I had the honor of being a guest curator for Karaoke: Asia’s Global Sensation at Towson University’s Asian Arts & Culture Center. I worked with Joanna Pecore to gather materials and do research for the exhibit, which will be on display from February 13 to May 13, 2017.
The exhibit explores karaoke’s rise in Japan and Asia and connects it with karaoke’s emergence in Maryland, particularly among Asian American communities in the state.
Highlights of the exhibit include: a karaoke historical timeline, survey of karaoke among different local communities, profile of local KJs (karaoke DJs), bizarre karaoke technology, a collection of unique karaoke promo posters, and even a little feature for James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” (which is giving karaoke a renaissance, KJs inform me).
The exhibit contextualizes karaoke as a technologically enabled folk tradition, one that allows people to explore and express musical sides of themselves through singing songs important to collective identity.
More info here.