The Guggenheim Museum to host screenings of Bo Wang’s films Traces of an Invisible City and The Wangs on February 3rd and 4th

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Events, Faculty, Film and Video | No Comments

On February 3rd and 4th, the Guggenheim Museum will screen Traces of an Invisible City: Three Notes on Hong Kong and The Wangs, two recent films by artist and VCS faculty member Bo Wang. The screenings will take place at 1 pm on each day, and both films will be played on each day. The event is part of the museum’s Tales of Our Time exhibition program.

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Here is more information about the films from the Guggenheim website, followed by their trailers. You can also reada more about them at Wang’s website.

Presented in conjunction with Tales of Our Time, this film program features documentary and narrative works that explore topics shared with the exhibition, investigating concepts such as boundaries, territory, migration, and place.

Traces of an Invisible City (2016) presents urban space in Hong Kong as a vivid showcase of the hidden logics of globalization and capitalism, and of the historical changes currently occurring in world cities. The film contains three chapters that are parallel to but interwoven with each other: global, local, and border space. It examines a series of urban landscapes in Hong Kong to illustrate the tension among their visual existence, function, and ownership, and how the city’s public space has been constructed, used, owned, and interpreted.

Directed by Bo Wang and Pan Lu, 2016
Cantonese, English, and Mandarin with English subtitles
70 min.
Courtesy Bo Wang

What does a name signify? The Wangs (2016) follows the 12th World Wang Clan Convention, an assembly of the most common surname of ethnic Chinese, to see how such a tie and community are perceived and imagined, and how meaning can be generated from banality.

Directed by Bo Wang, 2016
Mandarin with English subtitles
40 min.
Courtesy Bo Wang

Screenings take place in the News Corporation New Media Theater, Sackler Center for Arts Education, and are free with museum admission.

Visual & Critical Studies