southeast Asia as visual culture (public forum and exhibition walk-through)
  • Supervisor: Professor Patrick Flores, PhD

2016 (China)
PhD WINTER SCHOOL ON PARTICIPATION & COMMUNICATION

  • Host Institutions: International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Participatory Communication Research Section (IAMCR-PCR) in partnership with Jinan University (China) & Uppsala University (Sweden)

teaching experience

2020–2021 (UK)
MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

  • Teaching Assistant, Courses: Manchester School of Art Unit X; RISE Learning Management System (LMS) Postgraduate Research Course Intensive; Undergraduate Tutorials (Art History, Curating, and Fine Arts students)
  • Panel Member (Student Reviewer), Programme Enhancement, Approval and Review (PEAR) Panel

2014–2017 (Hong Kong)
HONG KONG BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

  • Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, School of Communication & Academy of Film
  • Courses: Approaches and Methods in Communication Research; Qualitative Modes of Research; Digital Public Relations; Strategic Issues & Reputation Management; Film & Media Arts

2013–2014 (Philippines)
UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS

  • Instructor IV, College of Fine Arts and Design (Department of Advertising Arts)
  • Courses: Art History; Interactive Advertising; Special Topics in Advertising; Presentation Skills

2010 (Philippines)
ENDERUN COLLEGES

  • Part-time ESL Tutor, Enderun Tutorial and Language Centre
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Summer Programme

2006 (Philippines)
UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS

  • Guest Lecturer, Faculty of Arts and Letters (Journalism)
  • Course: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the Newsroom

academic publications

2021/2 (Awaiting publication, UK)
JOURNAL ARTICLE

  • Understanding social critique in graffiti art from a (non-)Western perspective: Chinese students comparing Banksy and Zato through photo-elicitation (Forthcoming, 2021/2), Co-author: Dr Wendy Wing Lam Chan, Publisher: Undisclosed/Forthcoming

2021 July (Brazil)
ANIMUS JOURNAL: CULTURAL & TECHNOLOGICAL IMAGES

  • Mesa Sa Kwarto: Southeast Asian exhibition on a ‘tiny desk’ held in a live Zoom gallery (v.20, n.43, 2021), Publisher: Revista Interamericana de Comunicação Midiática

2017 August (Germany)
CURRENT PERSPECTIVES ON COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA RESEARCH

  • Reframing the ASEAN discourse by way of participatory photography: the Manila pilot project (SuSo Book Series Edition Lumière – Bremen, 2018), Publisher: European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)

2014 December (China)
JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL ADMINISTRATION

  • ASEAN 2020 Vision: Collective identity building of Southeast Asian visual culture and economy via social media and other participatory venues of international relations (v.3, 2014), Publisher: University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) Beijing

conference papers

2021 July (Kenya/Virtual)
IAMCR* 2021 CONFERENCE NAIROBI
* International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)

  • Mesa Sa Kwarto: A ‘tiny desk’ exhibition of Southeast Asian artefacts via Zoom during lockdown (Visual Culture Working Group – Pandemic Images Panel)
  • Identity-participation in ASEAN through curatorial collaborations: a participatory approach (Participatory Communication Research Section – Participatory Processes, Public Policies and Citizenship Panel, Co-authors: Martin Vidanes, Freya Chow-Paul, and Kerrine Goh)

2021 May (USA/Virtual)
71st ANNUAL ICA* CONFERENCE – DENVER
* International Communication Association (ICA)

  • Looking for and after ASEAN: Southeast Asians caring about regional community building during the Covid-19 pandemic (Visual Communication Studies Division)

2020 May (Australia/Virtual)
70th ANNUAL ICA* CONFERENCE – GOLD COAST
* International Communication Association (ICA)

  • Understanding social critique through street art from 5,000 miles away: perspectives of China’s post-90s generation in the UK (Visual Communication Studies Division – Vernacular Visual Cultures as Expressions of Social Identity Panel, Co-author: Dr Wendy Wing Lam Chan)

