Critical Writing Index

Ho Tam: Season of the Boys

by Mike Hoolboom

Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists, 2008, pp. 251-260

Coach House Books, 2008

ISSN 1 55245 200 X

Mike Hoolboom interviews artist Ho Tam about his trajectory in becoming a video artist. Tam narrates the history of his career, moving from being a social worker to a full-time visual artist who aims to represent the underrepresented, and discusses the relative merits of painting versus video. Hoolboom asks Tam about the theme of gay culture that runs through his work. Tam discusses his oscillation between beauty and youth on the one hand, and coping with the death of his partner through darker representations of gay culture on the other. Tam talks about his experience of making work in New York city as enabling his awareness of the prevalence of race issues in America.

Tam narrates his development as an artist through the retelling of various video art projects: he describes the concern with structure that runs through his work even as his thematic focus shifts.

The two video makers discuss the ethics of Tam's work in relation to his documentation of unknowing subjects, and the politics of film appropriation.

ITEM 2008.195 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Matinee IdolHo Tam

The Yellow PagesHo Tam

The Semiotics of the KitchenMartha Rosler

Season of the boysHo Tam

Dear SisHo Tam

Hair CutsHo Tam

Pocahontas: TransWorld RemixHo Tam

Miracles on 163rd StreetHo Tam

Cop StringsHo Tam

99 MenHo Tam

In the DarkHo Tam

Ave MariaHo Tam

She Was CubaHo Tam

RomancesHo Tam

Books of JamesHo Tam