The City & The City

Hong-An Truong and Dwayne Dixon

Friday, October 18th, 2013, 10:30AM

UC San Diego, University Art Gallery
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0327

Breakfast reception and premiere of Hong-An Truong & Dwayne Dixon’s The City & The City (2010), two-channel HD video.

Followed by a conversation with Hong-An Truong, Dwayne Dixon, & Rei Terada.

A discussion between the artists and a noted scholar of philosophy and psychoanalysis, Rei Terada. The City & The City already suggests a conversation in fragments, a mode they will pursue beginning with a meditation on the piece by Terada. Conspiring with the audience, Terada and the artists will imbricate fragments of “real life” aesthetics, war, history, modernity and its disappearance and lack, science-fiction and its correspondence with Asia’s urbanism.

The City & The City will be presented in the exhibition Timing is Everything from October 18 – 31.


Hong-An Truong is a graduate of the Whitney Museum Independent Study program and received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine. Experimental pedagogical collaborations include Rehearsal for Education with students at Laguardia Community College, NY (2010), and Acting the Words is Enacting the Worlds with Huong Ngo and students at EFA Project Space, NY (2011). Her work has been shown at Art in General, NY (2009), PAVILION, Bucharest (2010); the ICP, NY (2010), and Smack Mellon, Brooklyn (2013), among other venues. She is the recipient of an Art Matters Foundation Grant (2012), a Jerome Fellowship at Franconia Sculpture Park (2013), and a Socrates Sculpture Park EAF (2013).

Dwayne Dixon is a PhD. candidate in the Dept. of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University where he is completing his dissertation on young people in Tokyo and their relations to urban space, changing economic conditions, and visual technologies. His research is intertextual, including extensive ethnographic video along with traditional scholarly writing, presented together in digital form. In 2011 he wrote and directed a web video series on the ethics of fieldwork produced by Duke University. His writing has been published in The Journal of Postmodern Culture and is forthcoming in Pastelegram. His photographic and video works have been exhibited in NYC, North Carolina, and California.

Rei Terada is a Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Critical Theory Emphasis at the University of California, Irvine. Her books include Looking Away: Phenomenality and Dissatisfaction, Kant to Adorno (Harvard University Press, 2009), Feeling in Theory: Emotion after the “Death of the Subject” (Harvard University Press, 2001) and Derek Walcott’s Poetry: American Mimicry (Northeastern University Press, 1992).

More information on these events and biographies of the artists and guests are available on the University Art Gallery website:

Curated by Michelle Y. Hyun, UAG Curatorial Fellow 2012-14

Design by Margo Graxeda

Special Thanks & Acknowledgements: Merete Kjaer, Jordan Crandall, Grant Kester, Nathean Vaughan, Rafal Kopacz, Maya Sconiers, Asher Mandel, & UCSD Visual Arts Department

The Exhibition of a Necessary Incompleteness is supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

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Tuesday & Thursday 11:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday & Friday 11:00am - 7:30pm
Free Admission

Still image credit:
Hong-An Truong & Dwayne Dixon’s The City & The City (2010) detail.