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Dr Ming Turner

Job: Lecturer

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

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Publications and outputs

  • Quasi-skin and post-religion: Lin Pey Chwen’s Eve Clone series, 2010-11.
    Quasi-skin and post-religion: Lin Pey Chwen’s Eve Clone series, 2010-11. Turner, Ming
  • Sexuality and politics: feminism and representation in the contemporary western art.
    Sexuality and politics: feminism and representation in the contemporary western art. Turner, Ming
  • 0 & 1: Cyberspace and the myth of gender.
    0 & 1: Cyberspace and the myth of gender. Turner, Ming This is the catalogue accompanying the exhibition: 0 & 1: Cyberspace and the Myth of Gender. The exhibition took place at the Himalaya Gallery, 501 Contemporary Art Centre, Chongqing, China between 10-25 Apil 2010. The curator was Ming Turner and the project was organised in partnership with Charnwood Arts. The exhibitors were: Phil Sayers, Rikke Lundgreen, Johanna Hallsten, Ane Lan, Chou Wen-Li, Hung Sunshine, Zeng Tu, James Ming-Hsueh Lee, Miffy Ryan, Pang Xuan, Lala Meredith-Vula, Mo White, Lin Pey Chwen and He Chengyao.
  • Overview: women in the arts.
    Overview: women in the arts. Turner, Ming
  • Cyborgs and pleasure: exploration of art works by Liu Shih-Fen, Lin Tsai-Shuan and Kuo Hui-Chan.
    Cyborgs and pleasure: exploration of art works by Liu Shih-Fen, Lin Tsai-Shuan and Kuo Hui-Chan. Turner, Ming
  • Visualisation and globalisation in the Asia-Pacific region: the Taipei Biennial 1996-2008
    Visualisation and globalisation in the Asia-Pacific region: the Taipei Biennial 1996-2008 Turner, Ming Whilst globalisation, urbanisation and explosive expansion of urban spaces are the most dynamic and challenging issues in the Asia-Pacific region today, modernisation and cultural re-interpretation are also taking place at a rapid speed. Asia-Pacific metropolises, combining most of their nations’ population and resources, are at the centre of its globalisation process and intend to create their own characters whilst information and fashion have been moving between territories. Taipei, being the capital of Taiwan, has been the spotlight of the Taiwanese government’s policy and social resources distribution. The Taipei Biennial is organised under this kind of ideology, to seek a Taiwanese identity in terms of history, nation, politics and culture in the spheres of globalisation, westernisation, industrialisation and postcoloniality. The Taipei Biennial (commencing in 1998) has thus become an agent for embodying the government’s strategy for confronting globalisation and the changing world situation. In this paper, I will explore the previous Taipei Biennials held between 1998 and 2008. I argue that with rapid social change and the surge in economic growth, the Taiwanese people should endeavour to reposition those aspects of their ethnic and cultural inheritance which are authentic and local, to avoid being culturally colonised by the trends of globalisation and westernisation. By comparing the shift in themes across these six biennials, I will examine the re-consideration and visualisation of the hybridised and transformed culture of present-day Taiwanese society. Finally, through analysing different curatorial themes of the exhibitions and some selected artists’ works, I aim to demonstrate that the perspectives of contemporary Taiwanese art have shifted from seeking Taiwan’s political identity to juxtaposing itself with its competitors in the international art scene, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Key research outputs

  • Turner, M. (2012). ‘Quasi-skin and Post-religion: Lin Pey Chwen’s Eve Clone series, 2010-11’ in n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal, Vol 30, pp. 33-39.
  • Turner, M. (2011). ‘Sexuality and Politics: Feminism and Re-presentation in the Contemporary (Western) Art’ in Huang, Yachen et al (Eds). Women’s Studies in the West: Western Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences (series). Beijing: China Renmin University Press, pp 164-182. (in Chinese Mandarin)
  • Turner, M. (2010). ‘11-01 Women in the Arts: An Overview’ in O’Connor, Karen (ed). Gender and Women’s Leadership. London: Sage Publications, pp 891-897.
  • Turner, M. (2010). ‘Cyborgs and Pleasure: Exploration of Art Works by Liu Shih-Fen, Lin Tsai-Shuan and Kuo Hui-Chan’ in n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal, Vol 25, pp 57-64.
  • Turner, M. (2009). ‘Visualisation and Globalisation in the Asia-Pacific Region: the Taipei Biennial 1996-2008’ in The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Vol 4, issue 3, pp 291-302.

