Tran, T. Kim-Trang: The Blindness Series

Tran, T. Kim-Trang


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

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


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Included Titles

Tran, T. Kim-Trang


1992 | 00:16:00

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…

Collections: Single Titles
Tags: Asian-American, Post-colonialism

Tran, T. Kim-Trang


1993 | 00:14:00

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…

Collections: Single Titles
Tags: Activism, Asian-American, Autobiography, Body, Documentation, Feminism, Gender, Health, Race

Tran, T. Kim-Trang


1994 | 00:17:00

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…

Collections: Single Titles
Tags: AIDS/HIV, Asian-American, Feminism, Health

Tran, T. Kim-Trang


1997 | 00:20:00

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…

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Tags: Asian-American, Crime or Violence, Future, Surveillance, City, Technology

Tran, T. Kim-Trang


1998 | 00:22:28

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…

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Tags: Asian-American

Tran, T. Kim-Trang


2000 | 00:09:10

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…

Collections: Single Titles
Tags: Health, Language, Myth

Tran, T. Kim-Trang


2002 | 00:28:00

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…

Collections: Single Titles
Tags: Asian-American, Health, Music, Portrait, Post-colonialism, Race

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…

Collections: Single Titles
Tags: Asian-American, Body, Death and Dying, Family, Health, Youth/Childhood