October 25, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Tues. Sept. 16. 7:00pm
Join the exhibition curator, some of the exhibiting artists, and a visiting MIT history professor as they discuss art production and the relationship between art and politics in Southeast Asia.
-Patty Chang and David Kelley, Artists
-Frédéric Sanchez, Artist and New Art Center's Artist in Residence
-Christopher Capozzola, MIT Associate Professor of History
-Moderated by Far from Indochine curator Chuong-Ðài Võ
September 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Wed. Sept. 17th at 4:30pm
Come to the film screening of Route 3, 2011 by David Kelley and Patty Chang, and stay for the discussion with Far from Indochine curator Chuong-Ðài Võ. Route 3 is a 3-channel HD video installation with a 27 minute and 17 second run-time. Excerpt from Patty Chang and David Kelley's artist statement:
"In 2011 we began working on Route 3. Having read about a road built through the jungles of northern Laos and a Chinese casino town, we were drawn to consider how landscape in the periphery of China was affected by the ever growing economic hegemony of China. The road project was supported by China, Thailand, and the Asian Development Bank. We worked in a similar manner to Shangri-la and Flotsam Jetsam in considering landscape changed by rapid development. In the case of Laos, it was this modern road that connects China to Laos and Thailand through ethnic minority villages. Our script was produced through first-hand research, interviews with people along the road, French and local anthropologists, government bureaucrats, artists, and our own experiences. We worked with local non-actors to perform our script and actions in Boten, the casino town, and at sites along roads.