Studies: A Power-Induced-Lecture

Sun, Jun 10, 2018 @ 2:00pm - 4:00pm

FREE with Museum admission. Register here in advance.


Performer Tina Wang, photographed by Qingshan Wang

Performer Tina Wang, photographed by Qingshan Wang


This participatory performance by Future Host (Ma Tingying and Kang Kang) proposes a Qigong masterclass as an investigation into the "power-induced-lecture." This form of mass teaching and public assembly mobilized unprecedented numbers of amateurs and practitioners in the height of the Qigong fever in the 1980s-90s that swept over Reform-era China. Studies recreate such a gathering in the absence of the master. Informed by archival research, the performance uses physical and discursive reenactment to activate a hidden transcript of the Qigong archive as an opaque, fluid system of knowledge and communication, where the Qi acts as an unreliable medium in collective processes of bodily, spiritual, and cognitive mediation. Herein lies the opening to a possible "art of not being governed" that is at once embodied, fugitive, and utopian.


The performance will incorporate dance developed from Qigong movements, spoken texts written collaboratively, and a post-performance Q & A with Future Host.


Performers: Quan Xiao, Yifan Wang, Huize Zheng, Fumihiro Kikuchi, Jessica Lam


Artist Bio

Future Host is an ensemble founded in 2016 by Tingying Ma and Kang Kang, working in theater and performance in conjunction with writing, choreography, sound, and happenings. They aim to rework the fraught history of contemporary China to activate alternative histories of subsistence and resistance.