This next week on the 11th of February, we’ll be having Berlin and Singapore based artist Ming Wong speaking in our colloquium. The lecture will start at 5:00pm in the Future Cinema on the 6/F. Ming Wong will introduce his projects and practice that engage with the history of world cinema and popular forms of entertainment. His performance and video installations work through the visual styles and tropes of such iconic film directors as Fassbinder, Wong Kar-wai, Visconti, Pasolini, Douglas Sirk, Ingmar Bergman, etc. His latest project Making Chinatown (shown at RedCat in LA and Liverpool Biennial last year) draws upon Polanski’s iconic film ‘Chinatown’ for its use of Los Angeles as a versatile and malleable character, and demonstrates the means through which subjectivity and geographic location are constructed by motion pictures.
Shot on location in the Gallery at REDCAT, Wong’s reinterpretation, Making Chinatown, transforms the exhibition space into a studio backlot and examines the original film’s constructions of language, performance and identity. With the artist cast in the roles originally played by Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston, key scenes are reenacted in front of printed backdrops that are digitally rendered from film stills and kept intact within the video installation. The wall flats adhere to the conventions of theatrical and filmic staging while taking on qualities of large-scale painting and sculpture.
Born 1971 in Singapore, Ming Wong lives and works in Berlin (Germany). He participated in the 53rd Venice Biennale 2009 and was awarded a Special Mention for his solo presentation ‘Life of Imitation’ at the Singapore Pavilion, inspired by the cinematic heritage of his home country. recent exhibitions include the Liverpool Biennial (UK), the ‘Future Projections’ at Toronto International Film Festival (Canada) and ‘Making Chinatown’ at REDCAT (Los Angeles, USA). He has also shown at Performa 11, New York, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan; Hara Museum, Tokyo, Japan; House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany; Museum de Moderne, Salzburg, Austria; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, USA; Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada and Singapore Biennale 2011; Sydney Biennale 2010; Gwangju Biennale 2010. In 2013, Ming Wong will present solo exhibitions at the University of Oregon (USA), and the Shiseido Gallery in Tokyo (Japan).
Ming Wong is currently in Hong Kong until the end of February for a residency at the Spring Workshop. Spring will be hosting a lecture/performance by Ming at 6pm on February 15th. So totally check that out if you can. Here is a link to more info about Spring Workshop, Ming Wong and the event. To see more of what Ming’s been up to, go and check out his website!