Video by Jasmine Zayas
On Wednesday, the 27th of February, Ping Chong was being interviewed on a reflection of his admirable projects and his views on his experiences. Ping Chong is an international theatre director, playwright, video and installation artist who came to United States from a young age as a Chinese immigrant. He later became a successful and inspiring individual who look deeper in people’s cultural backgrounds and portray those ideas in his plays such as “Undesirable Elements.” We interviewed Ping Chong to talk to him about his experiences and thoughts on his most recent productions, Brooklyn ‘63 and Undesirable Elements.
Video by Vandesha Walker
On the 29th of January,the New Media & Arts fellows carried out on an intriguing journey into the minds of 1963. Having the opportunity to work with Mr. Ping Chong and Talvin Wilkes, fellows got to understand these visionaries’ reasoning for creating a piece that highlighted events from 50 years ago.
Unlike last year’s semester when the New Arts and Media focused their interest on current and newer forms of art, the trajectory of this semester is dedicated to the era of the Civil Rights Movement. To begin the process we interviewed co-director and dramaturg, Talvin Wilkes. Along with Ping-Chong, Talvin Wilkes work on a production called Undesirable Elements. Undesirable Elements is an ongoing series based on the lives of local people within the community that have been impacted by the 1963 Civil Rights Movement. Events such as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, The March on Washington, the Bombing at 16th St. Baptist Church that killed four girls, and many more are milestones that have been drastically life changing. Listening to Talvin Wilkes story of his perception of 1963 made me realize that everybody has a story to tell. It was interesting and intriguing to hear his thoughts about what this era meant to him and to also hear his vision. Ping Chong and Talvin are of different ages and to have them both collaborate together on this piece shows that these events have left permanent scars.