Monday, October 31, 2011
Army Pvt. Danny Chen Died of Unspecified Causes During Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanisatan


On Oct. 3, her son, Pvt. Danny Chen, was found shot to death in a guard tower on an American outpost in Afghanistan. He was 19 years old.
Three days after his death, a military official told Ms. Chen and her husband, Yan Tao Chen, that investigators had not yet determined whether the shot to the head was self-inflicted or fired by someone else.
But the official also revealed, the Chens said, that Private Chen had been subjected to physical abuse and ethnic slurs by superiors, who one night dragged him out of bed and across the floor when he failed to turn off a water heater after showering.
Since then, the military has given little information about its investigation to the Chens, immigrants who speak no English.
Via NYTimes
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Friday, October 21, 2011
Digimovies at Exit Art - Screening of "Oxhide"

Oxhide ddirected by Liu Jiayin

Wednesday, October 26
Location: Exit Art, 475 10th Ave, New York NY 10018
Screening at 7:30pm

“The most important Chinese film of the past several years—and one of the most astonishing recent films from any country” – Shelly Kraicer, Cinema-scope “The most celebrated Chinese debut since Jia Zhang-ke’s Xiao Wu” – Mubarak Ali, The Lumiere Reader Daily life in an impossibly cramped Beijing apartment takes on epic proportions in this, intimate portrait, with unprecedented access, of a working-class Chinese family.

Boldly transforming documentary into fiction, Liu Jiayin cast her parents and herself as fictionalized versions of themselves.  Her father, Liu Zaiping, sells leather bags but is slowly going bankrupt.  He argues with his wife, Jia Huifen, and his daughter over methods to boost business in the shop.  A cloud of anxiety follows them into sleepless nights shared in the same bed.  But through the thousand daily travails of city life, a genuine and deeply moving picture of Chinese familial solidarity emerges from the screen.

With virtually no budget and boundless ingenuity, Liu Jiayin’s eye-opening debut, shot when she was 23 years old, consists of twenty-three static, one-scene shots within her family’s fifty square meter home.  Liu keeps her small DV camera in claustrophobic closeness to her subjects, often showing only parts of their bodies as their voices dominate the soundtrack.  OXHIDE takes the microscopic physical and emotional details of a family and magnifies them on a widescreen canvas.  “Liu takes the film language of “realism” into an entirely new dimension.” (Tony Rayns,Vancouver International Film Festival).
(Directed by Liu Jiayin; 2005; 110 min; China; In Mandarin)

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Thursday, October 20, 2011
ArtReview Names China's Ai Weiwei Most Powerful Person In The Art World

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei heads the 2011 edition of ArtReview’s Power 100, the magazine's tenth annual ranking of the contemporary art world’s most powerful players.

Only the second artist to top the list (after Damien Hirst in 2005 and 2008), Ai, who was arrested and imprisoned by the Chinese authorities for 81 days earlier this year, was ranked number one as a result of his activism as much as his art practice – both articulating a move away from the idea that artists work within a privileged zone limited by the walls of a gallery or museum.

Indeed the list, the most international to date, is marked by a number of practitioners – among them Cindy Sherman (7), Peter Fischli & David Weiss (28), Liam Gillick (32), Walid Raad (75), David Hammons (83), Christoph B├╝chel (88) and artist-filmmakers such as Steve McQueen (59) and Shirin Neshat (86) – whose work both enforces and questions the connection between art and life.

Alongside them, and at a time when funding is hard to come by outside the biggest commercial galleries, the list also highlights a group of agencies – among them Artangel (55), Townhouse (56), Creative Time (57), Outset (71) – that help facilitate the production of challenging art projects, as well as distribution agencies such as e-flux (5) that help provide these projects with an audience, and the thinkers (Boris Groys, 53, Slavoj Zizek, 65, Kaja Silverman, 95) who provide them with a context.

The list can be seen in full here, with the November issue of the magazine carrying full profiles, analysis, features, photography portfolios and commissioned artwork by Matt Mullican.
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Sunday, October 9, 2011
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Zuccotti park at Broadway and Fulton is the site of the Occupy Wall Street demonstration.  In the early afternoon it’s still very crowded and here and there are speakers and discussion groups.  This older gentlemen offered his own set of solutions.

Serious discussions and planning meetings seem to be constantly happening.  Behind this group is a performance artist in costume. 

Someone getting a haircut.  Maybe one of the organizing leaders? Maybe not?

In the middle of the park is an essential area where organizing efforts are sustained and maintained. 

An area for posters, many quite interesting and insightful, worth reading.  They reflect the tone, the energy and the outlook of those gathered here. 
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Friday, October 7, 2011
AAAC Artists Archive - Introduction and Demonstration

This is an AAAC event.

Time:  Wednesday, October 12, 4:oo p.m. - 6:oo p.m; 
           Thursday, October 13, 6:oo p.m. - 8:oo p.m.

Location: Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Community Center
                107 Suffolk St (at Rivington), New York, NY

An introduction and demonstration of 
the AAAC Artists Archive and its online site:

The contemporary art of the last sixty years by Asian American artists exhibited by Asian American Arts Centre will be accessed at this event, particularly during the talk by the curator/executive director Robert Lee.

The AAAC Artists Archive is a research and educational archive documenting the history of Asian Pacific American Artists in the United States since 1945 to the present. Focused on twenty six years of AAAC contemporary art exhibitions held in the Lower Manhattan, it is inclusive of American artists deeply influenced by Asia. Its online counterpart – is a high-quality research tool as well as an innovative educational asset for college and high school students, educators, and community members.

Foremost, it features images of the art works of the artists themselves, with written material to support them. Together they enable a direct experience of the art of Asian American artists and the issues and questions of cultural diversity in America.

Web Sites:

No RSVP required. Sit is limited so please come early.

The painting of "Charlie Chan the detective" is by Roger Shimomura

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