Saturday, December 09, 2006
see the maps
This field guide to highway interchanges only barely explains what is going on in these images
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
will be performing A Train Wreck for My Comrades, a video audio mix with my buddies Frank and Neema at D-22 in Beijing thursday (Dec 7). If anyone is in town, feel free to stop by.
too much going on since the last post. not sure i should try and summarize. suffice to say that all is good. we're in production/hibernation mode in beijing. it's cold, but we're not leaving the house unless we absolutely have to. the photo above is a bull horn i attached to an remote control car. while it was shouting "GET OUT OF MY WAY!" over and over again I promptly drove it into the abyss of the stairwell. it was an accident, i swear. luckily the entity only incurred surface wounds and is ready for another round.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
And now to your left, a sneak preview of The Amber Room show at the Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco.
Wang Wei is building a crazy scaffolding pavillion and corridor with a working title of You Yuan (loosely translated as 'a causal walk through the garden')
opens sept 8, 6-8pm. hope to see you there.
also, for fatso lovers, video of the Ho Fatso installation at ISEA 2006/Zero One Festival is now online. Special thanks to Joanne Dorgan, video editor extraordinaire.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
my story about Chinese American retirees going back to China was aired on KQED's Pacific Time program last week. the show is archived at the above links.
Wang Wei is part of a show at the Luggage Store Gallery called The Amber Room. There are four artists in the show, two from beijing, two from L.A. Wang Wei is building a scaffolding structure that takes over a large portion the gallery. The show opens this friday, sept 8 from 7-9, so please stop by if you're in the area.
also, good friend, radio personality, and multi-talented nguyen qui duc has an opening at the togonon gallery of his polaroid transfer prints and mixed media artwork. Exposure & Memory opens on thursday, sept 7, 6-8pm. The pieces are beautiful and as an added bonus, he's got some little robots that are funny and wacky.
hope to see you there.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
The whole evening was a fascinating look at how memory works, or in my case, doesn't. it was an evening of meeting familiar stangers with little or no context to understand who they are now. i was trying so hard to remember who these people were 20 years ago that when they told me what they were doing now, i was surprised. Subconsciously, i must have just assumed that they were still sitting in their cars in the parking lot, smoking pot and listening to Rush. in reality, they were out becoming things like doctors, engineers, and parents. i was taken aback only because in my mind i froze them in time and didn't realize it until they told me otherwise.
the other profound moment last night was michell okino (again, no contact for 10 maybe 20 years) telling me that she often explains to people that her high school was so white that they had an asian american (me) play Tituba (the black slave) in Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible.' Yes, it's true, and I've been mulling over this fact for several days now leading up to the reunion. But the problem isn't that the school was "white." My being cast as Tituba is already ludicrous, but what's even more bizarre is that the school was actually extremely diverse. In addition to a handful of black students who i had been in classes with since the first grade, there were black students who were bussed in from East Palo Alto. Thinking back now, i realize i had very few classes with anyone who was bussed into school. it's as if we were all at the same place, but went to totally different schools. we existed on completely parallel and unconnected universes. it's sad and strange that that actually happened, but it's even sadder and stranger that no one talked about it at the time. how extremely f#*cked up does the situation need to be when you have a school where half the student body is black, but not a single one of these students was invited to, felt comfortable enough, or had the means to audition and perform in the school play? AND just to make matters worse, an asian american was cast in the role instead. it makes my head spin to think about it. this was a failure and a lost opportunity to teach the real issues of history, race, class and gender in america. i wonder if it's different now. my senses tells me it's not.
Friday, August 04, 2006
For those out on the west coast, I'm showing the Ho Fatsos at the ZeroOne San Jose Festival/ISEA2006 Symposium.:
An interactive art installation by Rania Ho
Motion sensitive inflatable fat suits for fun and competitive wrestling
August 7-13, 2006
Part of the ZeroOne San Jose Festival: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge
Theatre on San Pedro Square (TOSPS)
29 North San Pedro Street, Suite 200 San Jose, CA 95110
hope to see you there!
and yes, it's very nice to be back in SF. i eat avocados every day and use a down blanket in the middle of summer. it's nutty and wacky.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
it's a big file, but worth the wait. thank you neema for the link.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
And then the weird news: A few weeks ago I was on the subway. The car wasn't crowded. It was the middle of the day. A man and a woman got on. They were talking at an exceptionally loud volume for two people who were standing right next to each other. If you didn't know it, you'd think they were at opposite ends of the train car. It was so loud that the normally unfazable subway riders all turned to look at them. The two people, completely oblivious to everyone else's reactions continued their conversation as if they were in their own living room (although why you would be talking that loudly in your own living room is beyond me). At some point I couldn't take it anymore and started making sushhhhing gestures with my index finger to them. The couple ignored me. The people around them started looking at me and laughed quietly to themselves at my feeble attempt to silence them. Finally, I said to the woman, "Uh, Is it necessary to talk so loud? Can you quiet down?" The couple ignored me, but I knew the woman heard me because she refused to make eye contact with me and just looked at the ground." The couple got off at the next stop.
