Invisible Cities: Moving Images From Asia

When 29 Sep 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
Where Crow Collection of Asian Art
2010 Flora St
Dallas, TX 75201
United States
Enquiry (214) 271-4485

Invisible Cities showcases the work of more than 25 renowned and emerging contemporary video artists from China, Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam. Presented as a compilation of fragmentary urban images, this project addresses perceptions of various Asian cities in the collective mind. In their vignettes, artists reference traces of colonialism, globalization, and the political aspects of urban development. From the stories of vanished cities of the past, to the destroyed cities of the present time, the film narratives encapsulate the memory of specific sites and individuals’ interactions with different landscapes. These pivotal works represent recent key developments in moving image art in Asia.

Invisible Cities is a collaboration between Dallas Contemporary, the Moving Image Archive for Contemporary Art: MIACA (Hong Kong) and Crow Collection of Asian Art (Dallas). Much like Italo Calvino’s celebrated novel, Invisible Cities (1976), that inspired the project’s title, this multi-institutional collaboration honors exchange over difference, experience over imagination, authenticity over originality, and acknowledges cultural hybridity.

Celebrating video art as lingua franca of the contemporary world, Invisible Cities employs this globally accessible medium to capture the richness and diversity of surrounding environments and to prioritize an indigenous perception of the world rather than a “Western perspective.” Inspired by Italo Calvino’s novel Invisible Cities from which the project’s title is derived, this multi-institutional collaboration honors exchange over difference and cultural hybridity over “otherness” by inviting viewers to take a look through the lens of authentic experience.

Invisible Cities will be accompanied by an illustrated exhibition guide featuring participating artist bios, statements and curatorial conversations. The guide will be available at the Crow Collection of Asian Art and at Dallas Contemporary.

This project is organized by Hitomi Hasegawa, Director, Moving Image Archive for Contemporary Art: MIACA (Hong Kong); Lilia Kudelia, Assistant Curator, Dallas Contemporary; and Jacqueline Chao, Curator of Asian Art, Crow Collection of Asian Art.

Participating artists and collectives are as follows (bios available here):

Akita, JAPAN: Tadasu Takamine
Bangkok, THAILAND: Taiki Sakpisit
Beijing, CHINA: Sun Xun
Berlin, GERMANY: Ming Wong
Fukushima, JAPAN: Bontaro Dokuyama, Kota Takeuchi
Guangzhou, CHINA: Zhou Tao
Hanoi, VIETNAM: Nguyen Trinh Thi
Hong Kong, S.A.R.: Come Inside, Ellen Pau, Leung Chi Wo, Wong Ping
Manila, PHILIPPINES: Martha Atienza
Paris, FRANCE: Momoko Seto
Seoul, SOUTH KOREA: Minouk Lim
Singapore, SINGAPORE: Ho Rui An, Ho Tzu Nyen
Tainan, TAIWAN: Kai-Chun Chiang
Tokyo, JAPAN: Yu Araki, Chim↑Pom, Kyun Chome, Hikaru Fujii,
Yangon, MYANMAR: Moe Satt

Schedule of Events

Thursday, Sept. 28, from 7-10 p.m. Invisible Cities Members Opening Reception at Dallas Contemporary Open to Members of the Crow Collection of Asian Art and Dallas Contemporary. “Non-Burnable,” solo exhibition by Chim↑Pom, Japanese artist collective, the artist presents at the opening. (Exhibition; 29th Sep. to 17th Dec 2017)

Thursday, Sept. 28 – Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. Moe Satt “Hands Around Yangon” installation on view at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Flora Street windows

Saturday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. Chit chat with Chim↑Pom collective about their exhibition at Dallas Contemporary, with the talk about Don’t Follow the Wind exhibition by Jason Waite, independent curator. Free admission.

Saturday, Oct. 14, from 1-6 p.m. Invisible Cities Forum at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Grand Gallery. Will feature an exclusive screening and talk by Ho Tzu Nyen, performances by Moe Satt, Ho Rui An and Come Inside, and a panel discussion with the Invisible Cities curators. Free admission for Members of the Crow Collection of Asian Art and Dallas Contemporary.

Tuesday, Oct. 17 – Sunday, Oct. 29. Ming Wong “After Chinatown” installation on view at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Flora Street windows

Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Exclusive screening of Nguyen Trinh Thi’s short films Letters from Panduranga (2015) and Vietnam The Movie (2016) at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Grand Gallery. Free admission for Members of the Crow Collection of Asian Art and Dallas Contemporary.

Screening programs at Dallas Contemporary

September 29 – October 22, 2017

Body and Memory

Featuring works by Nguyen Trinh Thi (Hanoi), Wong Ping (Hong Kong), Hikaru Fujii (Tokyo), Martha Atienza (Manila), Taiki Sakpisit (Bangkok), Minouk Lim (Seoul), Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore)

The videos and films in this program reveal forgotten histories, oppressed communities, and vanished voices of cities throughout Asia. The artistic narratives examine how individuals become hostages of collective ideologies. The works address the potential of cultural symbols and myths to preserve identity, and emphasize the notion of resistance as a mean for survival in the ever-changing urban landscape.

October 24 – November 19, 2017


Featuring works by Leung Chi Wo (Hong Kong), Kai-Chun Chiang (Tao-yuan), Sun Xun (Beijing), Moe Satt (Yangon), Yu Araki (Tokyo), Zhou Tao (Beijing), Ellen Pau (Hong Kong)

Although cities in Asia are extremely diverse, many “global” cities appear similar from the outside. Globalization flattens the unique and specific features of urban environments. Films in this program strive to animate various distinct interactions – either interpersonal or intercultural – that contribute to historico-political context and define the uniqueness of specific cities.

November 21 – December 17, 2017


Featuring works by Chim↑Pom (Tokyo), Kyun-Chome (Tokyo), Bontaro Dokuyama (Fukushima), Momoko Seto (Paris), Tadasu Takamine (Akita), Kota Takeuchi (Fukushima)

The Invisible Cities project ends its journey at Fukushima. This largely uninhabitable city has become symbolic of widespread natural disaster and radioactive contamination. This screening program observes—in chronological order— the works of art that were created right after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami followed by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident.

Photo courtesy of the organizer/s.

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