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Spring 2007 Programs

John Greyson (February 20-23, 2007)

Three short films by John Greyson
Friday, January 12, 7.30 PM
at the Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Academy of Arts, 900 S. Beretania Street

Films to be shown:
"The Perils of Pedagogy" (1984)
"The ADS Epidemic" (1987)
"Packin'" (2001)
to be followed by John Cameron Mitchell's feature-length film "Shortbus" (2006)

Free public showing of John Greyson's film
"Lilies" (1996)
Tuesday, February 13, 5.30 PM
UH Art Building Auditorium

Public Lecture
Tuesday, February 20, 7.30 PM
UH Art Building Auditorium

Public Colloquium: "The Queen's Sore Throat"
Wednesday, February 21, 3.30 PM
UHM campus, Kuykendall 410

Spinning off the work of Wayne Koestenbaum, Douglas Crimp, Linda Hutcheon and others concerning the queer martyr, the operatic spectacle, and the rendering of the American and African AIDS crises in song, this lecture will examine the use of voice and opera in Greyson's work and others addressing AIDS. Clips from films/tapes will include: the agit-prop PSA "The ADS Epidemic," a safer-sex remake of "Death in Venice;" excerpts from Greyson's AIDS musical "Zero Patience;" and scenes from his recent video-installation "Fig Trees", which renders the treatment strike of South African AIDS activist Zackie Achmat as a new opera by Gertrude Stein.

About John Greyson:

A video artist, filmmaker and writer, John Greyson studied visual art in London, Canada before emerging on the Toronto video art scene in the 1980s. Much of his early, formally freewheeling video work is engaged with gay rights, AIDS activism and censorship, and he has woven many of these stylistic and thematic aspects into his later more narrative driven feature-length works. He made his first feature, URINAL, in 1988, and in 1991 attended the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) in Toronto. Greyson has gone on to direct five more feature films, episodes of MADE IN CANADA and QUEER AS FOLK, and countless short films. His work has earned him numerous awards internationally, including the Best Picture Genie for LILIES in 1996, and the Toronto Arts Award for media arts in 2000. He currently teaches in the Film and Video Department at York University.

More on Greyson's work

Co-sponsored with UHM English Department - Joseph Keene Chadwick Endowment Fund, and The Academy for Creative Media


James Paul GeePublic Master Class: "'Stories' in Video Games: Toward a New Art Form"
Wednesday, February 28, 3.00-4.30pm
UHM campus, Kuykendall 410

Two issues have engendered intense controversy in the new field of video-game studies: One issue concerns whether narrative or story is important to video games and the other is whether or not video games are or can be an “art form”. John Carmack, the genius designer of the "Doom" & "Quake" games, has said that plots in video games are like plots in porn movies: you expect them to be there, but they're not the point of the exercise, and the well-known film critic Roger Ebert has famously said that video games cannot be great art in the way films or books can. I believe the role of narrative in games is unique and cannot be dealt with in the ways in which we have handled narrative and storytelling in books and films (I will argue that a key to how to deal with narrative in video games can come from work on human thinking and problem solving in cognitive psychology). Furthermore, I believe that understanding how narrative works in games is also key to understanding their potential as a new art form.

About James Paul Gee:

James Paul Gee is Tashia Morgridge Professor of Reading at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Gee received his PhD in linguistics in 1975 from Stanford University and has published widely in linguistics and education. His most recent books both deal with video games and learning. "What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy" (2003) offers 36 reasons why good video games produce better learning conditions than many of today's schools. "Situated Language and Learning" (2004) places video games within an overall theory of learning and literacy and shows how they can help us to better understand deep human learning and lead us in thinking about the reform of schools. His new book, "Why Video Games Are Good for Your Soul," shows how good video games marry pleasure and learning and have the capacity to empower people.

This ACM Master Class is made possible by Aloha Island Inc.

Co-sponsored by the UHM Departments of English, Art & Art History, Information and Computer Sciences, Political Science, Speech, Educational Foundations and the International Cultural Studies Program, and The Academy for Creative Media

Wu Hung (March 12-16, 2007)

Public Lecture
"On the Contemporaneity of Contemporary Chinese Art"
Tuesday, March 13, 7.30 PM
UH Art Building Auditorium

"Identity and Action in Chinese Culture"
Wednesday, March 14, 9.00 AM
UH Campus Center 307-308

Professor Wu Hung is an eminent scholar, Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia, University of Chicago. Although he is primarily an art historian, his early training at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing included a strong program in studio art. His written work reflects an interest in the relationship between artists and the making of art on the one hand, and art historians, critics, and the analysis of art on the other. Since 1999 as a curator, he has become a leading advocate for the exhibition of Chinese contemporary and experimental art in the West, and, as a result, in China as well.

During his residency, he will give a public slide lecture on “Contemporaneity in Contemporary Chinese Art”. He will give a workshop on this same subject. As a significant international authority in the community of scholars of Chinese art, he supports projects that bring together scholars in mainland China and those working in the West. His workshop will focus on maintaining dialogue even among those working on the same sites or materials, bridging gaps of method and theory that divide and opening channels of communication. He will participate in graduate seminars, class visitations, and individual critiques with students. His residency will deepen understanding and ways of looking at China.

[university of hawai'i at manoa]
department of art and art history

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