Part of MAPBM 3X6 Kiosk Artist Residency 2017 (weizenho.com/#/storiesfromthebody7/)
To be part of process sessions leading up to a participatory performance-installation on opening day Sat 4th Nov 2-4pm. Together, we explore the porosity between contemporary concepts of human-object installation, performance, ritual and conversation.
WeiZen will be using her 70-cm long hair to wipe down bodies and objects.
Witnesses/participants are asked to choose any or all of the above dates, arriving between 11am – 3pm, and be present for at least 1 hour to:
1. offer their body in whatever manner/position they are most comfortable and/or
2. bring an object that holds a memory, and/or
3. something from the earth/environment and
4. bring any length of fabric that can cover their body and objects
Stories from the Body #7 is inspired by compounded imageries, memories and customs recounted by family members:
The hair that my mother’s mother had; long and dark brown-black, up to the day she died in her sixties. My mother related to me recently that many Chinese women in my grandmother’s generation never cut their hair.
My mother recounted the tradition of washing the bodies of my grandparents when they died. This was carried out by my uncle who was the only family member willing and able to take responsibility for this task. My grandparents died in our extended family home in Melaka, Malaysia.
In this work, I wipe down the body of another with my hair, in the image memory of my grandmother who refused to speak during those 16 years she lived with us in Melaka. 2 days before she passed on she called each family member into her room - it was the first time she had spoken to me, her vocal chords hoarse, rusty from the lack of use...
I introduce the use of fabric, an image I retain from the Vietnamese dancing ritual, Len Dong. I witnessed several of these rituals over a month spent in Hanoi in 2017 as part of a research project. Some of the rituals lasted for 10 hours straight. Before going through each deity incarnation, the shaman would have a fabric thrown over the upper half of their body. The moment the spirit inhabits the shaman's body the fabric is lifted off...