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02июн06:0008:30Astria Suparak: Asian futures, without Asians

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Astria Suparak: Asian futures, without Asians

⌚️2023-06-02 06:00:00 – 2023-06-02 08:30:00
🏢2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057, USA

*PLEASE NOTE: Guests requested to wear well-fitting masks to attend.*

Join us for the in-person premiere of the acclaimed performance lecture *Asian futures, without Asians* by Astria Suparak, who asks: “What does it mean when so many white filmmakers envision futures inflected by Asian culture, but devoid of actual Asian people?”

Part critical analysis, part reflective essay, and sprinkled throughout with humor, justified anger, and informative morsels, this illustrated presentation examines 60 years of American science fiction cinema through the lens of Asian appropriation and whitewashing. The work uses a wide interpretation of “Asian” to reflect current and historical geopolitical trends and self-definitions, inclusive of East, Southeast, South, West, and Central Asia, and non-Asian regions North Africa and Oceania.

The multimedia presentation is interspersed with selected images and clips from dozens of futuristic movies and television shows, as Suparak delivers anecdotes, trivia, and historical documents (including photographs, advertisements, and cultural artifacts) from the histories of film, art, architecture, design, fashion, food, and martial arts. Suparak discusses the implications of not only borrowing heavily from Asian cultures, but decontextualizing and misrepresenting them, while excluding Asian contributors.

This project was first developed for Zoom and evolved over a series of online performances. The in-person launch of *Asian futures, without Asians* marks the culmination of Suparak’s years of artistic research.


More info at: https://www.x-traonline.org/event/astria-suparak-asian-futures-without-asians

Photo credit: Samurai in *Brazil* (Dir. Terry Gilliam, 1985), from *Asian futures, without Asians*, Astria Suparak


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