Research Presentations (Sep-Nov.2016)
Social Botany in San Francisco is artist Xu Tan’s unique art experiment that negotiates the relations between local communities and contemporary art. In Social Botany in San Francisco, artist Xu Tan uses the plant migration as a metaphor for immigration in the Bay Area. After his broader research in between November 2015 to March 2016, Xu Tan narrowed his selection to investigate Chinese Americans with three shared identities: community workers, social activists, and artists. Social Botany in San Francisco’s three research presentations curated by Ziying Duan (September 2016 - November 2016) focus on: urban planner and social movement documentarist Roy Chan; saxophonist and social activist Francis Wong; and comic artist, educator, and social activity organizer Kayan Cheung-Miaw. At 41 Ross, Xu Tan’s collaborative research with the arts-activists and curator culminates in presentations of videos, images, and documented conversations.