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U.Va. Visiting Digital Media Artist Christina Hung To Give A Talk About Her Work On April 26 

April 15, 2005 --

WHO:            Christina Hung, visiting artist in digital media
WHAT:         A public lecture about her work
WHEN:         Tuesday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE:       Campbell Hall, Room 160
 

Multimedia artist Christina Nguyen Hung investigates the boundaries between individual and collective forms of identity in her work by examining how tensions are expressed in the materials and rhythms of urban space. She explores feminist issues and issues related to free trade zones, industry and borders in her work. Hung will give a public lecture about her work on Tuesday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 160.

As a former member of the group subRosa, a cyberfeminist art and research collective, Hung created “participatory information theater” performances and installations, which were designed to instigate an informed critical public dialogue about the effect of technology — particularly biotechnology — on the lives of women.

In her most recent work, Hung continues her exploration of scientific modes of representation and knowledge formation by using basic lab techniques to create overtly political imagery. In this work, she uses brightly colored bacteria to map out contemporary “colonies” and sociopolitical boundaries by coaxing the cultures to grow into particular shapes. Using this live medium to create her maps, Hung incorporates the properties of the living material into her representations. Through this, she is suggesting that our borders are living, growing forms — zones of negotiation — rather than the more common perception of borders as hard edges created by the meeting of two distinct and self-contained forms.

Hung, the recipient of Pennsylvania Council of the Arts’ Media Arts Fellowship, received her M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1997. Her work has been widely exhibited, including at the 2001 Festival Intermediale in Mainz, Germany; St Mary’s College of Maryland; and at the Digital Secrets Conference at Arizona State University’s Institute for Studies in the Arts. Her work has been published in “Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing,” and “Domain Errors!: Cyberfeminist Practices.” Other projects include production of motion graphics for the experimental documentaries “Memories of a Forgotten War” and “Views of Nine Mile Run: A Landscape Transformed by Industry.”

Hung is a visiting assistant professor in the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia this year.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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