Here's where it gets weird. A week later I get into an elevator at this pool where I just started swimming. A young girl is there with her mother. The girl turns to me and out of the blue says, "you look familiar." But I didn't recognize her. Then she said, "Were you on the subway that day with those two people who were talking really loud?" I'm staring at her thinking, "oh no."
"I was sitting next to them, smiling. Do you remember?"
I just smiled weakly.
The megapolis is a village in disguise.
Friday, June 30, 2006
and if you're out of range... you'll just have to wait until it gets ripped to UTube.
Monday, June 12, 2006
some photos of wang wei's "A Veranda and Pavilions from Chinese Gardens in Scaffolding" which opened this weekend at the Long March Space in beijing. yay wang wei!
Thursday, June 08, 2006
forgot to mention in my last post that those who are in beijing this weekend should head down to the long march space on sat afternoon (that's 'arvo' for those in the southern hemisphere) and check out the opening of "Strange Sights" by 3 artists: Liu Xun, Wen Peng and Wang Wei.
Wang Wei is building a massive structure of scaffolding out on the patio (or front door, depending on how you enter the building). There will be a human sized chess game and video installation. those nutty chinese artists... wacky!
holy shit, my brain is imploding.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
from milan I got on a train, and then i got on another train which got me to perugia, a really small and quaint cobblestone village (from i don't know the 15th century?) on top of a hill. it looks exactly like what you think it looks like. it's so quaint it will make you cry. lush green trees, vibrant red poppies and travertine and stone houses easing in and out of the moutain crevices. from there i got in a car and drove around to some small towns and ended up in milan.
i ate gelato every day for 10 days straight. i ate all kinds of pasta, i ate pizza, i ate mushroom rissoto, i ate an amazing gnocchi. i ate heavenly salads and even had an italian mother feed me spaghetti and meatballs followed by grilled rabbit and potatoes. she insisted on grating cheese over my pasta after every 3 bites. i ate several carpaccios, procuitto, salumi and gulped at least two shot glasses of strong espresso a day. i drank copious amounts of fizzy mineral water and had a plate full of grilled salmon piled high with fresh arugula. i ate a dense chocolate cake that had a sweet and tart apricot puree spread between the layers. there was an apple cake with nutmeg and (maybe?) ginger. i drank red wine out of carafes and never bothered about the brand. oh and i even ate horse meat. it was ground up and and cooked in heavy spices. gamey but good.
but I wasn't completely untruthful. i said I was going to see my husband, and that was true. it just happened that he was in italy, on a photo shoot. so I went there to see him instead.
Monday, May 08, 2006
Professor, How are you. There is dissertation subject announcement of the culture technical educational system military merit master 2 year car and the mail which informs it sends and it gives. Temporarily: May 22nd Monday Place: 3229 college 3 tubes (CT big lecture room) Hour: 10:30~14:00 The presenter with afterwords is same. 10:30-10:55 most Tae wheel 10:55-11:20 probably sourest yearly 11:20-11:45 study right 11:45-12:10 really hwi Ryong 12:10-12:45 lunches 12:45-13:10 Andong muscle 13:10-13:35 river circular 13:35-14:00 won wheel Ji The lunch prepares the pizza. It is busy but, inside hour it gives and it wishes. Master 2 year car, probably sour yearly streamer
this is priceless. I could read it over and over again and still discover new things. What more can I say? "It gives and it wishes."
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Jay and I walked and ate our way through the street fair in front of the Jogyesa Temple during the day and then I went back to see the lanterns at night. some very cool floats at the parade and the effect of the lit lanterns hanging in the temple was amazing. Lots of wacky drum circles, conga lines and hats made of lanterns.
They had a goofy tent for "foreigners to make lanterns." My friend Jun who is korean american and recently moved to seoul for work said that he tried to join one year and they wouldn't let him. the lanterns are for dorky whiteys only, i guess.
