Thursday, November 13, 2003

From Baghdad to Bush in Video

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

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)