JCI Lecture: Wang Janwei

Part of the Joan Carlisle – Irving Lecture Series 2007-2008; Being Pacific: Place, Space, and Identity.

Wang Jianwei, based in Beijing, is one of China’s best-known conceptual artists. He creates video works, from documentary-style productions to participant-observer projects to more theatrical efforts, often exploring the relationships of power within China’s changing social and economic landscape. Jan 15-16 2008.

These lectures delve into trans-Pacific communication, collaboration, cultural negotiation, and beyond. The Pacific is not a void, but a shared, liminal space on which we build our platform for communication. It is our hope to use this lecture series to identify where we are and who we are – A Northwest American community with diversified cultures and identities situated within the larger cultural networks of the world.

Public Lecture – Tuesday January 15th, 7pm, Lasserre 104
Graduate Seminar – Wednesday January 16, 9am, Dorothy Somerset Studio 109

Upcoming JCI Lectures

HOU HANRU is an internationally renowned critic/curator of contemporary Chinese art and Director of Exhibitions/Public Programs at the San Francisco Art Institute. Hou was recently appointed artistic director of the 10th International Istanbul Biennial and curator of the Chinese Pavilion at the Venice Biennial of 2007. Feb 5– 6 2008

DANA LEIBSOHN, Assoc. Prof. of Art History and Latin American Studies at Smith College, is known for her work in the indigenous visual culture of colonial Latin America, particularly maps and modes of literacy as well as trade between China and Mexico in the 17th-18th centuries. Mar 18-19 2008

AKIRA MIZUTA LIPPIT, Prof. of Comparative Lit., East Asian Languages/Cultures and Cinema-Television at USC, specializes in the history/theory of cinema, world literature, Japanese film/culture, and visual cultural studies. Lippit’s books include Atomic Light (Shadow Optics) and Electric Animal: Toward a Rhetoric of Wildlife. Oct 2008

Organizers:  Gu Xiong and Hsingyuan Tsao, Dept of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory, UBC.