2019 July (Estonia)
NSU* SUMMER SYMPOSIUM 2019
* Nordic Summer University (NSU)

  • Southeast Asians photographing Southeast Asia: Participating in the ASEAN identity discourse

2018 May (Czech Republic)
ICA* DIGITAL ASIA PRECONFERENCE PRAGUE
* International Communication Association (ICA)

  • Non-North, Non-West: Southeast Asia by way of social media and participatory voices

2018 May (Czech Republic)
ICA* YOUNG SCHOLARS – VISUAL EXPRESSION OF VOICE
* International Communication Association (ICA)

  • Mediation of grassroots voices in Southeast Asian regionalism by way of participatory photography (ICA Visual Communication Studies Division)

2017 May (Austria)
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR E-DEMOCRACY AND OPEN GOVERNMENT 2017

  • Developing a viable e-participation model for the ASEAN: A Reflection (Accepted by the Center for E-Democracy, Danube University Krems, Austria)

2016 December (Australia)
CROSSROADS IN CULTURAL STUDIES CONFERENCE 2016 SYDNEY

  • Transnational identity construction by way of crowdsourcing images: the ASEAN experience (Accepted by the University of Sydney & Western Sydney University)

2016 September (UK)
ASEASUK* CONFERENCE 2016 LONDON
* Association of Southeast Asian Studies in the United Kingdom (ASEASUK)

  • Southeast Asian community and identity building by way of crowdsourcing images

2016 July (UK)
IAMCR* 2016 CONFERENCE LEICESTER
* International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) 

  • Imagining Southeast Asia through participatory media: collective history, memory, visual culture
  • The Spiral of Headline Type: Dynamic Impacts of News Type and Headline Length on Read Rate on Toutiao Aggregator (Panel Co-Chair: Angela Dan Wang; Paper Co-Authors: Angela Dan Wang, Wendy Wing Lam Chan, & Jade Xuan Xie)

2016 July (Hong Kong)      
RIDCH* INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2016
* Research Institute for Digital Culture and Humanities (RIDCH)

  • Participation via crowdsourcing and photographic images: the Southeast Asian experience (Accepted by The Open University of Hong Kong)

other conferences + seminars 

2017 June (UK)
MeCCSA PGN* 2017
* Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association Postgraduate Network (MeCCSA PGN)

  • Postgraduate Paper Presentation, Conference theme: Borders & Boundaries: Territories, technologies, transgressions (Goldsmiths University of London & London School of Economics)

2017 May (USA)
67th ANNUAL ICA* CONFERENCE – SAN DIEGO
* International Communication Association (ICA)

  • Poster Presentation, Conference theme: Interventions: Communication Research and Practice

2017 April–May (UK)
ADVANCED IMAGE ELICITATION METHODS

  • Participant, Seminar on Advanced Image Elicitation Methods, The Open University UK

2015 September (Hong Kong)
5th INTERNATIONAL POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE

  • Participant, nWhose Voice? Theory & Practice, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2014 July (China)
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE 2014

  • Postgraduate Paper Presentation, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) Beijing

2014 March (Singapore)
MARKET RESEARCH IN THE MOBILE WORLD

  • Organised by Merlien Institute in partnership with Kantar, Confirmit, and Global Market Insite

2013 September (Japan)
ASIAN WORKSHOP ON CULTURAL ECONOMICS

  • Organised by Japan Association for Cultural Economics (JACE)

2012 November (UK)
DESIGNING AND RUNNING PARTICIPATORY PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECTS

  • Organised by PhotoVoice UK in partnership with the London International Development Centre

