Performing Live in Quarantine: Eisa Jocson in conversation with curator Xue Tan
Date: 15.08.2020 (Sat)
Live medium: Zoom, Tai Kwun Contemporary Facebook page & "Watch Party" on Tai Kwun Facebook page
A choreographer, dancer, and visual artist based in Manila, Eisa Jocson explores the politics of the Philippine body, particularly with regards to the questions of representation and visibility, on a spectrum between coercion and choice. She looks at how the body moves, physically and across borders, and the conditions under which it moves.
For her new project Zoo—the third part of her Happyland series—Jocson continues her research on labour and fantasy production. The work starts off by looking into the animal characters played by humans in theme parks, caged animals in zoos, and eventually turning to the global quarantine conditions.
With the pandemic raging all over the world and with the consequent travel bans and social distancing measures, Zoo has been able to continue developing physically and virtually in the exhibition space. In this conversation, the artist Eisa Jocson will be joined by the curator Xue Tan, where they will be sharing more about responsivities of this project in the time of COVID19, and the performativity of a virtual body.