Research interests/expertise

Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Art, Curation, Art Management, Visual Culture, Post-colonialism, Feminism.

Areas of teaching

  • Design Cultures to MA students
  • Research Supervision to MA students
  • Critical and Contextual Studies to studio-based BA students


  • PhD in Art History and Theory (Loughborough University)
  • MA in Fine Arts (National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan)
  • BA in Fine Arts (National Taiwan Normal University).

Membership of external committees

July 2009-Jan 2010 Board Member, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Association of Art Historians, 2004 - 2011
  • British Association for Chinese Studies, 2006 - 2007
  • Association for Asian Studies, 2006 - 2007

Forthcoming events

Curatorial Project:

Dec 2012 – Jan 2013 Inconvenient Truth: New Environmentalist Art in Cijin. I am curating this project with several international artists and have secured funding from the Cultural Bureau in Taiwan.

23 Nov 2013 – 1 Jan 2014 'Post-humanist Desire: Sexuality and Digitality in Contemporary Art' Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan. I am curating this large scale group exhibition with around 25 international artists. 

Conference attendance

Conference Session Convenor

11 April 2010 A one-day conference organised in conjunction with my curatorial project, 0&1: Cyberspace and the Myth of Gender, held at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing, China.

Conference Speaker

5-7 July 2012 Globalizing Cultures and Identities: Sport, Lifestyle, Heritage. Paper: Beautiful Life: Memory and Nostalgia (Manchester Metropolitan University).      

16-18 Dec 2010 The Fifth International Conference on Ecological Discourse - Ecocriticism in Asia: Reorienting Modernity, Reclaiming Nature?. Paper: Cyborgs: Hybridised Body and Nature in the Post-gender World. (Tamkang University, Taiwan).  

16-17 Oct 2010 2010 International Conference: The City and the Ocean: Urbanity, (Im)migration, Memory, and Imagination. Paper: City, Identity and Visual Art: Taipei Biennial, 1998 - 2010. (National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan).

17 March 2010 Keynote Speaker. The Silent Language: Culture in Creative Research. Topic: A Personal Journey to a PhD: Cultural Studies in Creative Art and Design. De Montfort University.

26-28 Feb 2010 5th International Forum of Sinology. China: Exposed Imposed Proposed. (Portuguese Catholic University, Palma de Cima, Lisbon, Portugal), attendance funded by Faculty Research Funding.

28 - 31 Jul 2009 International Conference on the Arts in Society, organised by Common Ground, based at the University of Illinois Research Park, USA. Paper: Visualisation and Globalisation: The Taipei Biennial 1998-2008. (Venice, Italy), attendance funded by the Association of Art Historians (London, UK).

19 - 21 Nov 2008 Post-Olympic China: Globalisation and Sustainable Development after Three Decades of Reform. Paper: Some Cultural Considerations for the Taipei Biennials (The University of Nottingham).

1-2 Aug 2008 New Asian Imaginations Symposium. Paper: Betel Nuts - Deng Wen-Jeng’s New Imaginings of Sexuality and Body (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore), attendance funded by Loughborough University Internal Research Funding.

Consultancy work

Curation and Project Management.

Externally funded research grants information

  • Beautiful Life: Memory and Nostalgia, Exhibition Project, Sep 2011 – July 2012.
    Curator/ Project manager, funded by Arts Council England, the National Cultural and Art Foundation (Taiwan), The Contemporary Art Foundation (Taiwan), the Kaohsiung City Government (Taiwan).
  • Taiwan Digital Art Pulse Stream Plan: The Second Phase ‘Next Body’ Digital Art Exhibition, Exhibition Project, Nov 2011.
    Co-curator/ co-project manager, funded by the Council for Cultural Affairs (Taiwan).
  • Visualising Cultures and Identities: Modern and Contemporary Taiwanese Art, Aug – Oct 2010.
    Awarded Visiting Scholar to Taiwan, funded by Modern East Asia Research Centre Leiden University and the Taiwanese Ministry of Education.
  • 0&1: Cyberspace and the Myth of Gender, Exhibition Project, Nov 2009 – Apr 2010.
    Curator/ Project Manager, funded by Arts Council England, British Council Grants to Artists Scheme, and The Contemporary Art Foundation (Taiwan). 

Professional esteem indicators

Feb 2008-Aug 2009 Peer-Reviewer. E-pisteme, Postgraduate E-journal in Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts. Newcastle University.
Ming Turner
0&1 exhibition catalogueBeautiful Life exhibition poster