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Paul Chan

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Chan
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Paul

Born 1973, Hong Kong; lives in New York, New York Paul Chan keeps his art and his politics separate, or at least he claims to. He has been involved in the aid group Voices in the Wilderness (with whom he spent an unsanctioned month in Iraq) and participated in creating The People's Guide to the Republican National Convention (an agitprop map of New York City for use by protesters in 2004). Yet while such activities may not appear to directly inform his art practice, they tie into his general insistence on "hallucinating" repressed relationships in contemporary society: between the sacred and the secular, the high and the low, the poetic and the pornographic. Paul Chan was a 2003 Rockefeller Foundation New Media Art Fellow and director of an online political/aesthetic thinktank at www.nationalphilistine.com. His work is distributed by Video Data Bank.