Public Program:
Wu Tsang: Full Body Quotation (Presented as part of Performa 11)
November 19 2011
Full Body Quotation brings together an ensemble of performers and sound-makers for an evening soiree hosted by Wu Tsang, who is joined by DJ Total Freedom. The centerpiece is a choral performance and a living sculpture, in which Tsang and his performers channel a chorus of voices sampled from the known (and unknown) canon of transgender cinema. Voices and bodies blend together into a hydra-headed, polyglotinous beast, staring back at onlookers across the boundaries of time and space with fifteen unblinking pairs of eyes—the apotheosis of a glamorous yet terrifying new mythical reality. FBQ is an austere interpretation of drag culture and revelry as it has been caught on camera by films and news media of past decades. In the tradition of realness, Tsang maintains a studied and irreverent relationship to the source material, calling into question the authenticity of narrative, self-presentation, and intention. Wu Tsang (b. 1982) is a performer and filmmaker who lives in Los Angeles. His projects have been presented at X-Initiative, New York; Sala de Art Público Siqueiros, Mexico City; Oberhausen, Germany; REDCAT, Los Angeles; and the 2010 California Biennial. Tsang was a 2010 Independent Filmmaker Project Documentary Fellow for his first feature, WILDNESS (currently in post-production). Total Freedom, aka Ashland Mines, is a DJ/Producer living in Los Angeles. Besides being known internationally for brain broadening DJ sets, Ashland is known in Los Angeles for his work curating and producing events. The first experiments with The Table were directed by him.
Courtesy the artist and New Museum, New York