Visions From The Economy Of Waste
A collection of interactive works that explores the social and political ramification of what happens when a human by-product becomes a point of convergence between humans and machines.
Chans work in video and digital art has been exhibited worldwide for the past several years. He has lectured and taught in the Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, among other institutions.
Festivals/Screenings: New York Video Festival, 2003; Impakt Festival, Utrecht, 2002; Dumbo Short Film and Video Festival, Brooklyn, 2001; MIX New York City Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film/Video Festival, 2001; Microwave International Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong, 2001; New Media Festival, Linz, Austria, 2000; The Kitchen, New York, 1999; San Francisco International Film and Video Festival, 1997
Exhibitions: Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, 2003; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2003; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, 2002; Temporary Services Gallery, Chicago, 2000; International Symposium of Electronic Arts, Paris, 1999; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN, 1999; Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, 1998
Academic Experience: Lecturer, Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2001-2002; Adjunct Faculty, Film and Media Studies, Hunter College, New York, 2001-2002; Assistant Faculty, Communications, Fordham University, New York, 1998-2001; Lecturer, Video Department, Art Institute of Chicago, 1996-1998; Adjunct Faculty, Academic Computing Department, Columbia College, Chicago, 1996-1998
2002 MFA, Film, Video, New Media, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
1996 BFA, Video Digital Arts, Art Institute of Chicago
October, November, December 2007
Paul Chan united his impulses towards political activism and evocative installation by mounting special performances of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in still-struggling areas of New Orleans. Chan served as Artistic Director for these stagings, offered to the public for free and performed in November by the Classical Theater of Harlem at two different locations. Fellow Cauleen Smith is working on a documentary about the performances, and an insightful article about Chan and this project was offered by the New York Times at the beginning of December. When in New York, Chan participated in a new program at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, “Between the Lines,” which pairs readings by emerging writers with screenings by up-and-coming artists who re-imagine the possibilities of film. Additionally, Chan was one of 50 artists awarded a $50,000 grant by United States Artists, for his work with visual arts.
April, May, June 2007
Paul Chan’s first major European show “Lights & Drawings” was on display at the
January, February, March 2007
Paul Chan’s Untitled Video on Lynne Stewart and Her Conviction, the Law and Poetry screened at the New York Underground Film Festival in March and at the Sundance Film Festival in January, in a program he produced. This program was the result of his efforts to connect video artists with political activists who have been sentenced to jail. Chan's documentary short paints an expressive portrait of human rights lawyer Lynne Stewart, who has been convicted of helping terrorist organizations in the United States. Additionally, his installation 1st Light, a digital animated floor projection depicting two opposing tides of shadows moving in balletic slow motion, was featured at Sundance. Finally, Chan’s first major European show, “Lights & Drawings,” features his projections, charcoal drawings, collages and digital studies on display at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, through June.