The video works part of Video Reveries can be viewed at the Oldham Theatre foyer from 6 January to 19 March 2023.
Wednesdays & Fridays: 6pm-9pm
*Sunday 8 January opening hours will be from 1-3pm
**Closed during the Lunar New Year public holiday from 21 and 22 January.
About Video Reveries
Part of the programme Constellating Histories: Encountering Asian American Diasporas Onscreen, this installation features contributions by artists of Asian descent in video art, experimental film, and performance art. Many of these works inspired the featured filmmakers, or worked in opposition to the normalising forces of the capital put into feature-length works.
Each of the videos in this series inhabit a unique oneiric space, be it a hypnotic audiovisual feline mediation, sonic experiments, dancing statues in a public park, or archival articulations.
The complete line-up of video works can be viewed at the foyer of the Oldham Theatre. Three of the works: Light Signal, Race to the Bottom and The Story of Mikki 2 can also be viewed online.
The Video Works in the lineup:
Cop Strings (1999, Ho Tam)
Light Signal (2022, Emily Chao)
Making News/Making History (1999, Shu Lea Cheang)
Melons (At a Loss) (1998, Patty Chang)
Race to the Bottom (2021, Charmaine Lee)
The Story of Mikki 2 (A Draft with Tony in Mind) (2021, Spencer C. Yeh)
Voices of the Morning (1992, Meena Nanji)
About the Curators
Abby Sun is the Director of Artist Programs at International Documentary Association (IDA). As a graduate researcher in the MIT Open Documentary Lab, she edited Immerse. Most recently, Abby was the Curator of the DocYard and co-curated My Sight is Lined with Visions: 1990s Asian American Film & Video with Keisha Knight. Expanding on the latter’s programmatic urges, Abby and Keisha launched Line of Sight, a suite of artist development activities, in 2021.
Abby has bylines in Film Comment, Filmmaker Magazine, Film Quarterly, Notebook Magazine, Hyperallergic, and other publications. She has served on festival juries for Hot Docs, Dokufest, Cleveland, Palm Springs, New Orleans, and CAAMfest, as well as nominating committees for the Gotham Awards and Cinema Eye Honors. Abby has reviewed applications for grants from BGDM, NEA, SFFILM, LEF Foundation, Sundance Catalyst, and spoken on and facilitated panels at TIFF, NYFF, Locarno, and other film festivals. Her latest short film, Cuba Scalds His Hand (co-directed with Daniel Garber), premiered at Maryland Film Festival in 2019.
Keisha Knight is the Director of Funds at the International Documentary Association (IDA) and Creative Director of Sentient. Art. Film, a creative distribution initiative. Keisha passionately believes that the entire lifecycle of a film, from conception to circulation, is a creative process that can expand or constrict what and how we imagine. Keisha has a BA in Comparative Religion from Barnard College, an MA in Media Studies from Pratt Institute, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University. Keisha has been part of the programming teams at the New York African Film Festival, and the Maryland Film Festival she has also participated on numerous juries and project review committees.