【HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2015】RAM Performance| Speak Into the Body
May 13, 2016 Friday 19:30 - 21:00
2F Y.W.C.A Building (Shanghai 133 Yuanmingyuan Road)
Jellyfish, 60-90’, Wang Yanyun (China)
An audience and I sit in a tiny space between two white cloths falling to the ground; meanwhile, outside the cloths stand other audience who can hear the talk inside and see the silhouette, body condition and emotion of the two talkers through the light behind the cloths. The audience inside can ask me a question, and I will answer one hundred percent honestly. Such talk will lead to two kinds of consequence—convinced or irritated by my explicit words. To present the results more directly, the audience is allowed to do anything to me after I answer the question. For example, the audience can spit at me, kiss me, embrace me, beat me, or whatever, as long as he or she is able to express the feeling completely. No one knows what exactly will happen on site, as if we have no idea whether we’ll be fascinated with jellyfish’s lightness and tenderness or scared and irritated by its venom.
Wang Yanyun uses her works to inquire into body politics and gender politics, and pays attention to narrative and interaction. In 2015, with her work Rhetoric, she was invited to a special exhibition about female right held by the U.N. to discuss the issue that seventy percent of factory female workers suffer sexual harassment but has no way to complain. She also published her artistic collection Left Cheek and Right Cheek.
Co-curated by RAM and Zhang Yuan
Contemporary theater is a constantly evolving concept. Unlike the stage forms of traditional theater, it focuses on exploring all the possibilities between performing arts and the reality. It addresses current social phenomena by adopting various forms and shifting paradigms. As an important feature of contemporary theater, body performance manifests itself in the most primitive way and bypasses language narrative and possible hypocrisy. We try to approach Asia through“body”and explore the relations between Asian cultures through the most essential bodily sensations. For a long time, art and culture of Asian countries look at themselves through the perspective of Western aesthetics and neglect to compare with one another. It is the same case with mainland China; though it is part of Asia, it has little idea of what is going on around it.
We have invited many cutting-edge contemporary theater artists or groups of mainland China and other Asian regions and countries to participate in a dialogue centering on two topics“facing the society" and "cultural gap". These two topics are designed to stimulate the artists to explore Asia, a world once constructed by the West, from different angles. With other Asian regions and countries as reference, we can reflect on the problems and challenges faced by mainland China in recent years and find some lost values and the road map for the future by changing our perspective.... Read More
Ticket Price: 60RMB/person