We are thrilled to present this Asia North 2020 Festival online experience for our June Station North Shines virtual art walk!
The Asian Arts & Culture Center and the Central Baltimore Partnership in collaboration with Stillpointe Theatre, Charm City Night Market, Motor House, North Avenue Market, and several other community organizations originally planned the Asia North 2020 exhibition for April 4-May 9 and a festival with performances and an Underground Night Market in Graffiti Alley by Charm City Night Market for April 4. However, due to COVID-19, we have gone digital for the time-being, hosting the exhibit and virtual events like this one online. We are making plans to reschedule the live festival for fall 2020.
Meanwhile, catch a virtual taste of Asia North 2020 in this Station North Shines episode:
To start, we have the honor of opening the evening with an introduction into the history of Station North's Koreatown with footage of Mr. Kim's long-standing Seoul Rice Cake Shop. Then we'll hear from the curators about what it took to put this hugely collaborative festival together, including an exhibit featuring twenty-five regional Asian and Asian American artists. Finally, we'll get to actually see and hear from four of the participating artists with close-ups of their work, their process, and a Q&A.
We will be live streaming on Station North's Facebook Page Friday, June 5th at 8:00pm. RSVP to get a reminder email the day-of.
Livestream on SNAD Facebook Page Friday June 5th at 8:00pm: https://www.facebook.com/stationnorth/
See below for more details about our amazing artists! *Earlier in the evening on June 5th, make sure to stop by the Parkway Theater's website at mdfilmfest.com to catch a live Q&A from Korean-American filmmaker, Andrew Ahn, for his new film, Driveways!
For this virtual event, we are excited to welcome Davine Ker to open up the night with her comedy! Davine is a stand-up comedian, improvisor, musical improviser, Moth StorySLAM winner, actor, visual artist, and a musician. Davine caters to your comedy appetite while sharing her laugh story with decadent wit cream. She has shared the stage with the likes of Guy Torry, Todd Bridges, Willie Tyler, Pat Dixon, Jeffrey Gurian, Greer Barnes and Canadian legend Mike MacDonald.
Find out more: http://www.davinecomedy.com/ Twitter: @DavineDC / Instagram: @DavineDC
Next we'll hear from painter Monica Youn: Over the past several years, Youn has been fascinated by the idea of hidden messages and narrations, which is why research has become a large part of her process. Most of her work references literature, folklore, or the language of flowers in order to emphasize a feeling and connect to her Korean background.
Find our more: https://www.mayounart.com/ Instagram: @mayounart
Then, we'll screen excerpts from two short films from video artist Chung-Wei Haung titled "Seeing" and "WI ING WI ING".
Chung-Wei Huang is a Baltimore-based Taiwanese interdisciplinary video artist whose creative work focuses on creating screen dance videos and narrative films focusing on outsider narratives and body politics. Her work has been selected by film festivals across the nation. Chung-Wei is the recipient of the Presidential Fellowship at Temple University (2012- 2015), and the and the University of Film and Video Association Graduate Student Fellowship (2016) and a finalist for the 2020 Baker’s Artist Awards. She currently teaches filmmaking at Towson University.
Find out more: http://www.chungweihuang.com/ Instagram: @chungweihuang.film
Amrita “Ami” Kaur Dang
Ami Dang will end our program with samples of her recently released album, which you can listen to and purchase here:
Full album announcement here: https://conta.cc/3bvKJzy
Amrita “Ami” Kaur Dang is a South Asian-American vocalist, sitarist, composer and producer from Baltimore. She fuses vocals, sitar, and electronics to create east-meets-west, ambient, experimental, psych music. In her recently released EP Meditations Mixtape, Vol. I, featuring vocals, sitar and electronics, she creates a series of meditation tracks as a response to the need for new ways of engaging the mind and body during the coronavirus crisis. Having begun her musical journey as a child learning shabad kirtan (hymns) in the Sikh gurdwara (place of worship), she reflects on the importance of music as a tool for finding inner peace despite the turmoil and illness happening around us. Her aunt is currently hospitalized due to coronavirus. Dang dedicates this EP to her and everyone who is searching for strength during this confusing era.
The Asia North 2020 Exhibit has gone online at https://www.towson.edu/asianorth Read below for more info:
Asia North 2020: Tradition-Memory-Transformation
Twenty-five regional Asian and Asian American artists express, illustrate, and address the fusion of cultures, drawing from traditional art forms, memories of homeland, and more. Their works reveal different yet interconnected layers of experiences, histories and identities of artists whose cultural roots hail from China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and Taiwan.
The online exhibit also includes a brief introduction to Baltimore’s first Koreatown and the Korean community in Greater Baltimore. Tradition-Memory-Transformation is part of Asia North 2020, a celebration of art, culture, and the Asian heritage of Greater Baltimore, especially the Korean history of Baltimore’s Charles North community. Co-produced by the Asian Arts & Culture Center and Central Baltimore Partnership with the generous support of the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, TD Bank, and PNC Bank
Special thank you for support from William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, Central Baltimore Partnership, Maryland State Arts Council, Citizens of Baltimore County, AA&CC Members, TU-BTU Presidential Priority, PNC Bank, TD Bank, WYPR, Johns Hopkins University, Lord Baltimore Hotel, Baltimore Kawasaki Sister Cities Committee, Baltimore Changwon Sister Cities Committee, Mike Shecter, Lane Harlan, Leandro Lagera, and Matt Steinberg.
Special thank you for research support from: Ock Kyung Lee, Michelle Lee, Paul Kim, and Dale Dusman