Projects Funded by the Arts Research Institute: 2014
In Lee’s solo exhibition entitled "All Over," she exhibited thirty-four recent multi-form print media works that included a collaborative work with composer Frank Harris that featured an original musical score and an animated video using the four prints in her “Lake Merritt” series. This exhibition focused on themes of mobility, displacement and labor on the personal and social level as seen in traffic, places of transport, or objects that move or are "in motion" -- travel in both the daily and migratory sense. "All Over" was held at three different venues in Korea and China during the month of September 2014.
Assassin's Creed III: Liberation (2012) is a stealth, open-world adventure game about chattel slavery. Presenting a rare example of black female multi-dimensional heroine (Aveline de Grandpré), Liberation maximizes game mechanics that directly engage her fraught mobility in public space. Through a close textual reading, with particular focus on Aveline's tripartite identity, I consider the function of shifting significations as a strategy for empowerment. The methodology of this presentation is rooted in a critical cultural studies approach to the analysis of games as nuanced visual expressions capable of shaping, maintaining and potentially contesting power through the politics of identity.