wu tsang – installation shape of a right statement & screening documentary wildness
19 Sep - 22 Sep 2013

The Stedelijk Museum is delighted to present the installation Shape of a Right Statement (2008), by filmmaker, artist, and performer Wu Tsang.

Shape of a Right Statement (2008), Wu Tsang, HD Video on monitor (5:15 min) and curtain installation, on display outside of Teijin Auditorium
September 19-22, 2013, 10 am – 6 pm

Wildness (2012), Wu Tsang, HD video (74 min), screened in Teijin Auditorium
September 20-21, 2013, 11 am – 12:20 pm: Screenings

Wu Tsang – interview & screening Wildness
September 19, 2013, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

The Stedelijk Museum is delighted to present the installation Shape of a Right Statement (2008), by filmmaker, artist, and performer Wu Tsang. In this short film, Tsang stars directly into the camera and re-performs one section of “In My Language,” a forceful address by autism rights activist Amanda Baggs. Tsang’s powerful video manifesto was shot at the Silver Platter, home to his club party Wildness (depicted in the eponymous feature film), following a year in which the artist had presented live performances of the Baggs text. Tsang mimetically reproduces the voice of Baggs’s Speech Generation Device, stating, “It is only when I type something in your language that you refer to me as having communication.” Shape of a Right Statement is displayed on a cube monitor, together with a curtain installation that refers to Tsang’s collaborations with The Silver Platter, the club in which the film was shot.  

In addition to the installation, Tsang’s feature film Wildness will be screened in the Teijin Auditorium on the mornings of September 20, 21, and 22 (11 am – 12:20 pm). Wildness (2012) is a portrait of the aforementioned club, the Silver Platter, a historic, LGBT-friendly bar on the east side of Los Angeles that has catered to the Latin immigrant community since 1963. With a magical-realist flourish – the bar itself becomes a character in the film – Wildness captures the creativity and conflict that ensue when a group of young, queer artists of color (Wu Tsang, DJs NGUZUNGUZU, and Total Freedom) organize a weekly performance art party, called Wildness, at the bar. What does “safe space” mean, and who needs it? The search for answers to these questions creates coalitions across generations.

More information about Wu Tsang 

Wu Tsang is a Los Angeles based filmmaker, artist, and performer. His projects have been presented at the Tate Modern (London); the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the New Museum (New York); and MOCA and REDCAT (Los Angeles). In 2012, he participated in the Whitney Biennial and New Museum Triennial (New York), Gwangju Biennial (South Korea), and Liverpool Biennial (UK). He was named one of Filmmaker magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2012. His first feature, Wildness, received its world premiere at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, and was screened at SXSW (Austin, TX), Hot Docs (Toronto, Canada), and SANFIC8 (Santiago, Chile). Wildness has won many awards, including the Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Documentary at Outfest 2012.