I also witnessed a man get wrestled to the ground by plain clothes cops. one minute this guy was standing there watching some singers on a stage, and the next minute, someone had him in a headlock, and another guy was struggling to get cuffs on him. The man being attacked was resisting. Then the guy's head was forced down, and someone put a knee to his back, which put him face down on the floor. A crowd is gathering by now, looking on in shock. The cops (who knows if they were cops, I never saw any badge or anything) finally slam handcuffs on the man, pick him up by his shirt collar and lead him away with his head under one of the cop's arm. It was an intense show of violence, and even more strange was that it happened without any noise. I heard nothing except the shuffling of feet. There wasn't any grunting or shouting from any of the parties involved. An odd silent struggle.
Sensing the end of the drama, the crowd turned back to dancers doing hip-hop moves on the lit-for-television stage. machines mounted on scaffolding started blowing endless streams of pink tissue conffetti into the air. for at least 30 minutes the entire square looked like a snow globe.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Thanks to my travels and stint in korea, I also have a new grand sweeping generalization about east asian communication styles:
korean: polite, but direct
japanese: polite, but not direct
chinese: neither polite, nor direct
i expect a barrage of verbal abuse from people that know better.
I've also (thanks to gabe) discovered last.fm. how did I survive before without it? Just turn it on and it recommends and plays music based on stuff you already like. genius. everyone probably already knows about this. I'm just so painfully uncool (as demonstrated in tokyo) that I'm only getting to it now.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Dashanzi was teaming with art fans this weekend as no less than 5 galleries had simultaneous openings on Saturday. Some nice things in the Long March Space as well as in the Marella Gallery where wang wei also has a show on. see pictures of his glass shadow box.
Grand pooh-ba of Dashanzi, Huang Rui, had a retrospective show at Chinese Contemporary Gallery where he did a performance piece which consisted of picking members of the audience to drink tea with. I didn't really understand what was going on. The only thing I could think was, "Wow, he's really going to have to pee in about 20 minutes."
Now I'm back in Korea, continuing what Jamie called my "monastic lifestyle."
Friday, April 07, 2006
<< Timestamp >><<时间印记>>
By Rania Ho 何颖宜
Long March Independent Project Space 长征空间 - 独立项目
Dashanzi Art District, Jiuxianqiao Rd 4#, Chaoyang District, tel:
朝阳区酒仙桥路四号798艺术区长征空间 电 话：010-64387107
April 8 - 30, 2006 2006 (2006.03.04－2006.04.30)
Opening: April 8, 2006, 4pm
<< Timestamp >> is an interactive installation that documents and captures
moments with a simple gesture. It uses strategically placed webcams in the
Long March Space to render visitors’ low-resolution images into the artwork
itself. Pictures are automatically collected once every minute from the
webcams and are sent to a printer suspended in the middle of the project
space. The low-fidelity images are etched onto thermal paper with a time
and date stamp and then pushed out into the air, allowing the picture to
float gently down to the floor. The burning of the image onto the paper is
reminiscent of scratching one’s name into fresh cement, or cutting notches
into a tree trunk; acts that leave a mark, an impression, a simple
statement of “I was here.” Over the course of the exhibition, this
evidence of presence accumulates in the project space and creates a
tangible record of people and events that passed through. Visitors
literally leave their mark on the work, and become a part of the evolving
non-linear narrative that remains.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Friday, March 24, 2006
I've been sitting quietly in my self-imposed exile in
Visited the DMZ (some flickr photos). It's kind of strange to look across at the "menacing" north koreans and realize they look and dress a lot like Chinese PLA soldiers. After spending so much time in
Then made a quick jaunt to
whew. no more activity, please. I just want to sit here in front of my computer, thanks.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Written by Greg Watanabe (who plays the Japanese guy) , shot and edited by Sung Kim, it spoofs the casting choices of the recent "oriental flavored" film Memoirs of a Geisha.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Thursday, February 16, 2006
for the December holidays we ended up on Hainan Island with a horde of Russian tourists. very funny. my dad kept making jokes like, "10,000 Russians can't be wrong." Despite the tourism, it's still a really nice place to visit and just be a beach bum. There was one beach we found that was about 4 miles long and had only fisherman pulling in the day's catch on it. Amazing, and kind of scary. I think that's what happens when you are in densly populated places for too long. The idea of being the ONLY ONE OUT THERE inspires panic.
Mid-january Wang Wei had an exhibition at the Walsh Gallery in Chicago. I stayed with my Aunt Pei-lee, whose house is worth documenting.
What's good about living in China is that after some kind of xmas-like holidays you also get Chinese New Year, which lasts about a few weeks. So I stayed in California while Wang Wei came back to the fireworks war zone that Beijing had become.
I stayed in California to do a show with the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors in Los Angeles to mass critical acclaim. Well anyway, some people came to see it and liked it. There is talk of a re-mount. Stay posted.
now I'm in Daejeon, Korea teaching a class at KAIST called Making Things where we will, ahem, make... things.