ExTV Presents: Keep Your Politics In My Art

Searching for more political work in the art world? We’re getting extra political with this month’s web program, Keep Your Politics in My Art, a collection of work focusing on worldly issues and famous politicians. This month’s featured artists are shown as listed:

“Eye Exercises” – Vivienne Luo Wang 
Vivienne questions cultural gestures that contain strong political overtones. In her video work, Eye Exercises (2014), she uses gestures from a school radio calisthenics program for the eye exercises for students from elementary school to high school begin with the slogan “Protect eyesight for the revolution, prevent myopia, the eye exercises start…” and have been mandatory for Chinese students since 1963. In 2012, Chinese teenager’s myopia is on the second place in the world, however eye exercises are still compulsory due to government policy.

Through the re-enactment of an official demo for teaching eye exercises, Vivienne manipulates the background sounds, and raises the question whether it is necessary for students to do the exercise without exact proven medical studies, whether it is for improving students’ health or is it for political purposes.(@0:10)

“Ted Cruz – Black Hole Sun” – Harry Warnaar 
(@4:15)

“Cartel of Silence” – Euree Kim 
Cartel of Silence is inspired from Four Cartel in disability activism. Originally, it is found from an article by a Korean human right activist, on how the system of mental institutions is maintained by the silence of four groups, government-institution-family-citizen. To reflect the context of U.S., Euree changes the format as police-bystander-doctor-charity. Prison and mental institutions were systems created to separate people who were considered deviant, abnormal, and disposable. (@9:45)

“Stand By-hind Me” – Jae Hwan Lim 
(@22:14)