The inaugural 2021 Line of Sight Panels will feature an intergenerational cast of speakers that highlight historical and contemporary Asian American engagement with mischief-making, political acuity, and solidarity as well as thinking broadly in a world-making capacity.

 

Facilitating public dialog about transgressive Asian American film history: its effects, its systems, and its legacies, the panels are intended to hold brave space for film and video makers, radical imagination, collective memory, and productive dissonance within Asian American media.

 

SPRING/SUMMER 2021 PANELS

On Accents and Sonic Resonances, Wednesday, April 21, 7PM ET

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What are the radical potentials of sound? In what ways can sound shape imaginations in radical ways?  Frequently, Asian American considerations of filmic soundscapes center around the voice, and thus accents and cadence, as markers of American assimilation. But from noise music to forensic audio documentaries, sound has a far more complicated potential to contain, expand, fossilize, and dislodge. The film scholar Pavitra Sundar and experimental music and film critic Joshua Minsoo Kim will expand beyond considerations of dialogue recording to speculate on what an oral and aural politics might sound and look like.

A Time for Remembering, sometime the week of May 17, 2021

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The publication of Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings has led to young Asian American critics, writers, and mediamakers discovering the “radical vision of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictée,” as a subheading in an Atlantic feature proclaims. Cha’s novel was one of many Asian American artistic projects and practices from the 80s that pushed against form and incorporated the language of alienation, paralleling the increased political value of representational framing since the start of the pandemic. We gather together critics and artists like Daryl Chin to critically reflect on the mechanics of how work comes up. What other forms of Asian American experimentation should we be helping each other retrieve from our collective histories? 

*Co-presented with Kaya Press

 Tailgating the Futuresometime the week of June 14, 2021

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Since 1965 and accelerating in the last decade, science fiction written by Asian American and Canadian authors have garnered critical acclaim and popular readership. Asian and Asian diaspora artists have also probed the techno-Orientalist stereotype of Asians as both technologically advanced and intellectually primitive.

 

Meanwhile, the sci-fi genre and speculative space in Asian American filmmaking remains underdeveloped. Given the increasing and continued specter of Asian technological development, how would a futurist perspective further reflect and exert pressure on the production and representation of Asian American identity in films made by us, for us?

*Co-presented with Chen's World