Produced by the Asia Society and sponsored by the Taipei Cultural Center in New York, the inaugural Asia Society Triennial, We Do Not Dream Alone, will be on view at the Asia Society Museum from March 26 through June 27, 2021. The Triennial is a festival of art, ideas, and innovation that focuses on contemporary art from and about Asia and the diaspora. “The Triennial is a big milestone to look forward to in terms of bringing our community back from the darkest days of the pandemic,” said Gonzalo Casals, who was named New York’s Cultural Affairs Commissioner in March of last year amidst Covid-19’s initial spread through the city.
The work of Taiwanese artist Joyce Ho (何采柔) will be featured at the Triennial, including six art installations and a performance, An Artist Talk, which will be live-streamed virtually on March 31, 2021. Following the performance, there will be a Q&A moderated by Michelle Yun Mapplethorpe, Vice President of Global Artistic Programs and Director of the Asia Society Museum. Those interested will be able to view the performance and join the Q & A session online.
An Artist Talk is a live virtual performance by interdisciplinary artist Joyce Ho that utilizes the structure of a lecture to reimagine daily rituals. Ho believes that our perceptions of the mundane provide the foundation to comprehend other aspects of life, such as relationships, habits, and dialogues. The performance manipulates our awareness of time to expose tiny fissures within our daily routines. By magnifying easily overlooked details, the work sparks reflection on everyday life.
The performance and Q&A is free and registration (click the link) is required to join. The registration confirmation, sent via email, will include a link to join the event. The event will also be live-streamed on Asia Society's YouTube page. The 15-minute performance will begin promptly at 8 p.m. on March 31, and Ho recommends using headphones, since the performance also features sound.
Joyce Ho is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on installation, sculpture, and performance. Ho has also worked as a scriptwriter and as a theater director. The artist endeavors, whether in painting, installation, or video, to convey an intimate yet alienated tension between human beings and reality. Find out more about her work at the Asia Society Museum HERE.
Ho’s work has been featured internationally, including at the Yokohama Triennial: Afterglow, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan (2020); Meditations in an Emergency, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2020); Sunset on a Dead End: The Notorious and Their Inexplicable Modes of Existence, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China (2019); 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (2018); Busan Biennale 2014: Inhabiting the World, Busan Museum of Art, Korea (2014); and Everyday Life: 2013 Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung (2013). Ho lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan.
Vera Sung is an actor and performer from Taiwan. She explores the middle ground between performance art and acting by focusing on daily activities and movements. Sung has worked with Guts Improv Theatre as an improv director and performer since 2012.
Pei Jen Yu is an actor and songwriter. She graduated from the Department of Theatre Arts at the National Taipei University of the Arts. Yu lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan.
This work was commissioned by the Asia Society Museum, New York, for the inaugural Asia Society Triennial, titled “We Do Not Dream Alone.”
Supported by Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan).
An Artist Talk & Q & A Session
8:00 PM (EST), March 31, 2021
Performance duration: 15 minutes
REGISTRATION to Join
Created by Joyce Ho
Performed by Vera Sung and Pei Jen Yu
Creative technical direction by Chang Chi Huang
We Do Not Dream Alone
March 27, 2021- June 27, 2021
Asia Society Museum (725 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021)
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