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My Camera Doesn’t Lie?
Documentary Aesthetics in East Asia

April 24 - May 21, 2015
Columbia University 
116th St & Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Free and open to the public

The relationship between art and documentary is complex and evolving. Focusing on the rich history of art in East Asia, this informal panel and screening series will attempt to open a larger discussion, by inviting scholars across disciplines to examine a selection of works and to consider a series of questions.
These questions will address the relationship between truth and fiction in exposing ‘the real’, the position of ‘documentation’ in art, artists' access to tools, the particular social and political conditions from which this work emerges, and the way this hybrid work may challenge official narratives and the history of art in the region. Consideration will also be given to issues of institutional collection and display.
The screening program will include selections by Toshio MATSUMOTO (b.1932, Japan), WANG Jianwei (b.1958, China), CHEN Chieh-jen (b.1960, Taiwan), Sung Hwan KIM (b.1975, Korea), and ZHOU Tao (b.1976, China). Acknowledging the concept of truth as a construct, these works are far from indexical representations of reality. Rather, they fluidly traverse multiple media and creative practices -- video, photography, performance, conceptual art and documentary modes -- to question the relationship between fact and fiction, and art and society, and to investigate history, politics and the economy. 

Panel Discussion
Friday, April 24, 6:30-8:30pm
Columbia University, Schermerhorn 612

ScreeningToshio Matsumoto, Nishijin, 1961
35mm transferred to HD video, 26', B/W, sound, Japanese with English subtitles
Distributed by Postwar Japan Moving Image Archive

Panelists include:
Nico Baumbach (Assistant Professor of Film, Columbia University)

Barbara London (Independent curator, writer, and critic, Yale University, formerly Associate Curator at the Museum of Modern Art)
Christopher Phillips (Curator, International Center for Photography)

Glenn Phillips (Curator, Modern and Contemporary Collections, Getty Research Institute)
Eugene Wang (Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, Harvard University)

Introduced by John Rajchman (Adjunct Professor, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University), and moderated by Jane DeBevoise (Chair, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong and New York)

Screening Program

Sung Hwan Kim, From the Commanding Heights..., 2007

DV and 16mm, 27', color, sound, written by Pado, musical collaboration with dogr

Introduced by Glenn Phillips

Monday, April 27, 7pm
Columbia University, Schermerhorn 832


Wang Jianwei, Living Elsewhere, 1999

40’05”, color, sound, Chinese with English subtitles

Introduced by Eugene Wang

Thursday, May 14, 7pm
Columbia University, Schermerhorn 612


Zhou Tao, Blue and Red, 2014

HDV, 25', color, sound

Introduced by Christopher Phillips

Thursday, May 7, 7pm
Columbia University, Schermerhorn 612


Chen Chieh-jen, Realm of Reverberations: Tree Planters, 2014 

Part of four-channel video installation, approx. 23', B/W, sound, Chinese with English subtitles

Introduced by Jane DeBevoise

Thursday, May 21, 7pm
Columbia University, Schermerhorn 612
Initiative of the Department of Art History of Columbia University
Co-organized by Asia Art Archive in America

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