【HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2015】RAM Performance| Entrance to RitesApr 29, 2016 Friday 19:30 - 21:00
- 2F, Rockbund Art Museum (20 Huqiu Road, Shanghai)
- Lin River, yuenjie MARU
- 【HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2015】RAM Performance | Being in Asia: Human and Object in Activation
About the performance
Kiss It Better, 40’, River Lin
Kiss it Better aims to explore the meaning behind the cultural convention “kiss” itself. It is a one-on-one performance revolving around a question posed to the audience: which part of your body has been recently hurting, feeling uncomfortable, or injured PHYSICALLY or EMOTIONALLY? During the performance, the boundary of intimacy and public between the performer and the audience has been shifted, the connection of emotional and physical pain has been reviewed, and the invisible pain of one’s own has been marked as the visible wound after receiving the kissing treatment.
" WINDing Knife", 40 ', yuenjie MARU (Hong Kong)
Every swing of the knife brings about a breeze and the interaction between knife and the movement of air never ends. This is an era of murderers!
“WINDing Knife” is a sequel to “Knife Wind”, part of solo series performed at Y-Space in Hong Kong in June 2014. During the performance from which the audience can not shun away, site installation and physical interaction were employed to explore the narrative possibilities of theater. The performance was inspired by Fugaku workshop owned by Tanaka Toshi, a Brazilian Japanese artist.
About the artists
Born in 1984 in Taipei, River Lin is an artist living in between Paris and Taipei and working inter-disciplinarily. Working with bodily medium, his work includes site-specific performance art, dance, live art and installation. Body, ritual of the spatial-temporal and audience engagement are centrally concerned in his art practice.
yuenjie MARU is a performing artist, impromptu dancer and art workshop facilitator who is also engaged in choreography, theater, painting, text and installation art creation. He has published a collection of his own works yuenjie MARU Live Art Ten Years Performances1999-2009. In recent years, he has been using the methods of DanceAbility to develop "symbiotic dance". In the theatrical front, he has appeared in Paper Tiger’s production “Iron Horse” (Hong Kong Arts Festival 2014) and staged his body movement installation theatre “Set Body” in Macau (Theater Pitting Against Theater Festival, 2015).
Being in Asia -- Body Performance in Contemporary Theater
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