Zhiwan Cheung

Disoriental Flavors (after Edward Said)

Single Channel Video
15:21 minutes
2019
This video-essay takes inspiration from Edward Said’s seminal book, “Orientalism.” A computer generated British voice takes and repurposes Said’s ideas as its own. Footage from San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum plays in the background, with many of the artifacts originating from both the near and far East. Over 60 possible countries span the area of the undefined Oriental borders, each with a messy history that stretches to a time prior to Western civilization. Yet, the culmination of these countries become essentialized into a singular reductive category: Eastern / Asian / Oriental.

Music/sound by Giovanni Abei

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