Graduate Colloquium Series

April 29, 2015



April 1, 2015



Provost's Graduate Student Lecture Series
Speaker: Beth Tsai
Lecture: Tsai Ming-liang at the Museum: Cinephilia, the French Connection, and Cinema in the Gallery 
Department: Cultural Analysis & Theory
Location: Humanities Institute room 1008
Day: Wednesday February 25
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Tsai Ming-liang’s unique filmmaking has garnered both cinematic and curatorial acclaim. As one of the most celebrated Second New Wave directors of Taiwanese cinema, his work recently extended from that of a commercial film to installation art. Interestingly, while Tsai’s feature films have often been lauded at the international film festivals but loathed by local audiences, his installation was seen as a return to its original purpose as art. This talk will look at Tsai Ming-liang’s 2007 installation It’s a Dream, and argues the work should be viewed as a continual exploration of the many themes from his films, which demands a reassessment of previous simplified understandings of his short films and videos as gallery art. They need to be seen as expanded cinema in light of the intersection between the moving images and the alternative viewing experiences, and between the global and regional film cultures taking place at this specific theater-within-a-gallery site.


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