Apr 01

Thursday, November 13, 2003

@ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

From Baghdad to Bush in Video

New media artist Paul Chan spent one month in Baghdad last winter with the Iraq Peace Team, a campaign of Voices In the Wilderness, the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated group working against the sanctions, and now occupation, of Iraq. He joins us from New York to screen Baghdad In No Particular Order, a series of humorous and tender observational video portraits shot in the calm before the ensuing storm. Chan’s experimental videos are radically different in tone and style. The darkly satirical Re: The_Operation uses animated drawings, digital snapshots and fictional letters to depict the Bush administration as wounded, neurosis-ridden soldiers fighting the war against terrorism. Happiness (finally) after 35,000 years of civilization is an animation-installation reinterpreting the drawings of outsider artist Henry Darger and the writings of utopian philosopher Charles Fourier. (Irina Leimbacher)

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