The (poetic) Body
In an age of fragmentation, how can we accumulate individual life experiences?
An exhibition X mixed-medium conversation
How can we express our inner landscape while leading a life inherently scattered and fractured? Do we arrange daily collectables or discover hidden traces within our living bodies? Gigi Yang inspects her bittersweet journey through dance, while Law Yuk Mui collects the sounds of stones sinking in the river to connect with her diasporic daily life. Law reconstructs the hearing experience through a series of sound installations and scores, capturing the fleeting moments of Gigi's moving body. By slowing down, we mark our presence in this transient passage. In this exhibition, sessions of durational cross-medium conversation immerse visitors in a space that allows the body to speak.
Performance | 3-hour unlimited access
27/8 (Sun) 3pm
30/8 (Wed) 7pm
The performance runs approximately 3 hours with no intermission.
The audience may enter and exit the venue at any time during the performance.
(Close on Mondays)
Multi-disciplinary Artist: Law Yuk Mui
Choreographer & Performer: Gigi Yang
Artist Observer: Allen Ho Man Hin, Lam Yip, Rico Lau Ching Hei
Video Documentation: Allen Ho Man Hin
Curation: Unlock Dancing Plaza
Programme partner: 1a space
#DANCELESS complex 2023 - Online Conversation: Dialogue between Law Yuk Mui and Gigi Yang on "(I stay quiet as a stone)，「from there to here」。"
#DANCELESS complex 2023 online conversation series invited two artists, Law Yuk Mui and Gigi Yang, who collaborated on the creation of "(I stay quiet as a stone)，「from there to here」。" to share their experiences and thoughts about the work in a dialogue moderated by independent curator and writer Qu Chang.
In this commission, the two artists, who work in different media, collaborated to develop an exhibition and three live performances titled "(I stay quiet as a stone)，「from there to here」。" During the three performances, three invited artist-observers used different materials and methods to document Gigi Yang's actions on-site, and these records were accumulated and continuously updated as part of the exhibition.
Over the course of several months, the two artists engaged in remote communication, attempting to imagine the intertwining of the body, the silence of sounds, and materiality of the objects and images in the white box set up in 1a space. Law Yuk Mui responded to the slow and quiet movements by evoking the contours of shifting stones during cyanotype exposures through daily subtle traces. Meanwhile, Gigi Yang silently and steadfastly faced the overlapping history and memories of the body, becoming an installation in mobile within the exhibition with a continuous three-hour performance, as if embarking on an endless journey. This dialogue aims to share the experiences and inspirations from the collaborative process, recalling and narrating the untold beginnings, endings, and details that were not mentioned in the exhibition and performances.
Artists: Law Yuk Mui (Multi-disciplinary Artist), Gigi Yang (Dance Artist)
Moderator: Qu Chang (Independent Curator and Writer)
The conversation will be held in Cantonese.
In a space weaved by scattered conversations,
it all begins with a body that never forgets.
Letters of response "Unfold the Thinking"
This year’s Unfold the Thinking Performance Writing Project aims to respond to the theme “Think with the ( ) Body” by considering writing as a vehicle for thought and transforming reading into physical action. This year, contemporary dance artist Dick Wong is invited to co-author with six writers from different backgrounds, experimenting with the possibilities of writing performances beyond criticism in response to the creators/works of #DANCELESS complex 2023.
The direction of this year’s writing project is based on “guided readings”. The writers’ work on approaching the performance pieces will be collected in separate envelopes. Although the contents are text-based, they can also use images, symbols and typography to create “Guided Reading Letters”, which will be placed at the front desk for the audience to read before the start of their respective shows. The envelopes contain guidelines on the best time to read them (e.g. before/ after the show/ other). From opening the envelopes to reading the letters, the viewing experiences interwoven in the text will be unveiled layer by layer. The audience will gain another perspective on the work through these outside (or inside) readings.
At the end of the project, there will be a sharing session where the audience, writers, and curators will be invited to have a dialogue and discuss the relationship between performance, viewing and writing.