Dr. Margaret Tan

Lecturer Tembusu College National University of Singapore
Director of Programmes Tembusu College National University of Singapore
(+65) 6601 2808 (Office)

Dr. Margaret Tan is an academic and artist from Singapore, and works with a wide range of media. Working through a feminist perspective, she is interested in the intersections of body with space, technology, and culture. Margaret also holds a BFA from RMIT/LASALLE College of the Arts, and an MA in Interactive Media from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her artworks can be seen here.

Margaret is currently a Fellow at Tembusu College, and a Research Fellow with the Science, Technology, and Society Cluster at the Asia Research Institute. She received her PhD from the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore. Her dissertation involves a critical analysis of the visions and discourses surrounding pervasive computing and Singapore's latest IT Masterplan called Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015). It investigates how both sets of vision and discourse intersect through globalisation and technologies underpinned by neo-liberal values, post-Cold War techniques and technicity, and considers these implications on creative and feminist endeavours.

Modules

Murals: Expressions from/on the Walls
Singapore as "Model" City?
The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.