Tran, T. Kim-Trang: The Blindness Series

02:20:25 | 2 DVDs

Collection: Single Artist Compilations, DVD Box Sets

Tags: Asian-American, Body, Death and Dying, Documentary, Family, Health, Language, Surveillance

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Tran, T. Kim-Trang: The Blindness Series

The Blindness Series consists of eight short videos that investigate blindness and metaphors. Topics of individual titles include cosmetic surgery of the eyelids, vision and sexuality, video surveillance, hysterical blindness, alexia or word-blindness, and physical blindness. The series examines instrumental vision while offering a different kind of visuality, a haptic visuality. Stylistically, Tran's critical approach to video art is essayistic, theoretical, and politically engaged.

This 2-DVD box set also features title descriptions, an artist biography and bibliography, and the following contextualizing essays:.

  • Eyes to See With -- Laura U. Marks
  • Reflections on The Blindness Series -- Lucas Hilderbrand,
  • The Line and the Letter:  Tran, T. Kim-Trang's Video Essays -- Holly Willis

 

Included Titles

aletheia
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The introductory title to The Blindness Series, aletheia presents an indexing of categories investigating different aspects of blindness as metaphor. Stylistic preference for the techniques and conventions of MTV, and American Television in general...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: asian-american, post-colonialism

operculum
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The artist visits with seven cosmetic surgeons specializing in blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid creasing surgery) in the West Hollywood/Beverly Hills area for initial consultation sessions. The doctors demonstrate different reshaping options and...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: activism, asian-american, autobiography, body, documentation, feminism, gender, health, race

1994 | 17:00
kore
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  By focusing on the blindfold, kore explores the eye as purveyor of desire, sexual fear, and the fantasy of blindness. An alternative sexuality is founded in touch-based (feminine?) pleasure as opposed to a vision-based (masculine?) pleasure....

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: aids/hiv, asian-american, feminism, health

ocularis
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This video highlights several narratives concerning video surveillance—not to reiterate the conventional privacy argument but rather to engage the desire to watch surveillance materials and society’s insatiable voyeurism. A variety of subjects...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: asian-american, city, crime or violence, future, surveillance, technology

ekleipsis
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.In 1992, Tran came across a New York Times article about a group of hysterically blind Cambodian women in Long Beach, California, known as the largest group of such people in the world. Hysterical blindness is sight loss brought about by traumatic...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: asian-american

2000 | 09:10
alexia
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alexia is an experimental video about word-blindness and metaphor. Word-blindness is a condition that usually afflicts people who have suffered a stroke, causing them to lose the visual recognition of individual letters but perceive the entire word...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: health, language, myth

amaurosis
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amaurosis is an experimental documentary about Dat Nguyen, a blind guitarist living in Little Saigon, Orange County, California. Dat Nguyen was a "triple outcast": blind, Amerasian, and an impoverished orphan. His American father left Viet Nam in...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: asian-american, health, music, portrait, post-colonialism, race

Epilogue: The Palpable Invisibility of Life
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Epilogue: The Palpable Invisibility of Life is the final chapter in The Blindness Series, a body of eight videos on blindness and its metaphors that was begun in 1992. The inspiration for the series came from a 1990 exhibition Jacques Derrida...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: asian-american, body, death and dying, family, health, youth/childhood

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