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Paul Brach Lecture Series: Ming Wong

February 14, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm


ART: Ming Wong (b. 1971, Singapore) currently lives and works in Berlin. “Wong explores the performative veneers of language and identity, through his own 'world cinema'. He has been recognized internationally for his ambitious performance and video works that engage with the history of world cinema and popular forms of entertainment. Working through the visual styles and tropes of such iconic film directors as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wong Kar-wai and Ingmar Bergman, Wong’s practice considers the means through which subjectivity and geographic location are constructed by motion pictures. His installation at REDCAT (2012), Making Chinatown, is his first project focused on the American context of filmmaking and draws upon Polanski’s iconic film for its use of Los Angeles as a versatile and malleable character. Wong treats the film as a text through which he is able to inhabit and impersonate the qualities that are particular to the place it represents. Making Chinatown mimics and reduces the techniques of mainstream cinema in order to emphasize the theatrical qualities that underlie cinematic artifice. “

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