2012 August (Estonia)
ASEF* SUMMER UNIVERSITY
* Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

  • Delegate, AU18 – Conscious Consumers for Environmental Sustainability

facilitator roles

  • ZEPPELIN UNIVERSITÄT— Workshop Speaker, Transcultural Leadership Summit: Fluid Identity/ies in Regional Constructs (November 2021), Zeppelin Universität (ZU) Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin (LEIZ)
  • LEADERSHIP JOURNEY INSTITUTE — Seminar Speaker, Poetry and Healing: Poetry, Pathography, and PhotoVoice (May 2018), Leadership Journey Institute (LJI) & Center for Growing and Giving Foundation (CGGF)
  • BOLOGNA SOCIAL PRACTICE LAB — Co-Facilitator, Summer School in Global Studies and Critical Theory: Polit(t)ico: Mostra installativa e parata (July 2017), Bologna Social Practice Lab & Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna
  • VARGAS MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES DILIMAN — Facilitator & Researcher, Photographing the ASEAN: PhotoVoice as research method, Southeast Asia as visual culture (February–April 2017)
  • BIENVENIDO N. SANTOS CREATIVE WRITING CENTER, DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY — Support Facilitator, 1st International Writing Program Workshop in Manila (April 2016), US Embassy Manila & De La Salle University
  • COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS & DESIGN,  UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS — Guest Speaker, Special Topics in Advertising in 60-Minute Conversations Seminar Series (March 2014)
  • PHOTOVOICE UK — Support Facilitator, Lookout London / Lookout UK Participatory Photography Project (July–September 2012)

curatorial + exhibition work

  • MANCHESTER SCHOOL OF ART Curator & Lead Researcher, Made in ASEAN Online Exhibition (2020–2021)
  • NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR CULTURE AND THE ARTS (NCCA) — Social Media Coordinator & Graphic Designer, Ties of History Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Vargas Museum, and Yuchengco Museum (2018)
  • JAPAN FOUNDATION ASIA CENTRE — Social Media Coordinator, Almost There Exhibition at the Vargas Museum (2017)
  • CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES — Artist, Chromatext Rebooted Exhibition (2015–2016)
  • ACADEMY OF VISUAL ARTS — Co-curator, Nullah No La Exhibition, Hong Kong Baptist University (2015)
  • KOO MING KOWN GALLERY — Curator, Twelve Hundred Miles Apart Exhibition, Hong Kong Baptist University Academy of Film (2015)
  • GSIS MUSEUM OF ART — Artist, As Yet Unwritten Exhibition, GSIS Museum of Art & Art Tempo Manila (2014)
  • RICH MIX GALLERY LONDON — Graphic Designer, 10th Annual Auction of Exceptional Photographs (November 2012); Photo Voices: Sharing Lives, Opening Eyes (October 2012)
  • HUB WESTMINSTER — Graphic Designer, PICS (Photographic Images Changing Society) Festival 2012 (May 2012)
  • REGENT STREET GALLERIES & CINEMA — Co-curator & Exhibition Designer, Through the Lens: Embodying the City MA Exhibition, University of Westminster (2011–2012)
  • VARGAS MUSEUM – Exhibition Designer, Messenger of the Gods: Duddley Diaz Exhibition (2009)
  • VARGAS MUSEUM – Exhibition Designer, Art Beyond Appearances Exhibition (2009)
  • VARGAS MUSEUM – Exhibition Designer, Capturing Anxieties: Amorsolo, His Contemporaries, and Pictures of the War Retrospective Exhibition
     (2008)

film + video productions

  • CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS FILM FESTIVAL 2017 Art Director, Bundok Banahaw, Sacred and Profane (Documentary by Dempster Samarista, Director/Writer)
  • CINEFILIPINO FILM FESTIVAL 2016Crowd Director & Assistant Editor, Buhay Habanghubay / Life Afterlife (Film by Paolo Herras, Director/Writer)
  • TWELVE HUNDRED MILES (2015)Co-writer & Colorist, Twelve Hundred Miles (Film by Joni Gutierrez, Director/Writer)
  • ABS-CBN & STAGES PRODUCTION SPECIALISTSMultimedia & Projections Operations, Undaunted The Musical (2009–2010)
  • CINEMANILA FILM FESTIVAL 2008 Art Director, Manghuhula / The Fortuneteller (Film by Paolo Herras, Director/Writer)
  • SIRKULO NG KABATAANG ARTISTA (UP SIKAT) — Artistic Director (2009–2017)

