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Performance by Patty Chang

A Chinoiserie Out of the Old West




November 15, 2007; 35 Minutes; Video

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.