Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists
Coach House Books, 2008
ISBN 1 55245 200 X
Mike Hoolboom interviews video maker Richard Fung. Using Fung's personal narrative of growing up in Trinidad and immigrating to Canada as a backdrop for their entire discussion, the two artists discuss the relationship between pictures and memory and how the former can act as an archive of the past. Fung narrates the origin and history of his relationship to cinema and to the camera, and how he understands his dual role as maker and writer: the criticality and distinct experiential qualities of film and text.
Hoolboom questions Fung about specific strategies the latter uses in tackling the topics of personal narrative, post-colonialism, and race that prevail in his videos.
Fung discusses his relationship to documentary and fiction, especially as it allows him to construct truth and evoke emotions in his work, focusing on the process of making Dirty Laundry. Fung also discusses how the topics of homosexuality and racism are historicized in this work and the ways in which discourse on these topics is shifting today, especially in the context of Canada.
ITEM 2008.196 – available for viewing in the Research Centre
Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited
Sea in the Blood – Richard Fung
Dirty Laundry – Richard Fung
My Mother's Place – Richard Fung
Orientations: Lesbian and Gay Asians – Richard Fung
Chinese Characters – Richard Fung
The Way to my Father's Village – Richard Fung
Islands – Richard Fung
Fighting Chance – Richard Fung
Steam Clean – Richard Fung
Uncomfortable: The Art of Christopher Cozier – Richard Fung