Conversations at the edge: The Blindness Series
Thursday, March 11, 6pm
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 North State St.,Chicago, Illinois 60601
Tran, T. Kim-Trang in person
- Still from ekleipsis (Tran, T. Kim-Trang, 1998), part of the Blindness Series, 1992-2006. Courtesy the artist and the Video Data Bank.
The Blindness Series is Los Angeles-based artist Tran, T. Kim-Trang’s expansive, fourteen-years-in-the-making tour de force on vision and its metaphors. Comprised of eight videos, the series draws upon notions of blindness to explore broader political and cultural themes of identity, sexuality, society, and technology. This evening, to celebrate the Video Data Bank’s release of The Blindness Series in a new DVD box-set, Tran will present five works from the cycle, including a provocative documentary on hysterical blindness and the Cambodian civil war (ekleipsis, 1998); an essay on cosmetic eyelid surgery (operculum, 1993); and a meditation on the phenomenon of word blindness (alexia, 2000). “We are invited to approach these works with all our senses,” writes scholar Laura Marks. “The Blindness Series, crankily, and finally tenderly, gives us our eyes back.” Tran, T. Kim-Trang, 1992-2006, USA, Beta SP video, ca. 82 min (plus discussion).
TRAN, T. KIM-TRANG (b. 1966, Saigon, Vietnam) emigrated to the U.S. in 1975. She received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and has been producing experimental videos since the early 1990s. Her work has been exhibited internationally and nationally in solo and group screenings, including at the Museum of Modern Art, the 2000 Whitney Biennial, and the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. Tran is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, having been awarded a Creative Capital grant, a Getty Mid-Career Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship. Tran also collaborates with Karl Mihail on a project known as Gene Genies Worldwide© (www.genegenies.com). Their conceptual and public artworks on genetic engineering have exhibited at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria; Exit Art, New York; the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York and elsewhere in the United States. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Scripps College.