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Paul Chan Screening
March 6th, 2008

Fillip, Western Front Exhibitions, and Centre A are pleased to present Brooklyn-based artist Paul Chan’s Tin Drum Trilogy, a three part experimental critique of 21st century American politics, at Centre A, 2 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, followed by a discussion and reception.

The three videos of the trilogy are:

Re: The_Operation (28 Minutes, 2002)
Based on a set of drawings that depict members of the George W. Bush administration as wounded soldiers in the war against terrorism, Re: The_Operation explores the sexual and philosophical dynamics of war through the lives of the members as they physically engage each other and the “enemy.” Letters, notes, and other textual ephemera written by “Bush” and others are narrated and accompanied by digital snapshots from around the world as they articulate the neuroses and obsessions that drive them toward infinite war.

Baghdad In No Particular Order (51 Minutes, 2003)
Baghdad In No Particular Order is an “ambient” video essay of life in Baghdad before the American invasion and occupation. Videographed by Chan and a host of Iraqis working with Voices in the Wilderness, a Nobel peace prize nominated activist group working in Iraq to stop the drive for war, the film intimately portrays Iraqis singing, dancing, and struggling as they await the coming of another war. Subtitled in seven languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish).

Now Promise Now Threat (33 Minutes, 2005)
Part documentary, part visual manifesto, Now Promise Now Threat uses Omaha, Nebraska (population 390,000, literally located in the middle of the U.S.) as a site and subject to follow the often unexpected lines connecting people, religion and politics in “red state” America. An evangelical pastor opposes the mixing of church and state on religious grounds. An anti-abortion mother deplores the hypocrisy of the pro-life movement for being pro-war. A young man wants to die for his country so he can—at last—have a life worthy of living. Now Promise Now Threat mixes interviews with locally produced footage and kidnapping videos from Iraq transformed into fields of undulating color to create a moving “apologia” for the united red states of America.


This screening is presented in conjunction with the release of Chan’s poster project, Untitled (Behold, I show you a mystery), included as an insert in Fillip 7. Chan’s poster relates to the artist’s recent series of works, The 7 Lights (2005–07), digital animations that explore themes of religion, utopian thought, and their manifestations and transformations within contemporary life, and follows other print projects by the artist, notably Baghdad Snapshot Action (February 2002 and April 2003).

Event History
2013
  1. Slide Shows at X Marks the Bökship
  2. Institutions by Arists Launch at Et al.
  3. Intangible Economies at Artists Space
2012
  1. Institutions by Artists
  2. Intangible Economies at Art Berlin Contemporary
  3. Sumi Ink Club
  4. Grouper: Sleep
  5. Robert Ashley Speaking Thru Will Holder
  6. Fillip 16: Berlin Launch
  7. Fillip 16: Toronto Launch
  8. Pa/per View Art Book Fair
  9. It's a Book, It's a Stage, It's a Public Place
  10. Destroy All Monsters Screening
  11. Fillip at ARCO Experts Forum
2011
  1. Intangible Economies
  2. Quiz Night
  3. David Horvitz: Room 129
  4. Recent Publications
  5. Of Times Recent and Distant
  6. Secondary Information: The Persistence and Absence of Criticism
2010
  1. The AAAARG Library
  2. Everything is Dangerous
  3. Fillip 12 Now Available
  4. Unter dem Motto
  5. International Chilliwack Biennial
  6. Motto Storefront: Ooga Booga
  7. Motto Storefront: Working Format
  8. Motto Storefront: Metahaven
  9. Motto Storefront: Oscar Tuazon
  10. Motto Storefront: Andjeas Ejiksson
  11. Motto Storefront: Avalanche Launch and Screening
  12. Motto Storefront: Rob Giampietro
  13. Motto Storefront: Stuart Bailey
  14. Motto Storefront
  15. John C. Welchman on Paul McCarthy’s Pirate Project
  16. David Horvitz Artist Talk
  17. Mark Manders: Window with Fake Newspapers and Traducing Ruddle
  18. Getting Something Into One's Head
2009
  1. Autogestion Book Launch
  2. Fillip Library and Reading Room Launch
  3. Fillip Summer Sale
  4. Corinn Gerber of Passenger Books
  5. Stockholm and Berlin Launches
  6. David Horvitz of ASDF
  7. Montréal Launch and Collaboration
  8. Issue Nine Vancouver Launch
  9. Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism
  10. Fillip Review Panel: February 2009
2008
  1. The Apartment Inhabits the Fillip Studio
  2. Vancouver Launch of Two Artist Multiples
  3. Nick Thurston of Information as Material
  4. Rotterdam Dialogues: The Critics
  5. Fillip Review Panel: October 2008
  6. Stuart Bailey of Dexter Sinister
  7. Next: Documentary Perspectives in Contemporary Art
  8. Paul Chan Screening
  9. Issue Seven Vancouver Launch & Talk
  10. 22nd KIOSK Exhibition in Rennes
2007
  1. Fillip at castillo/corrales, Paris
  2. Fillip at the New York Art Book Fair
  3. LA Launch and Talk
  4. A History of Tokyo Art Speak
  5. Issue Five Vancouver Launch
2006
  1. New York Art Book Fair
  2. Word on the Street
  3. The Invisible Reading Room
  4. Kiosk: Modes of Multiplication
2005
  1. Fillip Issue 1 Launch