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Understanding Media Studies: “Curating Media: Idea Combustion as Knowledge Production" with Chi-hui Yang

Understanding Media Studies: “Curating Media: Idea Combustion as Knowledge Production" with Chi-hui Yang

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium (Room N101), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
General Public 

The School of Media Studies presents a talk with Chi-hui Yang, Film Curator.

In this session, Chi-hui Yang will discuss his work as a curator of film and video, in particular, what it means to curate and what the political and creative aspects of this act are. What kind of public interventions can be made in the presentation and contextualization of creative works? How are information and art assembled and organized to create new meanings? What is the function of a curator as an idea connector in today’s art and media economies, and how might one explore this practice? Through his work with film festivals, museums, community organizations, academic institutions and commercial entities, Yang will explore both the practical and theoretical aspects of curating media. 

Yang is a film curator and educator based in New York. He sits on the selection committee for MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight and is the president of the board of directors of the Flaherty Film Seminar.  From 2000-2010 he was the Director and Programmer of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the largest showcase of its kind in the US.  Yang is also the programmer of “Cinema Asian America,” an On-Demand service offered by Comcast, a Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute and an adjunct professor at Hunter College and Columbia University. His current projects include an inquiry into the aesthetics of migration and infrastructure and a critical history of experimental filmmakers of color in America.

Sponsored by the School of Media Studies as part of its weekly lecture series for "Understanding Media Studies."

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