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Woodland Pattern Experimental Film/Video series
presented by the UWM Department of Film
Thursday, November 20, 7pm $2

what is ultimately not seen:
video work by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

Tonight's program unveils the recently once-again available video work of acclaimed conceptual artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. The five videos presented echo and explore Cha's trademark themes of speech and identity, language and silence, displacement and exile.

The Korean-born Cha produced a wide range of work before her tragically untimely death in 1982. Her prodigious body of work included mail art, artists' books, sound pieces, videos, films, performance, installation, and writing. Her remarkable Dictee, a collage book generating an exploration of identity through a cartography of history, memory, gender, and ethnicity, is available for purchase at Woodland Pattern.

Videos to be presented (video descriptions courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix):
  • Secret Spill (27 min, b&w, sound, 1974)
    In this work, which documents a performance/installation, the tension derives from the ruptures between what is heard, what is seen, and what is ultimately not seen.

  • Mouth to Mouth ( 8 min, b&w, sound, 1975)
    English and Korean words appear on the screen, a mouth forms the shape of an "O," then opens and closes. Is this the beginning of language? In this early videotape, Cha isolates and repeats a simple, physical act - a mouth forming the eight Korean vowel graphemes - so that this ordinary action becomes something primal and riveting.

  • Permutations (10 min, b&w, silent, 1976)
    The artist's sister is the subject of this structuralist work, which was originally created as a film. Cha herself appears in a single frame.

  • Vidome (3 min, b&w, sound, 1976)
    In this meditation on speech and language, Cha juxtaposes English and French words to form new relationships and meanings.

  • Re Dis Appearing (3 min, b&w, sound, 1977)
    The artist speaks a word, which is quickly echoed in French, so that the words are only barely comprehended. Simple images - a bowl, a photograph of the ocean - appear and disappear.

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