Performance by Patty Chang: A Chinoiserie Out of the Old West
November 15, 2007; 6:00 p.m.
Known for her mesmerizing performances and video works that blur the boundary between fact and fiction, Patty Chang is inspired by “catalysts for specific situations,” as she calls them. One such catalyst was the 1928 meeting of cultural theorist Walter Benjamin and Hollywood actress Anna May Wong in Berlin. In this program, Chang presents a new performance work-in-progress—part of her long-term investigation of Wong, translation, and transculturation at the advent of sound film.
Patty Chang is an artist in residence at BAM/PFA this November. She will present a program of her video works at the PFA Theater on Wednesday, November 14.