Tran T. Kim-Trang

Tran T. Kim-Trang was born in Viet Nam and emigrated to the U.S. in 1975. She received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and has been producing experimental videos since the early 1990′s. Her work has been exhibited internationally and nationally in solo and group screenings in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. Her Blindness Series, eight experimental video shorts investigating blindness and its metaphors was completed in 2006. Tran is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Creative Capital grant, a Getty Mid-Career Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship. These fellowships have enabled her to develop, among other works, a screenplay titled Call Me Sugar, based on the life of her mother, which she hopes to direct as a feature film project. In 2010 Tran exhibited a three-channel video installation titled Landless in Second Life, where she created an Afterlife for her mother as a way to explore notions of immigrants and immigration in the online, virtual world Second Life. Currently, Tran is working on a series of casual games titled Arizona 9 bout a girl’s murder that led to the demise of the border-watch movement. Tran teaches at Scripps College where she is a Professor of Art and Media Studies.

Artist Code: 054


Epilogue: The Palpable Invisibility of Life

2006, 13:27 minutes, colour, English


2002, 28:00 minutes, colour & B/W


2000, 10:00 minutes, b&w/colour, english


1998, 22:28 minutes, colour/B&W, English

Ocularis: Eye Surrogates

1997, 21:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English


1994, 17:00 minutes, colour, English


1993, 14:00 minutes, B&W


1992, 16:00 minutes, colour

Critical Writing

Captured and Controlled: Critiquing Surveillance through The Camera
by Sarah E. K. Smith. Sorting Daemons: Art, Surveillance Regimes and Social Control, 2010. Kingston: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2010.
Experimental Documentary Questionnaire/Responses
by Lucas Hilderbrand and Lynne Sachs. Millennium Film Journal, Spring 2009, no. 51.
LA's Media Renegades
by Steve Anderson. The Independent, Apr. 2000.
The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses
by Laura U. Marks. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2000.
Tapes that think
by Gary Kibbins. Kingston: Agnes Eterington Art Centre, 1996.