(Hong Kong/the Netherlands)
My artistic research and practice focus on the commercialisation of (eastern) spirituality in the time of crisis, precarity and the anxiety that follows. They are reflections on the intricate and uneasy historical relation of colonisation, decolonisation and neocolonisation, from the perspective of a female being who was born in the last colony (Hong Kong) of the British Empire, grew up witnessing the paradigm shift (from neoliberalism to totalitarianism caused by the sovereignty transfer) and live as diaspora in the western Europe (the Netherlands).
Participatory performance functions as a vehicle to visit these accounts and reveal their intertwining nature, as well as the hidden economy, in the contemporary context. By using techniques from the well-being and mindfulness industry, such as guided meditation, hypnotherapy, coaching and massage, my performances tempt participants into a simulated mechanism where their angst and guilt of dystopia could be redeemed by means of consumption. The work Dasein.be: The Pre-apocalypse Consultancy, for example, makes explicit that the secularized version of (Eastern) spirituality is but a business practice following the logic of liberal market economics. The relationship between the therapist and client is mediated in monetary terms.
At the same time, such a conditional relationship also obscures the artist/audience relation. Such relational analogy, such blurring, poses as a critique on the problematic nature of participatory performance itself. The form (of my artistic practice) itself (as in Hand Massage and Break Milk Cocktail, for example) becomes an inquisition on the politics of spectatorship, the power relation, affective labour and economy of artistic production, as it rejects the notion of “pure”, “neutral” or “holy” ground of artistic space.
'My grandma was sixteen when she fled to Hong Kong, all alone.
Her father passed away when she was two. Her family blamed it on her for bringing bad luck. She was not allowed to go to school, but had to carry her brother on her back to school.
One time, she saw the ghost of her deceased father. The ghost was sorry for her situation. Another time, she fell from a tree but was not hurt at all. Only her jade bracelet was broken. She said the spirit of the jade bracelet had protected her.
She gave birth to five children. Only two survived. She burnt all photographs of grandpa, who abandoned his family and started another outside of wedlock.
Mother said grandma was a gambler who did not care for home.
I don’t know about that.
I only know her tenderness.
She whispered in my ears some formless stories while patting me to sleep. "The shrimp borrowed the eyes of the earthworm and never returned. Dog barks. Ruff-ruff. Cat meowed. Meow-meow." And so I fell asleep, until ashes piled up in the joss paper burner, and new flame rose on the kerosene stove.'
MFA (Distinction), Master of Artistic Research,
THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ART, THE HAGUE
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Fine Art
WILLEM DE KOONING ACADEMIE
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy and Comparative Literature (Double Major) THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
OPTIMISM OVER DESPAIR, Contemporary Art Weekend, Den Haag
IN TIMES OF CONFINEMENT, Sinarts Gallery, Den Haag, the Netherlands.
TAKING CARE OF THE SMALL ONES, Sinarts Gallery, Den Haag, the Netherlands.
NASTY WOMEN, #team/Femke, De Balie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
ACPA CONFERENCE: IS THIS THING ON? THE PUBLIC DIMENSIONS OF ARTISTIC RESEARCH: Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University, The Netherlands.
LOCATING ArtScience #2: Children of the Space (A Forest), Today's Art Festival, The Grey Space In The Middle, Den Haag, The Netherlands
SPECTER, V2_, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
BOOK LAUNCH of If A Tree Falls in a Forest, Page Not Found, Den Haag, The Netherlands
BETTER AS A CHORUS, MA Artistic Research, KABK, Den Haag, The Netherlands
ABANDONED REALITIES, Evermore, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
I WAS MOSTLY DELIGHTED, BUT YES, ALSO A LITTLE BIT AFRAID, Quartair, Den Haag, The Netherlands
ON-GOING CONVERSATIONS #5, 1646, Den Haag, The Netherlands
THE REVERSE OB-SERVANT, Hospitalfield, Arbroath, Scotland
RISE, Quartair, The Hague, The Netherlands
RANDOM COLLECTIVE, Stroom, The Hague, The Netherlands
THE ARTIST WILL BE DRUNK, Jimz Pub/KABK MAR, The Hague, The Netherlands
3D ZINE, Foundation B.a.d, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD (SOLO EXHIBITION), Gallery H48, Nieuwpoort, The Netherlands
KUNSTPRIJS La Lecq, de Zaag, Krimpen aan den Lek, The Netherlands
KUNSTROUTE CROOSWIJK/DUENDE DICHT, Duende Studios, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
THREADNEEDLE PRIZE, Mall Galleries, London, The UK
KUNSTWERK AAN DE WINKEL, CBK Schiedam, Schiedam, The Netherlands
DE FOTOPRIJS 09/10, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands CRIMMP_01, Podium OCW, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
ISN’T IT AS IT SOMETIMES GOES, Pictura, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
NOTHING PERSONAL, Kunstpodium T, Tilburg, The Netherlands
STATIONARY TRANSIENT, Blaak 10 Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1984, Kunstsuper, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
A MARKETING CAMPAIGN FOR AISTE STANCIKAITE, Erasmas Bridge, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
MUSEUMNACHT, Goethe Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
I [heart] THE MASS, Maritime Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
BLOODY VALENTINE, Downw_ARTS, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2016 Artist in Residence, Foundation B.a.d, Rotterdam
2012 Threadneedle Prize (Exhibition selection)
2011-2013 March Guest Artist, Duende Studio Rotterdam
2010 NORMINATION, De Fotoprijs 2010, The Netherlands