Photo from the Chimera video shoot.
Video Studio

Chimera is a movement-based, sound-optics-focused performance installation, in collaboration with AAPI (Asian American, Pacific Islander) Performance Collective IS/LAND, which was recorded in the Duderstadt Center’s Video Studio in April 2024.

By definition, a chimera is ‘an organism composed of mixed genetic tissues’ and when applied to science, ‘a goal that is hoped for but is illusory or impossible to achieve’. Both of these definitions apply to the experience of AAPI women—how their complex life identities are vilified and simplified by the white patriarchy, but more so, how their achievements are subject to the glass ceiling and aspirations are crushed by existing social standards. Is it possible for AAPI women in this country to fully integrate into the fabric of Western society, or will they always be “othered”? Can AAPI women, in solidarity as connected foreign debris, evolve into a new creature – a chimera?

“Working with the Dude’s Video Studio team was one of the best experiences that I have had in the campus. It was such a privilege. We really appreciate the opportunity. Thank you all!  – Do Young Kim, M.S. EECS, on behalf of the Chimera crew.