RAM HIGHLIGHT 2018: “Is It My Body?” Introduction and Agenda


Sep 27, 2018

Program Agenda

Program Introduction

Eisa Jocson

Princess Studies, 2018

#Exhibition #Performance

Princess Studies is an excerpt from HAPPYLAND Part I: Princess (2017) that exposes Filipino labor and performance of happiness within the fantasy production of the ‘happiness’ empire. In Hong Kong Disneyland Park, dancers from the Philippines are hired in large numbers as professional backup dancers to the main western characters. Princess is a performance wherein two Filipino performers hijack and cannibalize the white-skinned princess, the archetype model that dominates the narrative imagination of children, while excluding their context, bodies and histories.

Princess Studies unpacks how two Filipino artists meticulously distilled and reconstructed the body language of this fantasy princess, and programmed her mobility and speech into their own camouflaged bodies. The video documentations of rehearsal and first drafts of Filipino Snow Whites further reveal modes of independent artistic production.

Coloring White further hijacks the 2-dimensional origins of Snow White by corrupting coloring books with drawings of Jocson as Snow White.

The Filipino Snow White complicates the narratives of both fictive (Snow White) and real (Filipino) bodies, while reinforcing domestic and affective labor performed by both.

Exhibition: Sep 29 - Oct 4, 14:00 - 18:00, 5th Floor at RAM


Sep 29, 2018, 15:00, 4th Floor at RAM

Sep 30, 2018, 20:00, 4th Floor at RAM

Performance: Eisa Jocson, Joshua Serafin

Production & Technical Management: Yap Seok Hui | ARTFACTORY


Philippine Macho Academy, 2014


Philippine Macho Academy is a fictive structure or institution that serves as a classroom where the principles of macho dancing in the Philippines are fleshed out and conveyed.

This work is a documentation of Jocson’s research and articulation of macho dance movement vocabulary. It comprises artifacts, texts, drawings and video documentation. It is a course on the physical principles of macho dancing based on a syllabus designed through a woman artist’s macho dance practice. Central in this project is the affective labor of man performed in the woman’s body. The latter undergoes physical change and social habit, ultimately complicating the notions of the feminine and the macho.

All this is fleshed out in the body and its movement. The artist makes ample reference to it in the form of drawing and performance, as well as the ethnographic details of her research and collaboration with practitioners. She also notates it in the modernist method of rendering turns of the body graphic, and so reflecting on erotic desire and the devices of modernity. This is her articulation of a striptease: a laying bare of the gendered body that finally becomes queer.

Texts by Patrick Flores for Philippine Macho Academy in Vargas Museum (2014).

Edited by Rockbund Art Museum.

Exhibition: Sep 29 - Oct 4, 2018, 14:00 - 18:00, 5th Floor at RAM


Nunu Kong

Multi-dysfunction, 2018


Keywords: regional propulsion (constraining and reviving somatic functions), partial body functions

Multi-dysfunction focuses on movements of specific body parts along with the deployment of physical functions, while other parts and functions of our bodies are kept still and disabled, so as to get a better understanding of the function of each body part. This workshop is designed to explore the guiding role and plasticity of the nervous system, or the sixth sense, aiming to influence the brain function (or thinking) by changing biological conditions.


Oct 1, 2018, 14:00, duration: 2 – 3 hours, 4th Floor at RAM


Extraction, 2018


Key words: (active) perspiration, cardiopulmonary exercise, sweat collection

Extraction aims to collect body water, or sweat, and thus involves several measures, especially active exercises, to promote perspiration. To ensure successful extraction and collection of large amounts of sweat, participants will have to complete the intensive cardiopulmonary exercise as instructed by the artist.


Oct 2, 2018, 14:00, duration: 2 hours, 4th Floor at RAM


Condition and Coordination, 2018


Key words: reverse movement (exercise based on reverse thinking), multitasking, focus diversion, narration with body

Condition and Coordination requires the review and control of the body through reverse thinking, challenging the habitual thinking and instincts of participants. To help establish the collaboration between one’s self and one’s awareness, participants will have to complete an additional task while retaining the main focus, so that some of their focuses are redistributed to improve body coordination during the movement.

The workshop commences with oneself, then evolves to include others, specific circumstances and the public domain.


Oct 2, 2018, 14:00, duration: 4 hours (max.), 4th Floor and outdoor space at RAM


Lu Yang

Electromagnetic Brainology! Brain Control Messenger!, 2017


With an interest in comprehending the human bodies through brain science, Lu Yang applied the concepts of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) technologies in her previous artworks. In 2018, she created the video work Electromagnetic Brainology! Brain Control Messenger!using the Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation (GVS) technology jointly developed by NTT DOCOMO, a mobile phone operator in Japan, and Osaka University. The term “Brain Control Messenger” originates from a Japanese expression that alludes to an individualwho is capable of manipulating the brain, which is deemed as theomnipotent force within a body.

The artist created a towering girl warrior coined as Brain Control Messenger. She strives to defend all conscious beings with weapons made with modern medical technologies, such as the DBS crown, the TMS magic wands, and a state-of-the-art remote-controlled weapon designed with the GVS technology, which enables people to control their walking directions via remotes.

The controversial Japanese music idol, Chanmomo from the group Band Ja Naimon, starred in the music video, whom Lu learned from a documentary produced by NHK and made contact courtesy of the Japan-based cultural center, Spiral. The video features patented technologies, a music idol, popmusic produced by Invisible Manners, and artistic direction by Japan’s renown pop music video director, Satoru Ohno.

Exhibition: Sep 29 – Oct 4, 2018, 14:00 - 16:00, 2nd Floor at RAM


“Smart RikuRiku” Returns to the TOP! Dance Battle, 2018


“Smart RikuRiku” Returns to the TOP! Dance Battle is a mini concert based on Lu Yang’s recent creation that combines dancing, real-time motion capture technology, music and visual arts incorporating various elements from pop culture, Otaku culture and “Smart” culture, stimulating a vibrant, holistic visual-aural-body experience!!


Oct 1, 2018, 17:00, featuring: Brain Control Messenger, 2nd Floor at RAM

Oct 2, 2018, 21:00, featuring: The Four Deities of Elements – Earth, Water, Fire and Air, 2nd Floor at RAM

Oct 4, 2018, 21:00, featuring: Smart RikuRiku, 2nd Floor at RAM



Venuri Perera and Geumhyung Jeong
Venuri n Geumhyung, 2017
Objects have power, objects are waste, and objects create territories. Venuri and Geumhyung – what is going on between them? There is a weight – air of control. There is an allusion – but not sure what to. Should we try to play this game, too?
Venuri Perera and Geumhyung Jeong play the game that they built together. They are addicted to their game, playing it again and again. Following the simple rules of the game, Venuri and Geumhyung constantly communicate with each other, sometimes trusting and sometimes doubting their feelings. The rules of the game are strict but also fragile. As they repeat the rule, the roles keep switching and the power keeps shifting. The game never stops.
Sep 29, 2018, 16:00, 3rd Floor at RAM
Oct 1, 2018, 15:00, 3rd Floor at RAM


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