Thursday, March 13, 2003

Fresh Eyes: New Artists at Cinematheque

Program 9: Post-Industrial Speculations, Gibbs Chapman and James T. Hong

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

The work of Gibbs Chapman and James T. Hong combines elements of personal documentary and industrial production to suggest entropic endgame scenarios, ironically pointing to the untenable lengths reached by the human drive toward complexity and rationality. Chapman’s An Examination of Exhibits A1 Thru E5 composites a pseudo-industrial essay on what he calls “the human insistence on order from chaos” through bizarrely collaged found footage, while Your Tax Dollars at Work exposes hidden meanings in scrambled congressional news coverage. Chapman also will premiere Turbine’s Russian Scissors. Hong’s BEHOLD THE ASIAN: HOW ONE BECOMES WHAT ONE IS stands as an aggressive treatise on identity, race and conformity; in his words, “Identity politics for everyone and no one.” Hong’s earlier CONDOR: A FILM FROM CALIFORNIA is a quasi-existential meditation on the extinction of the California Condor as a metaphor of our time. (Total Mobile Home)