by Laura Hutson
Annemarie Ho's Dread Spawn (Head Wrong)
When: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28
Where: Vanderbilt's E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center, Room 220
Back in 2008 when MGM announced it was remaking the 1984 “classic” Red Dawn, a resounding “WTF?” was heard around the world. The original might have had a certain corny charm, but a redux seems absurd, unnecessary and kind of offensive. As Abe Sauer said in his critique of the remake on The Awl: “It is a paranoia tale of an America where our children no longer get stupid Chinese character tattoos because they want to; they get them because they have to.”
New York-based artist Annemarie Ho was inspired to make a remake of her own, and garrisoned a group of real-life high school students to help. The result, Dread Spawn (Head Wrong), examines how the premise of Red Dawn — both the original and its remake — could exist only in small-town, predominantly white middle America, and wonders what the fantastical storyline would look like if the Chinese People’s Liberation Army were to invade New York’s Chinatown. Ho will answer questions about the production after the screening. See how many phrases that rhyme with “red dawn” you can come up with before then.