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人迹 (rén jì) - ‘tracings of human life’

人迹 (rén jì) (‘tracings of human life') is about the journeys we take and the traces we leave behind. A long-distance friendship plays out between two people who both grew up in Singapore and live in London but do not meet, corresponding only via their daily posts on their blogs and social media instead. 

  • Wheelchair Access
  • 1–19 October, Tues-Sat 3-8pm

Venue: Café gallery

人迹 (rén jì) ( ‘tracings of human life‘) is presented in parallel with The Fu Manchu Complex.

The Fu Manchu Complex a funny, satirical take on the ‘Yellow Peril’ racist stereotype and the historically problematic ways in which East Asians have been represented. By turning these representations on their head, the play is a pricking reminder of what it means to be stereotyped, and that experiences of Othering are still as pervasive in our lives today.

Conversely, 人迹 Renji — 'tracings of human life' — began as a study and documentation of distance and relationships in a digital age, but gets inadvertently caught up in the question of identity and representation of the self. Both artists are of East Asian descent, but this is only an aspect of who they are — how much or how little this factors in their experience of the world is a process of constant negotiation. With every story we tell ourselves and others day after day, our selves are made, caught up in an never-ending Great Conversation about what it means to be human.

 

人迹 (rén jì) ( ‘tracings of human life‘) is in equal parts documentation, performance, and still image; it is as much about the journeys we take as it is about the traces we leave behind.
A long-distance friendship plays out between two people who both grew up in Singapore and live in London, but do not meet or initiate direct contact with each other, corresponding only via their daily posts on their blogs and social media instead. They share banal details of their everyday lives, personal stories, photographs, memories, and confessions: their selves, in other words, or some version thereof. What results is an aggregation of their lives as they translate, curate and document themselves online, taking the viewer on a psychogeographical journey across time, space, personal memory, and the Internet.

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  • Tue 1 Oct – Sat 19 Oct, 3:00pm

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This project was first conceived as part of a larger group exhibition, An Aesthetic Project, which was shown at HOUSE Gallery from 31 May to 15 June 2013.

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The Fu Manchu Complex by Daniel York

1 - 19 October, Tues-Sat 7.45pm. Previews 1 and 2 October. Free post-show event Tues 8 Oct 9.30pm.

Challenging the 'Yellow Peril' racist stereotype, five East Asian actors white up to play the traditional colonials in this hilarious murder mystery in the East End, using physical comedy and the style of the Victorian music hall in a pastiche of classic British cinema.

 

NB Friday 11 October's performance (only) has been cancelled due to illness. 

What happens after Opening The Door? a pre-show debate

Saturday 5 October 4:30 - 6:30pm

How do British East Asians now move away from exotico curio and properly integrate into mainstream British Theatre?

Chaired by Dr. Amanda Rogers, our invited panelists will each offer a short presentation from their own professional point of view: political, academic and artistic. This will then be opened out into a public discussion on inclusion in the arts.