Made in collaboration with Pablo Bautista, Justin Chin, Vicente
Grolveo, Quentin Lee, Napoleon Lustre, Laura U. Marks, Nguyen Tan
Hoang, Han Ong, and Dean Sameshima.
Slanted Vision is an energetic, stunning experimental video
that explores the relation between vision and desire with eroticized
images of Asian men. Working in collaboration with a diverse group
of artists, writers, performers and musicians, many of them queer
and Asian, Ma has created a promiscuous montage inspired by gay
porn videos, kung fu movies and TV cooking shows.
Introducing the video with a quote from Richard Fung's ground-breaking
essay "Looking for My Penis: The Eroticized Asian in Gay Video Porn,"
Ma links its three sections by visual layering and fast-paced editing.
An exploration into pornographic and genre film images of Asian
men leads into a documentary on contemporary sexual practices among
queer Asians, and ends with a multiple re-staging of the popular
U.S. television cooking show, Yan Can Cook, in which this
"family-viewing" program is turned into a hilariously perverse safer
sex demonstration seasoned with some serious kung-fu moves.
In these three sections, Asian males are shown sexually-objectified,
as subjects, and perverted. Also, recurring elements concerning
specularity — looking and being looked at, pornographic representation,
documentary and fiction, identity politics, AIDS /HIV and safer
sex education surface throughout the tape in their various guises,
further linking the different sections. In this video, Ma irreverently
assesses the debate on positive/negative images, media representation
of sexuality and pleasure, sexual practices in the age of AIDS,
and their impact on queer Asians. Slanted Vision presents
a wide-ranging yet ambivalent perspective on sexuality that is at
once humorous, sensual, radical and erotic.