Interpreting the 7 Lights

Paul Chan, 2nd <strike>Light</strike>, 2006. Digital video projection; 14 min. Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, NY. Image by Jean Vong.
Paul Chan, 2nd Light, 2006. Digital video projection; 14 min. Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, NY. Image by Jean Vong.

In this curriculum, students will explore Paul Chan's 7 Lights and relate the themes in the exhibition to the Fluxus movement, dialectical thinking and linguistics. Presented alongside a selection of works on paper, older videos, and a new projection, the Lights create a vast image of cyclical destruction and rebirth, spread across floors and walls like light falling through windows. The Paul Chan curriculum consists of four lessons that analyze and interpret all the 7 Lights.

Themes:
1. Politics
2. Poetry
3. War
4. Death
5. Desire

Interpreting the 7 Lights