“Chan is an unusual model for an artist, being one for whom creating objects in the studio and dynamic situations outside it are equally important.” The New York Times
“I think that art can be any number of things at once, and they can all be contradictory.” Paul Chan
Alpert Award-winning video and media artist Paul Chan gives a stirring live multimedia presentation about an extraordinary community art experiment he spearheaded in New Orleans in collaboration with the Classical Theatre of Harlem and the public arts group Creative Time. In November 2007, Chan and his colleagues staged five site-specific performances of Waiting for Godot in the Katrina-devastated neighborhoods of Gentilly and Lower Ninth Ward. The production played to large crowds of local residents, for whom the classic Beckett-penned lines rang with fierce immediacy. The artist-activist, who had previously gained prominence by going to prewar Iraq with Voices in the Wilderness in defiance of U.S. law, also discusses the social and aesthetic ideas underpinning the Godot project.
Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.
Funded in part with generous support from Wendy Keys and Donald Pels. Additional support provided by The Herb Alpert Foundation. The Alpert Award in the Arts, a fellowship program that supports innovative practitioners in the fields of dance, film/video, music, theater and visual art, is administered by CalArts on behalf of The Herb Alpert Foundation.
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