CosmicWander: Expedition by Choy Ka Fai

CosmicWander: Expedition by Choy Ka Fai

WHEN
16 January – 21 February 2021
VENUE
Tanjong Pagar Distripark, 39 Keppel Road, #01-02 to 04 (go to Google maps)
OPENING HOURS
Daily, 12pm – 9pm
ADMISSION
Free Admission
WEBSITE
https://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/art-events/exhibitions/cosmicwander-expedition

CosmicWander: Expedition by Choy Ka Fai

Berlin-based Singapore artist Choy Ka Fai has been researching the metaphysics of the human body in the last decade, taking the body as a conceptual device for explorations into “post-human” choreographic ideas and alternative states of consciousness in a world distraught by different realities. His ongoing project, CosmicWander, explores shamanistic dance cultures in Asia. Venturing into the region in search of the most spectacular and immersive trance experiences, the artist has met over 50 shamans and filmed extraordinary dance rituals, from the wilderness of Siberia to the mythological practices in Java. CosmicWander: Expedition is a work-in-progress presentation of the project, set up as an experiential platform that presents and reflects on humanity’s attempt to connect and understand the universe beyond the visible realm.

Through a process of technological experiments, anthropological discoveries, and dance experiences that swing from the futuristic to the paranormal, Choy’s practice appropriates technologies and narratives to imagine new futures of the human body. His productions are often infused with a sense of the bizarre, and humour is used as a device to simultaneously disarm and expose preconceptions towards dance. In this manner, they serve too, as a means to interrogate present realities around the human body.

The exhibition, comprising multichannel video works over a 60-minute duration, will be on loop hourly from 12pm daily. Visitors may experience the works at any time and also explore the resources section at their own pace.

*Advisory: Mature themes. Viewer discretion and parental guidance is advised. As the performances are presented in a dimly lit space with fog, please proceed with care and exercise caution if you have sensitive respiratory conditions.

Choy Ka Fai, The Wanderer, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.


A Tele-Presence Performance Experiment | 'CosmicWander: Vogue'

16 January 2021, 7pm – 7.30pm, Online

The programme will be livestreamed on SAM’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

Based on Choy’s research into possible co-existence of divine embodiments of compassion and destruction, sexuality and violence within one spirit medium, this multicultural voguing party will be led by Norwegian-Thai dancer Sun Phitthaya Phaefuang, with music performed by local band NADA (Rizman Putra and Safuan Johari) and drummer Cheryl Ong.

A Lecture by Choy Ka Fai | 'CosmicWander: Destination'

22 January 2021, from 7pm onwards, Online

The programme will be livestreamed on SAM’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

In this lecture, supernatural dance explorer and founder of CosmicWander, Choy Ka Fai, will trace his creative process in creating CosmicWander as an agency which provides spiritual journeys and conceptual travels. He will discuss his encounters of bodily transformation in trance. Reflecting on local wisdom, lived experiences and non- human knowledge, the session seeks out multiple perspectives on our aspiration to transcendence.

Live Panel Discussion | CosmicWander: Transcendence

30 January 2021, 7pm – 8.30pm, Online

The programme will be livestreamed on SAM’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

An online live panel discussion with Q&A, led by artist Choy Ka Fai and a panel of speakers on the desire for self-transcendence and the influence of digital technology on systems of belief and meaning making. Moderated by curator Khim Ong.

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