Text to Speech: Trinh T. Minh-ha “Speaking Nearby”

Aug 10, 2017

Screening, Workshop


CRAB Park / Gold Saucer Studio, Vancouver


5:30 p.m.


This iteration of Text to Speech focused on the interview “‘Speaking Nearby:’ A Conversation with Trinh T. Minh-Ha” (1992) between Nancy N. Chen and Trinh T. Minh-Ha, as well as other excerpts by Trinh. Trinh’s work draws together necessary complications of personal and political intention, drafting an understanding of instability and hybridity in the position of the artist into the making of her work. She has been engaged in thoughtful formal interventions that disabuse audiences about the nature of “truths” told in traditional forms of anthropology and ethnography through documentary film. All the while, she has been attending to the important groundwork of gender and cultural politics in her role as an academic who has ties to communities across the globe.

The reading took place outdoors at CRAB Park, and was followed by a screening at Gold Saucer Studio.

Text to Speech was a reading group series that focused on texts about media, media art, and the surrounding concepts and frameworks of the mediated world. Facilitated by guest artists and curators, each Text to Speech session involved collective readings, group discussions, and analyses of select texts.

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