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Politics of Art: Beyond Manzanar at San Jose Museum of Art

San Jose Museum of Art and ZeroOne: The Art and Technology Network
invite you to a Special Sunday Afternoon Discussion.


Sunday, November 3, 2002 at 3 p.m.
San Jose Museum of Art, 110 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA, USA

The virtual reality artwork "Beyond Manzanar" has recently been acquired
by the San Jose Museum of Art. This presentation celebrates the Museum
opening of installation and with the panelists and artists
– Tamiko Thiel and Zara Houshmand – explores historical and legal
raised by the artwork. The piece will be on exhibit for around 6 months.

This art piece dramatically casts guests in the unwitting roles of
internees inside the Manzanar, California Internment Camp and juxtaposes
this experience against the subsequent mistreatment of Iranian-Americans
during the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979-80. More information at:

Now, following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the
Pentagon, a similar situation exists. The afternoon's presentation will
explore the issues and corollaries of all three situations.

The museum sopen at 11:00 - visitors may experience the "Beyond
Manzanar" installation before the presentation.


Tamiko Thiel, Japanese American new media artist and engineer
interested in investigating new forms of narrative structure and in
developing socially and culturally meaningful uses of virtual reality.

Zara Houshmand, Iranian American writer, theater director, and
multimedia artist whose work focuses on cross-cultural issues. She was
involved in pioneering the development of virtual reality on the

Dave Tatsuno, interned at the Topaz camp in Utah during World War II,
will show scenes from his haunting movie of the camp, "Topaz", which
forms part of the National Registry of films.

Richard Konda, an attorney with The Asian Law Alliance and an active
participant in the Japanese-American redress movement.

Shahin Tabrizi, financial consultant specializing in mergers and
acquisitions; Founder, Treasurer and past President of the Persian

Susan Hayase, software engineer, a leader in the campaign
to obtain redress for former camp internees.

Co-sponsored by:
The Nihonmachi Outreach Committee
Persian Center
San Jose Japanese American Citizens League
YAD2M Creative

Web info at: http://www.yad2m.com/bus/02/manzanar/
pdf copy at: