Celine Wong Katzman

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Lecture in Asian American Art History and Literature Seminars at Bard College

April 3, 2019

I will be a guest lecturer at Bard College for two seminar classes in Asian American Art History and Asian American Literature taught by Tom Wolf and Dr. Nathan Shockey, respectively. The courses explore a range of artistic and literary works associated with the contested category “Asian American” and consider the ways in which these works are inextricable from historical context; the experience of exclusion, internment, war, (post)colonialism, and political activism.

Travels Through the Unreal

March 28, 2019

I will be moderating an artist panel on March 28, 2019 at Outpost Artist Resources which will take place as a part of Travels Through the Unreal, a video screening curated by Ann Haeyoung featuring artists Morehshin Allahyari, Frank Wang, Everest Pipkin, and Chen Wang.

The VR viewing and video screening will begin at 7PM. Afterward, Frank Wang, Everest Pipkin, and Chen Wang will join me for the panel at 8PM.

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The Art Happens Here:
Net Art Anthology Book

January 31, 2018

I have two texts published in Rhizome's The Art Happens Here: Net Art Anthology. The 435-page catalogue accompanies the exhibition The Art Happens Here: Net Art's Archival Poetics, on view at the New Museum through May 26, 2019.

You can buy copies on Rhizome's webstore and in person at the New Museum.

Five Contortions

November 2–16, 2018

EST (Diane Zhou, Son Kit, and myself) curated Five Contortions, a selection of single channel video works by Dana Davenport, Valery Jung Estabrook, Shu Lea Cheang, Chang Jin Lee, and Jen Liu. Taken together, the works in Five Contortions engage the East Asian femme body as a site upon which visibility, labor, agency, and exploitation shift in dangerous flux. The relentless effort of combating sexual exotification and western expectations of “Asian-ness” troubles the notion of representation as liberatory, even as one struggles against American racism’s negation of Asian individuality, the facelessness of the exploited laborer in global industrial capitalism, and the emptiness of superficially embracing ethnic diversity. The physicality of the body is palpable in all these works, through emphasis, modification, damage, distortion, or even omission, and these unflinching treatments force viewers to confront notions of personhood in the face of dehumanization.

The exhibition is on view November 2 - 16 at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

EST (Eastern Standard Time) is a research collective co-founded by Celine Wong Katzman, Son Kit, and Diane Zhou. EST questions the Western imaginary of Asia as a monolithic entity. While overly-expansive, orientalist definitions make it impossible to ascribe cultural, political, or geographical unity to Asia, EST is interested in its potential as a call to organize across a spectrum of experience. EST is based in New York, NY and Providence, RI.

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Black Stroke White Fill:
American Artist and Ryan Kuo

July 26, 2018

I organized Black Stroke White Fill, a conversation between American Artist and Ryan Kuo at bitforms gallery. The artists will discuss their complementary approaches to critiquing whiteness in the digital realm. Black Stroke White Fill will take place during The Pointer, a commissioned solo project by Kuo for the bitforms gallery office.

In The Pointer, Kuo utilizes “well intentioned” white interfaces such as Keynote, the macOS UI, and first-person game space—seamless, easy to accept at face value—and folds them back on themselves in order to reveal the whiteness that drives these platforms and social production. Kuo compares his approach to a “model minority” identity politic, in which the tools are accepted as a given and either successfully made one’s own, or enforce further assimilation into whiteness.

Artist’s recent body of work titled Black Gooey Universe examines the history of the computer interface and the establishment of whiteness as a “neutral” blank canvas for virtual innovation. Artist’s sculptural works consider an alternative Black screened device that has yet to materialize, and references an Afro-pessimistic logic for engaging with an interface that positions itself as inherently white.

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Outside the Palace of Heavenly Purity

June 7–August 5, 2018

EST (Diane Zhou, Son Kit, and myself) curated Outside the Palace of Heavenly Purity featuring Ho Rui An, Jen Liu, Ingrid Zhuang, Zheng Bo, and O Zhang. Outside the Palace of Heavenly Purity presents narratives that complicate the prevailing idea of globalization as a force emanating directly from privileged Western centers. Engaging with a variety of speculative models, the works explore the dynamics of emergent networks of power within the global landscape and its local permutations.

The exhibition title refers to the former location of a controversial Starbucks franchise within the Forbidden City. First opened in 2000, the cafe closed in 2007 in the wake of an online campaign spearheaded by TV anchor Rui Chenggang, who argued that its presence was a neo-colonial intrusion of Western “coffee culture” into Chinese cultural heritage.

The exhibition is on view June 7 - August 5 at bitforms gallery in New York.

EST (Eastern Standard Time) is a research collective co-founded by Celine Wong Katzman, Son Kit, and Diane Zhou. EST questions the Western imaginary of Asia as a monolithic entity. While overly-expansive, orientalist definitions make it impossible to ascribe cultural, political, or geographical unity to Asia, EST is interested in its potential as a call to organize across a spectrum of experience. EST is based in New York, NY and Providence, RI.
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The Pointer

June 7 - August 5, 2018

I curated The Pointer, an exhibition by Ryan Kuo on the construct of whiteness and its involvement in technological aesthetics and productivity, on view June 7 - August 5 at bitforms gallery in New York.

Kuo has developed three new software works for the gallery office, which for the first time, will host a commissioned artist project. A limited edition of software boxes containing the macOS application OK. and an accompanying cheat sheet is available for purchase here. Kent Szlauderbach conducted an excellent interview with Kuo about The Pointer - read it on BOMB.
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Lecture in Digital Non-Fiction
at Brown University

April 23, 2018

I will be a returning guest lecturer in Michael Stewart's advanced English class, Digital Non-Fiction, at Brown University. The class examines how digital environments and platforms enrich as well as challenge traditional narrative strategies.

Make Pictures: Casey Reas and
Jeffrey Alan Scudder in Conversation

March 24, 2018

I organized a conversation between artists Casey Reas and Jeffrey Alan Scudder at bitforms gallery. The artists will explore the intersecting histories of drawing, animation and coding systems. In addition to highlighting notable crossovers from computation, cinema, painting, and music, they'll be demonstrating a few of their own works from recent years, with ample time for discussion and questions from the audience.

This presentation is a part of Make Pictures, a collaborative pop-up exhibition that I facilitated between bitforms gallery and GIPHY Arts. Make Pictures features four web-based drawing and animation tools commissioned by GIPHY Arts: Sketch Machine by Casey Reas, Extinctr by Harm van den Dorpel, Eyemall by Withering Systems, and Boopy by Andrew Benson.

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Chavez / Hatakeyama / Park / Tamirisa

February 18, 2018

I organized a performance at bitforms gallery on February 18 featuring four artists who I greatly admire: Maria Chavez, Akiko Hatakeyama, Caroline Park, and Asha Tamirisa. Their sound-based practices span electroacoustic improvisation, audiovisual composition, and the construction of experimental controllers and software for performance.

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Lecture in Digital Non-Fiction
at Brown University

March 6, 2017

I will be a guest lecturer in Michael Stewart's advanced English class, Digital Non-Fiction, at Brown University. The class examines how digital environments and platforms enrich as well as challenge traditional narrative strategies.

Eyebeam Book of Ideas

May 10, 2016

I collaborated with David Xu Borgonjon to edit and produce the Eyebeam Book of Ideas, a limited edition in a collectible, tiny volume that gathers ideas from 50 Eyebeam alumni over 20 years.

Buy it in print here.
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