consulting experience

  • ASIA-EUROPE FOUNDATION (ASEF) — Graphic Designer, Governance & Economy Department (September–December 2021)
  • THE ASIA FOUNDATION — Media Content Consultant, Clinical Legal Education Program (CLEP) Learning Management System (December 2020–April 2021)
  • ADARNA DIGITAL MARKETING — Web Designer, Adarna Digital Marketing Website (2020–2021)
  • UP COLLEGE OF LAW — Web Designer, UP College of Law Website (2019–2021)
  • ASIA-EUROPE FOUNDATION (ASEF) — Graphic Designer, Governance & Economy Department (November 2019–May 2020)
  • THE ASIA FOUNDATION — Graphic Designer, Routes Asia 2019, Philippine Department of Tourism (January 2019)
  • VARGAS MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES DILIMAN — Book Designer & Layout Artist,Vargas Museum Education Guide (2016)
  • DEUTSCHE GESELLSCHAFT FÜR INTERNATIONALE ZUSAMMENARBEIT (GIZ) — Art Director / Graphic Designer, Mt. Nacolod Biodiversity Infokit and Awareness Project in Southern Leyte, Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (2013–2014)
  • ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE MANILLE — Creative Consultant, Philippine Art Residency Program (PARP) 2011 Launch and 2012 Edition (2010–2011)
  • SUPREME COURT OF THE PHILIPPINES — ICT Development Specialist, Action Program for Judicial Reform Website (2006–2007)

professional experience

2018 (Singapore)
ASIA–EUROPE FOUNDATION (ASEF) — Project Executive, Education Department

  • Lead the official communications of the department and managed its social media channels
  • Designed and developed communication and information materials for various projects such as the 22nd ASEF Summer University (in Croatia and Slovenia), the 3rd ASEF Young Leaders Summit (in Belgium) and Navigators’ Training (in India and Poland), the 14th ASEF Classroom Network Conference (Finland), and the 7th ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum as well as the 38th Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM) Board of Governors meeting (in Romania)
  • Designed and developed the new edition of ASEMInfoBoard Newsletter (online publication)

2012 (UK)
PHOTOVOICE UK — Projects and Programme Assistant

  • Co-facilitated the ‘Lookout UK’ participatory photography project in partnership with Catch22 Youth charity while handling administrative duties from project management to social media
  • Designed publicity materials and drafted press releases for the first ever ‘Photographic Images Changing Society (PICS) Festival’, an annual photography conference held in London
  • Managed social media presence for the ‘Right Year for Children’ campaigns and exhibitions
  • Designed the website for the Voice of Freedom project and assisted in liaising with project leads
  • Received various trainings and certifications (participatory photography facilitator, working with persons with disabilities, working with children, etc)

2009 (Philippines)
AHEAD LEARNING SYSTEMS — Art Director

  • Lead and trained the Marketing Department in its rebranding and social media marketing efforts
  • Served as project coordinator of the ‘Ahead Interactive’ website launch, produced online content and multimedia marketing collaterals, including print and outdoor media

2007–2009 (Philippines)
PUBLICIS* MANILA — Executive Assistant to the President & CCO
* Publicis Groupe Paris

  • Assisted the President & Chief Creative Officer (CCO) in various capacities
  • Provided administrative and creative support to the Creative Department
  • Received first hand training in executive work, creative campaign pitches, photo shoots, press work, as well as account management

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CV Note: Updated 25 September 2021 – please email kristianjeff[at]kjca.online
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